Lucerne Carnival

Experience the «fifth season» in the Lucerne – Lake Lucerne Region. People throw their inhibitions to the wind before the forty-day period of Lent, which itself precedes Easter. Celebrate carnival with us and let the rhythms and local specialities carry you away.

The three rüüdig days in Lucerne

The next carnival starts on 20 February and ends on 25 February 2020. During that time, Lucerne's Old Town is transformed into one big festival site. People celebrate, make and enjoy music, and dance. A loud explosion (the Urknall or «Big Bang») at five in the morning of Schmutzig Thursday marks the start of the proceedings. All is quiet again the following Ash Wednesday, which is forty days before Palm Sunday.

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Lucerne Carnival programme

The highlights of Lucerne Carnival are the Urknall, the Fritschi parade on Schmutzig Thursday, the Wey parade on Güdis Monday and the Monstercorso parade on Güdis Tuesday.

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5 things you have to experience at the carnival

We help you make sense of the carnival-tide chaos and point up the must-see events.

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Carnival events

The villages of the Lucerne – Lake Lucerne Region have very different ways of celebrating carnival in terms of customs, traditions, music and costumes.

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The origins of carnival go back a long way – to the Middle Ages. 

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