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5 Reasons to visit Zurich this year

The Switzerland city is in the middle of a huge transformation. It offers an enchanting mix of food, adventure, culture and parties.

The Switzerland city is in the middle of a huge transformation. It
offers an enchanting mix of food, adventure, culture and parties.


You know you want to see a snowman’s head explode
: After this harsh winter, everyone will be celebrating the arrival of spring — but the citizens of Zurich take it to another level. During their traditional spring festival, the Sechselauten, people in historical costumes parade through the city center along with 500 horses, marching bands and carriages to Sechselauten-Platz on Lake Zurich. After the parade, their “Boogg” — a snowman — is set on fire. The quicker his head catches fire and explodes, the nicer the summer.

It’s perfect for adventurers and nature-lovers: The helpful www.schweizmobil.ch/en lists amazing hikes in and around the city for you to take, with the Swiss Alps as your backdrop.

You’ll eat well: Zurich is pushing its culinary scene, and with good reason: It’s a foodie wonderland, featuring a plethora of restaurants — from traditional spots like a Guild House (a historic building where you can try traditional Zurich food, like Zurcher Geschnetzeltes) to the revitalized and stylish area of Zurich West, which houses trendy restaurants and nightclubs in refurbished old factories from Zurich’s mid-1800’s industrial past. Be sure to visit Confiserie Sprungli, a Swiss luxury confectionery manufacturer founded in 1836, and try the internationally re­nowned macarons, “Luxemburgerli.”

They love a good party
: From the city’s Street Parade — the largest techno party in the world (hundreds of thousands of people attend) — to its Pride Festival (a four-day fest celebrating gay culture) to the largest selection of dance clubs in Europe, if you want to get your groove on, Zurich is the ideal place to do just that.

They want you! For visitors, Zurich offers the handy and helpful ZurichCARD, which allows you unlimited travel on public transport, free entry to all museums (more than 50 in all) and reductions on city tours and in selected stores.

 
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