Thurgau: History & Tradition

The Landgraviate of Thurgau was conquered by the seven confederates - Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden, Glarus, Zug, Lucerne and Zurich - in 1460. From then until 1798, Thurgau was ruled under the joint sovereignty of the Seven (though, with the accession of Berne in 1712, this became the joint sovereignty of the Eight) and thus the Canton owed allegiance to the Old Swiss Confederacy. On 2 March 1798 the Canton gained its freedom for a brief period, only to fall under outside dominance again with the foundation of the Helvetic Republic in April 1798. But Thurgau was to gain independence just five years later, and became a Canton with equal rights, as a member of the Swiss Confederation.


Tradition – Bochselnacht

Every year, on the Thursday before Christmas, the schoolchildren of Weinfelden gather at nightfall. Like a thousand tiny stars, the children light up the streets of the town with their lanterns hollowed from fodder beets.

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Culinary tradition

Thurgauer Sauerbraten

Thurgauer Sauerbraten is one of the countless variants of a beef stew recipe, common above all in German-speaking countries. For the Thurgau version, the meat is first steeped in Apfelwein.



Print recipe (only available in German)


Traditional products

  • Thurgauer Böllewegge
  • Frauenfelder Salzissen
  • Gangfisch
  • Hüppen 


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