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Rhaetian Railway derailment
Safety check before train crash found ‘no risks’
Photo: Graubünden cantonal police

Safety check before train crash found ‘no risks’

Despite heavy rain, safety checks found no evidence of risks on the section of a rail line in the canton of Graubünden where a landslide this week derailed a train carrying 200 passengers, Rhaetian Railway officials maintained on Thursday. READ  

Rhaetian Railway derailment
Clear-up operation follows train derailment
An operation is underway to recover one of the carriages. Photo: AFP

Clear-up operation follows train derailment

Efforts remained underway on Thursday to retrieve one of the carriages of a passenger train that derailed in eastern Switzerland following a landslide injuring 11 people, five seriously. READ  

Rhaetian Railway derailment
Landslide derails Swiss passenger train
Trees prevent one carriage from dropping into a river while another one dangles above the ravine. Photo: Graubünden cantonal police

Landslide derails Swiss passenger train

Five passengers were seriously injured when a landslide derailed a train in a mountainous area of the canton of Graubünden in eastern Switzerland on Wednesday, following heavy rain in the region. READ  

Swiss remain world champs for train travel
Photo: SBB

Swiss remain world champs for train travel

Switzerland remains the world champion for passenger train travel, according to figures issued by the information service for public transport (LITRA). READ  

Swiss National Park: touring an Alpine refuge
Photo: Tim Williams/The Local

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  

Public transport fare rise less than planned
Photo: VÖV

Public transport fare rise less than planned

The cost of public transport travel in Switzerland will rise in December but less than previously announced, the Swiss public transport union (VÖV) said on Thursday. READ  

Three Swiss couples fined for Ibiza van love
Ibiza has a reputation for wild times that three Swiss couples put to the test. Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/AFP

Three Swiss couples fined for Ibiza van love

The Spanish resort of Ibiza is known for hot times and all-night partying but three Swiss couples found out that the anything-goes atmosphere has its limits. READ  

Switzerland fetes 100 years for national park
The Swiss National Park was created in 1914. Photo: Caroline Bishop

Switzerland fetes 100 years for national park

The village of Zernez in the canton of Graubünden will lead celebrations for the 100th birthday of Switzerland’s only national park on August 1st, Swiss National Day. READ  

Federer and Vonn play tennis at Jungfraujoch
Federer and Vonn on the glacier. Photo: Alexandra Way/Photopress

Federer and Vonn play tennis at Jungfraujoch

Roger Federer played tennis with American ski racing star Lindsey Vonn at the top of the Jungfrau Railway — 3,454 metres above sea level — in an unusual promotion on Wednesday for a Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate shop at the Bernese Oberland station. 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  

Plan to hire Sherpas for Matterhorn trail thwarted
Zermatt was counting on the expertise of Sherpas to rebuild a trail to the base of the Matterhorn. Photo: AFP

Plan to hire Sherpas for Matterhorn trail thwarted

Federal officials are thwarting a bid by the mountain resort town of Zermatt to hire 10 Sherpas from Nepal to rebuild a trail to a hut below the Matterhorn, according to a media report. READ  

Eurowings takes Swiss spot at Basel airport
Swiss will focus its services on Geneva and Zurich. Photo: Swiss International Air Lines

Eurowings takes Swiss spot at Basel airport

Swiss International Air Lines is to pull out of Basel airport in 2015, to be replaced by low-cost carrier Eurowings. READ  

EasyJet expands routes from Swiss airports
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

EasyJet expands routes from Swiss airports

Low-cost British airline easyJet has announced that it is flying to six new destinations from Swiss airports. READ  

Swiss airline launches new low-price strategy
Swiss is hoping to keep up with the competition. Photo: Swiss International Air Lines

Swiss airline launches new low-price strategy

Swiss International Air Lines will soon introduce cut-price ticket prices to European Union destinations in a bid to keep up with the competition. READ  

Switzerland’s largest ski area 4-Vallées breaks up
The 4-Vallées ski area is the third largest in Europe. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Switzerland’s largest ski area 4-Vallées breaks up

Switzerland’s largest ski area is breaking up over a disagreement among its lift operators. READ  

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