A stroll through Swiss autumn traditions.
Fifteen local festivals and autumn customs from across Switzerland are set to come together at Ballenberg, where towns, villages, valley communities, Alpine co-operatives and other associations will take centre stage for a collective showcase of aspects of their autumn festival traditions and to share their culinary and cultural heritage with us.
On two weekends, the Swiss Open-Air Museum invites visitors to the "Fest der Feste": a once-in-a-generation experience.
A stroll through Swiss autumn traditions:
Visitors can explore an ‘Älplerchilbi’ fair from Obwalden, check out the famous Valais ‘Combat de Reines’ cow fight, discover the story behind ‘Trottenfest’ wine events in Blauburgerland and tackle topical issues like meat consumption and vegetarian cooking at a Bernese ‘Metzgete’ – all in just one day. Romansh-speaking Switzerland is set to entertain with the ‘Festa di Racolta’ from Val Müstair, while the Italian-speaking contingent will present a ‘Festa d’Autunno’ all the way from Ticino and a ‘Castagnata’ from the southern valleys of Grisons. ‘La Bénichon’ from Freiburg, the ‘Fête des Moissons’ from Vaud and ‘Saint Martin’ from Jura are on hand to represent French-speaking Swiss traditions.