Celebrate Switzerland's longest New Year's Eve in Interlaken from December 31st, 2017 – January 2nd, 2018. Let's get the party started!
The party of parties begins on 31 December with a gala dinner, continues on 1 January with an electrifying open-air concert on the Höhematte with a variety of refreshment stands and a spectacular firework display, and ends on 2 January with the traditional “Harderpotschete” procession at which the evil spirits are driven out of the region.
Touch the Mountains
On the day after the traditional end-of-the-year activities Interlaken likes to put on yet another dazzling display! A spectacular firework display is lit on the Höhematte that is just as spectacular as its summer counterpart on August 1. Folklore groups, bell ringers and various other festivities drum up a wonderful atmosphere along Interlaken’s promenade. There is also an open-air concert featuring first-rate performers. All in all – a great way to usher in the New Year! touchthemountains.ch (German)
On January 2nd every year, Interlaken is haunted by the masked figures of the Hardermann, his wife and his band of followers, the Potschen. Masked figures (known as the Potschen) run through the streets, screaming and shouting, pulling spectators along, and spreading (mock) fear and dread. harderpotschete.ch (German)