Gotthard Tunnel has opened!

The world’s longest – and deepest – rail tunnel opens in Switzerland*   On 1 June 2016, Switzerland celebrated the official inauguration of the longest train tunnel in the world, the Gotthard Base Tunnel, 57 km in length. The Swiss arranged festivities to celebrate on the 4th and 5th of June, including music, food and entertainment […]

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Location Location Location

Location Location Location It’s the same all over the world, where you buy your property is crucial. When buying a property in Switzerland, the same rules apply. You could buy a luxury ski chalet close to the piste and high altitude golf in the world class golfing resort of Crans Montana for chf 4-6 million. […]

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Tamoil to suspend work in Switzerland

Tamoil to suspend work in Switzerland.   Tamoil has announced plans to suspend operations at its refinery in the south west of Switzerland as a result of heavy financial losses.   The firm announced on Tuesday that it was ‘interrupting’ work at its 55,000-barrel-per day refinery in Valais because of “severe market pressures” caused by […]

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Gotthard tunnel

Due to open in 2016, the Gotthard tunnel is not just a hole through a mountain. For ten years hundreds of workers braved tropical temperatures underground and the threat of water in the rock to build the longest railway tunnel in the world.   Travelling at 250 km/h you will hardly notice them, and if […]

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World War 1 & Switzerland in 1914

World War 1 & Switzerland in 1914. The first cars rattled over dusty roads, crackling telephones connected people, trams weaved through booming cities – at the start of 1914, Switzerland was dynamic and on the up. But being surrounded by war brought fear and uncertainty to the landlocked, neutral country. One hundred years ago, Switzerland […]

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Zermatt’s plans to bring over Sherpas blocked

Zermatt’s plans to bring over Sherpas blocked. Officials in the mountain resort of Zermatt, famous for the Matterhorn, have reacted with disappointment after the migration authorities blocked their plans for ten Nepalese Sherpas to come and help repair a path to a mountain hut. The Sherpas were supposed to have come over to Zermatt, in […]

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Swiss ready to help Italy

Swiss ready to help Italy. Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga says Switzerland is ready to help Italy in coping with the influx of migrants to its shores. So far this year, more than 63,000 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Sommaruga was in Milan on Tuesday for […]

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Mortgages for Swiss Property

Switzerland offers low interest rates for mortgages on property, and while the process is similar to arranging a mortgage in other countries, there are some things to be aware of. Lenders usually require that your monthly income is 3x the amount of your loan repayment.

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Swiss Car Hire

If you’re looking to hire a car in Switzerland, you have plenty of care hire companies available to choose from, including Hertz, Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Budget and more. If you plan to stay higher up in the mountains, it’s a good idea to consider a 4×4 during the winter months.

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Flying to Switzerland – Swiss Flights

Major international airports are in Zurich, Geneva and Basel, with smaller airports in Lugano and Berne. Return flights from London (Gatwick) to Geneva airport (booked 3 months in advance) would only cost you around £35 with easyjet. EU citizens, as well as Americans, Canadians, New Zealanders and Australians only need a passport which is valid for the entirety of their stay in Switzerland.

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