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Maybe weird but also wonderful: Valais Festival of New Music

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The 2017 Festival takes place over Whitsun from 1-5 June in Leuk Castle. In all 50 works by composers from more than 25 countries will be presented, along with an exhibition of contemporary art.

Living the cliché: reel Switzerland

Switzerland, as the Swiss themselves know, is a clichĂ© of mountains, snow, yodelling, banking, 500 years of peace, and cuckoo clocks. Now, a one-time location scout for television chain Home Box Office in Los Angeles, Cornelius Schregle, has put together a 400-page picture book of foreigners' clichés of Switzerland on film.

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Valais wines (before the disaster): a bumper year on show

25-27 May 2017

The icy weather of 19th of April 2017 launched catastrophe week in Switzerland's finest winegrowing region. The Valais "wine village" of Salgesch/Salquenen will probably lose 80-90% of its harvest, growers predict, as a result of frost damage to the vines (and apricot trees).

Nevertheless, the canton's wine cellars will be open to visitors on 25-27 May, the weekend of Ascension. So this might be the best time to take a trip and grab the good wines they have on offer. 2016 provided a bumper crop.

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Switzerland's most beautiful village?

Törbel, the subject of "The Swiss commune that changed ecology" is one of four Upper-Valais villages being considered for top prize as Switzerland's most beautiful in the 2017 competition.

Others in the running for "the most beautiful village in Switzerland" are Blatten in the Lötschental, Ernen and Visperterminen (home to the highest vineyards in Europe and known as "Heidadorf" for its white wine).

RZ, the regional newspaper, named them in its 11 May 2017 edition. Visitors to the website www.dasschoenstedorf.ch can vote till 23 May 2017. The competition is organized by Swiss television channels and several magazines.

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News: This section covers events tourists and other travellers might want to know.

Events: These are arranged by date in the current month.

Eating out: A non-comprehensive listing of good places to eat, particularly outside the main towns.

Eating in: Guides to food, wine and recipes I like.

Excursions: Various trips to places right now.

Places: Brief coverage of non-news info on Switzerland, such as museums.

Leukerbad's thermal baths scores top

Tips: Notes and links to useful information about Switzerland.

Articles: older pieces

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