# Switzerland Today


The Sion Swiss book festival

The Swiss dialect translators
The Swiss dialect translators

The Festival du Livre Suisse, newly installed in the beautifully restored Arsenaux of Sion, had so many events during its three days any visitor was bound to miss most.

'The most famous woman in Europe' 200 years ago

de Staël portrait

She died on 14 July 1817 as "arguably the most famous woman in Europe". In the English-speaking world, her works may be largely forgotten. She is remembered most fondly in a village near Geneva:Germaine Necker, known to history as Madame de Staël.

Living the cliché: reel Switzerland

book cover

Switzerland, as the Swiss themselves know, is a cliché 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 in films.

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The Swiss commune that helped change ecology

toerbel village

A traditional village in the Upper Valais helped give the world two of the most influential ideas today in sociology and environmental activism.

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The fine-food restaurant at the end of the Swiss universe

Roggen Stube interior

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One year of Switzerland's first driverless bus


Switzerland's first two driverless buses completed one year of experimental service on 23 June 2017 through the mainly pedestrian streets of the Valais capital, Sion.

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Lens re-opens our eyes to the Symbolists


Wonder where the Sixties hippy art style came from? Or the fairytale animations we’ve seen lately from Hollywood? The Pierre Arnaud gallery in Lens below Crans-Montana had an answer in a recent exhibition.

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Maybe weird but also wonderful: Valais Festival of New Music

Helicopter Quartet

Music from helicopters, a Swiss men's choir swinging back and forth on hydraulic pistons in a church, a political Tibetan pop-rock group: ForumWallis's excursions into experimental music might sound more weird than wonderful — unless you're there.

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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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