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Vibrant hustle and bustle at the Nidwalden Carnival

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Photo: frohsinnstans.ch, Marlon Imobersteg


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Photo: frohsinnstans.ch, Marlon Imobersteg

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Photo: frohsinnstans.ch, Marlon Imobersteg




Carnival in Canton Nidwalden is characterised by colourful parades, loud guggen street music and exuberant merrymaking. The run-up to carnival begins in January in the form of pre-carnival parties.


Carnival was originally celebrated to drive away the evil spirits of winter with loud music and disguises.

From Big Bang to fasting

The carnival week proper starts early in the morning on Schmutzig Thursday with the Urknall (Big Bang – literally a loud explosion), at which point the guggen street musicians gathered on the village square start their cacophony, all playing at the same time. Carnival is celebrated throughout the region during the ensuing days. And because, a few days later, Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent and fasting, the revellers indulge in much feasting. Golden-brown fried chneublätze wafers, ziegerkrapfen goat's cheese fritters and schenkeli biscuits are popular carnival treats.

Dates 2019 Nidwalden

Sa, 5.1.19

Fasnachtseröffnung Hergiswil, Schulhausareal

Sa, 12.1.19

Dorffasnacht Wolfenschiessen, Schulzentrum Zälgli

Sa, 26.1.19

Jubiläum Ribi Häxä, Dallenwil

Fr, 1.2.19 und Sa, 2.2.19

Jubiläum Gugge Stans 1850, Stans

Sa, 16.02.19

Fasnachtseröffnung Buochs

Fr, 22.2.2019

Schluchtiball Ennetmoos

Sa, 23.2.19

Guugenüberfall Stans, um 20.20 Uhr

Do, 28.2.19

SchmuDo, Stans

Fr, 1.3.19

Fasnachtsumzug, Ennetbürgen Dorf- und Schulhausareal

Sa, 2.3.19

Fasnachts-Samstag, Dorfplatz / Schränzernacht Beckenried

Mo, 4.3.19

Dorffasnacht und Kinderfasnacht Stans

Di, 5.3.19

Uislumpätä Buochs, ab 17.00 Uhr, Guggenkonzerte bis 24.00h

Di, 5.3.19

Uislumpete Dallenwil

Sa, 9.3.19

Chlewä-Fasnacht, Klewenalp