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Easter in Switzerland

Updated on March 15, 2013
Spring flower arrangements, Easter Bunnies & Eggs are very popular Easter decorations in Switzerland.
Spring flower arrangements, Easter Bunnies & Eggs are very popular Easter decorations in Switzerland. | Source

How we came across the most unique Easter Exhibition

Copyright: novascotiamiss 2013

During last year's Spring vacation in Switzerland, we visited the alpine farm restaurant Brestenegg which is located on the Ahornalp above the village of Eriswil. The long road up the mountain is narrow and windy but the view over Central Switzerland with its hilly terrain and sloping pastures is well worth it. No wonder, the Ahornalp is a popular destination for day trippers who want to get away from it all. The only noise you will hear up here comes from the bells of grazing cows and the happy croaking of free-range chickens.

At first impression, visitors may mistake the Alpwirtschaft Brestenegg for a working farm, due to the smelly piles of cow manure that surround the parking lot. Like many alpine restaurants in Switzerland, Brestenegg is not only a cattle farm but also a rustic restaurant that serves home-cooked food and coffee laced with farmer's brandy. This place is definitely not for vegetarians or people on a diet as the simple menu mainly consists of home-fries with meat followed by huge meringues dolloped with farm-fresh whipped cream. No wonder most patrons dilute the cholesterol boost with a Coffee Schnapps.


Alpwirtschaft Brestenegg, one of the many farm restaurants in Switzerland

The perfect place to get away from the ratrace
The perfect place to get away from the ratrace | Source

Easter Bunny made out of hundreds of egg shells

The Easter Bunny consists of hundreds of blown out egg shells glued to a body made of hay.
The Easter Bunny consists of hundreds of blown out egg shells glued to a body made of hay. | Source

How to make Easter Decorations with natural materials

But the food was not the center of attraction that day. We were greeted by a man-sized Easter Bunny made out of hay and hundreds of fragile egg shells, a colorful assortment of spring flower arrangements, Easter Wreaths made out of eggs and all kinds of other lovely decorations. A local man called Alois Peter from a nearby village had put together this amazing Easter Exhibition from natural products such as hay, twigs, bushes and eggs that he had been collecting and draining over years. Later on he told us that it had taken him 2 days to set up everything since most of his artwork consists of fragile egg shells. Especially the transportation of the Egg Bunny had caused him major headaches mainly, because it didn't fit into his car and because it had to be wrapped into various protective layers of foam. Alois proudly pointed out the different shades of colors of his egg shells. The white and the brown eggs had been easy to collect but his main pride were the ones ranging from a chocolate brown to a pale green. These had been laid by rare heritage breeds. During the years, Alois had been pricking and draining hundreds of eggs to be made into beautiful artwork. The great thing about blown-out eggs is, that they keep for years, so his only concern is that some of them might get broken. As one of the major components of a Swiss Easter is the breaking and eating of hard boiled eggs, Alois had also filled a nest with exquisitely decorated eggs. His mother had made a dye out of onion peels and his sister had helped him wrap them with herbs before boiling them in the natural dye.

Alois Peter, The Easter Man

Alois Peter proudly shows off his unique Easter decorations
Alois Peter proudly shows off his unique Easter decorations | Source
Wreath made out of blown out egg shells.
Wreath made out of blown out egg shells. | Source
Heart shaped wreath made out of blown out egg shells
Heart shaped wreath made out of blown out egg shells | Source
Eggs dyed with onion peels and herbs
Eggs dyed with onion peels and herbs | Source
All you need is some natural ingredients and a creative mind
All you need is some natural ingredients and a creative mind | Source

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      Alexis 

      6 years ago

      Nothing about Easter in Switzerland

    • novascotiamiss profile imageAUTHOR

      Novascotiamiss 

      6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Charron, thanks for your kind comments. Unfortunately Switzerland is not as clean as it used to be but it's still very pretty and the little restaurants are a great escape from the daily hustle and bustle. I'm a big fan of California and have fond memories of your beautiful state.

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      Karen Robiscoe 

      6 years ago from California

      Gorgeous! Those jpegs are as scrumptious as Easter candy--and the unique content is "ganz toll"--very terrific...:) Switzerland is such a pretty--and clean--country! I, too, enjoyed "Spaziergangs" (hikes, aka walks in the Alps) to little restaurants. Thanks for bringing back some great memories, Miss!

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      The egg displays are beautiful. Thanks for sharing this wonderful Easter scenery. Voted Beautiful!

    • novascotiamiss profile imageAUTHOR

      Novascotiamiss 

      6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Torrilynn & Billly, thanks for your kind comments. My main reason for this hub was to show people that they can create unique crafts with natural products, rather than to buy plastic Easter decorations from the dollar shop that go into the landfill afterwards. I wish you both a very blessed Easter, whether you actively celebrate it or not.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a wonderful discovery! Loved the pictures. Thank you for taking us with you on your trip. Happy Easter to you!

    • torrilynn profile image

      torrilynn 

      6 years ago

      novascotiamiss,

      it's always interesting to learn about how other countries

      all over the world celebrate Easter or don't celebrate Easter

      I love the information that you have included in this hub as well

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