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While winter wasn’t exactly rough this year, we’ll be the first to admit that spring is usually a far more pleasant time to be in Zurich. The fog finally dissipates to make room for sunshine and flowers and as soon things heat up, locals flock to the lake. Boat rentals resume their trade and cafés begin setting up tables and chairs outside again. And while the water is still too cold for swimming, it still entices droves of people to its shores to enjoy the spring sunshine.

Another sign that spring has arrived is the Sechseläuten, Zurich’s traditional spring festival. This is a spectacle you shouldn’t miss if you're in Zurich from April 22 - 24. The festival culminates in the burning of a giant snowman-like figure called böögg. Zurich also has a lot to offer besides sun and fun. In recent years its culinary scene has experienced incredible innovation. Explore all the latest openings and classics in our restaurant section.

For all these reasons and more, if you’ve arrived in Zurich during the spring then you’ve chosen your travel dates wisely. Find everything you need to know to properly experience this Swiss jewel in Zurich In Your Pocket.

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