Zurich Traditions

“Zwänzgerle”, “Eis, Zwei, Geissebei” and “Schifferstechen” – Zurich and the surrounding region are home to a host of crazy and amusing traditions.

The Swiss may not be renowned for their sense of humor, yet in Zurich they are full of fun when they take part in the city’s quirkiest traditions: for example, they are courageous when they plunge into the Limmat river at icy minus temperatures during the “Samichlausschwimmen” event, smart and proud in their beautiful costumes at the Sechseläuten spring festival, and relaxed and cheerful during “Knabenschiessen” or “Badenfahrt”. 

September 7 – 9, 2019
Zurich’s largest annual public festival is “Knabenschiessen” at Albisgütli.
December 8, 2019
Not for the fainthearted – the “Samichlausschwimmen” swimming event takes place in Zurich in winter.
Hundreds of children shout “eis, zwei, Geissebei” in front of the town hall in Rapperswil-Jona, thus bringing Fasnacht in Rapperswil to a close.
April 13, 2020
The atmosphere during “Zwänzgerle”, held in Zurich’s Old Town, is focused and quiet.
April 20, 2020
Everything you need to know about Zurich’s spring festival.
June 2020
A spectacular race through Zug’s Old Town marks the start of the cherry-picking season.
July 4, 2020
Every three years, the custom held by the Boatmen’s Guild thrills locals and foreign guests alike.

Multifaceted Zurich

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