Highlights of 2014 In and Around Zurich

Christmas in Zurich

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Highlights of 2014 In and Around Zurich

Zurich city © NewinZurich.com

Photo credit NewInZurich

Here’s a quick recap of some of the highlights from in and around Zurich in 2014. It’s difficult to know what to include and what not to, as there have been so many great events to choose from. As well as some photos of Zurich throughout the year, there are a few articles about events which will hopefully bring back some memories or inspire you to visit in 2015.

Photo14 Zurich

is always a favourite visit. The largest photographic exhibition in Switzerland it is not only interesting to visit but inspiring too. One of the key attractions is the Forum where key names from the photographic world talk about their personal experiences. Photo14 was last year’s edition and this year it’s Photo15. For more information see here. 

Photo14 Maag Halle Zurich

Photo credit Steve McCurry Photo13

Art On Ice 2014

was a spectacular event and meeting the double gold Olympic winners Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov was a great honour. See more photos here.


Photo credit Geoff Pegler


if you’ve not been to this amazing jewellery and watch exhibition you can read a little about it here.

Baselworld 2014 watch and jewellery fair

Photo credit Kieran Joshi

Burning of the Böög

a Zurich festival celebrating the end of Winter. As well as the magnificent parade of the guilds there is also the burning of the Böög in Sechselaeutenplatz, which apparently forecasts how good or bad the Summer will be – see photos here.


Photo credit NewInZurich

Sechseläuten, the Parade of the Guilds and the Kinderumzug

g Sechselaeuten Zurich Photo © Geoff Pegler

Photo credit Geoff Pegler

Art Basel

amazing art as well as a place to see and be seen. We visited on an amazing sunny day and the atmosphere was electric. See here for some of our highlights.

Art Basel 2014

Salon du Chocolat

an absolute must on the calendar for any chocolate lover! More photos of the chocolate dresses here. We were lucky enough to see a Salon du Chocolat “chocolate dress” in the making. See here.

Chocolate Fashion Show Slaon du Chocolat

Photo credit Geoff Pegler


sadly didn’t take place this year (and neither did the Seeüberquerung for the same reasons, poor weather conditions) – but here are some photos from 2013. Hopefully the Limmatschwimmen will take place in 2015!

Photos of LimmatSchwimmen 2013 ©Geoff Pegler

Photo credit Geoff Pegler

European Athletics Championships and Weltklasse

these two amazing athletic events took place at the Letzigrund in Zurich featuring respectively European and world champion athletes competing in the heart of Zurich.

Usain Bolt at Weltklasse in Zurich

Photo credit Weltklasse 2013

Zurich Openair

Zurich’s own open air concert close to the airport. Great bands, great atmosphere. Some photos here.

Zurich OpenAir © Geoff Pegler

Freestyle 2014

this sporting event takes place annually and offers some spectacular action with a fabulous backdrop of Lake Zurich. See here for photos.

Freestyle.ch © Geoff Pegler

Slow Up

a fun event takes place at the end of every Summer and the main road from Meilen to Rapperswil and Schmerikon is shut to traffic for the whole day as people walk, run, jog, take to their bikes or skates or other non-motorised vehicles. See photos here. 

Slow Up Meilen to Rapperswil


fine food and wine make for a great show and this is a great “foodie” event with tastes from far and wide to whet your appetite. See here for photos.

Gourmesse Zurich

Zurich Film Festival

Hollywood glamour and great films come to Zurich for this special film event. Zurich. This year the ZFF was celebrating it’s 10th anniversary and actors such as Cate Blanchett (below) were in Zurich for the event. For more photos of the ZFF Awards night see here.

Cate Blanchett at Zurich Film Festival

Photo credit NewInZurich

Slow Food Festival – another very important foodie event, the Slow Food Festival this year attracted record audiences and was full of great quality food and wine where the emphasis is on provenance and quality. A must visit event for food lovers. See here. 

Slow Food Market Zurich

MB Fashion Days & Mode Suisse

two great fashion events in Zurich. At MB Fashion Days as well as the runway fashion we saw a peak sneak behind the scenes at Van Berry. See here for photos.

Van Bery at MB Fashion Days Zurich

Van Berry Photo credit Geoff Pegler

Swiss Indoors

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer won this prestigious competition and there was a great atmosphere both on and off the court. See here for details.

Roger Federer wins Swiss Sports Awards

Photo © Geoff Pegler


a fun event swimming in the freezing cold Limmat in Decemeber. As one of the swimmers told us, you have to be a bit mad to sign up! Here are some photos of those brave souls!

Samichlaus Schwimmen in Zurich

Photo credit NewInZurich

Swiss Sports Awards

an amazing event highlighting the achievements of key Swiss sportsmen and women. See here.

Swiss Sports Awards 2014

Photo © Geoff Pegler

Photos of Zurich at Christmas  

see here for some great views of Zurich all prettied up for the festive season

Zurich at christmas in photos

Photo credit NewInZurich

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Photos

Geoff Pegler took some stunning shots on New Year’s eve rounding off the year in photos. See here.

New Year fireworks zurich 2015

Photo credit Geoff Pegler

There were of course many other highlights during the year so we hope you enjoyed this small selection. Other highlights of 2014 outside Zurich include NoéMie Schwallers guide to London Under the Radar and a visit to the Red Sea in Egypt.

We thank our photographer Geoff Pegler as well as contributing photographers Lorenzo Borghi, Alexandra Mizrahi, Arnie Bhattacharyya, Ian Cuschierei, Kieran Joshi and Caitlin Krause and also our many contributors and guest writers. Finally, we thank you, the readers, for your great support.

Have a wonderful year ahead and we look forward to exploring Zurich in 2015 with you.


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