Lichterschwimmen in Zurich

Lichterschwimmen courtesy of Zurich Tourism

Photo courtesy of Zurich Tourism


Lichterschwimmen in Zurich Thursday Before Christmas


Lichterschwimmen Zurich


Don’t miss the very pretty and quaint tradition of “Lichterschwimmen” on the river Limmat in Zurich. It usually takes place on the Thursday before Christmas every year at 6pm. Hundreds of little candles are lit and released onto the river Limmat close to the Hotel Storchen on Weinplatz near Stadhausquai. The candles float gently downstream as the onlookers watch this pretty little tradition.

Children float the lights gently on the water and since it gets quite crowded it’s advisable to get there around 5pm so you have time to grab a Glühwein or punch to keep yourself warm as you watch. Usually the Zurich Tourist office are providing refreshments at Weinplatz. Don’t forget to wrap up warmly and enjoy the spectacle as the little lights sail by. The lights start setting sail promptly at 6pm.

This year the date of the Lichterschwimmen is 2oth December 2018.

Click this link to check out a video from the Tages Anzeiger to get an idea of what goes on.

Lichterschwimmen in Zurich

Video courtesy of Tages Anzeiger via Youtube


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  1. Thank you very much I almost forgot it, let’s hope to have no snow storm like today 😀

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