Top Choice Carnival in Basel


Basel's renowned 72-hour carnival kicks off at 4am on the Monday after Ash Wednesday with the Morgestraich, when streetlights are extinguished and a procession winds through the central district. Participants wear e…
Top Choice Light Show in Murten

Murten Festival of Lights

After enjoying phenomenal success in its first year (2016), drawing crowds of up to 80,000, Murten's one-of-a-kind 10-day winter festival, featuring all manner of projections and installations, has secured its place…
Top Choice Music in Nyon

Paléo Festival

Nyon’s six-day Paléo Festival, now in its fourth decade, is a key date in Europe’s summer festival diary. Switzerland’s biggest outdoor international music extravaganza, it lures rock, pop, jazz and folk-music lover…
Top Choice Christmas Market in Bern

Berner Weihnachtsmarkt

Bern's Christmas Markets, held over the month of December in Waisenhausplatz and Münsterplatz, are a real treat, offering beautiful hand-made goods and the chance to warm your cockles over a glühwein or two.
Top Choice Art in Basel

ART Basel

One of three international exhibits (the other two shows are in Miami and Hong Kong) showcasing the works of more than 4000 artists from almost 300 galleries, over a week in June.
Top Choice Parade in Charmey

La Désalpe de Charmey

Every fourth Sunday in September thousands of spectators gather to celebrate the tradition of 'Rindyà', when herds of cattle, adorned with head-dresses of flowers, are brought down from their summer Alpine pastures …
Top Choice Ballooning in Château d’Œx

Semaine Internationale de Ballons à Air Chaud

For one week in the second half of January, Château-d’Œx hosts this annual festival involving around 100 hot-air balloons, ranging from the standard floater to odd creatures such as a massive Scottish bagpipe player…
Cultural in Interlaken


An Olympics of sorts, the Unspunnenfest is Switzerland's biggest Alpine shindig, with yodelling, alpenhorn playing, flag-tossing, folk music, costumes and dance, Schwingen wrestling and stone throwing – notably of t…
Carnival in Geneva


Smashing sweet marzipan-filled marmites en chocolat (chocolate cauldrons) and gorging on the broken pieces makes Geneva's biggest festival (second weekend of December) loads of fun. Torch-lit processions enliven the…
Christmas in Samnaun


For most of the year, Samnaun is but a sleepy little town. Yet on the last weekend in November, it steals Lapland's reins by staging ClauWau, aka the Santa Claus World Championships. Some 100 pseudo-Father Christmas…