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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

Niouc Bridge

From the series “Thrilling Points for Bungee Jumping”
In Switzerland, Niouc Hängebrücke was built in 1922 above the deep ravine at the bottom of the river Navizence. In contrast to many other Hängebrücken, it was built not for the improvement of the transport infrastructure of the region, but for the optimal installation of the pipeline. The height of the bridge is 190 meters. The last major reconstruction was carried out in 1996.

In the same year, the space for Bunjee jumping, as well as a lot of the other breathtaking attractions were equipped. Today, the bridge is in the middle of the great adventure park, where you can prove the bravery in different ways. Under the bridge the swings were suspended. Next to it are the training places for mountaineers and the trampolines for those guests who are not afraid of jumping next to the … Read all

Verzasca Dam

From the series “Thrilling Points for Bungee Jumping”
For the Bungee jumpers the dam was converted in Switzerland Verzasca dam. Guests of the unusual attraction can jump from the height of 220 meters. The history of the emergence of the popular attraction on the embankment of the Verzasca river is very interesting. While filming the film 'Agent 007', the director Martin Campbell has selected this dam for shooting on one of the episodes.

According to the script, James Bond has jumped during the pursuit of this dam. Thousands of people from all over the world wanted to repeat his heroic deed. The attraction is not only accessible during the day, but also at night. At dawn the jump becomes a bit more expensive. In order to enjoy the unforgettable entertainment, you have to go through the medical examination, book the time of the jump and pay … Read all
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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Switzerland

Adelboden-Lenk
Alpinists like Mount Fitzer. This is a moderately high mountain for the Alps. Nevertheless, the mountain’s slopes are quite complex for alpinism, and so only experienced professionals dare to conquer it. Ordinary tourists prefer to visit the nearby plateau of Engstligenalp that can be reached by cable railway. A comfortable hiking trail crosses the plateau, making the area accessible even for people with disabilities. Different parts of the plateau offer striking views of the surrounding … Read more
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 Zurich does not cease to attract skiers. Just make a half of an hour drive from the city, and you will reach several high class ski areas. Experienced skiers will surely enjoy … 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, enjoying the comfortable atmosphere. The Gornergrat Bahn railway is one of the main symbols of the resort - the train route passes the most amazing and spectacular areas of the … 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 and dance halls. Various colorful presentations and fun games are organized especially for children, gourmets will be able to taste popular national dishes, and shoppers should … 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 welcome to go to one of several observation platforms. There are also cozy restaurants similar to ice caves. Fans of unusual trips are recommended to make a ride on funicular. … 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 the facilities for comfortable rest and recreation. Tourists have a chance to enjoy the beaches luxuriating in the sun and devoting the time to water leisure activities or set off … 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 types of chocolate. Art connoisseurs are recommended to search for memorable gifts in Kunsthalle art gallery, where they will be able to purchase works by famous contemporary … Read more
Locarno
Locarno hosts the only operating in the country casino which is Casino di Locarno. Evenings it attracts people desiring to try their fate. The casino has turned into one of the most important city sights. In warm period boat trips on Lake Maggiore is one of the most popular types of recreation among city visitors. Nature enthusiasts can visit the Brissago island famous for its natural landmarks. Almost the entire territory of the island is taken with a reservation where the rarest sorts of … Read more

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