Easter Holidays in Switzerland

Easter is nearly here! What do the Swiss do for Easter? Well, lots actually! There’s tons of brunches, fish Fridays, chocolate making, swimming (!), mountain events to say goodbye to the ski season, and lots more. (Did I mention lots and lots of brunches??)

The eating kicks off on Good Friday, which brings us two fish related events:

  • A Four Course Fish menu at the Caschu Alp – Boutique Design Hotel in Stoos, Schweiz, http://www.caschu-alp.ch
  • Smoked Salmon from wooden planks, from Good Friday to Easter Monday, at the Restaurant Güterhof in Schaffhausen: http://www.gueterhof.ch/
In the old days salmons were jumping up the Rhine fall and in the Güterhof wood was stored. Nowadays we buy salmon and wood, light a fire and cook the salmon sides according old Scandinavian tradition on wooden boards. It is a highlight at Easter.
From the website: “In the old days salmons were jumping up the Rhine fall and in the Güterhof wood was stored. Nowadays we buy salmon and wood, light a fire and cook the salmon sides according old Scandinavian tradition on wooden boards. It is a highlight at Easter.”

 

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Zopfteignest, image by Gotha

The Americans might have a reputation for being brunch-obsessed, but when it comes to big national holidays, the Swiss sure love to “Z’mörgele!”

Selection of brunches around Switzerland:

Brunch on the Chäserrugg, Unterwasser
Brunch on the Chäserrugg, Unterwasser

Perhaps some delicious Easter chocolate bunnies are what you are craving? How about creating your own Easter chocolates at the famous chocolatier, Lindt? With their Easter chocolate class, you can make your very own Lindt bunny. Kate Prinsloo of Mom In Zurich gives you all the info you need to make an extra sweet treat! Check out her full post here!

image by Kate Prinsloo, used with permission
image by Kate Prinsloo, used with permission

If you are closer to the French region, the Maison Cailler in Broc (near Gruyeres) also offers a chocolate bunny making workshop! More info and dates can be found on the Maison Cailler website.

Maison Cailler in Broc
Maison Cailler in Broc

And lest they be left out, Chocolat Frey (Buchs AG) also is offering bunny decorating and other Easter crafts, and the price includes entrance into the visitors center. http://www.chocolatfrey.ch/

Enjoying some chocolate at Chocolates Frey in Buchs AG
Enjoying some chocolate at Chocolates Frey in Buchs AG

For a change of pace, on Easter Monday you can watch the brave jump into the Griefensee at the “Blaueierschwimmen” where hardy souls, young and old, swim out into the lake to fetch a blue egg. More info at: http://www.blaueierschwimmen.ch

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Want to get the kids out searching for eggs? Many local areas are having Easter egg hunts – here are a few:

  • Museum Langmatt in Baden on Saturday 15 April, 10.- per child. http://www.langmatt.ch/kunstvermittlung/angebote-fuer-kinder-familien/
  • Huge egg hunt on Mt. Rigi! On Easter Sunday from 10-16: https://www.rigi.ch/Media/Veranstaltungen/Rigi-Ostereier-Suche
    (From the website: The Easter Bunny will be hiding more than 400 eggs on Mount Rigi (Kulm, Staffel, First, Kaltbad, Scheidegg, Burgfest and Seebodenalp) on Easter Sunday. If you find an egg, hand it in at a restaurant on Mount Rigi during opening hours and you'll receive a sweet instant prize (only one egg per person). All the eggs that are found will be entered into the big prize draw. Prizes for this fun Easter egg hunt include: Mount Rigi travel passes, Mount Rigi restaurant vouchers, Admission to the Mineral Baths & Spa, Rigi Kaltbad)
    (From the website: The Easter Bunny will be hiding more than 400 eggs on Mount Rigi (Kulm, Staffel, First, Kaltbad, Scheidegg, Burgfest and Seebodenalp) on Easter Sunday. If you find an egg, hand it in at a restaurant on Mount Rigi during opening hours and you’ll receive a sweet instant prize (only one egg per person). All the eggs that are found will be entered into the big prize draw. Prizes for this fun Easter egg hunt include: Mount Rigi travel passes, Mount Rigi restaurant vouchers, Admission to the Mineral Baths & Spa, Rigi Kaltbad)

     

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What about mom getting a little extra sleep while dad and the kids bake some yummy bread treats to bring home for brunch? On Saturday April 15, the Familienzentrum Karussell in Baden is having a “Vater-Kind” day to bake yummy Easter treats. While the treats bake, there will be Easter stories to listen to. To reserve your spot: 056 222 4744, info@karussell-baden.ch

Whatever you choose to do for Easter, I hope it’s a fun weekend for you and your family and friends!

Enjoy!

lindtbunny

 

#Stacy

3 Comments

  1. Wow, so many things I didn’t know about. And the brunches I hadn’t heard of either. I just knew about the famous Zurich ones. So much fun to be had this weekend!

  2. We’re usually invited to brunches by friends and family so I’ve never been to any of the ones you’re suggesting. They sound great, though, so does the egg hunt on Mt Rigi!
    Never heard of Blaueierschwimmen!
    Happy Easter 🐰 / Passover!

  3. That Easter Egg Hunt on Mt.Rigi sounds great!
    Happy Easter!

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