Traditional Old Town markets and magical festive events ensure the Zurich Christmas Markets enchant both young and old. Nestling amidst hills and lakes, there is a lot to discover in Switzerland's largest city during the festive season.
The Christmas circuses are popular with visitors who can spend the evening enjoying a show or live act beside the riverside.
The oldest Zurich Christmas market is held in the heart of the Niederdorf quarter of the Old Town, where merchants from all over the world will inspire you with some great ideas for Christmas presents. Here the numerous spill out on the Hirschenplatz and Rosenhof, making it easy to spend hours strolling through the multitude of stalls. Here you will find a range of food, handicrafts and Christmas gifts. Set against the backdrop of Zurich's Old Town and brimming with festively decorated stalls, this market provides an amazing atmosphere for visitors of all ages. In the main station, you will find Europe's largest covered Christmas market. Here, over 160 decorated stalls are located around a majestic 50ft tall Christmas tree decorated with over 5,000 crystals.
Zurich city breaks make the perfect retreat for couples who can wind away the evening enjoying a glass of wine or watching the 'Floating Lights' event on the 16th December. This is when hundreds of floating candles will illuminate the River Limmat.