Spring in Zürich part II

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I purposely added two types of photos to this post: bright and sunny snapshots of an afternoon in wisteria-covered Belvoirpark, and moody green on gray pictures of rainy streets in Kreis 3. It’s a contrast that wasn’t there when I wrote my previous post, but now a month and a half later, I think it’s time to give a proper spring update.

If someone asks me, “So how is spring in Zürich?” I will now refer them to this side by side comparison of March and April 😀

March: 15 degrees average temperature, with highs of +18 
April
: 15 degrees average temperature, with lows of +4

March: sunny side up kind of weather that felt like spring is here to stay
April: fifty shades of gray kind of weather that felt like spring was just kidding

March: magnolia and cherry blossom pinks against blue sky
April: green leaves and white snowflakes

March: more sun than rain
April: more rain than sun

March: high chance of stumbling into a beautiful tree around the corner
April: high chance of snow crashing the party

March general verdict: dream weather
April general verdict: at least there were two long weekends for an escape

But having said all that, there is one reason why I would still tell people to come to Zürich in April, and that is the Sächsilüüte holiday (and hopefully on that day it’s as sunny as it was this year). The parade, the costumes, the little girls with aprons and flowers, happy drunk old men, crowds bigger than I’ve ever seen, and an inexplicably satisfying, collective joy of thousands of people watching a snowman’s head explode quickly.. Especially lovely is the fact that it happens on a Monday, that most people get half the day off to party and that the mood goes on late into the night. Now that’s a way to welcome spring 🙂

(ps: May verdict so far: a mix of March and April)

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