Zurich, Switzerland, located on the northern tip of Lake Zurich, is a vibrant, trend setting city filled with elegant restaurants and night clubs, historical architecture, fun markets and upscale boutiques. If you’re looking for the perfect place to bring in the Europen New Year, then New Years Eve 2017 in Zurich should definitely be at the top of your list.
Lake Zurich’s maritime setting with the stunning back drop beautiful mountain peaks like Etzel, Felsenegg, Käferberg, Schnebelhorn and Üetliber is the ideal pace to enjoy spectacular fireworks NYE. Zurich is a fantastic place to visit this time of year for reasons other than celebrating the New Year, including the opportunity to ski so be prepared by booking your accommodations and special NYE events in advance.
Countdown Parties & Fireworks
One of the most popular areas to enjoy the night life on New Years Eve is in Zurich’s Old Town neighborhood, located on the River Limmat’s left bank. This exciting area is brimming with cafes and bars like Oberdorfstrasse and Niederdorfstrasse, and west of the Hauptbahnhof in the 4th and 5th districts has several night club venues that are always good for a great time.
The most significant NYE celebrations in Zurich is the now infamous New Years Eve Magic festival, held on Gemüsebrücke along Lake Zurich shoreline. The event is financed by the Zurich hoteliers’ association. Prior to countdown, the evening gets started with entertainment that includes live music, and a vast array of food and drink stalls serving delicious international cuisine and everyone’s favorite; Zurich bratwurst. The festival covers a sizeable area, extending through Limmatquai, Hechtplatz, on to Utoquai, over the Quaibrücke, and as far as the General-Guisan-Quai. The festival will be packed with happy party goers gathered in excited anticipation of the New Years Eve countdown, followed by 20 glorious minutes of the city’s spectacular firework displays over the lake; you’ll always remember the sight of Zurich and fireworks lighting up the sky and adding a colorful reflection to Lake Zurich; incredible.
Additional eateries worth checking out early in the evening on NYE include Bauschänzli, Cantinetta Antinori, LaSalle, Neumarkt, Wirtschaft and Zeughauskeller. Visitor’s whose tastes lean toward the elegant will be thrilled with Jules Vern and their panoramic bar high over rooftops of Zurich. It’s the ideal place to enjoy an excellent glass of wine, and revel at the awe inspiring views of the city lights.
Accommodations for NYE
The accommodations in Zurich can get a bit pricey because this time of year includes the ski season and holiday activities like Christmas and New Years, so you’ll want to book ahead. The city offers a variety of lodging choices including chalets, apartments and hotels. Most of the city’s accommodations are exceptional, complete with 5 star amenities, and best of all most are conveniently located near all the best activities. Some of Zurich’s top rated hotels include the Storchen Zurich, Hotel Schweizerhof, the Dolder Grand, Widder Hotel, B2 Boutique Hotel, and Baur au Lac.