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Unusual Summer Events for Swiss Travelers

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Selecting a Queen Cow

You’ve no doubt been to or, at least, heard of bull fights. The Swiss Cantons each year do something a little less violent in the form of cow fights to select each Canton’s Queen Cow.

If you plan to be near Sion in the Valais region on Sunday, May 14, you may want to travel to the nearby town of Aproz for the championship cow fight and crowning of the Valais region’s Queen cow for 2006. This final is expected to attract as many as 10,000 spectators. Bring lunch.

Street Artist Festival Promises Family Fun

Another Valais regional event in Sion scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, is the International Street Artists’ Festival. You’ll enjoy clowns, jugglers, acrobats, small plays, and comedy until 2 a.m. each morning. The festival is free.

Open-air William Tell Performance

Interlaken’s 2006 performance of Schiller’s drama “William Tell” will be enacted, in German, many times between June 15 and September 9, 2006. The play tells the hardship and suffering of the Swiss people over 700 years ago. Reservations can be made and prices are 26.00 to 48.00 CHF.

Unusual Summer Events for Swiss Travelers

A free children’s nursery will be available on site and children to age 16 get a 50% discount. A special RailAway offer containing train fare and admission to the exhibition is available at: www.railaway.ch.

Greenfield Festival Features Open-Air Music

Another Interlaken summer event is the Greenfield rock music festival, Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18. There will be 40 musical acts featured on 2 stages during the 3-day festival. Among the bands scheduled to appear are Depeche Mode, Placebo, Tool, Seeed, Live, Panteon Rococo, Lagwagon and many others more.

Shuttle bus service from the Interlaken East railway station to the festival site.

Nordic Walking Event

If Murren is your summer destination and serious walking is your fun thing to do, then Sunday, June 18th will be your day. Nordic Walking is a complete outdoor workout which lets you enjoy and experience the surrounding nature with all your senses. Nordic Walking in the mountains is considered a particularly efficient exercise to combat stress.

The Nordic Walking Event will offer different circuits. Newcomers to the sport may opt for the new short circuit of 5.1 km or just over 3 miles. Should you feel fit and ready for a challenge, then take on one of the longer courses of 9.4 or 21.1 km (5.8 or 13 miles) in length. The different Nordic Walking tracks are now clearly marked in blue, red and black just like ski slopes. For a brochure and reservations 60 e-mail: nordicfitnessmuerren@bluemail.ch or go to their website:

Land Art Festival

Grindelwald, above the Berner Oberland’s Lauterbrunnen Valley, is the site of the International Land Art Festival Monday, June 19 to Saturday, June 24th.