Dreaming of a dry Christmas
As we drove out of Basel to Kandersteg on Christmas Eve in a car crammed with luggage, presents and a turkey, we were doubly excited because this would be our first Christmas in the little chalet...
How to survive Christmas
The impending approach of Christmas can make trying to accomplish all holiday duties feel overwhelming. Life coach Désirée A. Steinmann suggests a few ways to keep calm over the yuletide.
Worldwide Christmas dinners
From Switzerland and Sweden, here are some great ideas for a delicious dinner to enjoy with your families and friends.
Make the perfect pumpkin puree
Nothing tastes like winter more than pumpkin, and the options for yummy pumpkin recipes are limitless. Now, even in Switzerland, you can make them right at home.
Romandie International Schools: Summer Camps
Summer camps have long been a tradition in Switzerland: place the children in a safe environment where they can indulge in all sorts of supervised but exciting outdoor sports.
Prague, the golden city
It's difficult to know where to start as there's so much to see – Wenceslas Square with its wide elegant avenue towards the Old Town Square, the fascinating little streets and squares, the old...
The business of the beautiful game
For Gianni Infantino, the best football match he ever saw on an emotional level was the semifinal of the World Cup between Italy and Germany in 2006. For pure skills, it was the Champions League...
The final tally
How much do the Swiss have left in their wallet after life's major and minor expenses? Assets, inheritance and disposable income at a glance.
Friday 21 March is Museums Night in Bern. For this special event the museums have entertainers, special exhibits and lots of delicious food, making it a perfect time to visit your favorite museums...
Significantly more people work than live in the town of Zug, according to Swiss statistics – that's a lot of weekday lunches. Yet ask any of those workers about their lunchtime habits and most will...
Gourmet strolls through the Suisse Romande
An excellent summer event for families and individuals. Learn about and enjoy local drinks and cuisine while walking through the countryside.
Alain de Botton
With bestsellers in 30 countries, Zurich-born Alain de Botton is a prolific writer and TV presenter on the 'philosophy of everyday life'. So how did his childhood in Zurich impact on his career?...
Lucerne to go
From Mark Twain to your average day tripper, Lucerne's always been high on Switzerland's visitor hit list. On a nice day you can't go wrong with a lake cruise or stroll through the old town, but,...
Ticino, with its mediterranean feel, is a unique corner of Switzerland with many stories to tell. If you take the time to explore, you will find inspirational people and events around every corner.
DISCOVER SWITZERLAND FROM UP HIGH
Hot air balloons, paragliding, extreme cable-cars, spectacular Alpine trains and sweeping Swiss winds. Plus WIN PRIZES in our great competition!
Did you know: Decanting
Most people associate decanting with old or very expensive wines, but decanting actually benefits almost all wines. Here's a quick guide.
The ways of wine
Swiss wine has come into its own in recent years with local growers and vineyards winning global accolades for their wares. Discover Swiss wine culture and unbridle your inner Bacchus.
Absinthe comes of age
Gaudentia Persoz, the first woman to make absinthe legally in Switzerland, talks to writer P.K. Read about her own experience at her family's distillery.
Language acquisition in school children
The International School of Ticino recognizes the importance of play and social interaction for language learners. We create a fun and effective learning environment for our students.
Living the high life
With Basel's temperate climate there's outdoor eating and drinking options aplenty, and the city's rooftop haunts are the perfect place to see out the summer. Basel Editor Kate Orson gives us some...
Susan Mashibe's jet logistics business has taken off and been able to expand abroad as a result of mentoring provided by Credit Suisse. Here she talks about her exceptional journey as an...
An elephantine task
Sipho Mabona, an origami artist from Lucerne, has captured the imagination of people around the world by folding a life-sized elephant from a single giant sheet of paper.
In the nine years since Diccon Bewes landed in Switzerland, he has established a writing career now steeped in accolades, winning the Financial Times Book of the Year and garnering praise from...
30 Years of Circus Monti - Bonjour la vie
Join the Hello Switzerland team and other readers for a night at Circus Monti, Switzerland's most innovative circus! 2 September in Zurich and 16 October in Bern.
Christoph Schwegler is the new face of Zurich's wine producers. He arrived at Rheinau's monastic, Mövenpick-owned Staatskellerei six years ago and has turned its fortunes around.
First Swiss festival season
One from the German side, one from the French. One a cozy local festival and the other, one of the largest open airs in Switzerland. The Gurten and Paléo festivals complement each other nicely.
A rebel who loves peace - read the interview with Switzerland-based meditation/life coach and author Mahima Klinge.
Zurich hosts Europe's top athletes
With an estimated 25,000 spectators per day, the European Athletics Championships Zurich 2014 will be the biggest meet in Switzerland this year.
Holmes Place - 5 Lifestyle Clubs in Switzerland
Our lifestyle clubs offer members a unique service including health and nutrition advice, personalised fitness programmes and relaxation in the wellness and spa facilities.
IMI University Centre Switzerland
One of Switzerland's finest Hospitality and Management schools, IMI University Centre in Luzern offers programmes in Hotel, Tourism, Events, Culinary and Business Management.
Introducing Booster Pilates
Booster Pilates in Zurich is the first studio in Switzerland to use Sebastien Lagree's revolutionary fitness method and Megaformer machine. His technique is already hugely popular in America.
Devakrishna Marco Giollo
Devakrishna Marco Giollo is an award-winning Swiss contemporary artist. He works in his two ateliers in Schönenbuch, Basel and Magadino, Ticino. His work has taken him all around the world with...
Humanium - helping children and communities across the world
Headquartered in Geneva, Humanium is an international child sponsorship NGO dedicated to stopping violations of children's rights throughout the world.
LAUSANNE'S NEW OLYMPIC MUSEUM
Most first-time visitors to Lausanne know that it is home to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Yet, as Caroline Thonger reveals, the city also now boasts the stunning revamped Olympic Museum.
Buenos Aires-born and Zurich-based Alfredo Häberli is Switzerland's most prolific furniture, product and interior designer. Fresh from his last project, the award-winning 25hours Design Hotel in...
Visit the heart of Switzerland
The Old Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 on the Rütli meadow Seelisberg, an attractive mountainside area overlooking Lake Lucerne in Central Switzerland.
SWISS FASHION HITS THE INTERNATIONAL CATWALK
You may not have heard of them on the runways just yet, but as Tsitaliya Mircheva reports, Swiss designers have made a real impact at London and Paris Fashion weeks.
"Too Much Harmony Can Be Damaging"
Ottmar Hitzfeld is one of the most successful club trainers worldwide and trainer of the Swiss national team since 2008. He talks about preparations for the World Cup in Brazil, tough opponents,...
Basel's biggest crowd pullers - Win tickets!
Kate Orson throws the spotlight on the top two annual events which take place in June and July in Basel, known as Switzerland's most culturally diverse city.
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.