When I took these photos, I though it would be nice to wait for another day with the same conditions to publish them. Well, I missed the opportunity. We had snow this winter, but it quickly disappeared and now everything is beginning to bloom. Everyday during my walks I see a lot of snowdrops and crocuses everywhere. Everything is turning green again. And I don’t complain. I love spring and its flowers and milder temperatures. I love the feeling of wearing lighter clothes and shoes. I love to see new life everywhere! But I feel I am publishing these photos a bit too late, and I don’t want to wait a year!!

I took these photos a few days after we came back from our Christmas holidays. The forecast promised a snowy day and I was eager to capture Zurich under a white blanket. I tried before, but every time I went to the city, the snow had become rain, or stopped falling and it was already melting… This time was different. I went to Zurich early in the morning and the snow was falling very heavily in the city. I felt so happy!! I decided to take photos in some of my favorite parts of the city, including the east shore of the lake. And then, back to the city center. It was impressive! During the whole morning (the time I managed to be taking photos without freezing my fingers and getting the camera soaked) the snow continued to fall and I saw Zurich as I never saw the city before. I felt like I was walking in a beautiful winter postcard all the time!

Here are some photos of this magical day in the city! There are quite a few, as I tried to make a little reportage of that beautiful day in Zurich. Scroll down to see all the photos! I hope you like them!

PD: I’m happy to announce that some of the photos from this post and other of my previous photos of winter in Zurich have been published as a gallery in Lodestars Anthology’s website! It’s a great honor to have my work in one of the prettiest travel magazines I know! You can find the gallery in this link:

Lodestars Anthology – Winter Wonderland

And now, the photos 🙂


  1. A wonderful series. The one with the bird in the pool is a classic.

    • mercedescatalan

      Thanks a million, Susan! It was a fantastic day!! Super cold, but it was worth it! I had the city almost to myself and it snowed for so long that I could walk from one place to another taking all the photos I wanted!
      The Chinagarten is a very nice place. Although it was closed that day, is closed for the winter season… it’s so quiet that a lot of birds go there during winter! I took that photo of the Chinagarten and the blue heron from a window, hehehe. I liked it, because it doesn’t look like Zurich at all!! 🙂

  2. Congratulations Mercedes on having your photos published! It looks like you had a fun day in the city capturing snow images. I loved them all, especially the one with the bicycle head on. Your city landscapes are beautiful. I’m glad you didn’t wait to show us these images!

    • mercedescatalan

      Thanks a million, Anne!! I felt so happy when they asked me for the photos! I can’t believe it yet! Now I’m wishing that any of these photos make it to the printed version (this magazine publishes three issues every year, one dedicated to a specific country… and one of this year issues is about Switzerland!!).
      And yes, it was quite a fun day!!! A bit cold, and I ended up soaked (and the camera as well!), but it was so nice to see the city covered in white, and those huge snow flakes falling all day! I think it was on Monday or Tuesday, so I even had the city center almost for myself! A day I won’t forget easily! 🙂
      And yes, I waited too long… but actually today snowed a few times!!! So publishing these photos didn’t feel very late after all, hehehe

  3. Great series. I didn’t know Zürich is such a fine city. We didn’t have much snow in my country this year, so some snowy pictures are kind of exotic ;-). I like all the pictures and most of them Theatre Herzbaracke with it’s bright blue in the grey lake. Lots of swans around as well.

    • mercedescatalan

      Thanks a million, Peter! So happy you like the photos!!
      Well, it snows a lot in Switzerland, but not so much in Zurich… And when it does, it melts so fast… So these photos are not that usual! I was so looking forward for a day like this since I arrived to Switzerland… 🙂 I just had to wait until my second winter here, hehehe
      I think it’s the first time I got a photo of these boat-theatre that I like! The moody foggy day really pops up the color of the boat 🙂 And yes, there are a lot of swans in Zurich! So many that it’s the city’s bird!

  4. It looks so very pretty and still. Was it?

    • mercedescatalan

      Thanks a mil, Amanda! Well, Zurich is normally a very quiet city… Even if it’s the biggest city in Switzerland! There are a few exceptions to the rule (the Streetparade festival or those sunny weekends at the lake), but in general, it’s a very relaxed city! But that day the feeling was even greater! I almost had the city center for myself and I loved it!! 🙂

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