09.04.2023 from 10:00 “Eiertütschete” on Kornhausplatz: A Bernese Easter Tradition

Every Easter Sunday, starting at 10 a.m., the traditional “Eiertütschete” is held on Kornhausplatz (Granary Square), in the center of the Old Town of Bern.

“Eiertütschete” (egg tapping) is an exciting event – not only for the “egg fighters” but also for the cheering spectators. This Bernese Easter custom has reportedly been observed for more than 100 years and is a popular tradition throughout Switzerland. It was first mentioned around the end of the 19th century, by Hans Eggimann, a Bernese painter, illustrator and architect.

Those interested in participating simply bring along their own colored (and boiled!) eggs and then challenge their opponent to a duel. The players take turns tapping their egg against their opponent’s egg, with the object of cracking the opponent’s eggshell. The winner is the player whose eggshell remains intact. Up to 100 participants compete in the game, working their way through dozens of eggs. The winner of each round is awarded the opponent’s egg (albeit a broken one!).

No registration is required. Anyone can simply come and either play along or just watch.