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Low season, high up After the crowds leave: when you’re alone in the Alps

What’s it like to be in the mountains when the last skiers have gone home and summer hikers have yet to arrive?

Zurich tradition A psychic exploding snowman? Welcome to Sechseläuten

Every year, at 6pm on a Monday in April, a snowman is set on fire on Zurich’s Sechseläutenplatz. Not just any snowman, mind you. This is the Böögg.

Art therapy How patients in Swiss psychiatric clinics painted their experience

An exhibition traces how early Swiss psychiatric patients used art to come to terms with life inside an institution.

alpine living The real face of the quaint Swiss chalet

Behind every Swiss cliché - whether chocolate, cheese or banks - is a kernel of truth.

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.

Ski season The piste basher's long night

Werner Freitag and his team are out every night during the ski season in Elm, central Switzerland, preparing the slopes.

Elm ski region ‘We’re lucky – there’s lots of snow in Elm’

Bruno Landolt has been in charge of the Elm mountain lift company for 16 years.

Year in review 2018 Energy highs and lows

Here’s our look back at the past 365 days, using some of the year’s most powerful images.

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