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 |
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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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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Mount San Salvatore
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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. 

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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. 

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Rolli's Steakhouse
Restaurants, Argentinian

Rolli's Steakhouse • Zurich

icon-location-pin Kreis 11

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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