Happy New Year Celebrate In Switzerland 2020
7 Best places To Celebrate Happy New Year 2020
Zurich is one of the most popular New Year’s Eve destinations. It hosts Switzerland’s biggest New Year’s party as over 100,000 people gather around the shores of Lake Zurich to hear live music, drink, eat and marvel at the huge fireworks display. At midnight, the city’s many churches ring out their bells and the party carries on until the wee hours, wrapping up at 3am.
Interlaken parties like the best of them on December 31st with music and fireworks. But the party doesn’t stop on January 1st, as another fantastic light display is held on the Höhematte as musicians and artists take to the lakeside in a festival atmosphere. If you stick around until January 2nd, you’ll witness the “Harderpotschete”. On this day, the streets become filled with the ‘Hardermann’ and his masked troupe of followers who charge through the city’s streets harassing spectators and pulling them into the chaotic fun.
Bring in the New Year in Basel, with a late night fireworks display over the Rhine and the beautiful medieval Mittlere Brücke, the historic bridge which is the city’s symbol. Before the fireworks, a traditional brass band sounds in front of the Cathedral. You can also pick up some free mulled wine between 11am and 1pm at points along the Rhine.
All the focus is on Lugano’s pretty Piazza della Riforma as Switzerland’s Italian speaking canton brings in the New Year in style. People flock here to eat, drink and dance to music by popular Swiss DJs. The party keeps on going well past the bells at 12pm.
Take advantage of Geneva’s ideal location, perched on the banks of Lac Léman, to watch one of the best fireworks displays in the country. Each year a different theme is honoured, in 2016 there was an ode to water. Aside from the show, there is music until the early hours at Plainpalais square, as well as late-night parties in the clubs.
Happy New Year Celebrations in Switzerland
Some of the festivities witnessed around this time are pretty much similar to what you can see in other places. Live music, extravagant display of fireworks and free flowing drinks, are some of them. The New Year celebrations at the banks of the River Limmat and Lake Zurich attract more than 150,000 people every year. The festivities here feature ringing of the church bells at midnight and illuminating the sky with spectacular fireworks.
If you like to celebrate New Year well into the night, the city of Zurich is an ideal choice. Here, the live music pauses only for the fireworks, and then runs till 3 in the morning. The city has excellent public transport services, which can be used by revelers to go back to their hotels. You will enjoy the wonderful New Year celebrations here, with family and friends. Apart from these two cities, other places in Switzerland also see exciting festivities around this time.
When adults fill their glasses with champagne to toast the beginning of the new year, children receive their champagne glass filled with Rimuss. It’s a sprakly drink that comes in a champagne-like bottle but has not alcohol. There was even a famous commercial a few years ago that said: “Mit Rimuss stossed alli aa!” (= with Rimuss everyone can toast). After all, everyone wants a little chin-chin to welcome in the new year.
If you’ve ever been to Switzerland, you’ll know that there are churches in almost all the villages and towns. In fact, the church bells ring every full hour and every 15 minutes (this time just one, two or three rings) to give you the time of the day. I guess this might be a leftover from times when not everyone had watches and people working in the fields would know the time of the day from hearing the bells ring.
On New Years Eve, just before midnight, church bells all over Switzerland will start ringing and swinging for a few minutes. This is what we call ringing out the old year. It’s a way to say goodbye to the old year and to everything that happened during it. Many people will actually go outside to listen to the bells or at least open their windows or balcony door even if its really cold outside. It’s a usually a quiet and pensive moment and personally I enjoy this moment of reflection very much.
The bells are followed by a quiet time and then there’s the traditional twelve chimes that mark midnight and the beginning of a new day and year. We count every stroke of the clock and toast our champagne glasses after number twelve.
Afterwards, there is some more bell ringing to welcome in the new year and everyone returns to their cozy homes to continue the celebration.
Dinner for One
Every year on December 31 Swiss television airs this classic sketch with May Warden and Freddy Frinton. Even though almost everyone knows the short film inside out, we still watch it every year and laugh when the tipsy (and later very drunk) butler stumbles over the tiger head. It’s simply part of the tradition and we’ve been doing it since early childhood. Of course, you can watch this classic on youtube: Dinner for one.
New Year Vacations in Switzerland
Many people prefer to welcome the New Year in Switzerland. And why not, Switzerland is a beautiful country and this comes out in the fore, during the winter season. Every year thousand of tourists head over to the Swiss cities to take part and see the celebrations there. During this time, you will find snow everywhere and this is one of the charms of being in Switzerland at that time. However, you must remember that there is more to celebrating New Year in Switzerland than the snows. There are many interesting New Year traditions in Switzerland, which have been followed for years