What comes to mind when you think of Switzerland? Probably not Harley Davidsons, truckers and non-stop Lynyrd Skynyrd. That’s probably because you’ve never been to Switzerland’s Trucker and Country Festival, which brings together truck-mad folks and cowboy-hat-wearing country-lovers for a rather noisy weekend.
The highlight of the show is certainly the 1400 trucks that gather along the Truck Mile at Interlaken airport, in what is a formidable display of gleaming machinery. Thousands more motorbikes and vintage cars are also on show through the three-day festival.
Every cowboy and cowgirl worth their salt turns up to indulge in non-stop, Western-themed food and music at the Western village, complete with old-timey saloons. All the while, around 40 musicians and bands take on faithful renditions of American country classics. Bikers can also chill out and chat at the dedicated Bikers’ Bar.
The event started nearly 25 years ago, when 120 trucks and truckers, some musicians and a bunch of curious attendees gathered in Interlaken. Pretty soon, word spread about this gathering and it became a mainstay on the Swiss festival calendar. Nowadays, every year around 50,000 people flock to what has grown to become the biggest festival of its kind in Europe.
So, dust off your cowboy hat and strap on your spurs for this festival that’s sure to get you in a good mood. This year the festival takes place June 22-24, and check out truckerfestival.ch for the latest news and line-up.