Zurich By Night

Friday, 27 December 2013


When planning travel, we often put a lot of pressure on seeing the city in the daylight when everything is open and the streets are bustling with activity.  Normally, I would agree but every once in awhile, one comes across a city that is utterly magical come nightfall.  Zurich is one of those cities.

We arrived in Zurich in late afternoon after spending a few days in the Alps.  The sun was quickly setting but our disappointment quickly turned to wonderment.  The entire city is blanketed in lights which makes it feel warm and romantic despite the near zero temperatures; the Christmas markets and decorations only added to the allure.  Because of the holiday season, the streets were bustling with shoppers and the steam from mulled wine and food stalls drifted up into the night.

While we were able to retrace our steps in the light the following day, I couldn't help but feel that Zurich is meant to be explored at night.


15 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous at night! And you're so right, certain places are even better by night.

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  2. Wow, these nighttime shots are just beautiful! I agree with you that the night is when the city truly shines (and early morning when no one is around).

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  3. Good job on night time photography! Getting shots like those is not easy!

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  4. gosh, all those lights! just beautiful

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  5. These pictures are stunning! So glad I followed the link from Kaity's post on Brownie Diaries.

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  6. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  7. Great photos! I have to agree, Zurich is really best by night :) I was there during Euro Cup 2008 when they were playing the matches on projector screens and the atmosphere and energy was unforgettable.

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    1. I imagine that would have been really special! Lucky you to experience the city during such a time!

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  8. Your pictures at night are just stunning Jay! How did you take them? There is something magical (and just a tiny bit too perfect) about Switzerland. Might be time I get back for a visit!

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    1. Thank you Jess! To be honest, I'm a little baffled at how well they turn out. I'm known to be shaky and I don't carry a tripod with me when I travel so I was quite surprised that the photos turned out so well.

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  9. I think during the Holiday Season a lot of towns are almost more beautiful at night! :) I think it's actually part of the appeal of a Christmas Market. Zürich looks wonderful - I'm glad you had such a great time in Switzerland!

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