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Switzerland named as the safest country in the world for Covid-19
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Switzerland named as the safest country in the world for Covid-19

Switzerland is the safest country for Covid-19 according to a new report. 

Win two nights in Ticino at a fabulous five-star hotel
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Win two nights in Ticino at a fabulous five-star hotel

Fancy getting away from it all? 

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Switzerland’s social distancing rules explained and how to go out right now
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Switzerland’s social distancing rules explained and how to go out right now

We’ve outlined some of the key new rules.

5 things we can’t wait to do after lockdown
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5 things we can’t wait to do after lockdown

It feels like forever, but full Swiss lockdown has actually only been going on for less than two months. And while we’ve all adapted to new ways of living and working (and eating and drinking and exercising and socialising), the Swiss Government’s latest announcement about easing lockdown was a relief to hear. Following on from an initial easing of measures announced in mid-April, the Federal Council announced on April 29 that from May 11, shops, restaurants markets, museums, libraries and some schools in the country will be allowed to reopen, alongside an increased public transport schedule. Read the announcement in full here. Firstly and most importantly, it signals that the spread of coronavirus has slowed down. There’s still a long way to go, of course, and stringent safety precautions remain in place throughout Switzerland, but it’s an encouraging sign. Secondly, it means that parts of normal life are starting to resume. Bit by bit, people are being given increased freedom to leave home for more than just essential duties. Soon, we’ll even be going out purely for the purposes of – whisper it – fun. Which got us thinking about some of the things we can’t wait to do when we’re in the outside world proper once again. Here are a few things on our itinerary that we’ve been daydreaming about. Get a proper coffee Photo: Cafe 8Home-brewed coffee is all well and good, and we’ve all spent more time and money on selecting the perfect bag of beans than we should have (to fuel a new

Time Out Switzerland selects the best online music for isolation times
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Time Out Switzerland selects the best online music for isolation times

We recently announced to you, dear readers, that Time Out Switzerland is temporarily changing to Time In Switzerland, to reflect the fact that people are getting their cultural fix online and in their own homes at the moment. In particular, music is proving to be a great source of comfort in these uncertain times, so we’ve picked some of our favourite live streams, DJ sets and other performances being released at the moment by Swiss artists, venues and festivals, plus a few sounds from further afield. KashemeNever have this Zurich club’s ‘Livingroom’ sessions seemed more appropriate. Kasheme always has a great selection of DJ sets available through its online channels, but now they’ve cranked things up a notch and are offering even more live streams through their website, beamed in directly from the venue’s cosy living room space. Expect anything from funk to Afrobeat to house to disco, courtesy of some superb DJs. Find their schedule at the Kasheme Facebook page.  Ibiza Sonica RadioKasheme fans should also make sure to investigate Ibiza Sonica Radio. Broadcast live from the White Isle, the team are big fans of Kasheme and often stream the club’s sets online, as well as their own programme, encompassing laid-back house Balearic beats and much more. In light of the current increased appetite for online music, Ibiza Sonica have also just started their Home Music Delivery Service, featuring DJs such as Valentin Huedo and Jimpster streaming sets from their own homes, all availabl

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Zurich and Geneva Remain The World’s Most Expensive Cities

Zurich and Geneva Remain The World’s Most Expensive Cities

A new survey has revealed some top-dollar findings.

Ten amazing things to do in Ascona-Locarno this spring
Things to do

Ten amazing things to do in Ascona-Locarno this spring

16 eerie pictures of Switzerland’s secret bunkers
Things to do

16 eerie pictures of Switzerland’s secret bunkers

Hidden beneath the country’s surface is a vast network of military bunkers and fallout shelters.

Five facts about the Swiss art of yodeling
Music

Five facts about the Swiss art of yodeling

Yodele yodele hee hoo! Yodeling has never been so hip.

Check out Switzerland’s 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites
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Check out Switzerland’s 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites

Have you visited them all yet?

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The best events around Switzerland this spring
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The best events around Switzerland this spring

The coolest cultural happenings going on across the country.

The best things to do in Switzerland this spring
Things to do

The best things to do in Switzerland this spring

There’s a Swiss spring jaunt with your name on it.

Make a Grand getaway to the five-star Victoria-Jungfrau this spring
Hotels

Make a Grand getaway to the five-star Victoria-Jungfrau this spring

This luxury five-star oasis is the perfect place to enjoy a spring getaway.

POV video shows how good the view is on this mountain toboggan ride
Attractions

POV video shows how good the view is on this mountain toboggan ride

When it comes to high altitude amusements, Switzerland has you covered.

The best Swiss art galleries and museums
Art

The best Swiss art galleries and museums

Browse an eye-popping array of world-class Swiss art galleries and museums.

Weird Switzerland

Ten quirky Swiss festivals
Things to do

Ten quirky Swiss festivals

Ever burned a snowman or wrestled a herdsman? Here’s your chance.

Ten of the wackiest Swiss laws

Ten of the wackiest Swiss laws

The country wouldn’t be the same without its idiosyncratic rules. 

Bern’s quirkiest fountains
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Bern’s quirkiest fountains

From a child-eating ogre to a jousting musketeer, here are our favourite water features.