Switzerland Local Customs

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Switzerland Local Customs

  • THE CUCKOO CLOCK

    Don't know if it is correct to post this here under customs or traditions but many visitors leave Switzerland with a cuckoo clock thinking this is a Swiss souvenir but in actual fact a cuckoo clock never originated in Switzerland., it actually came from the BLACK Forest ( schwarzwald) in Bavaria around 500 years ago. The locals in Bavaria grew...

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  • COW BELLS

    Travelling from France and into Switzerland, it wasn't long until I hear the "ding, ding" in the fields.Ah! I said, Swiss cow bells, Now we know we are in Switzerland!Of course, everywhere we went, we heard them, and not only on Cows, but on Sheep too!June, and Summer arrives, the snow has melted and it is time to take the Cows to the Mountain's,...

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  • The country where the cows are Queens...

    Le pays ou les vaches sont reines...In our Alps, we have a exceptionnal breed of cow : la race d'Herens. These cows naturally fight in order to establish a hierarchy within the herd. These combats take place without any provocation. In springtime when the animals are released from their winter barns and during the journey up to the alpine pastures,...

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  • Swiss folklore

    Look for a typical Swiss tradition event...by admiring the flags tossing...by hearing a yodelling or an Alphorn concert on the Alps...by practicing an Alpine Wrestling (Schwingen)...by throwing the mythic Unspunnen stone...by playing Hornussen (Baseball Swiss Style)...by wearing a national costume...by discovering Jass (card game)...

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  • Carnival in Lucerne

    Carnival in Lucerne is chaotic, ever-changing and exceptionally vital. Although steeped in traditions that can be traced back over more than 600 years of written history, Carnival today is somewhat different to what it was around 30 years ago. Some of it's roots go back to ancient Germanic heathen customs when people tried to drive away evil...

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  • Ibex / Steinbock

    The Ibex ( Steinbock ) is an animal living in the upper part of the mountains in the alps and you will also find it in the coat of arms of Kanton Graubuenden. You willharly ever be able to see an ibex when climbing or hiking in the alps, because they are very shy and will run away whenever you get closer than just a few hundred meters. For that...

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  • By post-carriage over the Gotthard-pass

    Going by the historical post-carriage over the Gotthard-pass is certainly a really great experience and in my case I would even say that following this carriage in my car and taking photos at some great places would even make more sense than sitting inside the carriage. Take a look at their prices in the link below, 680 sfr per person, that is...

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  • tighten your screws

    This is the first time I saw something like this and I saw it at the top-station of Diavolezza, where everybody could just help themselves : all of these instruments and tools are ment in order to tighten the screws of the alpine equipment.From Diavolezza there are various hiking- and climbing-routes down to the valley and a perfect equipment is...

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  • Dont be afraid of the Romans language

    Romans or Raethoroman is the name of the 4th official language in Switzerland (besides german, french and italian) and it is spoken mainly in the valleys in the south-east of Switzerland, mainly in Kanton Graubuenden.You will find many inscriptions in Romans there, BUT everybody will speak at least german and mostly also french, italian and...

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  • Typical houses in Engadin / Graubuenden

    In Engadin / Graubuenden you will find a special kind of decorations on many house-fasades that you will hardly ever find in other areas of Switzerland or Europe.Wonderful engravings will decorate mainly the frames of windows and doors and also the corners of the house. Most of these buildings will also have its name written on the facade like in...

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  • Alphorn - a traditional swiss musical...

    Alphorn - a traditional swiss musical instrumentand when you are lucky you will be able to hear a performance in Pilatus or at other tourist-places, that is really a lot of fun. This instrument was used in the beginning in order to transfer messages from one alp to another and it needs a lot of breath to make a melody, that is mostly quite deep and...

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  • Maienfeld is for HEIDI-fans

    Maienfeld is a small village close to Vaduz and Johanna Spyri, the author of "Heidi" was there often on vacations. There is a "Heidiland" there now with a small museum that is quite interesting because it shows the interesting interior of an old farmhouse and from there you can walk uphill to various different stations that might have inspired...

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  • Felsenputzer - get a diplom for...

    Felsenputzer - it started as a jokeand became a funny summersport It all started as a joke for April 1st and when you click here, you can see a video about it, it was made at Brunni in Engelberg and there you can make a rock-cleaning-seminar including a diplom in a single day and there are 2-day-seminars as well, read more about the details in the...

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  • Travel to Switzerland on your birthday

    Travel to Switzerland on your birthday, becausemany attractions will betotally free for you !____________________And the Brienzer Rothornbahn - in my main photo is just one of them ! Just bring your identity-card and you will get a totally free ride up and down.The funicular to the Niesen (close to Spiez) offers the same and for connecting these 2...

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  • Schweizer Fasnacht - Carneval a la Swiss

    Schweizer Fasnachtis quite different fromother places in Europe Schweizer Fasnacht, the Carneval in Sitzerland starts at 5.00a.m. with a giant clash and douzends of smaller and larger groups of people wearing strange masks are parading through the city playing their own kind of music, in fact its mostly just making noise with all sorts of...

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  • Fulehung - a clown of history

    See the Fulehung In Thun When you are in Thun you will see paintings, strickers, fridge-magnets and even a monument showing a special clown, called Fulehung. He was not just an ordinary clown, BUT he was a person of Swiss history : The "Hofnarr" , the clown at the court of Karl der Kuehne, who was kidnapped in 1476 in the Battle of Murten.Fule Hung...

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  • Meiringen is for Sherlok Holmes-fans

    Meiringen is for Sherlok Holmes-fansbecause he died thereat the Reichenbach-FallsSherlok Holmes was a fiction by his author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who spent many vacations in Meiringen, 25 km east of Interlaken, and directely at Reichenbachfalls you can see the place, where Sherlok Holmes died. Therefore there are lots of special activities for...

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  • Schilthorn is for J.Bond-fans

    Schilthorn/Piz Gloriais a MUST for James Bond-fans !"In her majesty's service"was filmed there Don't miss to take a look at the various James-Bond decorations at the souvenir-shop on top of Schilthorn / Piz Gloria. These graffities are a bit hidden behind the small self-service-bar in the back of the souvenir-shop. Great memories of the movie "In...

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  • Almabtrieb / Viehscheid

    Almabtrieb / Viehscheida great annual event in autumnThe Almabtrieb is an annual event that takes place each autumn between end of august maybe untill end of October, depending on the weather situation and the hight of the alpine meadows, where the cows and goats etc. are spending their summer. Every year this event will be advertised and announced...

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  • Fresh & clean mountainwater is...

    Dont hesitate to drink the water directely from fountains and from the tab, unless stated there not to do so ! In so many other parts of the world it is dangerous to drink the water out of the faucet, but all over Switzerland you will be able to taste the best drinkable water at all of the small wells that you will see all over Switzerland !Just...

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  • The Swiss Alp Horn

    Sometimes you might come across local groups playing the traditional Swiss Alp Horn while walking in the mountains. This picture is taken in the Alps above Montreux.

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  • Francs and Euros

    There is a tendency to quote prices of things (it happened to me with my hotel room) in Euros. The problem is they don't accept Euros in Zurich (other than at the airport). So even though someone will quote you a price in Euros, they are expecting to be paid in Swiss francs.I didn't see this practice very often but when I did, I found it to be...

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  • HOT SPRINGS IN WINTER

    EVERY TIME I GO TO SWITZERLAND I GO TO THIS PLACE OF COMFORT AND WARMTH.ESPECIALLY IF IT IS REALLY COLD OUTSIDE. IF YOU WANT TO REST WELL AND STAY WARM FOR HOURS.YOU HAVE TO TREAT YOURSELF TO THE LUXURY OF WARM WATER JETTING ONTO YOUR ENTIRE BODY AND MASSAGING IT SO AS TO RELAX EVERY ACHING AND /OR TIRED AND COLD PART OF YOUR BODY .THERE ARE SO...

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  • Ittinger

    Switzerland is a country of chocolate and cheese, not exactly beer, so it was nice surprise to find this special kloster beer in one of the bars

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  • Recycling

    Switzerland are the masters of recycling, every piece of trash must go to its own unique container so be sure to use them right.

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  • Swiss National Day

    The country's national day is celebrated every first of August . Everywhere is decorated with lanterns which give a beautiful lighting as soon as darkness breaks out . Most balconies , terraces and restaurants are also decorated with little swiss flags and banners. In some public places, people gathers around a bonfire and listen speeches about its...

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  • Carnival or Fasnacht

    The Carnival opening is always held yearly on the 11th of November at 11 o'clock in the morning. The locals called it 11.11.11.(elfte.elfte.elfte.) This tradition is incomparable to most carnivals like in Brazil or to any part of the world. It is an event of masks, music and costumes, held throughout Switzerland, but the dates and details vary from...

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  • Cultural Night Performance of Swiss...

    Ever wanted to try blow the long Swiss horn or learn to yoodle.Went to a tour organized cultural night performance of dancing, music and yoodling.Of course, beer are served or just get your camera ready to snap some nice pics.

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  • Grand-Saint-Bernard Hospice kennels

    Bernard de Menthon founded the Grand-Saint-Bernard Hospice in the 11th century. It is located 2472 meters high (8110 ft). Since the 17th century, written documents give evidence of the presence of dogs at the Hospice. The famous Barry (1800-1814), most popular saint-bernard, made the fame of our today's dogs.A new museum opens in June 2006 at...

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  • National Food Is from Bern

    Rösti was originally a common breakfast eaten by farmers in the canton of Bern, but today is eaten all over Switzerland. Many Swiss people consider rösti a national dish (at least in German Swiss, Röstiland). Today it is more commonly served as a sidedish to meat and vegetables rather than eaten for breakfast.Rösti is made with...

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  • Carnaval in Valais

    In other places Carnival is a show put on to amuse tourists and those curious to see. In Monthey the whole town enjoys Carnival like a huge village f?te. Over fifteen thousand people come to Monthey to join in the fun. Party in February/March, who everybody dress up. A lot of fun! Longest nights in the year...Miss Pimponicaille is full of life and...

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  • ZURICH3

    EVERYBODIS SAY MUST SEE ZURICH BUT Ý SEY EXCALY SEE REALY NICE AND NURE WONDERFUL BUT MUST KNO W3 LANGUAGE ,GERMAN,ITALIAN AND FRENCH

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  • The first swiss

    First SwissThe earliest Swiss, at least one to leave traces for archaeologists to find, was a woman who lived in the Jura .Archaeologists have found traces of farming villages from the Neolithic Age (until 3000 BC.Other communities, perhaps of Celtic tribal origin, lived in houses on stilts built above water in the Bronze Age . From about 1500 BC...

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  • Wine tasting exhibition for Valais...

    Pleasure of the palate thanks a local wine tasting. Valais is famous for its mountains, but its wines are one of Switzerland's best-kept secrets. Canton Valais is the largest Swiss winegrowing region, with 5'200 hectares of vineyards divided up into 22'000 separate properties. More than 40 different grape varieties are grown in the region. The main...

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  • Do you speak Swiss?

    Switzerland has four national languages spoken in different parts of Switzerland:Swiss-German (64%) is spoken in the northern part of the country. French (20%) is spoken in the western part of the country, the "Suisse Romande." Italian (7%) mainly spoken in Ticino. Rhaeto-Rumantsch (Rumantsch) (1%)Rumantsch is spoken only in Graubünden. Rumantsch,...

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  • The Swiss have a reputation...

    The Swiss have a reputation for tidiness and precision. I have found this reputation to be founded in truth. Even walking on a trail in the woods, there is a place to drop the dog poop and bags are provided to make it easier. How efficient!

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  • Tschäggätä / Fasnacht

    Tschäggätä Tradition in the Lötschental The word Tschäggätä refers to the piebald costumes worn at this carnival custom in the Lötschental (canton Valais). The unmarried young men wander through the villages in old clothes turned inside out, sheep or goatskin tunics, a cowbell on a leather belt, a colourfully painted wooden mask, coarse gloves and...

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  • Casino

    It seems like a museum or little church, but it is the famous casino of Lausanne, a first must see activity for you, as you will find it first getting out from the railstation, head to the left side to go to downtown, and you will reach it, can't be missed!

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  • The lake

    The lake is impressive, not all of the Swiss cities, but most of them including Thun has a water access on the lake, it is something very nice to see all around!

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  • Signed by Germans

    Those X's you can see on typical German houses, this is the first time I see them on a simple wall leading out from the Castle!just a reminder of the German Switzerland!

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  • Roofs of Swiss

    In Portugal, the typical colors of the roofs were Orange,here in Switzerland in most of the cases it is brown!and dark brown!

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  • Gate outside

    The outside look of the wooden gate lloks like this!funny look as its a wooden tent!inside it is so long, like a bridge, the sun will penetrate the spaces and give a great effect!

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  • Panorama

    The castle is the best point to have a panoramic view over Thun and also with the Aleps on the horizon!No other place will give you such a wide angle view!

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  • Covered with snow

    The post office with nice roofs, windows and clock to give you the time, a pitty it was only Sunday and it was closed!

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  • Sounds like socilaist buildings but it...

    Sounds like socilaist buildings but it is not!actually this man painted on the building has something with Second world war, but no more!

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