Teen falls 10m from chairlift in Graubuenden

Only facial injuries as deep snow breaks her fall ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – A 13-year-old girl suffered only facial injuries when she fell 10 metres from a chairlift in Marguns, near Celerina, in canton Graubuenden, Wednesday, cantonal police say. Soft, deep snow broke her fall, reducing the injuries she might have sustained on a harder surface. […]

Davos/St Moritz for 2022 Olympics: Bern ok’s CHF30m

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Davos to St Moritz – if Switzerland has its way the 2022 Winter Olympic Games will take place in canton Graubuenden. The federal government said Wednesday 17 October that it will back the region’s candidacy with a CHF30 million credit if parliament gives the green light, and if the canton and the […]

What saving face means to one Graubuenden village

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Fame has suddenly hit the Graubuenden hamlet of Obermutten and so far, it’s just what the townfolk wanted. Mayor M Wyss and G Flatscher, who owns the single restaurant, decided last year that the village, with all its typical Swiss mountain charm, should create a Facebook page that would increase visitors. He […]

Google Maps unveils first train rides, in Switzerland, land of trains!

Street View: 360-Panorama-Ansichten von der Albula/Bernina-Bahnstrecke der RhB

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – What better country than Switzerland to start showing train lines on Google Maps Street View, and what better line than the Unesco World Heritage site Albula/Bernina line on the Rhaetian Railways! The new views were unveiled Thursday at the Transport Museum in Lucerne. The rail company and Google worked together in October […]

Weekend ski and winter sports report: 9-11 March 2011

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Visitors to the Geneva area for the car show get a real bonus this year, with excellent skiing lined up for this weekend in the Jura, with ski lifts 3 minutes from the centre of the city. The snow is superb, reports our Jura correspondent, with fresh powder. Tip for iPhone, iPad […]

Climber dies shortly after unroped on descent in Graubuenden

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 55-year-old man from Solothurn died Saturday 10 September after climbing the Taeschhorn in canton Graubuenden, in the company of a guide. The small group of climbers was coming down from the peak and heading towards Taeschalp at 12:15. They had just removed their ropes five minutes before, according to the guide, […]

Dry spell continues: bush and forest fires dot Switzerland

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A dozen bush fires have been sparked in canton Vaud in the past week, mostly started by negligence, from cigarette butts and cooking fires not put out properly, police warn. The canton has had a ban since 15 April on lighting fires closer than 10 metres from forests, woods, hedges, grasslands […]

Gotthard’s second tunnel pierced completely

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The second of the twin Gotthard rail tunnels was completely pierced Wednesday 23 March near Sedrun in canton Graubuenden, inching the mega-project to build the world’s longest train tunnel closer to completion. When the Gotthard opens in December 2016 the 57 km tunnel will cut travel time between Zurich and Milan […]

Landslide derails N. Italy train, 11 dead (update)

Update 14:30  Merano, Italy (GenevaLunch) – An Italian regional train came off the rails near Merano, in northern Italy, not far from Switzerland’s canton Graubuenden and the border with Austria, 09:00 Monday morning 12 April. Seven people died and 25 people are injured, five of them seriously. Another train had passed just moments before, going […]

Davos security boss commits suicide day before World Economic Forum

Davos, Graubuenden, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Graubuenden cantonal police chief Markus Reinhardt appears to have committed suicide, one day before the World Economic Forum opens in the Swiss resort of Davos. Reinhardt was also head of security for the WEF, which pulls in business and political leaders from around the world. The news was announced by […]