Zurich is a wonderful and festive city to visit on your spring vacation. It is close enough to pair with a ski trip through the Swiss Alps, yet worthy of a trip unto itself. Reserve a car hire in Zurich to get around to all the lovely spring events around the city.
This 600 year old spring festival in Zurich is based on the ancient tradition of "chasing away Old Man Winter". Plan your visit near the end of April (the Sunday before the third Monday in April to be exact), and you can join in the festivities which include a children's parade and a large snowman figure meant to symbolize winter. On the next day (Monday), the 25 guilds of Zurich hold a joint parade and then a giant bonfire by the lake, followed by the festival's highlight - a stunning fireworks display with singing and dancing in the streets.
Take a walk through Zurich's Chinese garden during the springtime. This small but beautiful garden was a gift to Zurich by the Chinese city of Kunming as a symbol of gratitude in return for some technical knowledge they received from Zurich. Make your way over to the Chinese Garden in a Zurich car rental.
Enjoy some time out on the water in the fresh spring air with a ride on one of Zurich's two old steam ships. There are a few different routes to choose from. You can also rent a small row boat and spend the afternoon exploring on your own.