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Checking out snow sport alternatives to skiing
Photo: Jungfrau Railways

Checking out snow sport alternatives to skiing

You don’t have to ski to enjoy Switzerland in the winter. From snowshoeing to ski-jöring, non-skiers have plenty of ways to amuse themselves in the colder months. The Local's Caroline Bishop runs down some of the options. READ  

Discovering Gruyère's 'most beautiful' village
Photo: La Gruyère Tourism/Christof Sonderegger

Discovering Gruyère's 'most beautiful' village

Apart from its world famous cheese, the Gruyère district can also boast of being home to a village voted this year the most beautiful in French-speaking Switzerland. The Local’s Morven McLean pays a visit to the village of Gruyères to find out what makes it so special. READ  

Expat dilemma: to be or not to be a Swiss citizen

Expat dilemma: to be or not to be a Swiss citizen

They have made their home in Switzerland and don’t plan to leave, but many long-term foreign residents are unable — or unwilling — to acquire a Swiss passport. The Local’s Morven McLean looks at the obstacles to citizenship and speaks to some new Swiss who have overcome them. READ  

Federer legend grows with Davis Cup win
Federer poses for a selfie with supporters in Lausanne. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Federer legend grows with Davis Cup win

It's taken him 16 years as a pro, but Roger Federer finally has won all there is to win in tennis — well almost. READ  

Geneva doctors dress for battle with Ebola virus
Health workers take part in pre-deployment training. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Geneva doctors dress for battle with Ebola virus

Sweating behind fogged-up goggles, Thanh Dang meticulously follows each instruction as she peals away layers of protective clothing, stopping repeatedly to wash her double-gloved hands in chlorine disinfectant. READ  

Eritrean refugees find shelter at Swiss abbey
Eritrean refugees in front of Einsiedeln abbey. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Eritrean refugees find shelter at Swiss abbey

After a harrowing flight from autocratic Eritrea, the last place Nuguse Teklestion expected to call home was the pastoral grounds of a Swiss monastery housing a mysterious black Madonna. READ  

Anglo writer lauds expat 'brains and brawn'
Author Diccon Bewes dresses the part after retracing the footsteps of Victorian tourists. Photo: Diccon Bewes

Anglo writer lauds expat 'brains and brawn'

“Outside expert” on Switzerland and English expat Diccon Bewes followed in the footsteps of the Victorians for his latest book Slow Train to Switzerland. As he tells The Local’s Emily Mawson, if British tourists transformed the country then, international expats play as important a role now. READ  

Geneva lab sleuths help art world uncover fakes
Fine Arts Expert Institute head scientist Killian Anheuser tests painting ascribed to Fernand Léger. Photo: Richard Juilliart/AFP

Geneva lab sleuths help art world uncover fakes

Dressed in an immaculate white lab coat, Sandra Mottaz stares intently through a stereo microscope at a bold-coloured painting purportedly by French master Fernand Léger, searching for signs of forgery. READ  

Mushroom picking 'more complex' than expected
Photo: Catherine McLean/The Local

Mushroom picking 'more complex' than expected

Hunting for mushrooms is a popular pastime in Switzerland but finding ones that are edible — rather than those liable to send you to hospital — can be challenging, as The Local's Catherine McLean discovers. READ  

Cameras give dizzy view of Eiger's north face
Photo: Mammut/AFP

Cameras give dizzy view of Eiger's north face

A project using custom-made 360-degree cameras mounted on the backs of climbers scaling the Eiger in Switzerland's Bernese Alps has captured a unique and dizzying view of the mountain's infamous north face. READ  

Swiss National Park: touring an Alpine refuge
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Swiss National Park: touring an Alpine refuge

The Local’s Emily Mawson spends a night in the Swiss National Park, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, to experience what the country’s most protected place is like. READ  

Panoramic Bernina Express fetes rail history
The Bernina Express pulls into the Alp Grüm station, situated at 2,091 metres above sea level. Photo: Tim Williams

Panoramic Bernina Express fetes rail history

As the Rhaetian Railway celebrates its 125th anniversary, The Local’s Emily Mawson takes a ride on one of its trains to find out what makes the Graubünden cantonal rail network so unique. READ  

Bern’s unusual fountains tell capital story
Photo: Bern Tourism

Bern’s unusual fountains tell capital story

Bern is sometimes known as the ‘city of fountains’ — it is home to more than 100 of them. A tour of the oldest ones, dating back to medieval times with unusual statues such as a child-eating ogre, offers a fascinating way to get to know the Swiss capital, writes The Local's Emily Mawson. READ  

Alphorn opens Swiss doors for US expat writer
Author Chantal Panozzo and the cover of her book about Swiss surprises.

Alphorn opens Swiss doors for US expat writer

If there’s one thing American Chantal Panozzo realizes after eight years in Switzerland it’s that communication is about more than language. READ  

Roughing it beyond the power grid in Ticino
Traditional stone buildings in the Valle Bavona. Photo: Emily Mawson/The Local

Roughing it beyond the power grid in Ticino

The Local’s Emily Mawson ventures to the Valle Bavona, a steep-sided valley amid the mountains of the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, where residents voted against introducing electricity in the 1950s, and discovers a region lost in time. READ  

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