History The tradition of the festival dates back to the 16th century when it was decided that the second largest bell in the Grossmünster church should sound to mark the arrival of the summer months on the Monday after the equinox. During the winter months, work would end at 5.00pm due to bad light. In the summer months, it was pushed back by an hour so work ended at 6.00pm. The festival is known as Sechseläuten or “Sächsilüüte” as the people of Zurich say.
The “Böögg” The “Böögg” has been at the heart of the Sechseläuten festival since the start of the 20th century. It is customary to ask this “Böögg” (effigy) for the summer weather forecast. The “Böögg” is a 3.4m high snowman which stands on a 10m high pyre. During the Sechseläuten festival, the pyre is lit at around 6.00pm. The faster the fire reaches the snowman and makes the head explode (it is packed with fireworks), the better the summer will be. That’s the legend in any case. The “Böögg” made a correct prediction during the legendary summer of 2003: its head exploded after a record 5 minutes 42 seconds.
The “Sächsilüüte” is an annual highlight in Zurich. The
How to get there
Zürich, Bellevue: Tram 2 / Tram 4 / Tram 5 / Tram 8 / Tram 9 / Tram 11 / Tram 15 / Bus 912 / Bus 916
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