Switzerland: Culture and Arts
A summer and winter sports paradise
While Switzerland is famous for its landscapes and outdoor pursuits such as walking and skiing, culture and arts lovers will still find plenty to amuse them during a holiday to Switzerland. There are more than 900 museums in Switzerland, including the National Museum at Zurich’s main railway station,
The Picasso Museum and the Glacier Garden in Lucerne, a natural monument with gigantic glacial potholes that also features the oldest relief maps of Switzerland. Theatre lovers should not miss a visit to the Open-Air Theatre in Interlaken. Set in a forest clearing, Tell, the play about William Tell, has been staged at the theatre for more than 90 years, and every year more than 180 actors, 20 horses and a procession of cows and goats take to the stage for this Swiss tradition.
The theatre also offers a free children’s nursery, so parents won’t have to miss out. Folk art is kept alive in organisations all over Switzerland. In Switzerland it is mostly expressed in music, dance, poetry, woodcarving and embroidery. Yodelling, despite being stereotypical for Switzerland, is limited to some mountain areas.
The use of the alphorn is seen mainly in mountainous regions in Switzerland, and like yodeling or the accordion, it has become an epitome of traditional Swiss music.
In Zurich, do not miss the gothic Fraumünster, with its stained-glass windows by Chagall; the imposing twin-towered Grossmünster cathedral. Also while in Switzerland, take a trip to the Horological Museum and watch-making factories at La-Chaux-de-Fonds. There are more factories at Le Locle nearby, all producing celebrated Swiss precision watches