I hear August 1th is National Day! How can I celebrate?

There is an official folklore procession from Werdmühleplatz via Bahnhofstrasse to Bürkliplatz. The procession is followed by a festival with music and food stalls at Bürkliplatz. More info here.

In whole Switzerland, many farmers offer whole-day-lasting brunches, for a typical “Burezmorge” have a look here.

A more urban way of August 1th is celebrated at Äms Fäscht at Bäckeranlage, where local bands play and food from all over the world heals your hunger. Or visit the Stadtsommer concert of Kazanchis (we’ll blog about Stadtsommer tomorrow).

If you’re not in the mood to celebrate with the masses, grab yourself a Cervelat, walk up to Hörnli in Zürich Oberland and go bbq-ing (or “brätle” as we say). Or follow the suggestions of Freunde am Kochen and cook yourself a typical Swiss dinner.


Yeahhh: Happy 721st birthday, Switzerland!

Swiss people like the 1st of August mainly because they’re off work – time to relax and enjoy the sun.

But hooray, it’s Swiss National Day! There are lots of things to do. You could…

… stay in the city and enjoy the quiet summertime in one of Zurichs public baths or stroll around town.

… enjoy an extensive brunch on a leisurely cruise on lake Zurich in the morning or book a table on the evening ferry with beautiful views on bonfires and fireworks.

… take the train to Zurich Oberland and hike up Hörnli or Schnebelhorn. Bring your own Cervelat!

… try a real swiss breakfast at one of the farms around town. Find more (german) information here. Make sure to book ahead!

… attend the official National Day celebrations in Zurich. Download the program in english at the bottom of this page.

… skip all these things and stay in bed. There is an Openair party going on at Allmend tonight!

Oh and by the way: on the 1st of August we celebrate the Confederation of the 3 founding cantons Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden in 1291: this was when the Eidgenossenschaft was born!