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If you think of Switzerland and if the things coming to your mind are mountains, lakes, cheese and chocolate, then you should read this beautiful travel report. It will open your eyes and mind and you might think of Switzerland as your next destination. Switzerland has a grown Psy scene which organizes great parties in wonderful venues every year . So mountains, lakes , dancing and of course good food and chocolate always goes together 🙂
Since the 90‘s Switzerland has been celebrating psychedelic dance music. Amongst many small and family gatherings the Happy People Production and the Höngger Clan are the the scene‘s best known pioneers. The first Street Parade of 1992, moving through the streets of Zurich, was another significant sign of the electronic music‘s advent. Yet Goatrance as music and a philosophy of life remained part of the underground for a long time and was experienced and celebrated under the public‘s radar. Not until after the first regular and multi-day festivals as the Reisefieber soon took place as well as much bigger events like Summer Never Ends, the general public took notice of the scene which for its festivals mostly selected the Swiss mountains as natural backdrop.
The last 2 years
The basic tendency towards mainstream has also gripped the Swiss. The blossoming of Offbeat Progressive attracted many party people from other scenes who had been put off by the music – too fast or hard – before. This led to organisational professionalisation as well as to more acceptance by the population. New and bigger festivals as the One Love, Shankra, Phoenix and large indoor events as the Mystica or the Timegate were born.
The main events
Large festivals like the Reisefieber Festival, Summer Never Ends, One Love, Shankra, Phoenix are amongst the best known Swiss summer festivals – even internationally. while during winter the Mystica, Psychedelic Carnival and Timegate are the most popular.
Our community of forest stompers is as varied as our political landscape. Practically for each canton (similar to states) there exists a respective scene which knows each other is quite well. Various small groups and organizers provide for a large diversity music-wise.
Nature & Weather
Best known Switzerland is because of the Alpes and its mountainous landscape, yet apart from that one can discover very large variety too: Many lakes or rivers, large plains across the country, palms in the South near to Italy or the Jura‘s high plains of the North with its mysterious marshes and mystical forests -without doubt the greatest capital of Switzerland, apart from its opinionated inhabitants, is its nature. By the way, thanks to the world‘s tightest railing system one can reach almost every place in Switzerland by train. Buses or ships complement the rest. There is hardly a peak without ropeway station, and practically no village without a bus-stop.
Apart from chocolate and cheese Switzerland is the most famous for this one great discovery in the scene: Albert Hofmann and his problem child, which has formed and changed the psychedelic culture globally. Lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, is a solid component and is also celebrated at parties to honour Hofmann.
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