Feb 11, 2020 - 8:37 PM
Last year in February we went to Lucerne (www.myswissalps.com/lucerne) and as we have small children our main goal was to visit the Swiss Museum of Transport (www.myswissalps.com/museumoftransport). I booked the accommodation just a day before and I did not understand why everything is fully booked in mid-February. When we arrived to the Old Town after an amazing half day at the Swiss Museum of Transport everything became clear: we went there during the Carnival (Fastnacht in German)! What a surprise!
After we found our hotel we went back to enjoy the party on the streets. I've never seen Swiss people become crazy like that before. It was amazing, everyone (except us) wore a costume: children, adults and elderly people too. There were many bands playing music (also wearing costumes) while they were walking through the Old Town of Lucerne. Fast food trucks everywhere, confetti on the streets, every shopwindow were decorated according to the festival. It was a huge parade with lots of music and beer.
We felt lucky that we went on that weekend and also that this time our hotel was outside of the old town, so we had the chance to sleep as it was not that noisy :)
The Carnival days are coming soon, this year it will be held between 20 February and 25 February 2020 in Lucerne. If you are in the region during that time I highly recommend to visit Lucerne. For further information about the festival visit www.luzern.com/en/highlights/carnival-in-lucerne/lucerne-carnival/ and www.lfk.ch/ (only in German). You can find accommodation in Lucerne at www.myswissalps.com/lucerne/hotels and www.myswissalps.com/lucerne/rentals.
One more thing, we visited the Old town on the next morning again and of course everything was super clean, they cleaned up that big mess very fast.
I've heard that the Carnival in Basel (www.myswissalps.com/basel) is also a good one (02. March 2020 - 05. March 2020), especially the biggest one in Switzerland. If someone has been there or will visit this year, please share how it was! I am so curious.
We did not have our camera with us, just a phone, but here you can find some pictures and videos (watch with sound): photos.app.goo.gl/B6T9XTmYxBoQvW86A