Swiss National Day in Interlaken

1. August 2021

Celebrate Swiss National Day in Interlaken

Experience how Holiday Region Interlaken maintains its various customs on Swiss National Day. Highlights include bonfires that are lit on the slopes of the surrounding mountains, as well as various folklore performances, from alphorn blowing to flag twirling and yodelling. A popular choice for kids is the torchlight parade and firework display.

Current information programme 2021

Status 21.07.2021

The popular flight of paragliders with flags and the children’s torch procession will go ahead. The bonfires will be lit as well. Owing to the pandemic, the fireworks display and the parade to Interlaken will not be taking place this year.

1 August celebrations in Interlaken

Paraglider mit Schweizerkreuz auf Schirm im blauen Himmel

Celebrate the 1 August in Interlaken and experience a variety of customs and traditions. In the Kursaal Park, 28 paragliders will unfurl the 26 canton flags in flight and get the festivities in Interlaken off to a flying start. This will be followed by a large folklore parade and a folk festival on the town hall square, with various folklore performances. A children's torchlight procession, various bonfires and a fireworks display will round off a day packed with Swiss tradition.

Traditional celebrations across Holiday Region Interlaken

Älplerin mit Kühen läuft auf der Strasse durch Interlaken am Festumzug vom 1. August in Interlaken

Enjoy the many village festivals on Swiss National Day, with culinary delights and musical performances. Enjoy special National Day brunches in one of the many villages or in the Alps. As night falls, watch the blazing lights of the bonfires around the lakes of Thun and Brienz and admire the colourful firework displays reflected in the waters.

That's why you have to attend the celebrations on 1st of August

  • Spectacular paragliders with canton flags

  • Bonfires across Holiday Region Interlaken

  • Colourful firework displays

  • Children’s torchlight procession

  • Other celebrations across Holiday Region Interlaken

Personal Tip

"It's a tradition for me to watch the paragliders display the 26 canton flags above our heads on 1 August, with a cool drink in my hand."

Your accommodation in Interlaken – for a stay brimming with tradition.

Celebrate a carefree National Day until late at night with an overnight stay in Interlaken.

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