Anyone who misses Switzerland’s largest festival, the “Züri Fäscht”, will have to wait another three years before they have the chance again.
During the first weekend in July, two million visitors took over the streets along the River Limmat and around the lake basin that are otherwise occupied by cars, trams and buses. A giant festival ground with music and food stands serving culinary delights from all over the world, attracted people of all ages. Spectacular sights were not just to be found in the inner city, but also in the skies above Zurich – thanks to their magnitude and beauty, the two musical fireworks displays on the Friday and Saturday evenings were among the absolute highlights of this mega-event.
Established in 1973, Switzerland’s biggest carnival is held once every three years. The event takes place in central Zurich around the lake and rivers with market stalls lining the streets, stages with live entertainment, a Chilbi (funfair) centred on Sechseläutenplatz and a general festive atmosphere. Regardless of whether you enjoy the press of happy revellers or not, do be sure to show up for the festival highlight of spectacular fireworks displays over Lake Zurich on Friday or Saturday nights.
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Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge.
The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.