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Would you like to do a feature on Switzerland, but need inspiration or a new angle?
Look no further as we have put together some of the best suggestions from all across Switzerland. Regardless of whether you are in search of your next story on how to spend summer or winter in the Swiss mountains, or would like to feature one of the many Swiss Cities with their many cultural offers, or even looking for something off the beaten track, we have combined the best stories Switzerland has to offer and hope you will feel inspired!
SpaceCamp on Mt. Titlis: This summer, TITLIS mountain station is being turned into SpaceCamp – the starting point for a whole host of exciting daytime and nighttime events. At over 3,020 metres above sea level, everything feels a little more intense and the conditions are perfect for spectacular views beyond the horizon and off into space. The highest located Ecocapsule® in the world. It enables you to live in remote locations without access to infrastructure. The solar system installed on the roof provides the energy supply. Between July and September, guests can spend the night in the Ecocapsule® and enjoy the spectacular view and atmosphere on Mount Titlis.
The First woman on the Matterhorn: 150 years ago, on July 22 1871, the British mountaineer Lucy Walker became the first woman to reach the top of Matterhorn (4,478 m). Lucy Walker was not the only woman who dreamt of standing on top of the most coveted peak in Alpinism. Various women before her unsuccessfully attempted the climb. Lucy’s ascent marked a milestone in the history of female mountaineering in a traditionally male-dominated sport.
100% Women Peak Challenge: Switzerland Tourism is leading an initiative this summer to challenge women-only teams to ascend the 48 highest peaks in the Swiss Alps. The challenge will run until 8 September 2021 and is organised together with the Swiss Alpine Club, the Swiss Mountain Guide Association and the Swiss outdoor brand Mammut. The initiative forms part of a broader goal to encourage women into Alpinism and mountain sports.
Surfing in the Alps: This summer, the Alaïa Bay Wave Park opens to visitors after a crowdfunding campaign. Opening on 22 June, it is the first wave pool of its kind in continental Europe. Situated in Sion, close to resorts such as Zermatt and Saas-Fee, it means that summer skiing in the morning and surfing in the afternoon could be possible. The idea of the project was to recreate a surfing and action sports atmosphere in Switzerland and the values associated with it.
Europe’s longest treetop walkway: Visitors to Laax can now experience nature in a completely different way – at eye level with the flora and fauna on a newly opened nature walkway. The 2-kilometre path is the longest of its kind in Europe and will lead from Laax-Murschetg via Laax Cons and finally to Laax Dorf. The treetop walkway is called the ‘Senda da Tschemas’ which is Romansch, Switzerland’s fourth language and will open this summer to visitors.
Hike in William Tell’s footsteps: The new ‘Tell Trail’ is a multi-stage hiking route in Central Switzerland beginning in the mystical birthplace of William Tell. The hiking trail connects 5 iconic peaks and traverses idyllic mountain lakes and historic villages. The individual stages can be shortened with mountain railways to make delightful day trips. Hikers on the route can hop on board the steepest cogwheel railway in the world, the oldest mountain railway in Europe and the world’s first revolving cable car.
Lucerne’s Lion Monument turns 200: One of the most popular and most photographed monuments in Switzerland celebrates its 200th anniversary on 10 August. The ‘dying lion’ commemorates the Swiss Guards massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution. The monument, described by Mark Twain as the ‘most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world’, was commissioned by Guards Officer Carl Pfyffer von Altishofen in honour of his fallen comrades.
150 years of the Rigi Railway: In 2021, the oldest cogwheel mountain railway in Europe will be 150 years old. Niklaus Riggenbach’s idea to build the very first mountain railway in Europe connecting Vitznau with Rigi Kulm was initially met with much scepticism but clearly it was the right idea. He patented the idea in 1863 and on 21st May 1871, the first mountain railway in Europe made its way up towards Rigi Kulm.