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Customs and traditions

Swiss traditions and customs are part of daily life in Obwalden: herdsmen's fairs, alpine cattle drives, St. Niklaus procession, carnival, Swiss wrestling.


Alp herdsmen's fairs

The Älplerchilbi (herdsmen's fair) tradition has been celebrated in Obwalden for more than 400 years. A lived custom and an integral part of the Swiss tradition in Obwalden.

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Alp transhumance

Experience local traditions: the annual alp transhumance in Kerns involving cows, alphorns, market stalls and folk music.

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Carnival

Carnival in Obwalden is celebrated with a passion. The colourful, vibrant spectacle lasts a number of days, ending on Shrove Tuesday. Carnival time is characterised by exuberance, mask wearing and loud music making.

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St. Nicholas processions

During Advent, each one of Obwalden's municipalities hosts a St. Nikolaus procession. The saint (translated as Santa Claus) throws sweets to those watching the procession.

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Christmas markets

Immerse yourself in the unique Advent atmosphere of the charming Christmas markets in the Obwalden region.

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Swiss wrestling

Experience the Swiss national sport of Schwingen (Swiss wrestling) at the Brünig Schwinget or Fruttschwinget festivals in Obwalden. You'll be amazed!

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Obwaldner Trachten

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Die Tracht sowie die Trachtengruppen mit Ihrer Trachtenmusik haben in Obwalden seit langem einen festen Bestand und ist tief in der lokalen Kultur verankert - diese wird geschätzt und behutsam gepflegt.

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