The key to my heart


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A trolley folly two weeks ago led to a major headache, lost keys, but the ordeal has ended happily and, as everyone heads off on holidays, I’d like to suggest you take a minute to think about your keys. I lost mine as I was leaving for a short business trip to […]

Cyclists: 8 great Swiss cycling trails

The Swiss tourism office, My Switzerland, has put together a good collection of material and suggestions for eight of the best cycling routes in the country. The weather is now fine, so oil your bike chains and get rolling – no excuses. If you need a warmup consider joining the popular Bike to Work project, […]

Time to go up the Salève


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, […]

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 […]

Safety tips for British tourists in Swiss Alps

British Ambassador David Moran at the Schilthorn, site of a famous Bond ski scene

The British consular service in Bern is offering UK travellers to the Alps a set of safety tips – David Moran, British ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein says that ‘with our Top Tips to Stay Safe on the Slopes’ we hope to make as many people as possible aware of specific dangers linked to winter […]

Handy new travel app: Word Lens


I just tested the new (free) Google Translate sign translation app for travelers, called Word Lens, and I think I like it. You don’t have to be online and it works with your Androis or iPhone camera, but doesn’t take photos unless you tell it to. You point your camera at words and the translation […]

Trains a tad more on time in 2014

Made it! Connecting trains to start holidays, a nice feeling

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss trains are famously on time, but there’s always room for improvement, and in 2014 they were just a shade more on time. Punctuality rose last year, with 87.7% of CFF/SBB clients reaching their destinations at the scheduled time, up from 87.5% in 2013, a 0.2% increase. The CFF points out that […]

Weather service gets new site

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland’s national weather service, MeteoSwiss, has a new web site – contemporary, user-friendly, with new functions and better for smart phones. The new site went into service this morning, 16 December, providing stiffer competition for the numerous private weather forecast services online. The site has 1.4 million “users” a month for its […]

Geneva transport workers strike Wednesday

Carouge tram

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva residents could find they are better off hoofing it to work Wednesday, thanks to a TPG public transport strike involving about one-third of the company’s workers. The 24-hour strike will slow down buses and trams, with nearly 800 workers of the 1,900 TPG employees taking part. The workers are members of […]

Official Swiss mapping now available offline

Swiss map after query on federal geomapping portal

BERN, SWITZERLAND – An ongoing federal government project to make official Swiss maps widely available has just made them accessible without an internet connection. “With the ability to store map data locally on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets, maps can now also be used without internet connection. Positioning via GPS in real time […]