Customs & Traditions
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”. 

February 13, 2018
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 2, 2018
The atmosphere during “Zwänzgerle”, held in Zurich’s Old Town, is focused and quiet.
April 16, 2018
Everything you need to know about Zurich’s spring festival.
June 26, 2017
A spectacular race through Zug’s Old Town marks the start of the cherry-picking season.
July 1, 2017
Every three years, the custom held by the Boatmen’s Guild thrills locals and foreign guests alike.
August 18 – 27, 2017
This popular public festival in Baden is only held every 10 years.
September 11, 2017
Zurich’s largest annual public festival is “Knabenschiessen” at Albisgütli.
December 3, 2017
Not for the fainthearted – the “Samichlausschwimmen” swimming event takes place in Zurich in winter.

Multifaceted Zurich

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