Cesar Ritz

Cesar Ritz

Born penniless in Switzerland, Ritz, with ingenuity and exacting standards, went from humble beginnings to having his very name be a synonym for unabashed luxury.

Zopf, a history

Zopf

Ever-present in Swiss breadboxes and on Sunday breakfast tables is the plaited, golden Zopf / Tresse / Treccia, whose name literally means ‘braid’ in German, French, and Italian.

Absinthe

Absinthe

During the late 1800s absinthe was the drink of choice for bohemians and artists alike. Although now it's thought that much of its psychoactive properties were exaggerated, tales of hallucinations and mania led to the drink being vilified and banned in the early 20th century.

Fasnacht

Fasnacht

In Switzerland, Fasnacht is celebrated in the typical waybig street parties, loud music, parades, dressing-up, many traditional fried delicacies, and plenty of drinking.

Zibelemärit

Zibelemärit

At four in the morning the festivities begin. Onions, as far as the eye can see. Braided onions, onion figurines, onion pie, onion sausages, and onion soup.

And confetti. 

Gansabhauet

Gansabhauet

Perhaps the strangest of Swiss traditions, the Gansabhauet involves masked and blindfolded participants trying to win a dead goose by severing its neck with a blunt sword.