Montreux Jazz Festival unveils programme

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The names are out for the 49th Montreux Jazz Festival, 3-18 July 2015 (16 days, 105 concerts in the 3 principal venues). Quite a group of names this year:

Basel zoo gets CHF30m donation for environmental centre

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BASEL, SWITZERLAND – The Basel Zoo has been given a gift of CHF30 million for a 30-pools aquarium by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, the zoo said Thursday morning. The money will allow the zoo to move ahead on a creating what it calls an educational environmental centre called the Ozeanium, for which […]

Swiss air force retires Tigers after cracks found

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Only 26 to remain in service, Patrouille Suisse affected BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss air force will retire 10 of its fleet of 36 F5 Tiger jets after cracks were found. A year-long examination of the fleet that ended this week found that 16 of the planes had cracks. Six will be repaired, at a […]

Paléo lineup now out

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Headliners for the 20-26 July Paléo Festival are now out and include: Kings Of Leon, Robbie Williams, Sting, Robert Plant, Joan Baez, Patti Smith, David Guetta, Johnny Hallyday, Faithless, Calogero, Véronique Sanson, Charlie Winston, Ben Harper, Etienne Daho, Christine & The Queens. The full programme is on the Paleo site. Tickets go […]

Time to go up the Salève

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – If you live in or near Geneva and you’ve never been to the top of the Salève to see the view of the city spread out below, this is the time to try it. The weather is warming up, skies are clear and the cablecar is running for the season. Details, prices, […]

Horses really do fly

Double Olympic champion and Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage title holder Valegro, who competes for Great Britain in partnership with Charlotte Dujardin, and his groom Alan Davies smile before boarding their flight to Las Vegas, USA (FEI/Dirk Caremans)

Ed. note: I rarely publish press releases in full, but this is such an unusual and interesting feature story that I’m bringing it to you untouched, for your Sunday morning reading. The FEI, world equestrian federation, is based in Lausanne. FEI PRESS RELEASE Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam (NED), 11 April 2015 “We Give Horses Wings” – […]

Geneva will have new beach in 2019

A new beach beyond the jet d'eau

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The longtime promise to Geneva residents of a new beach on the jet d’eau side of the lake will come true by 2019. The standoff between canton Geneva and the WWF over potential environmental damage was resolved by the addition of a natural lagoon. The new beach will run from Baby-Plage to […]

Vaud tourism app in time for tulips

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The Vaud Tourism Office has updated its relatively new (2014) app, Vaud: Guide, for iPhone and Android. It’s out just in time for some of my favourite tourist treks in the region, with useful information about them: the Cully Jazz Festival, the Morges Tulip Festival, and the Cutlery Festival in Vallorbes. If […]

Zermatt celebrates 150th Matterhorn year, Valais 200

Five senses the theme of Valais's celebrations this summer

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It’s a party year in canton Valais, and a double one in Zermatt. Festivities to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the ascent of the Matterhorn are gearing up. And the canton, which joined the Swiss Confederation 200 years ago, is starting its series of events, with Zermatt hosting some of them. Zermatt: […]

Switzerland votes on new national anthem

Six new songs vying for role as Swiss national hymn

Four languages, six versions shortlisted for online vote BERN, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland is going to the polls, electronically this time, to vote on a new national “hymn”. The six songs shortlisted – out of some 200 entries – by a committee of seven judges are now online. Each one is available in four languages – […]