Swiss summer driest since 1921

Switzerland at threat of water shortages and forest fires The environment is feeling the heat through below-average water levels and a high danger of forest fire.< meta itemprop=mainEntityOfPage content=http://www.swissinfo.ch > swissinfo.ch/ mga Neuer Inhalt Horizontal Line swissinfo EN Teaser Join us on Facebook!Join us on Facebook!subscription type Kind for signing up for complimentary newsletter.Sign up…

Exciting Summertime Grand Prix on the horizon

With less then four weeks to go, the Nordic Combined summer season 2018 assures to live up to the expectations formed by the effective editions of previous Summertime Grand Prix. From the 17th till 19th August, Oberwiesenthal will compose history with the popular Summer Grand Prix Opener for guys and the first-ever edition for the…

Swiss Fishing Federation: ‘Indicators reveal that tragedy is near’ for fish

As Switzerland comes to grips with the most popular summer considering that 1864, fish are having a hard time to survive. Water temperature levels above 20 degrees Celsius currently represent “a tension element for a lot of fish types.” In some rivers and lakes the water temperature level has exceeded 23 Celsius, in extreme cases…

How Queen Victoria transformed the Swiss tourist market

Part of the poster for the Queen Victoria exhibition at Lucerne History Museum (Lucerne History Museum) Exactly 150 years, Queen Victoria and a small entourage headed to central Switzerland for a five-week getaway. It was the first visit to the Alpine country by a reigning British monarch and left its mark not only on Victoria but…

Weed wars: 4,000 legal cannabis plants destroyed in Switzerland

Typically when you hear of people pulling weeds out of their garden they’re not referring to the kind you can roll up and smoke or consume for medical purposes. On this specific celebration nevertheless it was just that, although this serial marijuana cull was far from wanted. “More than 4,000 hemp plants have been detached…

Vote to end free Swiss-EU migration gets enough signatures

Organizers of a vote to restrict immigration into Switzerland from EU and EFTA countries, had till 18 July 2019 to collect 100,000 valid signatures. Last week, practically one year ahead of the deadline, the Swiss Individuals’s Party Blick that people were inspired by employment concerns, particularly in cross-border regions like Geneva, Vaud, Basel-City and Ticino.The…

The ancient ‘megaphone’ of the Alps returns for its annual Swiss gala

Its deep, echoing call has reverberated throughout the peaks of the Alps for centuries. A sort of ancient megaphone – or community radio – the alphorn, at over three metres long, is far more than simply a large instrument.  “The alphorn served to announce news from one valley to another. It was used to warn…