Street Parade in Zurich

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Street Parade in Zurich

Street Parade – The World’s Largest Techno Party in Zurich (map). During the Street Parade, hundreds of thousands of electronic and techno music fans dance around Zurich’s lake basin.

At 1 p.m. on the dot, the DJs on the Street Parade stages crank up the volume and the party warm up begins. Then at around 2.30 p.m., 30 or so “Love Mobiles” start to make their way along the 2.4-km-long stretch between Seefeld (map) and Hafen Enge (map). The trucks travel at a leisurely pace in amongst the dancing crowds.

Most of Zürich’s sites are located within the area on either side of the Limmat, between the Main railway station (map) and Lake Zürich. The churches and houses of the old town are clustered here, as are the most expensive shops along the famous Bahnhofstrasse.

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Techno and house rhythms boom from the various stages along the parade route, where people dance in the streets and squares up until midnight. Then the party moves on to Zurich’s clubs until the early hours of the morning.

S-Bahns and buses operate in the Zurich region until 4 a.m. Many special event trains will also be operating to the street parade and back.

Zurich has proportionally more clubs than any other city in Europe. You will find anything from very “fancy” clubs to places you can just chill. If you want, you can go to a club every night. Most of the clubs are located around the Langstrasse and Hardbrücke. The uncommercial platform denkmal.org aggregates published events from all clubs and bars in Zurich and is a good place to look up what’s up.

Zurich is generally easy to get around by bicycle. There are bike lanes marked out in most parts of the city and if you don’t mind the hills, a bike might be a fast and cheap alternative to public transport. The city has an online map service, which can calculate routes for biking and also shows locations of bike parking and pumps.

Züri rollt offers free bike “rental” around the city. To get a free bike, you have to register with your I.D. or passport and pay a refundable deposit.

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ZVV.ch – Zurich public transport. The network includes trams, buses, S-Bahn (suburban trains), cable cars and boats.

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 BUS >   Swiss PostAuto bus network + EurolinesFlixbus

 RAIL >   The Swiss Travel System includes a rail network of 29 000 kilometres, including several popular rail lines. SBB-CFF-FFS. + TGV LyriaInterCity Express (*Rail travel in Switzerland)

 AIRPORTS >   Zurich Airport is Switzerland’s largest and busiest airport, handling roughly 30 million passengers a year. It is actually in the community of Kloten and it is 10 minutes by train from the main station. The trains depart about every 10-15 minutes, during the day, but less frequently at earlier or later hours. Major international airports >> Genève Aéroport • Zurich AirportEuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.

 WATERWAYS >   Association of Swiss Navigation Companies

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