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The Best of Spring in Zurich

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From lounging in the inner-city parks to enjoying circus acts along the edge of Lake Zurich, Switzerland’s biggest city is stunning in spring. The China Garden is descended upon by the hordes to witness the delicate pink-and-white plum blossoms in full spring bloom. The Swiss National Circus wows crowds with spectacular performances at this time every year and Zurich’s marathon engulfs the city each April.
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Bellerivestrasse 138, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland
A gift from Zurich’s sister city Kunming and located on the lake near the Zurichhorn, the China Garden stands out with its emperor-red façade and gold ornamental roof. Inside, the serene oasis includes a pond lined with willows, a small island,...
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Mythenquai 301, 8038 Zürich, Switzerland
The Circus Knie, Switzerland’s national circus, comes to town annually in the spring, setting up on the Landiwiese along the left bank of the shores of Lake Zurich. Always a big hit: the nimble artists of the Hebei Wuqiao acrobatics troupe. Photo...
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Bahnhofstrasse, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Each April, the Zurich Marathon hits town with a route plan that winds through the city's best sights, including the tony shopping street Bahnhofstrasse, the mouth of Lake Zurich at Bürkliplatz, over the Quaibrücke bridge, and with a finish line...
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8002 Zürich, Switzerland
Rietberg offers two experiences: an excellent art museum dedicated to showcasing work from outside of Europe and a gorgeous park with a beautiful fountain, winding gravel paths, expansive green lawns, and a collection of beautiful villas. Photo...
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Wallisellenstrasse 49, 8050 Zürich, Switzerland
What better way to experience chocolate in Zurich than this annual chocolate extravaganza which takes place in the Messe each spring with tastings, workshops, demonstrations, even fashion shows with models strutting down the runway with creative...
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Zurich’s most colorful and unusual festival—Sechseläuten or the “Burning of the Böögg”—takes place on the third Monday of each April at Sechseläutenplatz in front of the Zurich Opera House. After a parade through the city by members of the...
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Talstrasse 71, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Zurich’s original botanical garden, dating back to 1837, has been replaced by the larger Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich with its sheer size and breadth of plants on the edges of the city, but locals still love the former for its...