Every year on August 1st, Switzerland celebrates its national day with festivities around the country. This year, we had the opportunity to attend the festivities in Brunnen, a town on Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) a beautiful lake in Central Switzerland. The location is also historically signficant as it is near a mountain meadow called Rütli, where the legendary oath of Rütlischwur took place which was the start of the independence of Switzerland and goes back to the 14th century.
The annual fireworks are attended by thousands of people, many viewing the spectacle from the shore and others from boats on the lake. A flotilla of large boats travel from surrounding towns and cities, including Lucerne, to see the fireworks.
The weather on August 1st was beautiful this year. This photo was taken around 20:30 and shows the last rays of sunset hitting the surrounding mountains and showing a beautiful sunset over the lake:
Last rays of sunshine hitting the mountains around Brunnen, Switzerland.
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Before the fireworks, I took the opportunity to take a photo over the lake at dusk:
Dusk in Brunnen right before the fireworks
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And then, finally, there were the fireworks themselves. The picture below does not do it justice, but gives you a flavor of the experience:
1. August Fireworks above Brunnen, Switzerland
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