The Christmas Pyramid outside Stadelhofen Railway Station

Weihnachtspyramide

The Christmas Pyramid outside Stadelhofen Railway Station

Ever wondered what the big wooden structure serving Glühwein and raclettes right outside Stadelhofen station is all about? It’s erected every year shortly before Christmas and is known as the “Weihnachtspyramide”. Christmas pyramids date back to the Middle Ages. In southern and western Europe people decorated their homes with green branches from local trees, whilst in the north and east of Europe they used lights to illuminate them. The Christmas Pyramid combined both traditions.

Weihnachtspyramide Zurich

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The miners from the Erzgebirge (or Ore mountains as they are called in English) were expert carpenters and designed the first Christmas pyramids. Because the shape of the wooden constructions resembled the Egyptian pyramids, they started calling it them pyramids. They painted them and decorated them with carved wooden figures from the Bible.

Stadelhofen station was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and about 140,000 commuters pass through it each day. There are twenty six shops, cafes and food stores in the Stadelhofen arcade which are open 365 days a year. During Advent, there are special offers for customers of the Weihnachtspyramide which are run in conjunction with the shops, with coupons, discounts and more. So why not pop by for a Glühwein or two and see what is in store?

Weihnachtspyramide Zurich

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For more information on the Weihnachtspyramide please see here  (in German) .

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