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Swiss are most frequent train travellers in Europe
The Swiss love travelling by train. Photo: SBB

And they travel further by train than anyone else in the world.

10 great apps for exploring Switzerland this summer
Find a Swiss beach with the BeachGuide app. Photo: C Sonderegger/Swiss Tourism

Download these free apps to make your Swiss trip go swimmingly.

  Solar plane completes epic round-the-world trip
The journey ended in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse 2 has landed in the UAE, completing its epic round-the-world journey.

Swiss solar plane nears end of epic trip
Solar Impulse is close to its goal. Photo: Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse 2 is approaching the end of its epic bid to become the first sun-powered plane to circle the globe without fuel.

The quirkiest places to stay in Switzerland
Whitepod is just one of Switzerland's more unusual accommodation options. Photo: Hayley Hay/Whitepod

Fancy holidaying in a wine barrel, a silo or a cow barn?

Germans avoid plunge off Swiss mountain pass
Photo: Graubunden cantonal police

Two holidaymakers had a lucky escape when their brakes failed coming down a mountain pass.

 Self-driving shuttles premiere in Sion
Two shuttles are operating in Sion's old town. Photo: PostBus

In a first for Switzerland, driverless post buses are now carrying passengers in Sion.

Pioneering Swiss solar pilots 'make sci-fi a reality'
Swiss pilots Andre Borschberg (R) and Bertrand Piccard. Photo: AFP

The Swiss pilot readying to cross the Atlantic in a solar-powered plane on the next leg of a record-breaking, round-the-world mission says he is making science fiction reality.

Suspected arson attack closes train line to Zurich airport
File photo: Mark Goebel

UPDATE: Train line to Zurich airport still closed at 3pm after a fire on the line 12 hours earlier.

Technical troubles cause ‘chaos’ at Zurich airport
File photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Travellers suffer long queues after the computerized check-in system broke over night.

Political and religious leaders gather for Gotthard opening
At 57 kilometres, the new tunnel is the longest in the world. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The Gotthard Base Tunnel is to be blessed by a priest, a reverend, a rabbi and an imam on Wednesday morning as part of an inauguration that is being treated as an opportunity for diplomacy.

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8 fantastic reasons to visit French-speaking Switzerland
The Grande Dixence dam. Photo: Grande Dixence SA/essencedesign.com

Fourteen percent of German-speaking Swiss have never visited the country’s French-speaking region. Here's why they should.

Gotthard base tunnel: what you need to know
The new rail tunnel is the longest and deepest in the world. Photo: Alp Transit Gotthard

The longest tunnel in the world will be inaugurated in Switzerland amid great fanfare on June 1st. The Local takes you through it.

French strikes hit Swiss services once again
File photo: Nicolas Tucat/AFP

Expect more disruptions on train journeys to France every week into June.

Swiss explorer begins epic pole to pole adventure
Mike Horn (r) with Prince Albert II of Monaco. Photo: Jean-Christophe Magnenet/AFP

Mike Horn is attempting to circumnavigate the globe in an unmotorised expedition.

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