Zurich is undoubtedly Switzerland's gay and lesbian capital and is in general quite queer-friendly. What better proof than the re-election of lesbian Corinne Mauch as mayor in spring 2018 (in office since 2009)? Zurich's vibrant queer scene was one of the driving forces in creating today's club culture. Of course, some of the queer venues are cool places to hang out even if you're hetero.
Zurich's queer calendar has several major events, all in spring or summer. For over ten years a Christopher Street Day has been held in June. Called Zurich Pride Festival (www.zurichpridefestival.ch) today, this is a huge event with parties, open-air bars and a colourful parade through the city. In spring, the Pink Apple film festival (April 30 - May 9, 2019, www.pinkapple.ch) shows gay and lesbian films from all over the world and awards a prize to one young director. But the queer scene is also very lively, big events aside. Whether you're looking for a gay-friendly bar to relax in, gay and lesbian clubbing or venues of a more raunchy variety, you'll find it in Zurich. Check out the websites we list or just ask around in some of the bars.