Geneva: gale warnings, Zurich: steady rain

Zurich rooftops, Seefeld area, steady rain falling

Weather forecast everywhere is damp, damp, damp GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The weather forecasters are handing us a package of rain and more rain for the rest of the week and through the weekend. Zurich’s European Athletics Championships are getting a drenching and MeteoSwiss has just issued gale warnings (winds under 100kph) for Geneva, but not […]

Russians uninvited: Swiss air show


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss air force is not inviting Russian pilots to fly their planes in AIR14, the hugely popular air show in Payerne that takes place over two weekends in August. A team of Russian Knights pilots were expected to take part, flying Su-27 military planes, but in the current climate, says the […]

Super moon offers bright spot during damp summer

Supermoon over Turtmann and St Luc, canton Valais

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The super moon (perigee) that appeared Sunday to Monday night before a fresh pack of rain clouds hid it, was one of those that appears larger than usual because the Earth and the moon are closer together. The moon was 357,000 kilometres away last night, compared to the more normal 384,400 km, […]

Fêtes de Genève, weather lows, fireworks highs

Fetes de geneve fireworks

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Yet another weather casualty: the Fêtes de Genève had half as many people as in 2013, the organizers said Sunday. One million visitors to the weeks-long summer festival drew to a close Sunday 10 August. The shortfall wasn’t particularly a problem for the city itself, which aims mainly to create a welcoming, […]

News roundup: damp days, fireworks, festivals, runners


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Fêtes de Genève/Geneva Festival is in full swing, with sunshine back on the agenda. If you haven’t yet visited the Luminarium, be sure to do so – walk through a bit of pure magic with light and colour. The big fireworks display is Saturday 9 August at 22:00, with a theme […]

Some sun promised for 1 August holiday

Fetes de geneve fireworks

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The national weather service is promising a sky without rain for this evening and tomorrow, in most parts of Switzerland. Fireworks are a popular part of the First of August national Swiss holiday, and there now appears to be a better chance they’ll work, without the steady rain of the past couple […]

100 extra trains for Zurich’s Street Parade

Inland – Street Parade 2012 (Matthias Keller/Amiado Online AG)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Zurich mean party-time next weekend, with the national First of August celebrations followed the day after by the city’s hugely popular Street Parade, a giant dance and techno fête. The CFF/SBB rail company is adding 100 trains 2 August to carry the crowds. Extra trains will leave for Zurich during the afternoon […]

Vernier border guards complex architect named

Architect's model of new border guards housing complex in Vernier, Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Vernier will soon have a major new complex for border guards, part of a larger regional plan to provide service housing for them in zones that are deemed critical. The Swiss government Monday 28 July named Lucerne architect Andreas Heierle and landscape specialist Weber + Brönnimann in Bern the winners of a competition […]

Stromae pulls in 50,000 despite rain

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Belgian singer Stromae pulled in a record crowd of 50,000, the hit of the Paléo festival, where even a week of steady rain couldn’t dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm. The festival closes Sunday with 230,000 fans passing through the gates in Nyon.

First of August fireworks: police urge caution

Fireworks in Lausanne on 9 October

Vaud police say they’ll be tough on offenders LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Police in canton Vaud say that in order to reduce the number of accidents linked to fireworks for the national holiday they will be carrying out controls on shops and offenders can expect them to be tough. The police have also issued a set […]