We wish everyone a fabulous ‘Bundesfeier’, especially our Swiss Partners, The Dolder Grand in Zürich and Parkhotel Vitznau on the shores of Lake Lucerne.
The Swiss National Day (German: Schweizer Bundesfeier; French: Fête nationale Suisse; Italian: Festa nazionale svizzera; Romansh: Fiasta naziunala Svizra) is celebrated in communities all around Switzerland every year on August 1st. Since 1891, the first of August has been celebrated as Swiss National Day but it has only been the official national holiday/ public holiday in all of Switzerland since 1994.
The date refers to the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy by means of the Federal Charter (Bundesbrief), ‘Pacte du Grutli’, of 1291, one of the country’s most important founding documents by the three cantons of Schwyz, Uri and Unterwalden.
The day is started generally with a prayer and the singing of the Swiss national anthem (the Schweizerpsalm). In the evening church bells ring throughout the country at 8:00 p.m. (20:00).
Fireworks and especially the illuminated Rheinfall at Schaffhausen are typical for the national celebrations.
At Parkhotel Vitznau the ‘Lake Terrace’ is open from 11-17h with Swiss grill specialities from 18.30, a 3 course choice menu, indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. Restaurant ‘PRISMA’ is open 11.45- 14h with à la carte menu, starting 18.00h with a 5 course Swiss Menu. Restaurant ‘focus’ serves a Swiss hourmet menu starting 19.00h. reservations are recommended, best handled under Tel. +41 (0)41 399 60 60 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dolder Grand offers a special as well, headlined ‘Summer highlight with a view’: “Celebrate Swiss National Day on 1 August 2016 with a superior barbecue event. We will be serving succulent cuts of meat and delicious fresh fish, prepared for you directly on the grill, from 7.00 pm on our garden terrace (weather permitting). Complete with classic side dishes and an imaginative dessert buffet, this is a barbecue evening with a view like no other.” We highly recommend reservations under +41 44 456 62 59 email@example.com
Christian Seitz Founder and CEO of Neuschwansteiner said: “Treat yourself at Swiss National day with a nice chilled Neuschwansteiner and an excellent, star-rated dinner at our partners, The Dolder Grand in Zürich and Parkhotel Vitznau.”
Additional information: Neuschwansteiner is presenting partner of THE EPICURE 2016 – Days of Culinary Masterpieces at THE DOLDER GRAND from September 14-18.
Pictures courtesy of The Dolder Grand, Park Hotel Vitznau Beat Brechbühl Klaus Lorke Michelle Chaplow