Happy New Year from Zurich – Photos from the Start of 2015

New Year Fireworks Zurich 2015 by Geoff Pegler

Photo © Geoff Pegler

Happy New Year from Zurich – Photos from the start of 2015

New Year Fireworks Zurich 2015 by Geoff Pegler

Photo © Geoff Pegler

From a country so particular about punctuality and timing, it never ceased to amaze me why the Zurich New Year Fireworks always failed to start on the stroke of midnight. You look at the London and Sydney fireworks and prior to midnight there is a countdown full of expectation before an explosion of colour and noise exactly on the first chime. But in Zurich the clock strikes and nothing happens.

New Year Fireworks Zurich 2015 by Geoff Pegler

Photo © Geoff Pegler

Well that’s not entirely true, as there were private fireworks going off round and about all evening, starting before dusk. However, the official firework display in the centre of Zurich didn’t start till 12.20pm. A friend explained the reason for the delay is so that you can toast in the New Year, greet your friends and then when you’ve finished wishing everyone all the best for the newly arrived year you are ready to enjoy the display to the full. And listen to the church bells of course too!

New Year Fireworks Zurich 2015 by Geoff Pegler

Photo © Geoff Pegler

In fact, looking at the official Zurich Firework program you see that everything has been timed to the minute. From 23.40 to 23.58 the church bells ring out the old year. At precisely 23.58.50 (yes to the second!) there is the countdown to the new year. Then from 00.01 to 00.15 the church bells ring in the new year. At 00.19 the lights around the lake are extinguished and exactly at 00.20 the fireworks begin, ending at 00.35. Swiss timing and precision as always!

New Year Fireworks Zurich 2015 by Geoff Pegler

Photo © Geoff Pegler

There were around 200,000 people in Zurich to enjoy the fireworks which was sponsored by the Zurich Hoteliers Association and NewInZurich photographer Geoff Pegler braved the cold to capture these stunning shots. So if you didn’t manage to get along last night, we hope you enjoy the photos!

 

New Year fireworks zurich 2015

Photo © Geoff Pegler

New Year fireworks 2015

Photo © NewInZurich

Wishing you a very happy, healthy and successful year!

New year fireworks zurich 2015

We thank you for your support and look forward to sharing a great 2015 with you in Zurich.

New Year Fireworks Zurich 2015 by Geoff Pegler

Photo © Geoff Pegler

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