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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  

World Cup 2014
Swiss seek fond farewell for 'Gottmar' Hitzfeld
Ottmar Hitzfeld: final hurrah in Brazil. Photo: AFP

Swiss seek fond farewell for 'Gottmar' Hitzfeld

Switzerland's veteran boss Ottmar Hitzfeld retires after the World Cup football finals and his young squad aim to give him a farewell to remember in Brazil. READ  

Monthly pay under $4,000 'a challenge' in Geneva
Supporters hold paper planes during an action in Geneva earlier this month to support a minimum wage of 4,000 francs. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Monthly pay under $4,000 'a challenge' in Geneva

Surrounded by luxury at the high-end Geneva hotels where she works, Alcina Esteves de Almeida sometimes goes hungry — her salary, while generous by American standards, is not enough to make ends meet in pricey Switzerland. READ  

Expat life inspires Geneva-based writer
Anne Korkeakivi. Photo: Handout

Expat life inspires Geneva-based writer

After living in many places, New York-born writer Anne Korkeakivi is now based in Geneva, where she speaks to The Local about how being an expat inspired her first novel, An Unexpected Guest. READ  

Expats lace up running shoes for Swiss races
Runners take in mountain scenery in the Aletsch half marathon. Photo: Kathy Zimmerman

Expats lace up running shoes for Swiss races


From the simply beautiful to the downright barmy, Switzerland's vast array of running races are a great way for expats to integrate into the Swiss way of life, The Local's Caroline Bishop learns. READ  

Gritty district turns into Zurich’s trendiest spot
Cyclist and dog pass by Im Viadukt in Zurich's Kreis 5. Photo: Diego Alborghetti/Zurich Tourismus

Gritty district turns into Zurich’s trendiest spot

Zurich’s Kreis 5 may be the antithesis of the idyllic Switzerland shown in tourist brochures, but that uniqueness is proving a draw for tourists and residents alike. READ  

Skiing meshes with yoga on St. Moritz piste
Instructor Sabrina Nussbaum does the splits on the world's first yoga piste. Photo: Suvretta Snowsports

Skiing meshes with yoga on St. Moritz piste

Ski-yoga is more than a fashionable gimmick, as The Local’s Emily Mawson learns when she finds her skiing improving on St. Moritz’s new yoga piste — the first of its kind in the world. READ  

Basel drummers pound out expert carnival beat
Photo: Basel Tourism

Basel drummers pound out expert carnival beat

Drummers play a key role in Basel’s three-day annual carnival or Fasnacht. But drumming is more than just a pastime in this German-speaking city on the Rhine River, as The Local’s Emily Mawson discovers. READ  

Carmakers in Geneva push SUVs of all sizes
Porsche's new Macan SUV. Photo: Pierre Albouy/AFP

Carmakers in Geneva push SUVs of all sizes

Massive or small, affordable or off-the scale pricey: urban sports utility vehicles abound at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, with luxury carmakers speeding into the lucrative market. READ  

UK novelist inspired by Lausanne memories

UK novelist inspired by Lausanne memories

Following on the success of her debut novel, The Book of Summers, British author Emylia Hall has looked to Switzerland for inspiration for her latest work. A Heart Bent Out of Shape is set in Lausanne, drawing on time Hall spent there as a 19-year-old student. The Local talks to her to find out more. READ  

Swiss grapple with pros and cons of immigration
Photo: Sebastian Bozon/AFP

Swiss grapple with pros and cons of immigration

Swiss politician Martin Suter doesn’t have to look far to see the drawbacks from a European Union agreement that has permitted thousands of Germans, French and other Europeans to settle in Switzerland. READ  

Sri Lankan keeps Swiss sledge tradition alive
Photo: Emily Mawson/The Local

Sri Lankan keeps Swiss sledge tradition alive

When Tamil Kavithas Jeyabalan arrived in Chur in the canton of Graubünden from his native Sri Lanka in 1984, he had never seen snow and didn’t speak a word of German. Now, the talented expat carpenter is using his skills to keep the Swiss sledge tradition alive. READ  

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