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Mardi Gras (Fasnacht) in Switzerland

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A February 1998 trip to Switzerland by Irene

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Quote: Based on the religious Lent and Fasting with just a touch of pagan, Mardi Gras, Carnival, Fasnacht, whatever you call it, was a devilish display of dancing, parading, overundulging, and just plain fun. From sophisticated Lucerne to relaxed villages like Sattel, even though the celebration is the same, every city and village has to twek it.

Mardi Gras (Fasnacht) in Switzerland

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Do not miss the outlandish Fritschi Parade in Lucerne at 4pm on Dirty Thursday, the Thursday before Ash Wednesday and then share a smaller, less formal parade in Sattel on Fat Monday starting at dawn with all the town people in costume and dancing to the beat of the drummers, sample the special Fasnacht pastries, and ride the rackrailway to the summit of the Rigi, for a panoramic view of the top of Switzerland.Quick Tips: Wear a costume to the parades, everyone is in costume, you will love it. It will be cold, so bring your coat and lots of film. Also helpful would be a backpack for water, snacks, etc. because everything is very expensive and you need to save money for the pastries and chang...Read More

Cove at Yarmouth

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Hotel | "Gasthaus Baren"

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Up a wide two flights of stairs from the side entrance, our room was the first door on the left-#2, out of only six. The door opened on the right hand side of the room and the bed was horizontal to us on the left. A bit spartan with sink on the right wall next to the wardrobe and the one window on the far wall with table to the left with TV. The facilities were directly across about 6 feet of hall done in sparkling grey tile with another sink and the toliet. Spotless is the word and spacious. I could get my soccer team in the shower. There was plenty of soap, shampoo, etc. Our bed had one headboard but two matresses and separate covers, very warm and fluffy with night table and lamp on each side. Grey...Read More

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Gausthaus Krone

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Restaurant

View toward the  Krone Photo, Switzerland, Europe
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Down the knoll from the Gasthause Baren as the road splits to the left and then through the red door of the grey stone building on the right is the cozy warm cafe of the Gasthaus Krone, proudly run bt Margrit Reichlin. Other than the pink clad tables and a corner round banquette inside, the Krone boasts an outdoor terrace with muli-colored umbrellas and a flower box stone wall on three sides, to help you enjoy the view of the Rigi. However today we are after hot tea and the warmth of the gleaming bar with the attention of two charming waitresses, after our trek on the Rigi. Our menu offers rosti (Swiss hash browns) with a variety of toppings, culet with frites, wurst salad, and French onion soup. We ...Read More

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Restaurant Bären

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Restaurant

Entrance Photo, Switzerland, Europe
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Spilt Personality - The Restaurant Bären has a split personality, two different restaurants in the same building. One is a local's cafe and bar and the other a splendid gourmet classic with all the trappings. After entering a massive oak door the foyer leads left to the comfortable and cheery cafe with clusters of light oak tables and banquettes below two solid walls of windows. Seating is by choice and remember that if and when you decide to sit at the center visitors table (stamtisch), it's only for those who would like to have company. Marlis Fach manages three fine waitresses while Alex guards the wine cellar and Roland Fach in cooperation with Marlis masters the kitchen. We were confused and ha...Read More

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Fastnacht (Swiss Mardi Gras, Carnival)

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Attraction | "It starts at 5:00 A.M."

Fastnacht (Swiss Mardi Gras, Carnival) Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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It's 5:00 A.M. and in the cheery darkness as the masses awaited the wave of the Fritschi Father and his troops as he opened the window of the Town Hall on the Kornplatz in Lucerne, and they listened for the resounding boom that began the revelry. Immediately everyone jumped around clapped their hands and began to dance to the music of the Guugemuusige(local masked bands) noted for their loud tunes. Now the wave of celebration (big and little people)washed from the Kornplatz over the bridges into the alleyways and streets. We separated and followed one of the blue and purple spangled bands as they wandered from group to pub with impromtu concerts here and a glass of wine there or maybe a coffee with ...Read More

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Fastnacht (Swiss Mardi Gras, Carnival)

Lucerne, Switzerland

Fasnacht Celebration

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Attraction

Hudi(Nanny) Photo, Switzerland, Europe
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As Marlis shooed us from our breakfast in her dinning room, the church bells began to ring and the drummers began their brrrummmpp to bump and the celebration was on. Thank goodness this time it was only 8:45 A.M., however it is snowing, a nice wet slushy one. We were pleasantly enjoying our tea and rolls when Marlis, followed by Roland, excitedly informed us we must leave, as she had the Fat Tuesday Gross Mittagessen (LUNCH) to prepare and the cafe to decorate. We must go now! So we went... into the street just as the red yellow clad drummer corp decended the hill followed by hordes of costumed villagers. Everyone marched and bounced to the beat closely following the drummers lead and they marc...Read More

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The Rigi

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Attraction

Rigi-Kaltbad Photo, Switzerland, Europe
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Not far from Sattel to the southwest by way of Highway 8 south to Brunnen and scenic Highway 2b on the northside of the Vierwaldstatter See(Lake Lucerne) is one of the gateways to The Rigi(5,896 ft.) at the village of Vitznau. Squatting right on the water's edge of this little tourist trap was the rackrail-way station for the journey to the summit. We boarded what looked like regular train cars but had an extreme angle similar to the slope of the mountain. We piled in with lots of company and began to chug our way to the top. First stop Rigi-Kaltbad, rest stop, shopping, snowmen, restaurants scattered down the slopes and rentals. We enjoyed local refreshment on the balcony of one of the lo...Read More

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