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Switzerland gets tougher on coronavirus restrictions
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Switzerland gets tougher on coronavirus restrictions

As cases of Covid-19 continue to rise across Switzerland, new, stricter measures are being introduced to help slow the spread of the virus. On October 14, the number of new Covid-19 cases from across Switzerland confirmed in the previous 24 hours was 2,823 and the number of tests taken was 20,704. There were 57 hospitalisations during that time and eight deaths. Zurich responded by tightening its rules around face masks. Indoor events of more than 30 people now require everyone to wear a mask if social distancing isn’t possible, and service staff must also now wear face coverings as well. Masks also need to be worn in clubs, bars and restaurants which aren’t sit-down-only. Zurich Mayor Corine Mauch and city councillor Andreas Hauri addressed the rising case numbers in a video message posted on Zurich City Council’s Facebook page. In the video, Mauch asked residents to keep following safety and hygiene rules to prevent “very drastic measures” being imposed again. In Geneva, public events (including meeting at outside spaces, such as parks) are now limited to 15 people (gatherings of more than 15 people need a permit to take place) and private events can have 100 people at most, with masks needing to be worn. School trips that include overnight stays have also been cancelled at Geneva schools. Additionally, face masks are compulsory in indoor public spaces around Geneva.

Christmas markets and New Year’s parties cancelled: how festive will Switzerland be this year?
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Christmas markets and New Year’s parties cancelled: how festive will Switzerland be this year?

Christmas across Switzerland is already looking like a very different picture in 2020.

Lindt has opened the world’s largest chocolate museum in Zurich, complete with the largest chocolate fountain
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Lindt has opened the world’s largest chocolate museum in Zurich, complete with the largest chocolate fountain

Sweet tooth? You’ll be in sugary heaven at the largest chocolate museum in the world

A CHF130 penalty for a ‘late’ ticket: is this the silliest train fine fine ever?
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A CHF130 penalty for a ‘late’ ticket: is this the silliest train fine fine ever?

38 seconds may not seem like a long time, but when it costs you CHF130, every one of those 38 seconds counts for a lot more, as one SBB passenger found out recently. As reported in 20 Minuten, last week a 20-year-old woman in Zurich purchased a ticket for the 7.33pm train from Meilen to Winterthur using the SBB app. The train was running a little late, and after boarding, the passenger received a rather unpleasant surprise when she was hit with a CHF130 fine by a ticket inspector. Why? Because her app ticket showed that it had been purchased at 7.33.38pm – a whole 38 seconds after the train’s scheduled departure time, making it invalid in the ticket inspector’s mind. The passenger claims that a dodgy internet connection caused the delay in the ticket being issued by the app, and after complaining the following day at an SBB counter, her fine was reduced by CHF100. But, according to 20 Minuten, the passenger still isn’t too happy about the whole thing, It’s a head-scratcher, for sure. And it’s provoked some surprisingly heated debate on an English-speaking Swiss forum, mostly centred around exactly what the ticket-buying rules do and don’t allow. And that’s without getting into the metaphysical conundrums posed by the situation: had the woman somehow bent the rules of time and space to purchase a ticket for a non-existent journey? Or did a malevolent strain of AI cause the app to override its boundaries and issue her with a fraudulent ticket because it knew she would be fined? Which leads us to ask: is this where the machines finally rise up and take over? And if they did, could it really be much worse than 2020 so far? It’s another head-scratcher. Maybe just remember to buy your train ticket in plenty of time before your next journey, just to get the drop on those pesky machines. Looking for things to do in Zurich that don’t cost CHF130? Check our guide to the very best bits of the city.

Geneva is giving tourists free money to spend in the city
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Geneva is giving tourists free money to spend in the city

Geneva Tourism is offering visitors 100 Swiss Francs (around £84) to spend around the city. For free.  

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The best things to do in Switzerland this autumn
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The best things to do in Switzerland this autumn

Make this autumn an amazing one with our handpicked highlights from around the country

Top 10 things to do in Gstaad in autumn
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Top 10 things to do in Gstaad in autumn

From forest bathing to outdoor fondue, Gstaad has something to offer for everyone this autumn

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Swiss winter tourism is under threat from coronavirus travel restrictions
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Swiss winter tourism is under threat from coronavirus travel restrictions

The tourism industry is worried that a ten-day quarantine for ‘high risk’ countries will be disastrous for one of its busiest times

Switzerland removed from UK’s ‘travel corridor’ list
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Switzerland removed from UK’s ‘travel corridor’ list

Anyone entering the UK from Switzerland after Saturday morning will need to quarantine for two weeks

Thousands of people flocked to an illegal 20-hour rave in Bern at the weekend
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Thousands of people flocked to an illegal 20-hour rave in Bern at the weekend

Thousands of people attended a huge, illegal outdoor party in Bern 

Lindt has opened the world’s largest chocolate museum in Zurich, complete with the largest chocolate fountain
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Lindt has opened the world’s largest chocolate museum in Zurich, complete with the largest chocolate fountain

Behold a cascade of liquid cocoa over nine metres high

94% of Swiss train commuters aren’t wearing face masks
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94% of Swiss train commuters aren’t wearing face masks

Masks continue to be a talking point.

More lockdown restrictions lifted as Switzerland moves back towards normality
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More lockdown restrictions lifted as Switzerland moves back towards normality

Further restrictions are lifted on nightclubs, bars, events and sports.

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Film festivals, photography and foodie heaven: 14 things to do across Switzerland before the end of 2020
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Film festivals, photography and foodie heaven: 14 things to do across Switzerland before the end of 2020

Going out might be making a slow, cautious comeback, as events are starting to be scheduled again in some spots around Switzerland

The best things to do in Switzerland this autumn
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The best things to do in Switzerland this autumn

If your next holidays are feeling a bit far off, don’t fret – there’s an awful lot of adventures at home to keep you occupied. 

The 21 best things to do in Switzerland
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The 21 best things to do in Switzerland

UNESCO-protected medieval town centres to world-class festivals - Swiss cities combine history and tradition with thriving contemporary culture. 

21 amazing things to do in Zurich
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21 amazing things to do in Zurich

Our favourite things to do in Zurich

Water therapy for the soul: seven sublime spas in Valais
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Water therapy for the soul: seven sublime spas in Valais

Take a chill pill and dive into our guide to these stunning spa experiences  Here are seven sublime spa spots that are guaranteed to let you unwind. For more spa inspiration, visit myswitzerland.com/spa.

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Top 10 things to do in Gstaad in autumn
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Top 10 things to do in Gstaad in autumn

Hike, bike, eat, repeat. Gstaad offers a great weekend escape without quarantine.

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Cultural highlights

The best Swiss art galleries and museums
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The best Swiss art galleries and museums

Whether you like your art ancient or modern, classical or contemporary, applied or outsider, there is an eye-popping array of world-class Swiss art galleries and museums. From the Paul Klee and Vitra Design museums to prestigious events like Art Basel, the Swiss art scene is vibrant. With both a collecting culture that stretches back centuries and the planet’s most important annual contemporary fair, Basel city has traditionally been the Swiss scene’s Chanel-clad grand dame, snapping up Warhols and Bacons for her Rhine-side apartment. But worldly Zürich has hit a bold new stride in the last decade, with the immaculate regeneration of the city’s former industrial zone serving up a bevy of cool white cubes where cutting-edge contemporary art from every end of the Earth is making itself right at home. Nor are Geneva and Bern art slouches. Their venerable palaces of painting and plastic arts have long earned their global reputations, and each city also has its own flourishing crop of temples to the contemporary, both civic and indie. And the national art appetite keeps on growing. While Renzo Piano hasn’t been called upon just yet to turn the spectacular Fondation Beyeler he built in Basel and Bern’s Zentrum Paul Klee into a megamuseum hat-trick, major institutions are adding new extensions and taking over bigger buildings, while art spaces are breathing vital new life into urban industrial edifices. 

Geneva’s best museums and attractions
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Geneva’s best museums and attractions

With a reputaiton of a world class city in a spectacular setting around an Alpine lake, renowned for its complement of global institutions, Geneva museums and other attractions are in generous supply.

Zurich’s best museums and attractions
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Zurich’s best museums and attractions

An impressive array of striking monuments and pretty parks are among the top attractions to see during a day in Zurich. Museum culture is a key highlight of the city, with fine art especially well represented.

The ten best book venues around Switzerland
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The ten best book venues around Switzerland

In these digital times, real, beautifully designed books have become badges of authenticity that people seek out, share and celebrate. From mammoth chain stores rammed with the latest English-language titles to quirky independents perfect for an afternoon’s browsing and architecturally amazing archives to humble literary retreats, here’s our pick of the best stores, sights and hangouts across the country for fans of the printed word

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Stressing over office space? Here’s the solution
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Stressing over office space? Here’s the solution

Promoted content: Discover premium office spaces and meeting rooms with Ecos Office Centre in various Swiss locations

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Living in Switzerland -  a guide for expats and international local residents
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Living in Switzerland - a guide for expats and international local residents

Some of our top tips to help you settle into your new life in Switzerland

Moving to Switzerland: British expat tips
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Moving to Switzerland: British expat tips

Dreaming of a life in Switzerland? Take the plunge! These expats give their best advice for embracing the Swiss lifestyle.

11 tips for when you first move to Zurich
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11 tips for when you first move to Zurich

Our top tips for getting started when you move to Zurich.

Ten tips for when you first move to Geneva
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Ten tips for when you first move to Geneva

How to get off to a good start in Geneva