Tourism & Culture

Tourism is big business in Switzerland for good reason. With some of the highest mountains on the continent, bustling urban centres and colourful Swiss festivals, Switzerland boasts a unique array of things to see and do.

Tourism today

Tourism is a key source of Switzerland’s income, although nowadays Swiss travelling abroad spend almost as much as foreign tourists ...

Museums

Switzerland ranks among the countries with the most museums per capita, with more than 1,000 museums to suit nearly every taste. From housing ...

Cinema

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A guide to Swiss cinemas, film festivals, directors, actors and award-winning films – plus famous scenes shot in Switzerland.

Theatre

Switzerland has a long and rich theatre tradition. Basel, Bern, Zurich all have institutions with a name extending beyond their ...

Music

Think of Swiss music and yodelling inevitably comes to mind. But the country’s music extends beyond the traditional to jazz and rap ...

Authors

From classic to contemporary works, the Swiss love to read and have created a literary tradition that spans four national languages. ...

Architecture

Thanks to urbanisation and industrial growth, Switzerland has always been a fertile ground for architects who carry out their work at ...

Painters and sculptors

Swiss artists’ styles range from the playful to the grotesque. Learn more about “Alien” designer HR Giger, and icons like Giacometti, Klee and ...

Arts funding

Cultural promotion in Switzerland – like education – falls under the authority of the cantons and communes and has been anchored in the ...

Events

When do the cows come down from the Alps? Is the cheese festival this weekend? When does the Montreux Jazz Festival start? Find out what's ...