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Etzelchlaus Rapperswil

The history of the Chlauses begins in 1935 with the creation of the Chlaus Commission by Burkard Senn. At the time a mere six men paraded through the agrarian communes whereas now there are over 30 Chlauses and Schmutzlis. The Etzelchlauses are part of the Rapperswil-Jona Tourism Association.


The annual Arrival of Chlaus takes place on 2nd December at 5.30 pm on the main square. Coming from Etzelwald, the Chlauses arrive solemnly in the picturesque centre of our city. During the subsequent house visits or at nurseries, the Etzelchlauses appear as men who have their heart in the right place. They bring gifts, tell stories and answer questions posed by children. Above all, they seek to spread happiness during Advent and get children into the mood for Christmas.


The illustrated book commemorating 75 years of the existence of the legendary Etzelchlauses in 2010 can be obtained for CHF 49.00 at Tourist Information Rapperswil-Jona. The stories, verse and impressions it contains will revive the Chlaus tradition for young and old alike.   


Registration for Chlaus visit

The application forms for visits to families, which take place on 4th, 5th and 6th December, are sent out in October or can be obtained from Tourist Information Rapperswil-Jona. The form is also available for download here.


The Etzelchlauses introduce themselves:

Himmelschlaus - Etzel CIMG1326   Himmelschlaus

The Himmelschlaus is decked out with the trappings of a church dignitary from Myra, the bishop's staff and the mitre on his head.


Samichlaus - Etzel CIMG1306



The Samichlaus can be recognised by his bright face and the light-coloured (in places) fur on his hood.

Schmutzli - Etzel CIMG130S5



The Schmutzli is recognisable by his dark face. The edge of his hood is adorned with dark fur.  








Arrival of Chlaus:
2nd December, 5.30 pm main square


Tourist Information

+41 55 225 77 00
+41 79 604 62 85 (Chlaus)

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16th September 2017, 2pm

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