The Craziest Zurich Traditions
Zurich’s most amusing customs are a spectacle for foreign guests and Swiss nationals alike.

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”. 

December 9, 2018
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 8, 2019
Everything you need to know about Zurich’s spring festival.
April 22, 2019
The atmosphere during “Zwänzgerle”, held in Zurich’s Old Town, is focused and quiet.
June 24, 2019
A spectacular race through Zug’s Old Town marks the start of the cherry-picking season.
September 7 – 9, 2019
Zurich’s largest annual public festival is “Knabenschiessen” at Albisgütli.
Summer, 2020
Every three years, the custom held by the Boatmen’s Guild thrills locals and foreign guests alike.

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