St. Nicholas Monuments in Switzerland

St. Nicholas is found in many places besides churches. Click for larger images.

Küssnacht am Rigi

The annual Klausjagen festival is commemorated in public art in Küssnacht.

Colorful depiction of festival
Photo: Jo Hermanns, used by permission

The Klausjagen figures were dedicated on Clausjagengasse during the 2010 festival.

Figure with whip
Photos: Marcus Vankan
Figure with iffele
Used by permission
Figure with cowbell
Figure with horn

Relief carving showing men with cowbells and iffelen.

Photos: Marcus Vankan, used by permission


The statue of St. Nicolas is on a residence near the St. Nicolas Cathedral. It looks as if it were at one time the Confiserie de St. Nicolas.

Photos: Marcus Vankan
Statue in niche
Used by permission
Building front

St. Niklaus, Canton Valois

Beginning in 1998, the Pfarrkirch St. Niklaus dresses its tall medieval bell tower as the largest St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) in the world. The Guinness Book of Records so declared in 2000. The figure is present from December 6, St. Nicholas Day, until January 6, Three Kings Day. The tower is more than 36 meters high and 350 years old. The onion dome, the largest in Upper Valais, forms the head. The figure is also used on the region's logo.

St Nicholas figure
Photo: St Niklaus & Region
St Nicholas figure
Photo: Christian Imboden, Wikimedia Commons
St Nicholas figure
Photo: St Niklaus & Region
St Nicholas figure
Photo: TripTravel

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