Zurich Gay Travel Guide & Map 2021

Upcoming Events in Zurich

|  3 July 2021
Zurich Lake Crossing 2021: for passionate lake swimmers and lovers of long-distance swimming but also for swimmers who simply enjoy swimming in open waters. The distance is 1800 meters (time limit 1.5 hours).
Start is at 10:00 at the lido Strandbad Wollishofen.
Organized by Rainbow Sport Zürich.
|  31 July 2021
NOW – Candyland: LGBT+ party with DJ Black Flamingo and Bianca Nyfeler.
Tickets: 25-30 CHF
23:00 – 06:00 @ Labor (Schiffbaustrasse 3)
|  13 – 15 August 2021
Zurich Rainbow Open 2021: 21st international tennis tournament since 2001.
Official tournament sanctioned by the GLTA, the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance with more than 50 tennis clubs around the world.
@ Sportzentrum Hardhof (Hardhof 19)
|  4 September 2021
Zurich Pride 2021: Demonstration thru the center of Zurich on Saturday, 4 September.
|  4 September 2021
Long Night of Zurich's Museums 2021: 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)
|  17 – 19 September 2021
Lila: queer culture festival: music, dance, drag, poetry and workshops.
Organized by the Swiss LGBT youth organization Milchjugend.
Tickets: 30-90 CHF
@ Rote Fabrik Zürich (Seestrasse 395)

Accommodation Tip

Hotel. ***, from 150 CHF
Stylish hotel in Zurich's Old Town, above the trendy bar PlatZHirsch.
@ Hirschenplatz / Spitalgasse 3
Zurich 8001
Tram: Rudolf-Brun-Brücke

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.

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