Zurich is recognized as one of the most livable cities, and this continuously developing city is buzzing with exceptional nightlife and a perfect art scene. This provides a perfect gateway to the alps, and since it is set on the shores of Lake Zurich, the city offers a and this combination of both exquisite scenery and vibrant culture. Visiting Zurich in January gives you the right opportunity to experience skiing and other winter activities in the region.

Zurich is a beautiful cosmopolitan city with deep roots and culture, and it is just a few kilometers from the most excellent ski locations. You can enjoy delicious fondue on the tram as you explore the city or enjoy hot chocolate as you explore the alpine world. The vibrant activities, fun carnival, and stunning Christmas markets are some of the best places you can visit in January.

Weather in January 

Zurich is the capital of Switzerland, and it is famous for its exceptional natural beauty and a hub for various economic activities. Situated in the heart of Europe, it is ranked among the best cities across the world. January is the coldest month in Zurich, and the temperatures range from 0 to 2 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, there is an average of 2 hours of sunshine. Throughout January, there is cloud cover with the last two or three days experiencing sunshine or clear skies.

Here is a detailed overview of the weather in Zurich in January, so take a look to know what are you “dealing” with.

How to get to Zurich in winter?

Zurich has one of the largest international airports that is well connected to different places in the world. For example, most flights going to Switzerland go to Zurich then Geneva. Zurich airport is closer to the city, and it will take you only ten minutes by train or 15 minutes by car to get to the city center from the airport.

The city has an excellent network of buses and trains connected to the airport, city center, and nearby cities and towns. You will understand swiss efficiency when you use the public transport system as they keep time to the latter. Just follow the signs from the train station, and you will find a kiosk offering cards and cash that you can use to purchase a ticket for your local travels.

Zurich airport

How to get around Zurich in January 

The Swiss public transport system is a system that will marvel at you since it is spotless and efficient. The transportation network is well connected, and you do not have to worry about getting from one point to another. You can use any public transport system such as bus, train, and tram. Besides, the access areas are wheelchair friendly, and you do not have to worry if you are in a wheelchair or have baby strollers.

Things to Do in Zurich in January

Ice Skating in Zurich

Ice skating is an exciting activity that you should visit in the region. Many visitors from across the world come to Zurich in January to enjoy ice skating. January is the best time to put on your ice skates and be adventurous as you check out the ice-skating rinks of the region. The region around Lake Zurich is famous for ice skating. Besides, there are other areas around the city where you can go and enjoy your ice-skating activities.

ice skating

Enjoy tobogganing 

Toboggan runs the city into life during the winter period. Zurich is still attractive to tourists during the winter period as many people are often misguided that there are no people in the region. Tobogganing is an exciting activity that you can take your family and friends to enjoy. Toboggan runs are available and readily available from the city, and it offers a perfect opportunity for you to have fun in the snowy winter. You can participate in this fun activity; you do not have to be experienced in skiing or snowboarding.

Explore skiing around the area

Cross country skiing is a popular activity in the city, and there are numerous trails, mostly around Lake Zurich. If you are an outdoor lover, then you will have the most fun at this location. During winter, it is a perfect opportunity to go skiing on the winter slopes. You can also visit Lake Wallen with breathtaking views of the alp’s mountains. It does not matter whether you are an experienced skier or not. There are various trails that you can try and experiment with.

Skiing

Attend an ice hockey game in the city

Ice hockey tournaments are often in Zurich in January, and at this time of the year, the temperatures are super cold, and ice is all over the place. Hallenstadion is the perfect place that you can visit to watch a game. This is an exciting opportunity for sports lovers to check out something that they can cheer for.

Further reading: 15 awesome things to do in Zurich

Explore the old Zurich town

This should be one of the things that you should do in Zurich in January. You can stroll around the city as you explore the city’s beautiful architecture as the winter brings out a different look of the old town. The old town are well arranged and with the cobblestone streets, you should be well dressed in warm clothes and boots and explore the city. In addition, you can purchase souvenirs from the shops in the old town.

Zurich old town

Enjoy some delicious fondue

Fondue is one of the most popular foods in Switzerland, and this delicious cheesy delight is the perfect choice during the winter period. During the cold winter in January, fondue is what you need to check out, and you can purchase from the local restaurant. There are numerous places that you can find great fondue in the city, and you can explore the nearest spot near you. Thus, you can quickly get a cozy and warm place even when the outside environment is cold.

Further reading: Mouthwatering Swiss deserts you can’t miss

Visit a museum

Museums are one of the best places that you should visit during the colder months of the year. If you are traveling to Zurich, you will not be short of options, and some of these include Kunsthaus Zurich and the swiss national museum. These are the most popular places that people visit during the winter period. In addition, you can check out the art and artifacts in the museums as you learn more about Swiss history.


In my opinion, visiting Zurich in January is probably the best for many reasons. There are still many Christmas decorations, skiing is at its peak, and simply the whole vibe is just amazing.

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