Zurich Gay Travel Guide & Map 2020

Upcoming Events in Zurich

|  14 – 16 August 2020
Zurich Rainbow Open 2020: 20th 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)
|  15 August 2020
Offstream: popular Indie and Pop party for gays, lesbians and friends at alternating venues in Zurich.
From 22:00 @ Exil (Hardstrasse 245)
|  11 – 13 September 2020
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)
|  31 December 2020
Silvesterzauber – New Year Magic Zurich 2020/2021: large open-air party and fireworks on the banks of Lake Zurich.
20:00 – 03:00 @ General Guisan Quai, Quaibrücke, Limmatquai
|  18 – 19 June 2021
Zurich Pride 2021: Parade thru the center of Zurich on Saturday, 19 June, several parties and other events, and a street party on 18 and 19 June with bars, stands and stage shows.
|  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)

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 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.