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Another 10 Fun Things to do on a Rainy Day in Switzerland

Right now it's warm and sunny outside. It's a beautiful late summer day and I'm not sure I should be thinking about rainy days at all. Nevertheless, Switzerland is well known for it's rainy periods. Maybe they aren't quite as long as the famous English rainy weeks but it can get pretty wet here as well.

When it's nice out, people always know what to do. Walking, swimming, cycling - you name it! As soon as it starts to rain though, many people feel like they're stuck at home without anything fun to do. Plus, rainy days will come again soon enough! That's why I put together a list of 10 Fun Things to do on a Rainy Day in Switzerland a while ago. Since that post became quite popular, I decided to add another 10 fun things to the list.

Another 10 Fun Things to do on a Rainy Day in Switzerland
Movies: Go see the latest movie at a local movie theater. Most films are shown in English with German and French subtitles so language shouldn't be an issue. Unless …

Swiss Style Cookout

It's summer in Switzerland. Summer here means long days and lots of fun things to do outside. Unless it's raining of course, although even then there are plenty of things to do outdoors. Summer also means lots and lots of use for that barbecue that you bought in the spring. The Swiss love their grilled meats and sausages with a selection of salads and potato chips. In fact, you can spot some sort of barbecue grill on most balconies and lawns. We call these cookouts "grilliere" ('to grill') - and love to have them especially on weekends.

However, there is another style of cookout that is (also) very common in Switzerland. If a cookout is not held at home but somewhere outdoors it isn't called "grilliere" anymore. In this case it is called "brötle".
Brötle - Swiss Style Cookout The Swiss German word "brötle" comes from the German word "braten" and could be translated as "to roast" or to "to barbecue&quo…

The Year in Swiss German

If there is a group of words that sounds similar in many languages it's the words that belong in a calendar: names of months, names of days and other date related terms. In this aspect, Swiss German is generally very similar to German with slight variations in the different dialects. Have a look yourself!

The Year in Swiss German
Januar ('yanoo-ar', January) also: Jänner Februar ('febroo-ar', February) März ('märts', March) April ('ah-pril', April) Mai ('mah-ee', May) Juni ('yoo-nee', June) Juli ('yoo-lee', July) Auguscht ('a-oo-gusht', August) Septämber ('septämber', September) Oktober ('oh-ktober', October) Novämber ('noh-fember', November) Dezämber ('dets-ember', December)
The Week in Swiss German
Mäntig ('meh-ntic', Monday) Zischtig ('tsee-shtic', Tuesday) Mittwuch ('mit-wooch', Wednesday) Donnschtig ('don-shtic', Thursday) Friitig ('free-tic', …