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Fun and festivities in Switzerland - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

Luzern There is an incredible number of holidays in Switzerland. Festivals and events held in each canton are added to the nationwide ones. The Swiss National Day on July 31 is celebrated all around the country. According to a legend, on this day in the 13th century, representatives of the three cantons made the first alliance to protect themselves from invaders. Today, the holiday symbolizes the unity of the lands belonging to the confederation. It's customary to decorate houses with flags on this day. The president of the country is giving a solemn speech on the glade, where the first union was concluded. Christmas is another holiday that is celebrated in all cantons. On this day, the spruce is necessarily adorned. Toys are often made by the Swiss themselves. Christmas spruce wreaths are hung up, and a festive dinner is cooked.
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A large number of festivals take place in Switzerland every year. In Zurich, on the second Saturday of August, the famous musical Street Parade is held. That's a bright costumed procession. In November, you can also visit the Expovina Wine Fair. Wine festivals are also held in the town of Mendrisio in late September in honor of harvesting grapes. Another wine festival is held in Geneva; it takes place in the spring, in early May. Besides that, it will also be interesting to visit the Bol d'Or sailing regatta. That's the world's largest regatta  at enclosed water bodies. It's so exciting and spectacular that organizers even arrange online broadcasts for those who can not attend it personally.
The Jazz Festival takes place every year at the Lake Geneva in Montreux. The best musicians from all over the world come there. Venues for performances are open all around the city, including squares and parks. You can enjoy fantastic sounds of jazz music in restaurants and bars. Those who wish, can not only listen, but also take a few master classes from eminent performers. Fans of classical music will like the festival in Verbier. Against the backdrop of a delightful alpine nature, the best bands perform here and represent masterpieces of world classics to the public. Musicians come from all over the world. Venues for performances are arranged throughout the city, so there are places for all comers. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Traditionally, there is a huge number of various carnivals in Switzerland. The carnival in Lucerne takes place in the last days before the Great Lent. The festival is held with an unprecedented scale. Almost the entire population of the city wears festive costumes. The carnival of musical groups takes place on the first day of the festivals; then come children's processions and the parade of monsters. The carnival ends with a festive fireworks. After that, an equally spectacular carnival in Bern begins. It begins with attempts to wake a sleeping bear, which is the symbol of this city. Trumps and drums are played everywhere in the city. The bear leaves the Prison Tower, and the real fun begins. The next day festivities for children are arranged.
A lot of amazing holidays are held at ski resorts. In Grindelwald, the World Snow Festival takes place every January. During the holiday, artists and sculptors masterfully create works of art of snow. In St. Moritz, you can visit the exhibition of antique sports cars. Fans of these races can go to Formula 1; one of the stages is set on the tracks in Campioni. It's worth to visit the international film festival in Locarno; it is one of the most prestigious in the world. Every year, the outstanding representatives of the world of cinematography come to the city.
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Uniques spots of Switzerland

Wengen Resort

From the series “Top 13 Furious Ski Resorts and Pistes”
The fans of ski sports probably know the famous Swiss spa town of Wengen, which is situated on the territory of the region of the Jungfrau region. This is where Lauberhorn races take place. The competition has been named as a 'black' ski slope of the same name, one of the most dangerous and longest in the world. The extent of Lauberhorn races is 4 455 meters, and the difference in altitude is more than 1 000 meters.

The upper part of the ski slope is relatively easy and even fits for mid-level skiers. The closer to the center of the ski slope, the more difficult the routes become. The ski slope is incredibly steep, stretching through the rocks and ends with an incredibly steep ending, which is almost always icy. Wengen is one of the most picturesque resorts in Switzerland. Both ... Read all

Hammetschwand

From the series “Top 16 Most Exotic Elevators and Lifts in the World”
The Hammetschwand lift, which is located in Switzerland, will definitely please the tourists who like nerve kitzel. This elevator was built in 1905 and is located in the surroundings of Lucerne, not far from Lake Lucerne. The elevator lifts the passengers to the beautiful viewing platform, which is located at the height of 153 meters.

More than a century after the opening, Hammetschwand was considered the highest lift in Europe. In the beginning of the 20th century he lifted the passengers with speed of 1 m / s. Later, the elevator was modernized and today he lifts the passengers to the viewing platform in less than a minute. The tourists, who want to test the Hammetschwand themselves, should take into account that it works less than half a year. The elevator opens in the second half of ... Read all
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Zurich
Tourists with children must not forget to visit Alpamare Water Park located in a suburban area of Zurich. This is the biggest indoor water park in Europe full of various water rides and play areas for children of all ages. While children have fun and enjoy water treatments, adults can relax in wellness-area. In winter … Read more
Zermatt
Fans of elite sports will be pleased to relax in the Matterhorn Golf Club. This club is open in an incredibly gorgeous area – a picturesque valley surrounded by mountain ranges. Besides the first-class golf course, Matterhorn has some great places to relax. Therefore, visitors can easily spend a whole day there, … Read more
Geneva
Each year Geneva hosts several interesting festivals, so visitors will not only have nice rest, but will be also able to enjoy festive atmosphere. The biggest celebration takes place in the beginning of August and lasts for 10 days. During the celebration the streets of the city host numerous attractions, summer cafes … Read more
Interlaken
A three-hour train ride to the mountains will certainly leave a lot of unforgettable memories. It is worth noting that the local railway is a truly unique structure – this is the most highland road in the world. The latest station of the route is called Top of Europe. Here, on the top of the mountain, visitors are … Read more
Luzern
Among the night clubs the Pravda Club is most worth attention. It treats the visitors with grand dancing sessions engaging world renowned DJs for several times per week. During the warm season the main place of relaxation and recreation for Lucerne visitors is the lake shore of Lake Lucerne. Local beaches feature all … Read more
Basel
When it comes to shopping, the choice of various trading pavilions and specialty stores is simply huge. Chocolate remains one of the major gifts that tourists prefer to buy as a souvenir from Basel. The best place to purchase pastries and sweets is to go to Merkur Chocolaterie store, which sells candies from various … Read more

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