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Time Out Switzerland is out now with your essential guide to all things summery
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Time Out Switzerland is out now with your essential guide to all things summery

Summer has landed. Discover what to do in Switzerland this season in our hot summer print issue - out now across the country.

The best pools, rivers and lakes for swimming in Switzerland
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The best pools, rivers and lakes for swimming in Switzerland

Looking for a refreshing dip? Discover some of our favourite public bathing areas across the country  

The best summer bars in Zurich
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The best summer bars in Zurich

Read on to discover our pick of the best bars for whiling away those long summer days and nights.

The best summer restaurants in Switzerland
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The best summer restaurants in Switzerland

Check out some of the coolest places to dine, drink and relax this summer 

Switzerland’s top attractions
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Switzerland’s top attractions

Don't miss these great places to see and discover in Switzerland

The best of Switzerland

The 20 best things to do in Switzerland
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The 20 best things to do in Switzerland

Our pick of some of the most essential Swiss experiences and attractions.

The 15 best things to do in Geneva
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The 15 best things to do in Geneva

Some of the essential Geneva experiences and must-do's on a visit to the city

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Zurich is 21st in Time Out's City Life Index survey which charts the world's most exciting cities
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Zurich is 21st in Time Out's City Life Index survey which charts the world's most exciting cities

Zurich came 21st in Time Out's huge City Life Index survey this year

Taxis, Big Macs and hospital visits: check out Zurich's most expensive holiday costs
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Taxis, Big Macs and hospital visits: check out Zurich's most expensive holiday costs

How expensive is Zurich as a holiday destination? 

Why Switzerland is sparing live lobsters from the pot
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Why Switzerland is sparing live lobsters from the pot

From March 1, cooks in Switzerland announced the new animal protection law. 

World's steepest funicular railway opens in Stoos
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World's steepest funicular railway opens in Stoos

Way up there in the Alps a stunning railway line has opened, taking the title for 'world's steepest funicular railway' in the process.  The incredible feat of engineering is located in the Alpine resort of Stoos, in the north-east of the country, 45-minutes drive from Lucerne. It cost CHF52 million and was officially opened by Swiss President Doris Leuthard on 15th December, with the public getting their first experience of the mind-boggling new railway a couple of days after the opening. The line replaces an old system built in 1933 and runs from Schywz to the mountain village of Stoosexternal, which stands 1,300m above sea level. Designers at engineering firm ABB created the circular carriages so they can adjust their floors allowing passengers to remain stand upright while they climb towards the Alpine plateau at inclines of up to 110%. It's not the only funicular here in Switzerland, there are lots more spectacular high-rise attractions up in the mountains, some of which are listed here. instagram.com/_seilbahnench_       The train follows a 1,720m track, climbing or descending for 743m and it reaches speeds of up to 10m per second with the entire trip lasting around six minutes, costing CHF 22 for a return trip. Swiss Rail half price passes can be used. Children 6 – 15 are half price and those under 6 are free. Switzerland isn't short of exciting mountain attractions, in fact our guide here reveals many more Alpine treats.  President Leuthard opened the f

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Thermal baths & spa experiences in Switzerland
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Thermal baths & spa experiences in Switzerland

Take some real time out with these chilled out bathing experiences

Switzerland’s most exciting mountain attractions
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Switzerland’s most exciting mountain attractions

Take advantage of Switzerland's incredible mountain scenery with these thrilling attractions

Switzerland’s top 10 attractions
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Switzerland’s top 10 attractions

Discover some of the essential sights and attractions across the country

Zurich's best badis
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Zurich's best badis

Here's our pick of some of the best spots to swim in Zurich and on the Zurichsee when the mercury rises this summer.

Take a trip on the new afternoon Glacier Express
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Take a trip on the new afternoon Glacier Express

The luxurious Glacier Express is one of the world’s great railway journeys. Discover its new afternoon connections

Cultural highlights

The best arts and culture events in Switzerland this spring
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The best arts and culture events in Switzerland this spring

Discover some wonderfully arty things to do in the country’s best museums and galleries in spring and summer 2018. 

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.