Zurich Pride Festival 2016 - Zurich Gay Pride 2016

Celebrating Gay Pride in Zurich

Zurich Gay Pride
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Zurich, Switzerland has held a Gay Pride event, known as the Zurich Pride Festival, since 1994. Previously it was known as Christopher Street Day Zurich, in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising on New York City's Christopher Street. The event in this attractive Swiss city takes place in June (the date is June 10 and 11, 2016), but there are quite a few events taking place throughout the previous week.

Check out the full schedule of Zurich Pride events here.

One key event of the big weekend is the Zurich Gay Pride Parade (here's a map of the route), which takes place at 2 pm on Saturday, June 11, at Helvetiaplatz, passes in an easterly direction across the Sihl River, turns down past Paradeplatz, and then makes a northerly turn up Bahnhofstrasse to Werdmühleplatz (a few blocks south of Hauptbahnhof (the main train station). 

The two-day Zurich Pride Festival attracts thousands of participants and takes place on Friday, June 10 (from 5 pm until midnight) and Saturday, June 11 (from 2 pm until midnight) at Kasernenareal, a large grassy park in the city center that's an easy walk from Hauptbahnhof and about midway between the starting and end points of the Pride Parade. A number of key entertainers will be on hand.

Here you can view an online version of the Zurich Pride magazine, which has articles in several languages (including English).

Zurich Gay Resources

Many of the city's gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout the several days of Zurich Gay Pride. Check local gay papers, which are distributed at popular gay bars. And check out the Zurich Gay Travel Guide by Patroc.com, which is very handy and has extensive information on the local gay scene.

An additional excellent trip-planning resource is the Gay Travel site produced by the Zurich office of tourism.