Vaud tourism app in time for tulips


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 – […]

Luna Classics Festival closes

Mounting the Luna structure near the old clock tower in St Prex during its first year, 2012

NYON, SWITZERLAND – The Luna Classics Festival, which moved from Saint Prex to Nyon in 2014, has closed, citing the unexpectedly high and continuing cost of mounting and dismantling the special structure that houses it, designed by EPFL. Nyon will seek a means to re-open the festival in 2016, but the event will not take […]

Payot changes Geneva’s bookscape


City-centre store with 4 floors, café, large English section GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Geneva has just been endowed with its own version of a mega bookstore, with the grand opening this weekend of the new Payot in the city centre. The bookstore closed two shops, at Chantepoulet and rue du Marché, combining them […]

News roundup: banker pay, ski star, Geneva clubs, watches

Skier Dominique Gisin, tennis player Roger Federer: 2014 Swiss Sports Awards top athletes

Geneva’s bars, clubs, cafés get later hours GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Let the party roll! Geneva’s politicians have decided to let the city dance and party until the wee hours on weekends and pre-holiday nights. The new hours, from 15:00-08:00, are designed to reduce the problem of noise in the street when clubs close earlier, in […]

Valais peaks to light up tonight

13 peak lit up in Valais test

Mountains get special treatment for 200th anniversary GENEVA, SWITZERLAND –  Thirteen mountain peaks in Valais will be illuminated 18-20 March, for three minutes each evening starting at 20:15, as part of the year-long celebrations of the canton’s entry into the Swiss Confederation. Weather permitting, the light show will run again 26-29 March. It won’t be […]

Paleo and photo museum hook up


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Beautiful and unusual photographic views of the Paleo music festival will be part of the show this summer when Paleo celebrates its 40th birthday. The festival has joined forces with Lausanne’s photography museum, Musée de l’Elysée, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Paleo’s press release on the joint project: “Five photographers have been […]

Solar Impulse silver coin issued

solar impulse 2 coins

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss government unveiled a commemorative CHF20 silver coin for Solar Impulse’s maiden round-the-world flight, Monday 9 March. The coins can be ordered online and serve as regular currency. The airplane took off from Abu Dhabi Monday on the first leg of its flight around the globe, using only solar power.

Show time in Switzerland: homes, cars, watches

Something for everyone at the Geneva Motor Show, given the 9,000 new cars on display

Thursday is the big day: car show runs 5-15 March GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Geneva Motor Show is about to begin, with 700,000 people expected to head for Palexpo in Geneva – but crowds are also heading for Lausanne to the home and garden show, Habitat Jardin, 7-12 March, and soon to Basel for the […]