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60 years ago today, 100,000 stormed Lake Zurich

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In 1963 the lakes in Switzerland froze over

60 years ago today, 100,000 stormed Lake Zurich

On February 1, 1963, the police opened Lake Zurich to the public – and people came from all over Switzerland. It was the first of many other lakes to freeze over in Switzerland.

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The last Zurich Seegfrörni lasted from February 1 to March 8, 1963 with a few days break.


Daniel ArnetEditor of Sunday Blick magazine

A wonder! Suddenly more than 100,000 people can walk across the water at once, because 60 years ago today, on February 1, 1963, at 12 noon sharp, the police released Lake Zurich. Crowds of people stream from all banks onto the more than ten-centimetre-thick sheet of ice.

“The ice festival in the city has begun,” writes the “NZZ” on the same day in its evening edition. With ice skates, sleds or simply with winter boots, young and old dare to venture onto the frozen water. The Seegfrörni on Lake Zurich is a rare event that lasted in 1929 and hasn’t happened since 1963.

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