The wealthiest city in Europe, Zurich surprises with the liveliness of its gay scene. Most of the gay bars and clubs will be in Kreis 1 (District 1) in old town around Niederdorf Strasse, east of the Limmat. A more alternative gay scene can be found in Kreis 4 and a few dance clubs in Kreis 5 near the Escher-Wyss square.
The annual events in Zurich are the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Pink Apple in spring, the culture month-long festival Warmer Mai, Zurich Gay Pride in June, the Queer Crossing of the Lake Zurich in summer, the White Party in May and the Black Party in November.
Street Parade takes place every second Saturday of August (world's largest techno parade) which is a demonstration for freedom, love and tolerance attended by a million people. The route goes along Lake Zurich.
Badi Tiefenbrunnen is a popular gay beach located at Lake Zurich. It is open from mid-May to mid-September from 9am to 8pm depending on the weather. The address is Lido, Bellerivestrasse 200-214 and you can get there by tram or bus to Wildbachstrasse stop. The entrance fee is around 7 €. Next to the restaurant in front of the changing cubicles is where most of the body-watching sport takes place!
The other famous gay beach is the Werdinsel, a small island on the Limmat river. There is a nude area also frequented by gays, however there is no cruising as the place is often checked by the police. To get there you need to take a bus or tram to Tüffenwies station and the address is Zürich-Höngg.
Zurich, Switzerland. Badenerstrasse 138. phone: +41 (0)44-2411118 | www: visit
Mon-Fri 09:00 - 24:00; Sat 10:00 - 24:00; Sun 10:00 - 19:00 Gay-friendly cafe in the Langstrasse quarter with nice food. Monday-Friday 11:30 - 14:00 lunch, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 15:00 brunch.
Zurich, Switzerland. Limmatquai 61. phone: +41 01 2610770 | www: visit
Mon-Wed 07:30 - 21:00; Thu, Fri 07:30 - 22:30; Sat 10:30 - 22:30; Sun 10:30 - 21:00 Gay-friendly cafe in the center of Zurich, in good weather with big street terrace lounge along the Limmat river.
Zurich, Switzerland. Metzgergasse 3. phone: +41 (0)44-2612772 | www: visit
Daily 17:00 - 00:30; Fri, Sat till 02:00 Nice gay cocktail bar, tucked away in a small lane in the Old Town of Zurich. Quite popular, especially on weekends.
Zurich, Switzerland. Zähringerstrasse 11. phone: +41 (0)44-2514756 | www: visit
Daily 17:00 - 02:00; Fri, Sat till 04:00 Gay bar with German "Schlager" music.
Daily 18:30 - 02:00; Wed-Sat till 04:00 Large gay bar in the Langstrasse quarter. Friday and Saturday night with live DJ and quite popular and crowded. Clientele mainly in their 20s and 30s.
Zurich, Switzerland. Kernstrasse 57. phone: +41 (0)43-2433043 | www: visit
Fri, Sat 21:00 - 02:30 (in summer from 22:00) Fetish-friendly and bears-friendly weekend bar in garage look. Best between 23:00 and 01:00.
Tue-Thu 18:30 - 02:00; Fri, Sat 18:30 - 04:00 Small gay bar with "Schlager" music, at the edge of Zurich's Old Town. Mixed ages.
Mon-Thu 07:00 - 00:30; Fri, Sat 07:00 - 02:00+; Sun 07:00 - 23:00 Modern gay-friendly cafe-bar (and hotel) in the Old Town. In good weather with nice street terrace.
Zurich, Switzerland. Mühlegasse 15. phone: +41 (0)44-2512985 | www: visit
Daily 14:00 - 02:00; Fri, Sat till 04:00 Old-style gay bar in the Old Town of Zurich. Mainly mature clientele.
Fri 23:00 - 06:00; Sat 23:00 - 08:00 Gay club in the Old Town of Zurich. Music: House, Pop, Charts, Urban (depending on the respective party - current program on the Heaven website).
Zurich, Switzerland. Magnusstrasse 29. phone: +41 (0)43-2439043 | www: visit
Wed 21:00 - 00:30; Thu 22:00 - 01:30; Fri, Sat 23:00 - 04:00; Sun 20:00 - 00:30 Gay bar in the Langstrasse quarter, with a small cruising area in the basement.
Zurich, Switzerland. Schlieren, Wagistrasse 13. phone: +41 (0)44-7733833 | www: visit
Thu 19:00 - 01:00; Fri 22:00 - 04:00; Sat 22:00 - 05:00; Sun 17:00 - 01:00 Large gay cruising club on the outskirts of Zurich. Well equipped with bars, labyrinth, cabins, slings, shower etc. Sector C is on the 1st floor within the Rage Club and is a separate area with strict fetish dresscode (check the Rage website for the current program). Mixed ages. Admission: 8-20 CHF
Wednesday 20:00 ? 03:00 Popular gay and lesbian midweek party. Pop, Indie and Electro. Admission: free
(Usually) 1st Friday of the month, 23:00 - 05:00 House party for lesbians, gays and friends.
Zurich, Switzerland. Engelstrasse 4 / Badenerstrasse 156 B. phone: +41 (0)44-2411080 | www: visit
Daily 11:30 - 00:30; Fri, Sat till 07:00 Not very big, but probably the best gay sauna in Zurich these days. Both the wet area and the cruising area are very modern, well-kept and in good condition. Lounge atmosphere around the bar. Friendly, pro staff. Admission: 37 CHF (25 CHF up to 25 years or students up to 30 years), including one hot beverage and up to 5 towels
Zurich, Switzerland. Kernstrasse 57 (3rd floor) . phone: +41 (0)44-2916362 | www: visit
Mon-Thu 12:00 - 23:00; Fri, Sat 12:00 - 07:00; Sun 14:00 - 23:00 Gay sauna in the Langstrasse quarter, next to the Männerzone shop. Admission: 37 CHF (24 CHF up to 25 years, 27 CHF for students), incl. 3 towels
Zurich, Switzerland. Seilergraben 41. phone: +41 (0)44-3641111 | www: visit
Daily 12:00 ? 21:00 Small old gay sauna in the center of Zurich. Mainly mature clientele. Admission: 25 CHF
Zurich, Switzerland. Wallisellen, Hertistrasse 24. phone: +41 (0)43 2330200 | www: visit
Small gay sauna on the outskirts of Zurich, 10 minutes from the airport. Free parking space available. Admission: 30 CHF
Zurich, Switzerland. Mühlegasse 11. phone: +41 (0)44-2526666 | www: visit
Daily 11:30 - 23:00 The clientele of this gay sauna in the center of Zurich is mostly young rent boys and their older clients (and some unsuspecting tourists usually having an unpleasant and frustrating experience here). Admission: 36 CHF
Zurich, Switzerland. Spitalgasse 14. phone: +41 (0)44-2514064 | www: visit
Mon 11:30 - 22:30; Tue-Thu 11:30 - 23:30; Fri 11:30 - 02:00; Sat 14:00 - 02:00; Sun 15:30 - 22:30 Gay-friendly. Sushi bar & cocktail lounge with mixed clientele.