10 hilarious Swiss town names

We are back from our mission to collect the funniest, most hilarious town names in Switzerland!

Clarification: The tour was virtual, involving a keyboard and a mouse, and the humor is purely anglo-sachsian. In other words, farmers waking up in Bitsch or postal workers delivering packages in Dicken would probably never get the joke.

I have the feeling that you are already snickering away... Here goes:

Bitsch (VS)

Hilarious Swiss Town Names - Bitsch

Bubikon (ZH)

Bubikon - Swiss Town

Say it out loud.


Cunter (GR)

Cunter (GR) - Hilarious Swiss Town Names


Dicken (SG)

Hilarious Swiss Town Names - Dicken

Edit: Sadly, according to a resident, Dicken no longer runs the post office pictured above.


Egg (ZH)

Hilarious Swiss Town Names - Egg

Gross (SZ)

Gross (SZ) - Hilarious Swiss Town Names


Hellsau (BE)

(Picture copyright by Dietrich Michael Weidmann)


Les Arses (FR)

(Picture copyright by malcog)


Moron (BE)

Moron (BE) - Hilarious Swiss Town Names

(Picture copyright by watson.ch)


Wankdorf (BE)

There are tons of other town names with hilarious meanings in the Swiss dialect as well. But due to the extensive explanations which would be needed, that's a topic for another post...

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  • Tittin

    It was even funnier when there was still the sign “Bad Egg” at the Greifensee…my favorite is “Tinizong” though 😉

  • Oh Dimitri, you forgot Wankdorf for the Brits among us! 😉

    • Thanks for the hint! Too good to miss…

  • PrisCilla Wauch

    Am I the only one who loves Bubikon?

  • Azure C.

    Don’t forget the Mt. Crap (it is a mountain!):
    News piece: http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=1150978
    The bar: http://admin.travelmole.com/images/stories/2009/images/IMG_2166.JPG

    And the map: http://map.geo.admin.ch/?Y=770926&X=165993&zoom=7&bgLayer=ch.swisstopo.pixelkarte-farbe&lang=en

    🙂 This list tickles a lot of my juvenile bones, can’t help it.

  • Unfortunately Dicken doesn’t have a post-office anymore (since a few years already, as a matter of fact)! How do I know? I live in Dicken…. and I love telling people in the Anglophone world where I live. And, I must admit, it’s fun telling Swiss people about Dicken as well: most of them don’t know that such a place exists in their country (despite this village having been one of the main actors in generating wealth not only for the region but for Switzerland and Europe at large)!

    • dimitri

      Thanks so much for the update! It looks like the reporters of Newly Swissed will need to plan an investigative trip to Dicken sometime soon…

      • Julia

        That sounds like an excellent idea! You’re welcome to stay over at our little house 🙂 … and you’ll, of course, need to sample Dickler cheese and see the sights! If, in the meantime, you’re looking for a virtual tour, you can always check out dicken.ch where you’ll find a live webcam…

  • scotia81

    You need to include Ardon, in valais!

  • Swiss miss

    There’s also Bubikon and Titlis

    • newlyswissed

      Ha! Coincidentally, I grew up near Bubikon… The semantics never occurred to me as weird though until an American friend pointed it out! Once heard, I can never “un-hear” it 😉 ^Dimitri

  • Crapteig. (A13 tunnel)

    Crap Sogn Gion.

    I’ll never be in a crap mood no more around THESE. 😉

    • newlyswissed

      E.P.I.C. (thanks for adding one to the list!)

  • Lucy

    PS: Cunter is in Graubunden not Zurich…

  • Marcel Albertin
  • benno-g

    Then there’s Gland in Vaud which has raised a chuckle in the past and of
    course the numerous Restaurants, Hotels etc. called “Friedegg”!

  • Jason Munyan

    How did you omit Gland?!

    • newlyswissed

      There’s already a follow-up post in the works – including Gland! Thanks for the head’s-up.

  • aupe

    how about this one?

  • Larrry

    Another one is Mount Titlis (mountain/ski area near Engelburg)

  • TimusdeSchwiiz

    First: The Egg in the picture isn’t Egg (ZH). The Egg in the picture is located in Vorarlberg (Austria). On the first picture you see the true Egg (ZH).

    Second: In Egg (ZH) you can find the Bad Egg. The bath in the Lake Greifensee.