Zurich Gay Travel Guide & Map 2019

Upcoming Events in Zurich

|  19 December 2019
Lichterschwimmen: every year on the last Thursday before Christmas, hundreds of small floating lanterns are launched on an atmospheric journey down the river Limmat.
18:00 @ Stadthausquai
|  21 December 2019
Offstream: popular Indie and Electro party for gays, lesbians and friends at alternating venues in Zurich.
22:00 – 04:00 @ Papiersaal (Kalanderplatz, Alte Sihlpapierfabrik)
|  31 December 2019
Silvesterzauber – New Year Magic Zurich 2019/2020: large open-air party and fireworks on the banks of Lake Zurich.
20:00 – 03:00 @ General Guisan Quai, Quaibrücke, Limmatquai
|  28 April  –  7 May 2020
Pink Apple 2020: 23rd annual gay and lesbian film festival in Zurich.
|  6  –  21 June 2020
Zurich Pride 2020: this year themed ›Bekenne Farbe gegen Hass‹. Parade thru the center of Zurich on Saturday, 20 June, several parties and other events, and a street party on 19 and 20 June with bars, stands and stage shows.
@ Kasernenareal & Zeughaushof
|  8 August 2020
Street Parade 2020: the House and Techno parade in Zurich attracts hundreds of thousands of party people and lovers of electronic dance music every year.
|  5 September 2020
Long Night of Zurich's Museums 2020: from 18:00 till 02:00, 50 museums in Zurich open their doors again one night long for special events.
Ticket: 25 CHF (incl. public transport)

About Zurich

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland (with a population of 1.2 million including the suburbs) and the economic, social and cultural center of the country. As the wealthiest city in Europe and with its privileged location along the Limmat river and at the idyllic Lake Zurich with view of the snow-covered mountains, Zurich belongs to the cities with the highest quality of life in the world (but also with the highest cost of living).

Zurich already was raised to the level of a city in the Early Middle Ages, in 1262 it became a free imperial city and in 1351 a member of the Swiss Confederation. The economic rise began with the textile industry in the 18th and 19th century. After the mid-19th century the financial and services sector became increasingly important through the founding of numerous banks and insurance companies. The financial sector is nowadays the main industry of Zurich, followed by other service industries such as management consultancies and computer science research centers.

Also tourism is becoming increasingly important as an economic factor. Zurich has many attractions and sights, most of them in the well-preserved old town, such as the Romanesque Grossmünster church and the Fraumünster church with the world-famous stained glass choir windows by Marc Chagall.

Throughout its history, Zurich has always been an important center of art and culture, often shaped by artists and political refugees who found their home or a place of refuge in the city, including Richard Wagner, Lenin, Bakunin, James Joyce, Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, Max Frisch and Albert Einstein. At Spiegelgasse one can still find the ›Cabaret Voltaire‹, the birthplace of Dadaism. Zurich has a renowned opera and theater, and is home to more than fifty museums and more than a hundred galleries. The diverse cultural life of Zurich also includes the clubs in Zurich-West and the Street Parade (the world's largest technoparade) every year in August.

Annual gay events and highlights in Zurich are the gay & lesbian film festival Pink Apple in spring, the culture festival Warmer Mai and Zurich Gay Pride in June.