Although making sweeping statements, or being full of “hot air” as we say, isn’t perhaps very Swiss, we often have the feeling that the rest of the world only recognises the air pockets in our most famous dairy export and is happy to refer to just about every cheese with holes as Emmentaler.
It was night-time over the Atlantic, on a red-eye flight from New York to London, and Alessandro Merga (27) would have loved to have stopped the plane right where it was – the night sky was crystal clear and the Milky Way was too beautiful to be true.
Ray Donnelly (57) is tall and slim. He moves like Barack Obama and talks like George Clooney. Ray was a successful basketball player in his time, picking up a Player of the Year award in California’s Orange County and going on to become a star in the US college league.
The name may be a little misleading – Null Stern Hotel means “Zero Star Hotel”. Yet this accommodation high in the Safien valley (Canton of Graubünden) probably offers a view of more stars at night than any other hotel room on Earth.
Though stunning above the surface, this river only reveals its true beauty underwater: Number one on the Diviac list of 10 unbelievable freshwater dives – the Verzasca River.
The birth of the Swiss Confederation, conventionally dating back to a distant 1291, is celebrated in Switzerland every 1 August. This year, the city of Zurich is celebrating the anniversary in a special way, by inaugurating its renovated national museum.