THE INSIDE VIEW WITH ROGER BONNER
Roger Bonner is a writer from Basel with cult status in Switzerland, whose incisive anecdotes on local culture in our HELLO SWITZERLAND magazines and in his book Swiss Me (Bergli Books) have...
The other side of Geneva
The Jet d'Eau, the English Garden with its flower clock, the Olympic Museum, CERN - everyone knows these famous landmarks. But go up into the old city, and you'll see hidden treasures that are...
Volunteer opportunities in Geneva and Nyon
Living in Nyon receives many emails from readers asking if there any volunteering opportunities in the area. There are plenty! From helping to clean up the lake, to volunteering in charity shops,...
Beyond the cheese
La Gruyère, between Fribourg and Montreux, has a lot to offer.
Twelve Surprising Facts about Switzerland
I recently made a small informal and amusing survey: I asked about twenty foreign business people stationed in the Greater Geneva Berne area what impressed them the most about our region. Here are...
Balcony garden sanctuaries
Make the most of small outdoor areas and think creatively to bring a garden into your home.
„Worst words in golf: It´s your turn again", the American PGA Pro Dave Marr once said. It seems the members of Golf4Fun, the golf community for expats based in Switzerland, don't agree. They played...
The Battle of the Burgers
There's a food fight in Lausanne vying for your taste buds!
Up close and personal with SANDY PATTON
Sandy Patton is a world famous jazz singer with Switzerland as her base and Europe as her stage. We caught up with Sandy to learn how the American singer is making her home in Bern.
"Time heals all wounds", "Don't feel bad", "Replace the loss", "Grieve alone" or "Be strong for others". - Have you ever caught yourself saying something like this? And did you know that Grief...
Snowshoe walking in the Jura
When I was persuaded to buy snowshoes by a couple of crazy mountain-climbing friends, I wasn't quite sure what to expect.
Crossing the Border
1 in 4 people living in Switzerland frequently cross the borders to stock up on food, household items and clothes. In Basel, shopping in Germany and France couldn't be easier.
Stories from the Rhine
Schaffhausen, the capital of Canton Schaffhausen, is a few miles upstream from the Rhine Falls. The city came into being because ships travelling from Lake Constance to Basel could not pass over...
Wooed by food
Lausanne's Swiss restaurants cater for visitors and residents alike. Find out about some of the most enticing dining options Lausanne has to offer.
Enjoy the beauty of Lucerne while avoiding the crowds at these two lively and interesting locales.
A Taste of New York in Zürich
My suitcases are usually filled to the brim when coming home from transatlantic trips to New York City. There are baking ingredients galore, fun paper accessories from Anthropologie and often...
A Very Swiss Angel's Share
As you drive through Switzerland, you're very likely to miss this unlikely Swiss product. But this a trip is worth making for both the beautiful scenery and the high quality whiskies.
Seven Secrets to Swiss Success
In economic and political terms, Switzerland is doing better than almost any other nation worldwide. What does it do better? What's behind its competitive edge? How can it stay on top? German...
Roger Federer's Outfits
Roger Federer's drive for perfection has made him one of the greatest tennis players of all time. But this drive doesn't stop at perfecting his forehand or backhand; it extends to every aspect of...
Enticing Swiss Lodges
Snowflakes keep falling, the wind rattles shutters, the outside temperature is well below zero and there is a draught from somewhere. During the Swiss winter we may all be looking for winter...
After the swift one-hour train ride from Basel, bus number 11 waits just outside the station to take walkers on a short ride to the end of the line, Rebenweg. Here the picturesque vineyard hike...
The World Peace Academy, Basel
Peace is one of the most fundamental human rights and duties. The World Peace Academy in Basel runs educational programmes promoting the right to peace for all.
A Partnership for Africa
Through improvements in early-childhood education, the Roger Federer Foundation is contributing to a brighter future for Malawi: "I want to give some of my own good fortune back to the children,"...
Basel and the New Era for Non-Profit Organizations
With its international outlook, it should come as little surprise that Basel has inspired the launch of a number of small, but dedicated, non-profit organizations.
Serving the local and international communities at Basel West Library
Basel West Library's expanding range of services and events aim to ensure that the library is a friendly place for people to come and relax, read what is on offer, meet others and be able to bring...
A quick gimpse of the Rathaus
The Rathaus is one of Basel's most iconic buildings. As well as being a major tourist attraction in Basel, it continues to have an influential role on life in the city.
High on Heida
Janet and I were spending a few days at our little chalet in Kandersteg, when we noticed that our one-day travel passes with Swiss Rail would expire on Saturday 11 May. Rather than let them go to...
Up Close and Personal
Lisa Mundembe-Chuma moved to Switzerland less than two years ago, but she's already been busy. She hosted the country's first Women's Expo in 2013, and continues to inspire and support women as...
Over a century of music and still going strong
The Basel region has a lively classical music community and one of its most enthusiastic participants is the Liestal Orchestra.
The Forgotten Valley
With its dizzying views and wide range of activities, the Trient valley is a real treasure trove.
The Treasures of Swiss Hiking
The Swiss trail network is arguably one of the best in the world. But before one ventures into the wilderness it is important to be well prepared.
How Switzerland Came to Be
Ten historic events that played a crucial role in making Switzerland the country it is today. (No, they don't include the founding of the confederation in 1291.)
10 Special Cases
Switzerland is a country of great diversity thanks to its geographical location and linguistic and cultural heritage. This has given rise to various unique situations in terms of the country's...
X-TRA:Charming Hotel in the centre of Zurich
Located in the trendiest quarter of Zurich, the charming XTRA Hotel is a 5-minute tram ride away from Zurich's Main Station and the downtown area. It offers a fashionable restaurant /bar.
Sometimes defining your place of origin in Switzerland can be a problem.
A Sort of Christmas Story
How you can keep your hands busy when listening to the radio and watching TV is too boring.
The Wild West of Switzerland
Where can you go in Switzerland on a Sunday without getting stuck in never-ending traffic jams?
Here and There
Last year my partner and I decided to celebrate Christmas with her parents who live in a town about an hour north of Toronto.
Two Artists of Exceptional Talent
An encounter with a Swiss-American composer of serious music and his sculptor wife.
The combination of old traditions and modern atmosphere makes the Fischerstube a place worth visiting.
The Lake of Geneva
Julius Caesar, while conquering the Helvetians, was the first to put Lacus Lemanus into the history books.
Welcome to the Käserei Murten
The Käserei is a well-known restaurant, located in the charming Old Town of Murten/Morat. The Käserei offers a unique dining experience and is also a renowned paradise for wine connoisseurs.
I Know I Could Write for Children
Introducing the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators to the Swiss.
There's nothing like the threat of plunging 20 metres into a rocky streambed to keep your mind focused. Seilpark Rigi is only one of some 45 rope parks in Switzerland.
Dutch apple pie, schnitzel with noodles, lamps made of horns, and crisp white linens await guests in cosy rooms overlooking the mountain range up at the new Hamilton Lodge.
Nestling in a quiet street in the Basel district of St.Johann is Quartiertreffpunkt LoLa, one of 15 community meeting points in Basel.
Foxtrail is an exciting and different way to discover Swiss cities. Sarah Moore checked it out at this fun Packimpex meet-up event.