45 great things to do in Switzerland this September

Don't miss these events, pop-ups, shows and exhibitions happening across the country this month
By Time Out editors |

From art exhibitions to comedy shows, the Knie Circus to LGBT night clubs, street food fairs and yoga workshops, there's stacks of great stuff to do in Switzerland during September

Flon Plage, Lausanne bar, Time Out Switzerland
Bars and pubs

Flon Plage • Lausanne

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Open from mid-May to the end of September, this outdoor pop-up bar may be in the central shopping district of Flon rather than by a beach, but thanks to the real sand underfoot it’s possible to close your eyes, wriggle your toes in the sand and imagine you’re on the French Riviera instead.

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The Bird's Eye Jazz Club
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The Bird's Eye Jazz Club • Basel

icon-location-pin Altstadt Grossbasel (central Grossbasel)

Show up at Bird’s Eye on one of five evenings during the week and you’ll be treated to an intimate jazz concert, likely featuring a renowned artist. 

La parenthèse, Nyon
Music, Folk, country and blues

La Parenthèse • Nyon

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With a focus on rock and folk, this quirky venue hosts around 80 free concerts per season from September to May.

Museum of Communication
Museums, History

Museum of Communication • Bern

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Explore human communication, from gestures and body language to media, telecommunications and pop culture, through interactive exhibits and artefacts like horse-drawn mail coaches, early radio sets and retro computers. Even the stamp collection, which happens to be one of the largest in the world, is a lot more fun than it sounds.

Daniel H
Bars and pubs, Café bars

Daniel H • Zurich

icon-location-pin Aussersihl

This quirky little place with its kitsch interior, somewhere between Hawaii and a Swiss mountain lodge, serves up simple beers just as well as fancy cocktails. Traditionally very gay-friendly, it welcomes guests of all kinds and colours and is famous for its DJ-nights.

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Chillon Castle
Things to do

Chillon Castle

icon-location-pin Montreux

Explore one of Switzerland's top historic tourist attractions, which inspired the likes of Lord Byron, Rousseau, Delacroix and Courbet. 

Mount San Salvatore
Things to do

Monte San Salvatore • Lugano

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Where Lugano doesn't border the lake it's surrounded by mountains: Monte Brè, Monte San Salvatore and the Sighignola. At 912m and popular with climbers, dramatic Monte San Salvatore looms above the city, one side forest, the other sheer rock face. 

Museums, Transport

Swiss Museum of Transport • Luzern

icon-location-pin Würzenbach/Schädrüti

Transport is something of a national obsession in Switzerland so it's hardly surprising that the Swiss Transport Museum is so huge, well-designed and enjoyable to visit. 

Rolli's Steakhouse
Restaurants, Argentinian

Rolli's Steakhouse • Zurich

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Rolli's Steakhouse is a local institution, serving up prime slabs of meat in an American diner-style setting that's still somehow quite Swiss. 

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