Entertainment, News & Media in Zurich Up to date in Switzerland

Whether you want live entertainment, local and international news updates, to explore local culture, or to meet new people, there are media and English language resources to point you in the right direction.

Entertainment & events in Zurich

As Switzerland's largest city, Zurich is a vibrant cultural and economic capital. Each district has a personality of its own.

Check the Hello Switzerland Events page and sign up for the Hello Switzerland Newsletter to keep up to date on expat events in your area. Zurich tourism, Züri Tipp (DE), local newspapers and newsletters such as Ron Orp Zurich (DE) also frequently publicise fun upcoming events.

Zurich press & online media

A few common news sources in Zurich are Tages Anzeiger (DE), Neue Zürcher Zeitung (DE) and the free newspaper 20 Minuten (DE/FR/IT). Each of these also publishes weekly supplements detailing upcoming events and entertainment. Blick am Abend (DE) is a free evening newspaper available at most tram stops and around town.

English language publications

International and foreign language newspapers are available at larger city newsstands and kiosks and at the train station. Swiss news is a monthly national newspaper focusing on events from an expatriate's perspective. Swiss Info is an online publication featuring daily news articles about Switzerland, published in many languages. Two other good English periodicals are The Local and Swiss Style.

Hello Switzerland Magazine is written by expats for expats. It is published quarterly and free of charge, containing articles and events for those living in Switzerland, as well as information for those still in the relocation process. Receive it for free when you create a simple profile online and check the box in your profile.

Mothering Matters & Fathering Too is an excellent online journal for parents in Switzerland. It covers, in English, topics in health, education, travel, bilingualism and child development. 

Zurich radio & television

The Swiss national public broadcaster (SSG/SSR) provides regional television channels in Switzerland's official languages via cable, installed in most homes. International channels are available on digital internet and telephone packages. The Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) lists licensed broadcasters in Switzerland.

English-language radio stations in Zurich

BBC World Service is available on digital Satellite: Hot Bird 8-13º east. Other English radio, like World Radio Switzerland, can be received via DAB+ radio or streamed over the internet. Programming includes contemporary music, chat, BBC news, interviews, lots of great contests, and local goings on for the English speaking community.

If you have a favourite radio programme back home, check online to see if they offer streaming or podcasts.

Theatre, concerts, cinema & music in Zurich

Zurich has many excellent theatres and concert venues as well as its own opera house. There are a number of amateur English theatre companies which occasionally stage performances around town. You can also check the Zurich Schauspielhaus (DE), which sometimes features plays in French or English.

Tickets for most events, with the exception of cinemas, can be purchased from Ticketcorner. For concert tickets refer to Star Ticket.

Learn more about cultural events and things to do in Zurich in the articles Enjoying Zurich and Family Activities in Zurich.

Cinemas

There are over 20 cinemas in the city of Zurich. Films are usually screened in the original language with subtitles. The language is indicated by a letter after the film's title: E for English, D for German, etc. Booking and time schedules for cinemas can be checked on Kitag and Cineman. There are also several "art house theatres" (DE) that feature foreign films and documentaries. These are usually screened in their original language with subtitles. Orange Cinema hosts an open air cinema during summertime. Film lovers should also mark their calendars in September for the Zurich Film Festival.

Photo: swiss-image/ Zuerich Tourismus

Author: André Hirschi

André works at Switzerland’s leading relocation group Packimpex, where he is Head of Relocation Services for German-speaking Switzerland. André grew up in Bern, Switzerland. In addition to his broad experience in relocation, he initially trained as a Chef, worked 13 years as a hospitality industry professional, and was Events Manager at Bern’s leading event location. André has done a lot of traveling, and he enjoys playing squash, tennis and sports in general, as well as meeting new people.

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  • 7/8/13 9:47 AM

    Press and Books (available at the main train stations such as Zurich, Bern, Basel Lucerne) offers a great variety of english magazines and books!

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