Please sign in to post.

Swiss Folklore Shows - Any Recommendations?

Will be traveling to Zurich, Interlaken, Zermatt and Lauterbrunnen next Summer. Looking for a restaurant that features Swiss folklore (yodeling, etc). Any suggestions? Was considering Stadtkeller getting in Lucerne but won’t be there in the evening.

Posted by
396 posts

Stadtkeller is fairly unique if you really want a full-on show in a restaurant, but this should run again next summer on Harder Kulm in Interlaken: https://www.restaurantharderkulm.ch/en/events/events-detail/article/swiss-folklore-evening-harder-kulm-top-of-interlaken.html
Zurich is not really the place for alpine folklore, but there is a little pub (the Älpli bar) that has traditional music - but it is definitely more of a bar than a restaurant https://www.zuerich.com/en/visit/nightlife/aelpli-bar
You don't say exactly when you're going, but on the 2nd weekend of August, there is always a big folklore festival in Zermatt. And August 1st (Swiss National Day) usually means plenty of folklore options in any of the mountain towns. These are not necessarily "shows" in a restaurant, but often there's a barbecue or similar with musical entertainment, flag tossing, etc.
Otherwise, I'd consult the tourist offices and see if they know about any specific events during your stay. There are a lot of smaller folk or music festivals that pop up during the summer.

Posted by
33324 posts

the Swiss traditional yet very modern family group Oesch's die Dritten https://www.oeschs-die-dritten.ch/en/concerts-2/ have concerts and other performances all around Switzerland and neighbouring countries year round. If you are lucky to catch them, maybe even at a festival, you will be rewarded. Named because there have been 3 generations in the family band. At the moment the daughter, Melanie, is the lead, and she yodels and sings beautifully and enthusiastically in a local way - they are from the area of Kanton Bern in a tiny village deep in the countryside above Lake Thun. Her father plays a traditional Swiss accordion, a Schwyzerörgeli. Mother sings and plays tambourine. Her brothers make up the rest of the band (with friend Urs). For a taster search on Youtube. They have many videos. A good example in various settings (but a few years old) is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wcyGVvPZxk