«Zwänzgerle» - Traditionen in Zürich

Apr 1, 2024
Zurich Niederdorf

The "Zwänzgerle", which means "throw a twenty", is an Easter custom in the city of Zurich. - Monday, 1 April 2024, 10.00 am - Rüdenplatz, 8001 Zurich.

On the morning of Easter Monday, you will find under the arches on Limmatquai and on Rüdenplatz in the middle of Zurich's old town children and adults crowded together. Concentrating on eggs and small coins. The «Zwänzgerle» is about throwing 20 centime coins on the eggs held by the children so that the coins get stuck in the eggs. If this succeeds, the adult thrower receives the egg and the coin. An almost impossible undertaking, which the children enjoy: Every coin that falls to the ground instead of getting stuck in the egg belongs to the children.

The custom seems to have its roots as far back as the 18th century.

The centrally located Hotel Alexander is just a few minutes' walks from the event location.

Location: Rüdenplatz, 8001 Zurich, 10.00 am.