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Festival of Festivals

24 – 25 September & 1 – 2 October 2022

A stroll through the autumnal traditions of Switzerland – markets, music, dance, cuisine and much more

The Festival of Festivals event offers visitors the chance to experience 15 regional festivals in the uniquely beautiful surroundings of the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum. Over two weekends, towns and villages, alpine cooperatives, professional associations and societies up to deliver insights into their traditional autumn festivals. Food and drink, music and dance performances, markets and workshops bring the culinary and cultural heritage to life.

The Festival of Festivals 2022 at a glance

  • Date: 24 – 25 September & 1 – 2 October 2022

  • Time: Sat 9.00 am – 11.00 pm / Sun 9.00 am – 7.00 pm

  • Location: Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum

  • Food/Drink: Numerous food stalls serving autumnal specialities from various regions

  • Entrance/costs: For information on tickets, please visit the website

Scores of Swiss traditions in one place

Abbildung der Obwaldner Älplerchilbi

The Festival of Festivals presents autumn festivals from all of Switzerland’s provinces and linguistic regions. Enjoy cultural and culinary diversity in the landscaped areas and buildings of the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum. Here you can familiarise yourself with regional festivals, rural customs, agricultural production, refined craftsmanship and much more.

In one day, you can enjoy an "Älpler-Chilbi" (alpine herders’ fair) from Obwalden, marvel at the Valais "Combat des Reines" (cow fighting) a little later, discover what’s behind a Trottenfest from the Blauburgunderland or face up to current issues surrounding meat consumption and vegetarian nutrition at a "Berner Metzgete". Romanesque Switzerland is brought to life with a "Festa da la Racolta" from Val Müstair, while the Italian-speaking region is represented by a Ticino "Festa d’Autunno" and a "Castagnata" from the southern valleys of the Grisons. Meanwhile the French-speaking regions treat you to "La Bénichon" from Fribourg, the "Fête des Moissons" from Vaud and the "Saint-Martin" from Jura.

Coming together at the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum

Abbildung der Freiburger Bénichon

As the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum is transformed into a festival site. Regional festival organisers and other partners produce a cross-generational programme for you, your friends and your family. Look forward to a wealth of experiences and exchanges as you get involved and join in with the events.

Four reasons why you should attend the Festival of Festivals

  • 15 Swiss autumn festivals in one place

  • Culinary and cultural experiences

  • Unique atmosphere at Switzerland’s only Open-Air Museum

  • Experiences of customs and craftsmanship to remember

Personal tip

«At the "Festival of Festivals" you will experience the full variety of Switzerland’s autumnal traditions and festivals in one uniquely beautiful location.»

Accommodation in Brienz

Combine your visit of the Festival of Festivals with an excursion to the Holiday Region Interlaken and book your accommodation here.

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