We were driving back home to France from H’s Belgian assignment when we decided to stop in Zurich for a day.
How lucky can we get! The Spring Festival, Zechseläuten, was underway. No wonder we have been walking pass locals in colorful traditional costumes as if they are actors going to their theatrical shows. In the parade that followed, there was also a procession of different guilds from the cheese, wine and livestock industries coming from all over Switzerland. The highlight of the parade was the ceremonial burning of the “Böögg” (a snowman effigy representing the “Old Man of Winter”) at exactly 6:00pm .
The procession of the guilds
We saw the Böögg and its platform of tree branches being assembled that morning.
The cotton snowman figure is fitted with firecrackers that kept on exploding while it burned..
Unfortunately, all I could see from where I was standing was pure smoke.
With all the giant Swiss people around me, it was impossible to see anything.
Tired tiptoeing trying to see what’s going on, we went looking for a place to eat.
Cool! In this Patisserie shop, you choose the patisserie you want and they will serve it to you in the cafe section which is in another room. We ordered apple strudel which is a must-have when in Switzerland.
According to several surveys in 2006 and 2007, Zürich was named the city with the “best quality of life” in the world.