What monument or building holds a special place in your heart?
St Peter is one of the city’s most beautiful churches. It has the biggest clock face in Europe, with an external diameter of 8.64 meters. In the past, its bell tower was used as a fire station. Now, St Peter, along with the two other churches in the historic district, form the Zurich skyline. The old walls of St Peter, which date back to 1706, are regularly the site of masses and other celebrations.
Any local celebrities?
Figures from the art, literary and movie world live here, as well as famous athletes. The famous soccer player Ricardo Rodríguez, for example, grew up here and started his career with the Zurich FC. He’s one of the best defenders in the world, and plays for Switzerland’s national team. This exceptionally talented player currently plays for VfL Wolfsburg.
A not-to-be-missed event?
The Zürifäscht is without a doubt the city’s biggest event; it takes place every three years, the first weekend of July. With two million visitors, its the Swiss Confederation’s biggest festival. Carnival rides, food, merchandise and every kind of music and performance are on offer, plus a particularly exceptional fireworks display. We heartily recommend that visitors take a boat cruise on Lake Zurich during the fireworks display, for a front row seat.
What should visitors definitely take home?
The Luxemburgerli at the traditional Sprüngli Confectionery shop are an excellent idea for a small gift. These treats, famous the world over, are made there daily using traditional methods. Let yourself be tempted: the shop offers a wide variety, ranging from classic flavors like vanilla and chocolate to fruit flavors like raspberry and lemon. The first Sprüngli shop opened on the Paradeplatz in Zurich in 1836. Today it’s one of the most renowned confectionery shops in the country.