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Singing for Switzerland Luca Hänni raises Swiss Eurovision hopes

Switzerland has enjoyed little success at the annual Eurovision Song Contest in recent years but the tide may be about to turn.  This year, the ...

Basel Carnival Confetti king explains his ‘labour of love’

Basel’s carnival is in full swing and confetti is raining down on the city’s streets. Much of it is made by Hans Rudolf Streiff.

Fasnacht 2019 Political (in)correctness lights up Basel carnival

“To the end” is the motto of this year’s Basel carnival, which began on Monday at 4am.

Film history The forgotten Swiss Oscars

Sixty years ago, two Disney films “Ama Girls” and “Grand Canyon” won the Academy Awards. Both films were created by the Swiss filmmaker Ernst A.

Pschuuri The dark Swiss fertility tradition with hunters and ‘victims’

The “Pschuuri” Ash Wednesday festival in eastern Switzerland is possibly the least politically correct custom in the world. 

Isabelle Eberhardt The Swiss explorer who broke ground for women travel writers

Explorer Isabelle Eberhardt paved the way for Swiss women to enter journalism and travel writing, but few know her story.

Podcast Big bridges in the Big Apple

“Gateways to New York” is a documentary about Swiss engineer Othmar Ammann, who built many of New York’s most iconic bridges. 

De Divina Proportione Treasured manuscript with da Vinci drawings unveiled in Geneva

The Geneva Library has made a late 15th-century manuscript with drawings attributed to Leonardo da Vinci available to the public for the first time.

This content was published on March 2, 2019 2:00 PM

Twisted Rope-making as it was done a century ago

Most of Switzerland's dozen or so rope factories are mass producers. In a small ropemaker’s in Winterthur, however, ropes are still twisted by hand.

Bell-making secrets Bell forging: a dying art

One of Switzerland's last remaining traditional bell makers explains his art.

Fasnacht 2019 Lucerne festivities mark the start of Swiss carnival season

Annual festivities have kicked off in Catholic towns across Switzerland, notably Lucerne, where revellers were up at 5:00am to start the party.

This content was published on February 28, 2019 3:18 PM

Swiss star animator ‘Dragon tamer’ animator shows Swiss kids how it’s done

The chief animator of the hit film trilogy ‘How to train your Dragon’ is from eastern Switzerland. 

Photography Charlie Chaplin family photos shown for first time

An exhibition at the Chaplin's World Museum in Corsier-sur-Vevey, western Switzerland, shows previously unpublished photographs from Chaplin's life.

New Swiss Film Celebrated Swiss movie director Claude Goretta dies

Renowned Swiss film director Claude Goretta has died at the age of 89. Best known for his movies “L'Invitation” (1972) and “La Dentellière” ...

This content was published on February 21, 2019 11:34 AM

Actor Swiss film legend Bruno Ganz dies

Bruno Ganz, Switzerland’s best-known actor, has died in Zurich, his management has announced. He was 77.

This content was published on February 16, 2019 11:20 AM

In photos: Schaffhausen The woman who guards a Swiss town

The small town of Schaffhausen, on the border with Germany, is being guarded by a woman for the first time.