Traffic tangles and temperature dips marked weekend

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – July ends and some vacationers go home while others head out: the weekend saw heavy traffic on all main arteries in Switzerland thanks to the holidays, reports public TV station RTS. The shock of vacation time starting or ending was compounded for some by a sharp change in temperature, with a 15C […]

Swiss school holiday calendar

The Swiss school holiday calendar is posted well in advance by school authorities, and shows the staggered school breaks by canton. Cross it with the French school holiday calendar to avoid traffic and tourist jams, especially for the February snow weeks and Easter vacation.

French schools holidays: beware of zones and tourist jams

Fall, Christmas and summer school holidays all happen at the same time in France. But for the two-week winter and spring breaks France is then divided into three zones, each with different dates, so do check the school holiday calendar. The Jura and Alps areas are located in zone A. In winter and spring, one […]

Weekend ski and winter sports report, 28-29 January 2012


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – This report is coming to you a bit later than usual as we waited for the ski news to improve and, happily, it has, but it’s not the perfect weekend for beginners. Sunday promises occasional glimpses of sun. Yes there is snow, fresh snow, throughout much of the Alps, the depth is […]

Holidays are a time for child sexual abuse, police caution


SION, SWITZERLAND – A canton Valais NGO, Patouch, is getting strong support from local media and the police to get across an important message as the holidays approach, that this is a time when children are particularly at risk for sexual abuse. The group, which recently adopted a cartoon-style hedgehog for its logo, points out […]

Merry Christmas with a camel’s milk chocolate camel

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss supermarket chain Migros will undoubtedly have chocolate Santas and trees for the holiday season, but this year it’s come up with an unusual Christmas treat: a milk chocolate foil-wrapped camel fit for the Three Kings of Christmas lore. The supermarket will stock them in 100 of its shops. It notes that […]

The news stories you missed that put Switzerland on the map (update)


Basel’s stinky flower, Geneva’s sexiest fingers study, Cern’s rumoured Higgs particles, US women skate to gold in Zurich Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A giant stinky flower in Basel, ring fingers that mean true love, thrilling women’s ice hockey world finals – the international population in the Lake Geneva region disappears during the spring holidays, heading […]

Walt Disney set to build second Chinese empire

Walt Disney Co. is set to open a $4.4 billion amusement park in Shanghai in 2016. The ground-breaking ceremony for the new park took place Friday 8 April. This is the company’s first venture onto China’s mainland and it follows the opening of Disneyland Hong Kong in 2005. However, there are fears that the resort faces a gloomy future: […]

Nez Rouge kept 381,000 km of road safer over the holidays


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Nez Rouge, whose volunteers drive people home during the festive season if they are too drunk or high or tired to get behind the wheel safely, clocked381,157 km over the 2010 holidays. The group’s 6,979 volunteers delivered 20,895 people between 3 December and 1 January in 9,580 runs. Bad weather had […]

Best wishes for a peaceful holiday


To our readers from Thank you for sharing a wonderful year with us, and as 2010 draws to a close we wish you a peaceful and happy holiday season.