Swiss Benevolent Society of New York

Swiss National Day - New York City - 2013

Swiss National Day Program and Attractions

This year's Swiss National Day celebration marks a return to the Central Park Zoo, located near the southeast corner of Central Park, in New York City. If you purchase your tickets on-line before the day of the event, you will be able to visit the Tisch Children’s Zoo from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM at no additional cost, prior to our celebration which begins at 6:00 PM. Tickets purchased at the event allow a 6:00 PM entry only.


Program & Attractions

From 6:00 to 10:00 PM, Swiss celebrity chef Reto Mathis will take you on a culinary journey through Switzerland with a tasting menu showcasing diverse regional specialties. Discover the different wine regions of Switzerland with our complimentary Swiss wine tasting tour, free with each Tasting Card. Chill out in our Lounge (open until 11 PM) and enjoy live entertainment by the Swiss band Duo Leo & Walter supported by Ancient Ruins and music by our DJ Alexandre Segal. Mr. Roland Veit will be our Swiss National Day MC. Make sure to check out the Swiss Village, which will feature a variety of Swiss non-profit clubs and businesses presenting distinct Swiss items.

Rezero   BallbotWitness the New York premier of the Rezero ballbot (view PDF) at 7:30 PM, an extraordinarily agile robot designed to move on a single sphere instead of wheels. Don't miss this opportunity to ask the team of Swiss engineers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH Zurich) how they made science come to life.

At 7:00 PM, the zoo will hold a sea lion demonstration and feeding, then starting at 7:15 PM, the US and Swiss national anthems will be performed, followed by the official welcome and address by H.E. Ambassador François Barras, Consul General of Switzerland. The raffle drawing and silent auction will follow at 9:00PM.

Children's entertainment in the Kid’s Zone will include plenty of activities hosted by Rella’s Spielhaus. You may also engage your children by visiting the Tisch Children's Zoo from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. And don’t forget to let your young ones sample the chef inspired Heidi & Peter Kid’s menu.


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Chef Reto Mathis' Tasting Card Menu: Choose from these fine foods, and more!

 Carpaccio, Parmesan, Arugula
 Cheese Tartlettes  Mache Salad
 Ghackets mit Hörnli  Warm Fleischkäse
 Veal Zürichoise with Rösti  Risotto with Mushrooms  Swiss Butter Zopf  Grilled Bratwurst, Onion Sauce  Älpler Magronen
 Crèmeschnitte  Nussgipfel  Rüeblitorte  Decadent Swiss chocolate Cake  Toblerone Chocolate Mousse


Central Park Zoo

The Central Park Zoo's family-friendly space also features a Tropic Zone, Central Garden, Sea Lion Pool, Polar Circle and tented seating. More information can be found below.

Central Garden & Sea Lion Pool — At the heart of the park, bark hello to the sea lions, meet their devoted keepers, and take time to smell the roses. The sea lion feed is a visitor favorite, showcasing the acrobatic talents of April, Clarisse, and Scooter.

Tisch Children's Zoo — A walk-through wildlife adventure awaits young explorers. This compact nature trail features a barnyard full of friendly sheep and alpacas, a meandering duck pond, and plenty of places for little hands and feet to hop, scuttle, and climb!

Polar Circle — Meet wildlife from the ends of the earth! Bounce from the Arctic home for polar bears to the Antarctic turf of penguins and puffins. The indoor bird colony and outdoor polar bear pool make for a great year-round experience.

Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard Exhibit — Meet big cats in the big city at the zoo’s newest exhibit. A rugged evergreen habitat, complete with a rocky waterfall, replicates the critically endangered snow leopard’s home below the tree line in the mountains of Central Asia.

Temperate Territory — Wildlife that lives within the temperate zone must adapt to changing seasons and variable climate. You’ll find some of these adaptable animals along the temperate trail, including snow monkeys, red pandas, and Central Park Zoo-goers!

Tropic Zone: The Rainforest — Look up, look down! Viewing platforms at various levels help you discover the animal life in all layers of our walk-through rainforest habitat. Tortoises crawl along the ground, birds fly overhead, and lemurs leap through the canopy.

For more information about the Central Park Zoo, please visit


Event Sponsors

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Event Supporters

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