Experience the best of Swiss culture and events

If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience in 2023, Switzerland has something for everyone. Enjoy the exhilaration of horn sled races in winter, be dazzled by music festivals in summer, witness alpine cattle making their way up and down the mountains in fall and spring, or savor the colorful displays of flowers and food at regional festivals. Don’t miss out on these amazing events in Switzerland next year!


Horn sled races

Many years ago, horn sleds were used to transport hay or timber. Nowadays, horn sled races are held just for fun and attract numerous participants and spectators throughout Switzerland. Don’t miss out on the fun of this cultural heritage!


At the Lights Festival Lucerne, artists from around the world showcase diverse and fascinating light installations throughout the city. Enjoy a heartwarming winter walk and an attractive program that delights all the senses.


Tulip festival

The annual Fête de la Tulipe in Morges is one of the most beautiful spring events on Lake Geneva. Around 150,000 tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths can be enjoyed blooming in the Parc de l’Indépendence à Morges on the Lac Léman lakefront.

Alpine cattle ascent and descent

Before the start of summer, herdsmen and women dressed in traditional costumes move their elaborately decorated animals up on the alp to the delight of onlookers and folklore enthusiasts. In the autumn, the cattle are driven back down into the valleys, accompanied by a festive procession of costumed farmers and decorated animals.


International Alphorn Festival

The alphorn has long been a tool used by farmers to call the cows from the pastures and to communicate with other people. Although the instrument has now lost its original function, every year the Valais Drink Pure Alphorn Festival brings together around 150 alphorn players from all around the world.

Montreux Jazz Festival 

The Montreux Jazz Festival is an evolving event driven by the motto “Nothing is impossible for dreamers.” It features three paying venues and a selection of free events. Enjoy the thrill of the crowd surrounded by one of the most spectacular natural backdrops on Earth!



The Knabenschiessen is a popular rifle shooting competition for local boys and girls. The tradition dates to the 17th century, and the modern-day festival has been held annually since 1899. The festival features culinary delights, market stands, and amusement rides.

Festa d’Autunno

Enjoy the local cuisine and Ticino wines at the traditional “grottos” and city center restaurants. Explore the vibrant market stalls and entertainment for adults and children in Lugano, including fun games at the fair, music from Ticino folk groups, and opportunities to learn about the city’s history and architecture.

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