After weeks of Holiday festivities, concerts, Christmas Markets and fairytale-like décor in the medieval as well as the modern sections of Zurich, the Grande Finale is coming up soon! The much anticipated New Year Magic city-center enormous party and New Years’ celebration which is famous for its giant spectacular fireworks is again being sponsored by the Zurich hoteliers’ association for the 10th year in a row.
The center of Zurich is blocked off from traffic from 8:00 PM on December 31st to 3:00 AM on January 1st while 200’000 visitors join local party goers and bring in the New Year in a huge never-to-be-seen-before celebration organized by the Zurich hoteliers’ association. And the entrance is free! Everyone is welcome. The festival grounds’ stages and bars will be filled with all types of music and there will be food stands with culinary delicacies from around the world rarely seen in one venue. And, yes, there will be beverages with which to celebrate 2011! Permanent bars, stands and beer tents will be readily available.
Zurich. Image coutesy of Dominique Schreckling
The program starts at 8:00 PM and the festivities will be on all over the center and on the shores of the Limmat River and the Zuerichsee going until 11:40 PM (precisely) when Zurich’s church bells will ring out the old year until 11:58 (precisely). If you’ve ever been to Zurich then you know that there are a lot of churches and all with bells! At 23:59 (precisely) the countdown begins for the New Year. Then at 12:01 AM (precisely) the church bells are back ringing in the New Year until 12:15 AM (precisely).
Zurich Fraumünster and Peterskirche. Image courtesy of Dominique Schreckling
After literally “ringing in the New Year”, (and you thought it was just an expression!) the main anticipated event, the giant fireworks display funded by the Zurich Hoteliers association will begin. At 12:19 AM (precisely) the lights around the lake shores will be extinguished and at 12:20 AM (Precisely) and the sky above Lake Zurich and the city will be lit up in creative and magical fireworks unlike any that you’ve ever seen before. The display will be set off from two anchored boats to provide twenty seemingly endless minutes of spectacular dazzle! Every year the fireworks display becomes more and more amazing.
New Year Magic in Zurich: image courtesy of Silvesterzauber.ch
For an idea of the most extraordinary party to see the New Year in, take a glimpse at last year’s party.
Worried about getting home or getting some sleep afterward? The Swiss think of everything. Zurich has organized its public transportation accordingly and the last train to most anywhere will be at 4:00 AM. Furthermore, the Zurich Hoteliers have already made arrangements for you in which to participate in the greatest New Years’ Eve that you will always remember.
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