April in Switzerland

Can you feel it? The air is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and Switzerland is gearing up for an epic month ahead. April is like that friend who shows up with a backpack full of surprises, ready to take you on the ride of your awakening nature, blossom and fun events. From quaint villages to buzzing cities, there’s plenty of fun you can do. So, grab your calendar and let’s dive into all the awesome events waiting for us in Switzerland this April!

1st of April

Morges: The Swiss Tulip Festival is back in Morges from March 29th to May 12th. You will find a fun agenda with different workshops and activities. A little insider tip: Although the festival start in March, if you come to enjoy a full blossom, plan your trip from mid April on. As normally the tulips are closed and not open enough before that.

Easter fun and Eggs Hunt: You can enjoy eggs hunting in several places around Switzerland. For example in Zurich, Geneva, Fribourg, Bern, Lucerne, Vaud, Ticino, La Gruyere.

Zurich: “Zwänzgerle” – Tradition in Zurich. Easter Monday morning in the heart of Zurich’s Old Town is a unique experience. As crowds gather under the arches of Limmatquai and on Rüdenplatz, there’s a sense of anticipation in the air. Here’s the deal: adults take aim at hard-boiled eggs held by kids with 20-cent coins. If they hit the mark, they keep both the egg and the coin.

Vuillerens Castle: Celebrate Easter with family-friendly activities including egg hunts, puzzles, and challenges. Children can follow the Lindt Golden Rabbit on two different routes tailored to their ages.

Crans-Montana: Caprices Festival- Caprices is globally recognized for its unique glass Modernity Stage, set at the top of the Swiss Alps in the picturesque ski resort of Crans-Montana.

Schaffhausen: LGT World Men’s Curling Championship takes place in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, from March 30. to April 7.

Einsiedeln: Einsiedeln Monastery conducts various formal services throughout the Easter week.

Lenzerheide: Easter egg hunt in Lenzerheide with a mixture of classic egg hunt, scavenger hunt and treasure hunt.

4th of April

Näfels: The Näfels Procession, held on the first Thursday of April each year, commemorates the Battle of Näfels on April 9, 1388, a significant event in the history of the Canton of Glarus.

St. Moritz: SunIce Festival- The “Coachella of the mountains”. The lifestyle music festival “SunIce” combines techno and EDM by world-famous DJs with various winter activities as well as art and fashion productions. Dates: 04.04-07.04.

5th of April

Cully: Jazz Festival- The most intimate of Switzerland’s major jazz festivals has become a not-to-be-missed event for jazz lovers. Dates: April 5th to 13th.

Kloten: A spring fair at Kloten where you’ll find thrilling fairground rides, irresistible aroma of roasted almonds and cotton candy.

Grenchen: International Competition UCI C1- which is the biggest recurring track cycling event in Switzerland is taking place between 05-06.04.

Lugano: The Bike Emotions 2024 takes place from the 5th to the 7th of April.

6th of April

Engelberg: Waterslide Contest- Off into the cold water! Glide across the water with skis, snowboard or a funmobile.

Pizol: Waterslide Contest- Experience a hilariously fun season finale with a dip at Pizol on the “Furt”. Here, the focus is on enjoyment rather than competition, as skiers and snowboarders start with a run of about 50m, gradually shortening with each round until only one person remains dry at the end.

Verbier: Red Bull Homerun is a race organized by Red Bull that brings together skiers and snowboarders to celebrate the end of the season.

Hilfikon: A thrill of the 67th Motocross Wohlen featuring the European Sidecar Championship and an array of exciting events including quad races, solo categories, and vintage showcases

Lugano: The CIC Swiss Bike Cup is embedded in the biggest bike festival in Ticino, the Lugano Bike Emotions. Which will take place between 06-07.04.

7th of April

Wangs: The International Pizol Giant Slalom including the Federation Championship, held at Pizol Wangs, Gaffia-Furt.

Effingen: An age-old tradition, the race between winter and spring. Two teams have to race and solve tasks until they have collected all their eggs. Each village also has its own little specialties, costumes and craziness.

12th of April

Olten: A Wine Fair takes place from April 12th to 14th, at the Stadttheater Olten. With 25 wine importers, vintners, and wineries showcasing their finest and latest wine creations.

Nyon: For ten days, Visions du Réel transforms Nyon into a vibrant hub, welcoming filmmakers and artists from across the globe alongside a dedicated audience of 45,000 attendees. As one of the premier festivals celebrating real cinema, it showcases numerous world and international premieres.

Biel/ Bienne: The World Cup of Tennis will takes place between the 12 – 13. of April.

13th of April

Maienfeld: Every weekend from April to October, a winemaker from Maienfeld opens its doors from 11 am. Amidst the vineyards of Maienfeld, the winemakers provide particularly cozy spots, offering the perfect opportunity to unwind with a good glass of wine.

14th of April

Zurich: The Sechseläuten – Zurich’s Spring Festival. A must visit Traditional event in Zurich! Besides guild members attired in historical costumes, the festival is characterized by music ensembles, parades, horses, flowers, flags, and the burning of the Böögg.

15th of April

Lausanne: Lausanne’s international comic strip festival has established itself as the must-go annual event for comic strip fans. Dates: 15-28.04.

19th of April

Basel: BScene opens the Basel festival season again this year: on April 19 and 20.

Bern: The 49th International Jazz Festival Bern with world-class international musicians perform in over 200 individual concerts.

21st of April

Zurich: The Zurich Marathon is popular both with pro athletes and amateurs and provides a unique running experience in and around Zurich.

Fribourg: The Swiss Unihockey Championship Final will take place in French-speaking Switzerland for the first time.

Locarno: Car-free day- A day of free leisure activity that can be spent on a bike, skating or on foot along a distance that is entirely closed to motorized traffic.

25th of April

Solothurn: Beer days- The largest celebration of Swiss beer culture features over 50 breweries of all sizes pouring more than 200 craft beers. Taking place from April 25th to 27th.

Gstaad: The mountain guide association of Gstaad and Lenk extends a warm welcome to mountain guides and their partners from around the globe to the Saanenland. The exciting events include the giant slalom and ascent race at the Glacier 3000 ski resort on Saturday, April 27, 2024, along with a ski tour on Friday morning, a festive program, the nations’ marching-in ceremony on Friday at 4 pm, and the gala evening on Saturday night.

Samnaun-Compatsch: The 8th European Formation Skiing Championships with precise turns and perfect coordination. Dates: 25-28 of April.

26th of April

Fleurier: Carnavallon- The upcoming celebration features a lively lineup including Guggens, DJ sets, bars, costumes, and a Carna’Kids afternoon with magic, face painting, and dance shows. Please note that tickets for Carnavallon events this year are exclusively available through the online ticketing system.

Basel: Street food Festival- a culinary adventure to the diverse food cultures of the world with 45 stalls. Offering small portions of various dishes for sampling. With free entry and a revamped Kinderland concept on weekends, themed bars, live music, and street performers.

Locarno: Food Truck Festival with trucks, caravans & ape cars – coming from the North of the Alps as well as from our lively Italian neighbors.

Chur: The Calanda Spring Festival is back for its ninth edition, bringing vibrant live music to the city of Chur once again. With 150 musicians across 30 bands performing in 20 venues, an eclectic mix of blues, rock, and pop.

Grabs SG: The Street Food Festival will take place from April 26th to April 28th. The festival offers a culinary journey with 25 food stands and trucks, showcasing both local delights and international specialties.

Lenzburg: Step back in time to the late Middle Ages with an immersive experience at Lenzburg Castle, where over 100 participants from across Europe bring medieval life to vivid reality. From skilled craftsmen showcasing their trades to merchants presenting goods and guards patrolling the castle courtyard.

27th of April

Estavayer-le-Lac: The picturesque streets of the medieval city will come alive with The Farm in Town and its delightful animals, offering a blend of rural and urban experiences. A weekend filled with lively cattle competitions, captivating animal shows, and engaging activities for children, along with horse-drawn carriage rides

Basel: Open House – approximately 100 remarkable historical and contemporary buildings for free. Guided tours are offered from 10 am to 6 pm on both days, allowing visitors to peek behind the facades of private residences, theaters, churches, museums, schools, offices, studios, workshops, and infrastructure buildings.

St. Gallen: The Honky Tonk Festival in St. Gallen will take place in April. International bands with a wide range of musical directions will perform at 30 locations throughout the city on this weekend.

Lausanne: The traditional 10 and 20 km courses races the scenic lake shores and cobblestone paths around the cathedral, along with the junior races covering 2 and 4 km.

Winterthur: The Eschenbergschwinget is the traditional annual wrestling festival held on Winterthur’s local mountain, organized by the Schwingklub Winterthur. The young wrestlers kick off the event on Saturday at 10:00 am. The main wrestling matches featuring the active participants will take place on Sunday starting at 12:00 pm.

Open Cellars: From April 27th to May 1st, Swiss German winemakers open their cellars to all interested in discovering the regional craftsmanship in the local vineyards and production spaces. Wineries offer wine tastings, cellar tours, vineyard walks, and delicious local specialties. Find the opening dates of participating wineries and their offerings in the map below.

Leysin: Come and cheer on the Tour de Romandie 2024 cyclists on the 4th stage as they arrive in Leysin.

Lucerne: The Lucerne City Run takes place on Saturday, April 27. With distances ranging from 660 meters to 7 kilometers.

28th of April

Avenches: During the annual SlowUp event, 33 km of roads around Lake Morat and through Avenches are closed to vehicles for cyclists, rollerbladers and walkers to enjoy!

Basel: The Women’s Run takes place on April 28th, featuring beautiful routes along the Rhine and an opportunity to participate in the Women’s Run Cup across multiple cities.

Appenzell: Every year on the last Sunday in April (except in times of pandemic), all men and women resident in Appenzell I.Rh. who are entitled to vote gather on the Landsgmeindeplatz in Appenzell to appoint the highest authorities and pass resolutions on important national matters.

30th of April

Geneva: The Dance Festival- Geneva’s Fête de la Danse deploy along the Rhone River, featuring performances and demonstrations here and there throughout the week, as well as moments of festive group dance! For grown-ups and KIDS.

So I hope that you will have an amazing month and plenty of fun!

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