After a small break from the online world, here I am again! A few days ago, we celebrated in Zurich the Züri-Fäscht. This is a summer festival that takes place in the city of Zurich every three years and the biggest festival in the whole of Switzerland. During three days, the city center is full of food stalls from all around the world, attractions and various ferry wheels, all kind of events, markets, open-air stages, bars, improvised discos with all kinds of music… Tight rope walkers cross the Limmat river while there are wakeboard acrobats in the water… And by the lake, people enjoy the air exhibitions of acrobatic planes, helicopters and sky divers… And when the night arrives, all lights around the lake go out just in time to enjoy the magnificent firework spectacle (it is one of the most beautiful firework shows I’ve ever seen!!).
I loved Züri-Fäscht. When I arrived to Switzerland two years ago, a friend told me that this is one of the events I wouldn’t want to miss. And he was right! I had to wait two years to experience it, and it didn’t disappoint me. It was really nice to see how the whole city went out for the weekend to enjoy the festival. The usually calm and relaxing city center was transformed into a huge and noisy fair and everyone was having fun! No wonder why this festival attracts so many people every three years (this year a record number of 2.5 million people visited the festival!!).
And for me, Züri-Fäscht was also a wonderful occasion to learn new things! Since I got my first DSLR I was looking forward to capturing fireworks. Some people would think that taking photos during a firework exhibition means missing it. They’re wrong! Even if it was something new for me, taking photos during the fireworks was really fun. The first night I knew most of the songs that were played during the show, and I had so much fun trying to guess when the fireworks were going to be launched by following the tune (it wasn’t that easy, as my SD card is a bit slow recording long exposure photos!). The second night was more difficult, as I didn’t know the German and Swiss songs that accompanied the show, but it was also a fun challenge!
And I could also photograph the air show, capturing the PC-7 Team and the Super Puma, two of the air demonstration teams of the Swiss Air Force, as well as the show performed by the Patrulla ASPA, the helicopter acrobatic team of the Spanish Air Force.
Here are some photos I took during Züri-Fäscht. There are a lot, so I divided them in 5 groups of photos, a group for each of the exhibitions I photographed. If you view the post from a mobile phone, you’ll see them better in landscape mode! 🙂 I hope you like them!
Swiss Air Force Super Puma display:
Swiss Air Force PC-7 acrobatic team exhibition:
Exhibition of the Spanish Air Force Patrulla ASPA of acrobatic helicopters:
First Fireworks display “Sylver Eyes – Himne an den Mond”