Klausjagen

  • December 5, 2012 · 7:30 PM

Are you interested in attending a truly Swiss and centuries old annual procession?

“Klausjagen” is a truly Swiss annual traditional event in Küssnacht am Rigi, the largest and best known of its kind and attended by about 20,000 people (please find more information below).
Venue: Küssnacht am Rigi
Meeting point/time: 7:30 pm on platform 5 (main station Lucerne). The train to Küssnacht leaves at 7:40 pm.


Short description of the procession:
Whipcrackers noisily announce the arrival of the procession. The village of Küssnacht glows in the light of some two hundred large, transparent bishops' miters, which have been artfully designed, cut out of cardboard, assembled, and lit by a candle from within. Men and women who accompany St. Nicholas on his way through the village wear “Iffelen” (headdress) and are followed by a large group of people ringing bells, blowing horns and cracking whips.

The procession has its roots in pre-Christian pagan traditions. In 1733, Klausjagen was officially noted for the first time as it became outlawed. In the late 19th century, the custom was "Christianized", bishop's mitres appeared in the procession, and the church qualified the tradition as being in honour of Saint Nicholas.

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  • Valérie

    Sorry for you next Time call me to know were we are

    December 5, 2012

  • Valérie

    Sorry for you next Time call me to know were we are

    December 5, 2012

  • silvio g.

    Hi everybody,

    I first arrived in Kuessnacht at 20.00 and I couldn't get in tie to the railway station. I hope you had a great evening
    ciao
    Silvio

    December 5, 2012

  • Andrei T.

    Hi,

    Who's organizing this? Can I please get a phone number in case I miss you. Thanks

    December 4, 2012

  • silvio g.

    I'll try to meet you at Kussnacht railway station at 19.45/19.50 (when you arrive)
    let you know

    December 3, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      We arrive in Küssnacht at 8 pm

      December 4, 2012

  • teresa t.

    Hi I am very happy to join you! I will arrive from Zug by train so I will be waiting for you at 7:30 pm on platform 5 in Luzern. See you soon

    November 30, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great that you join us!

      December 3, 2012

  • eleni

    hey that sounds so so interesting!
    Unfortunately I will be back in Luzern on Thursday, is it only for the 5th or does it take place another time and date?

    December 3, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Eleni, thanks for your message. This event takes place on the 5th Dec. only.

      December 3, 2012

  • claudia

    teresa forse ci andranno anche Angelo, mia sorella e Tommaso. Se li vedi fai un fischio... :-)

    November 30, 2012

  • Gabriela

    hi Flurin, great idea, I've always wanted to see this. however, I am ill with pneumonia and have to see how things improve by next week...

    November 30, 2012

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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