Summer in Switzerland – Swiss traditions and festivals

Zurich ©

After the protracted Winter in Zurich this year (and from what I gather the rest of Switzerland, if not Europe too) the sun tried valiantly to shine a little over Zurich today before retreating once again behind clouds and rain. But just in that short glimpse of sunshine my thoughts turned to Summer and I happened upon My Switzerland’s latest Summer video campaign (see below) all about Swiss traditions and legends.

On Monday the Burning of the Boogg will take place in Sechselauetenplatz in Zurich and everyone is hoping that the head will burn off quickly so that (according to tradition) we will be in for a long hot Summer. (If it burns slowly, it portends a bad Summer and that is something we really want to avoid!) As for the accuracy of this quaint old tradition, it’s probably best not to look too closely at the stats – but at least it’s a half day or full day holiday for the lucky ones and a quirky tradition and festival to watch in the centre of town to boot! Always worth celebrating!

Switzerland after all is a fantastic place to spend your Summer. With the lakes and the mountains, the diversity of the language and culture in each of the regions, and the beauty of the landscape what more could you ask for?

Badi in Zurich ©

In Zurich we are lucky to have a fantastic lake on our doorstop, where you can swim, canoe, stand up paddle (SUP appeared to be the latest big craze last year), or of course take a boat ride – either on one of the regular boats which cross the lake from Burkiplatz towards Rapperswil or you could hire a boat or a pedallo. The Badis dotted all around the lake and the outdoor swimming pools provide entertainment and relaxation for young and old alike. And if you are feeling really enthusiastic you could try your hand at one of the traditional Swiss sports such as Schwingen (a form of westling), or flag throwing – or maybe just wood-carving or why not take up the Alphorn?

Schwingen Zurich ©


Take a look at some of the Swiss traditions and festivals portrayed in the video below and see what appeals most – but most of all roll on the sunshine!


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