The 5 Best Swiss Alps Music Festivals

Want to make sure the ski season is about more than just the pistes? Our selection of the best winter music festivals includes the best rock & classical festivals in the Swiss Alps.
Winter in Switzerland is a celebration that doesn‘t stop at skiing and snowboarding. Over the last few years, a surprising variety of winter festivals have sprung up throughout the Swiss Alps, catering to musical tastes from classical to cabaret, pop, rock, hip-hop and jazz. Discover the places to be in 2014 with our recommendations of the best mountain music festivals.

St. Moritz: In Concert@Badrutts Palace

This event-series seeks to welcome a “chorus of aesthetics, allure and highbrow music” throughout the winter season in St. Moritz. World renowned stars will take centre stage in the magnificent Embassy Ballroom at Badrutt‘s Palace Hotel, on the exact spot where Marlene Dietrich delighted her own audience in years gone by.

The season closes in style with the sexy, sassy cabaret from legendary Le Crazy Horse Paris. Accommodation is available in the majestic Badrutt‘s Palace Hotel, surrounded by some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery, altogether creating a magical experience for the musically curious.

7th March 2014: Le Crazy Horse Paris
From CHF 220.00


Carnival of the Worlds Festival

Carnival is celebrated across the world at the same time, although every country has its own musical traditions. This year, you can experience them all simultaneously at the Carnival of the Worlds Festival on the Bürgenstock, the hill that overlooks Lucerne and the Vierwaldstättersee.

Musical treats include tango from Buenos Aires, a taste of the Venice carnival and an immersion in the world of opera, mixed with a dash of Brazilian eccentricity, French charm, German folksongs and American jazz. After an extensive journey into the world of Viennese waltzes, the festival closes on Ash Wednesday with a performance of The Carnival of the Animals.

Hotel Villa Honegg promises a special concert venue and an excellent festival home; altogether, a dream vacation combining classical music with a 5-star spa hotel.

27th February – 5th March 2014
Full programme details available on request.


Zermatt Unplugged

The Zermatt Unplugged festival may be small compared to summer behemoths like Glastonbury and Primavera but the high musical quality and magnificent Matterhorn backdrop make it a must.

As the pistes begin to melt, expect a feast full of intimate experiences, unforgettable musical encounters and outstanding musicians that include Katie Melua, Aloe Blacc and Tom Odell.

As a first for 2014, a strong jazz influence runs through the festival thanks to the presence of internationally-acclaimed crossover artist Jamie Cullum and Ronnie Scotts All Stars.

The highest stage in Europe and guaranteed late night partying making it well worth dropping in on, while combi ski- and-festival packages are available for piste bunnies who want to make the most of the last of the seasons powder.

8th – 12th April 2014


Davos: Snow Jam

While Davos might be better known for the World Economic Forum and business leaders in boring suits, there’s nothing dull about Snow Jam. Headlining the 2014 festival is a stellar line-up fronted by Dizzee Rascal, pop-rap maester Cro and legendary German hip-hoppers Fettes Brot.

This annual musical pilgrimage to Davos is easily explained by the impressive scenery in the resort and the festivals reputation for 24hr partying – ski boots are discarded for late night clubbing, then the first big beats crank up by 10am for the pre-party at Restaurant Höhenweg, 2219m above sea level.

Well-known national DJs join diners at this popular restaurant with its sunny terrace to create an incredible party in the snow. A must for anyone seeking a hedonistic end to the ski season, Snow Jam offers ski-and-party packages that are hard to resist.

15th March 2014


Portes du Soleil: Rock The Pistes

A festival that does what it says on the can, Rock The Pistes winds up the season in Portes du Soleil in inimitable style. Five days of music combine with the region’s sunny disposition to create a music festival like no other in Europe.

The 2014 festival has a distinctly British feel, with headliners including Babyshambles, the Klaxons and the Mad Professor. New talent stages and a great line up of DJs make sure there’s something to keep your musical spirits up all through the day, in between making the most of an enormous ski region that includes 296 pistes and 194 lifts.

Look out for accommodation and ski packages from Portes du Soleil tourism to make the most of this wonderful ski destination.

26th – 30th March 2014


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