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The Cheese festival of Gruyères will be held every year on the first Sunday in May. And is the place to taste this legendary cheese and enjoy everything this region
The Cheese festival of Gruyères will be held every year on the first Sunday in May. And is the place to taste this legendary cheese and enjoy everything this region has to offer.
Switzerland is one of the most marvelous countries in Europe. The small picturesque towns with a backdrop of snowy mountains are just stunning. To complete that, they make one of the best cheeses in the world. One of these famous cheeses is made in the historical village of Gruyère.
Cheese lovers will be delighted to know that every year there is a one-day festival to celebrate this cheese. During this festival, you can learn about the cheese-making process. And of course, you can taste this delicacy.
This festival is not just for cheese lovers. The festival is a great place to buy souvenirs like woodwork and embroidery. Apart from that, you can watch people playing the famous alpine horns, listen to local music, and watch flag throwing.
Before you visit the Cheese festival of Gruyères we recommend you to read this. When you like this event you might enjoy these other festivals in Switzerland and Austria. We recommend this hotel for your stay in Gruyères.
All Day (Sunday)
Pringy, Place de la Gare 3, 1663 Gruyères, Zwitserland
Swiss Castle Day is known in Switzerland as Schweizer Schlössertag. During this day in Oktober, more than 20 Swiss castles will welcome you with open arms. Switzerland is home to more
Swiss Castle Day is known in Switzerland as Schweizer Schlössertag. During this day in Oktober, more than 20 Swiss castles will welcome you with open arms.
Switzerland is home to more than 500 castles and fortresses scattered all around the country. Most of them are located on important trading routes to secure passage. Some castles and fortresses are carefully restored and house a museum. Others are mere ruins reminding us of other times.
During Swiss Castle Day around 20 castles will open their doors for visitors of all ages. There is the opportunity to stroll through the corridors and elaborate ballrooms and dining halls. And you might take this opportunity to learn how to be an archer. Or what about some medieval food tasting or dancing?
You can choose between 20 castles all over Switzerland. When you are near Spiez you can visit the 1300-year-old castle on a peninsula in Lake Thun. A visit to this castle will be an exciting experience for young and old. There is a special trail for children and there are regular art exhibitions. Try the Hotel-Restaurant Seegarten-Marina if you stay in Spiez.
All Day (Sunday)
Schloss, 5600 Lenzburg, Switzerland
The Alpkultur Festival is a great way to learn more about the culture and folklore of Switzerland. This festival is held in the rural mountain town of Lenk im Simmental.
The Alpkultur Festival is a great way to learn more about the culture and folklore of Switzerland. This festival is held in the rural mountain town of Lenk im Simmental. During two full weeks, you can enjoy all the traditions and customs this area has to offer.
At the center of this festival are the alpine ladies who show their cows adorned with colorful flowers. The ladies and their cows will walk in a small parade to compete to be this year’s, Miss Lenk. You can vote on your favorite cow and win a calf in the raffle.
This festival is all about culture and tradition. You will be able to taste all of Lenk’s delicacies and treats. Join the alpine brunch to make sure you don’t miss out on any of these delights and make some local friends.
If you are curious about yodeling and alphorns, this is your chance to experience these musical art forms. Maybe you can even try it yourself!
Check the official website of the Alpkultur Festival to learn more about the program. Try the Hotel Sternen in Lenk and read our article about other festivals in Switzerland and Austria. Switzerland is close to Austria, so check out our best hotels for families with children in Austria.
october 9 (Saturday) - 23 (Saturday)
Lenk im Simmental
Bühlbergstrasse 1, 3775 Lenk, Switzerland
The Harder Potschete Festival in Interlaken will be held every year on the 2nd of January. On this day the spirit of the Harder Kulm mountain will haunt Interlaken. The
The Harder Potschete Festival in Interlaken will be held every year on the 2nd of January. On this day the spirit of the Harder Kulm mountain will haunt Interlaken. The scary-looking Hardermannli will run through the streets with his Potschen (wife and children) to terrorize the people.
This festival originates back decades. It started when young people in masks started to roam the streets. These youngsters would demand money, bread, and wine for the dead. They call this the “Guet Jahresgab”. These masks would represent the dead and the offerings were needed to keep them calm and peaceful.
Now the festival has changed and represents the legend of the Hardermannli. This is a stone face that looks down from his throne on top of the mountain. Legend says the Hardermann is a banished monk who was condemned to look down on Interlaken for 1000 years.
During the festival, you can see the Hardermanns family running around the city. While they run around, they will scream and shout to drive away bad spirits. You can enjoy this festival until late at night.
Get to know all the details about the Harder Potschete Festival in Interlaken. Or learn more about the other festivals in Switzerland. If you are considering going to Switzerland in January you might want to go skiing. Read our blog about the best family winter sport in Europe.
All Day (Sunday)
Aareckstrasse 6, 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland
The Lucerne Carnival in Switzerland is a world-renowned carnival with sparkling parades and impressive costumes. During a couple of days, the city of Lucerne will be the center of
The Lucerne Carnival in Switzerland is a world-renowned carnival with sparkling parades and impressive costumes. During a couple of days, the city of Lucerne will be the center of joyful festivities for young and old.
This festival has its origins in the catholic carnival which is celebrated since 325 AD. This week used to be the last week before they would fast for 40 days. Therefore, it was celebrated with plenty of food and drinks. Another aspect of it is to make fun of the authorities and use sarcasm without any punishment.
The carnival is still an important and celebrated event. Until this day you’ll see people with elaborate colorful masks to mock the authority or famous people. The moment you see the first mask you understand how much time and craftsmanship it takes to make them.
One of the biggest events of the week is Dirty Thursday which starts at 5 am. With a big bang and confetti rain, they will open the ‘Fasnacht’ on Kapellplatz. After this event, you can enjoy several brightly colored parades.
If you want to enjoy the Lucerne Carnival we recommend reading this. Or you can visit one of the other festivals in Switzerland or Austria. We do have some hotel recommendations for your stay in Switzerland as well.
February 24 (Thursday) - March 1 (Tuesday)
Bahnhofstrasse 11A, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland