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Dear readers, There’s plenty to do in Switzerland in spite of the cold: skate in the beautiful places we’ve picked for you or discover hidden Zurich thanks to our long time contributor, Karen Rudin. Carnival season starts soon so check out our top choices and have a lovely start of spring!

The adventure of a lifetime THIS IS HELLO SWITZERLAND

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THREE MAGICAL ICE-SKATING PLACES OUR TOP PICKS FOR ICE-SKATING FANS Provided by: Switzerland Tourism Photo credits: © Switzerland Tourism


If you’re an ice-skating fan, you will love our three location suggestions. Grab your skates, take in the crisp air and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. Hockey players at Lauenensee in Gstaad, © Martin Mägli/ Switzerland Tourism 6


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Interlaken Ice Magic is probably one of the most glamorous ice-skating rinks in the whole of Switzerland. Frozen pond skating is also an incredible experience and Schwarzsee is definitely

Albula Skate line Zürich Albula

one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. Our top pick however is the Albula skate line: skating through a winter wonderland scenery, surrounded by snowy forests – there’s nothing quite like it!

Skating on Schwarzsee Zürich Schwarzsee

Interlaken Ice Magic Zürich Interlaken

This skate line in Surava, a small village in the Albula Valley, Graubünden, is created for skaters every winter.

Schwarzsee in the region of Fribourg is well-known for its authenticity and its wild, romantic natural landscape.

Interlaken’s city center transforms into an ice-skating extravaganza starting mid-December.

The line is three kilometers long and it is usually open until 9pm (except Sundays) for spectacular nighttime skating. If you’re not sure where to place Surava, the village is located on the world-famous railway line between Chur and St. Moritz.

As soon as the lake has frozen and is safe to walk on, it becomes a breathtaking backdrop for enjoying a spot of ice skating.

Interlaken Ice Magic means 5 skating rinks of various sizes, including a large skating arena of 750 m2, a children’s ice rink and a curling rink, all connected by 450 m of ice runways.

Even though it stands at just 900 meters above sea level, the conditions here are ideal for ice tracks.

Enjoy a unique experience on the frozen mountain lake, where you can practice your pirouettes surrounded by dreamlike scenery.

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When the ice is thick enough, there is also a Bavarian curling area available every day.


In the evening, beautiful light installations give the place an extraordinary look.

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Discover more spectacular winter experiences throughout Switzerland on mySwitzerland.com/en-ch/winter New in town? Check out our website dedicated to expats in Switzerland: mySwitzerland.com/expats Do you need more infos or tips? Send us an email or call us: expats@switzerland.com or 0800 100 200 TRAVEL INSPIRATION

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See spots only known to Zurich ‘insiders’ Written by: Karen Rudin

Photo: A view over Grossmünster © Christof Sonderegger/ Switzerland Tourism

You’re already familiar with the major tourist sites in Zurich so maybe you’re ready for the ‘secret’ ones. Hidden Zurich, we’ll call it, as these are venues “on the beaten track” but tucked away out of sight.


1. Start at the Polybahn funicular Turn right after leaving the funicular and you will find a large terrace with a super view over the city and the Albis.

5. Schwarzenbach food shop Trek uphill to the food shop Schwarzenbach. Once inside, you’ll feel transported back more than 150 years to when the shop was built.

2. Visit the Central Library Descend by Polybahn and walk to the Central Library at Zähringerplatz 6. On floor - 4 there is a corner given over to the North American Library.

6. Grossmünster crypt You have certainly visited the Grossmünster, but have you been in the crypt, with its wall paintings dating from 1500? There is a surprise statue inside!

3. A tiny, charming museum Leaving the library, walk along the open square to the Musée Visionaire at Predigerplatz 10, dedicated to “outsider art”. A recent exhibition featured realistic knit shapes that resembled food.

7. Wasserkirche Even the entrance to this church is hidden. Around the back is a little glade of trees with a statue of the famous Reformation pastor, Huldrych Zwingli.

4. A hidden garden restaurant Time for a coffee? Stroll along to the Neumarkt restaurant at Neumarkt 5. In summertime, head to the garden restaurant, completely enclosed and quiet.

8. Roman baths The small ancient Roman baths are hidden away on Thermengasse. Only the supporting stone pilings below street level remain of the ancient structure, but explanatory posters in English on the walls present the baths as they once were.

9. Not your ordinary police station The Amtshaus 1 headquarters at Bahnhofquai 3 is not your ordinary police location, as the front hall features an amazing zany painted ceiling in yellows and orange, the work of Swiss artist Augusto Giacometti. 10. Take in the view at Lindenhof End your walk at Lindenhof, with its quiet ambience of past elegance and graceful old houses. A fitting end to our tour of some of the hidden, the tucked away, and the unexpected aspects of Zurich.

MEET THE AUTHOR Long time Zurich resident Karen Rudin was a chemistry teacher and is now a translator.

Read the full article on: bit.ly/HelloHiddenZurich


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CARNIVALS February-March The most significant carnivals in Switzerland Carnival customs are a mixture of various pagan spring rites, Christian rituals and secular folk traditions. They involve the summoning of the sun and the chasing away of winter. Although there may be carnivals in many cities across Switzerland, the most prominent in the country is probably Basel, followed by Lucerne. Put on a costume, any costume, and join the festivities! 13 –16 February


Sainte-Croix, Vaud

The most colorful and snowy carnival in the Yverdon-les-Bains region. Three days of celebrations, with a procession, huge parade of funny floats and Guggenmusik bands.


Piccolo players at Basel Carnival © Klaus Brodhage/ Switzerland Tourism

15 – 28 February

28 February – 2 March

12 –15 March





Moudon, Vaud

A major attraction of the Lucerne Carnival are the Guggemuusige, or improvised (masked) bands. Unlike their counterparts in Basel, they make frequent stops, acting out scenes and mingling with the crowd.

The Brandons of Payerne are one of Switzerland’s oldest carnivals. In 2020, they are celebrating their 125th anniversary.



1 March


20 – 26 February

Carnival Solothurn

During carnival time, when everything is «upside down», the town of Solothurn is invaded by creative, wonderful floats. A spectacular sight!

bit.ly/HelloSolothurnCarnival2020 20 – 25 February


Chienbäse Fire Parade Liestal, Basel

Orbe, Vaud



2 – 4 March

Carnival Basel



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Every year the float theme is quite interesting. In 2019 it was ‘From the times of the Romans’, so we’re looking forward for the 2020 theme!

Bellinzona is a carnival stronghold. This carnival is known as the “Rabadan”, which means “noise” in the Piedmontese dialect.


27 – 29 March

An amazing fiery carnival parade. Expect fire, flames and a whole lot of firemen. This is Switzerland after all.

The “drey scheenschte Dääg” (three best days), as the locals call them, are also an incredible experience for visitors to the city. Around 20,000 active participants celebrate for three days, accompanied by music and beautiful carnival lanterns.


A very fun carnival with a twist: this year’s theme is Japan. Expect loud music and mad parties.

Discover more exciting events at: www.helloswitzerland.ch/events

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EVENTS February-March 17 March – 23 May

45. International Jazz Festival Bern

Jazz, Blues, Soul & Latin Music… International musicians, including world class performers, appear at more than 200 individual concerts in the very personal space of Marians Jazzroom. The Jazz Tent also provides a platform for music students from Switzerland and New York to play on stage for the first time. The festival is firmly established in Switzerland. More than 30’000 jazz enthusiasts attend every year.

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Tulip Festival

Morges, Lake Geneva

Tulip Festival in Morges © Markus Aebischer/ Switzerland Tourism

14 February

7 March


Nendaz, Valais

The organisers describe it as ‘a low key, sophisticated approach to dating in Zurich’. Valentine’s day seems a good excuse to try it out.

Former professional players, such as French champion Djibril Cissé, will be playing on the frozen lake of Tracouet at an altitude of 2,171 metres.

Speed dating @BARFLY’Z

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22 February

14 March

Sörenberg, Lucerne

Saas-Fee, Valais

Freestyle show A spectacular show with top athletes. Freestyle skiing, snowboard, Telemark, snow bicycles – demonstrations are top notch!


Glacier Bike Downhill A must for adrenaline rush seekers! Mastering the bike on snow and ice at incredible speed is quite a challenge. Cyclists start at an elevation of 3,500m.


28 February – 1 March

15 – 21 March

Mürren, Bern

Champery, Valais

Hot jumps on the big air kicker and a spectacular finale under the night sky. All in one of the most beautiful Swiss villages, Mürren.

Rock and alternative top acts in one of the largest ski areas in Switzerland. A week-long festival for winter sports and rock music fans!



Whitestyle Open

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Rock the pistes

The Tulip Festival lasts six weeks and presents more than 120,000 tulips of 300 varieties in Parc de l’Indépendance in Morges. Our tip: head there in April, when the first tulip varieties are in bloom. The festival takes place by the lake and various attractions for children are also in place.

bit.ly/HelloMorgesTulips2020 20 – 28 March

International Film Festival Fribourg

Fribourg International Film Festival aims to promote the understanding between cultures through films. It gives preferences to productions that stimulate reflection and provoke discussion.

bit.ly/HelloFIFF2020 29 March

Lauberhorn Run Wengen, Bern

This run challenges participants to ascend the world cup men’s downhill Lauberhorn racetrack in reverse: run 1,028m (upwards) over a course of 4.5 km.


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It’s time to change your chances Written by: René Joy Dénervaud

into a different state of mind and allows your energy to change from a lonely, hopeless person to, who is that? I want to know who this person is! When you are confident and free, you become approachable. No one likes rejection, so when you are like this, people will find it easy to invite you out with them and their friends. In turn, you get to meet more and more people. Change the venue And while you are practicing these new habits, start going to places you’d want to spend time at with your special someone. Into guys/ gals who like art? Stop going to bars and feeling like there’s no one and start going to museums. Adapt your approach to each day little by little with these few tips. There is much more to be unpacked, but this is a great place to start.

Finding love in Switzerland is no easy task, but if you‘re going to put yourself out there then here’s what you need to do. Always. Be. Ready. They say being on holiday is when you’re most open because everything is new and your senses are more alert. Begin to explore your days with this ready attitude as you adjust to your new life here. Your energy will come across as delightful, fresh and confident. Everyone wants to be around others like that. You’ll soon get invitations to hang out and meet up with new friends, which is a sure

way to meet someone - possibly - special for you. I say ‘possibly’ because you never want to place too much emphasis on one outing or person from the get-go. It’s way too much pressure for yourself and the unsuspecting person you’ve set your eyes on. But where do I show everyone my confidence and delightfulness so that I can get these invites, you ask? Up your confidence Are you an outdoors runner? Anyone can say, cute dog! to the person walking their dog without being looked at strangely. At the office? Find something nice to say instead of complaining. All of this gets you

MEET THE AUTHOR René is a freelance content writer and editor living in Switzerland. With an education in Communication Science, her background includes beauty, lifestyle and wellness content creation.

@ writeme@renejoy.ch www.renejoy.ch

Read the full article on: bit.ly/HelloLoveinSwitzerland LIFESTYLE

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EVENTS March-May 30 March – 5 April

14 –18 April

Saas-Fee, Valais


The Saas-Fee Filmfest will show films from Switzerland and its neighbouring countries (Italy, France, Germany, Austria).

Founded in 2007, Zermatt Unplugged has developed into a meeting point for fans of unadulterated sounds. This year Dido, Kaiser Chiefs, James Morrison will be there. Zermatt Unplugged is the only festival of its kind in Europe.

Saas-Fee Filmfest

bit.ly/HelloSaasFeeFilm2020 4 – 5 April

Snowpen Air Kleine Scheidegg, Bern Photo credit: © Cully Jazz Festival

27 March – 4 April

Cully Jazz Festival Cully

This festival kicks off the festival season. Situated between Lausanne and Vevey, at the heart of the UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyard terraces, Cully beats to the rhythm of the greatest jazz musicians under the main stage tent, while visitors are entertained for free in the local wine cellars.


This festival, taking place on the Kleine Scheidegg pass, offers musical enjoyment 2000 meters above sea level. In this year’s lineup there is the undisputed queen of German modern Schlager music, Helene Fischer!

Zermatt Unplugged

bit.ly/HelloZermattUnplugged2020 16 – 19 April

Caprices Festival Crans-Montana

An electronic music festival with top DJ acts in an amazing mountain setting. A must for electronic music lovers.



21 – 26 April

4 – 5 April


Freeride Days Les Diablerets

Two days of freeride in the Glacier 3000 ski area, accompanied by guides and professional riders.

Blues Festival Basel turns blue in April. The festival hosts local talent as well as international stars. Make sure to check out the free concerts!

bit.ly/HelloBaselBlues2020 25 – 26 April

The Farm in town

28 – 29 March


Estavayer-le-Lac, Fribourg


The Farm in Town and its animals will take over the picturesque streets of this medieval city. What to expect: cattle competitions, animal shows, horsedrawn carriage rides and numerous activities for kids.

Switzerland’s largest festival dedicated to chocolate, Festichoc is a family-friendly event with free admission. It brings together more than 30 chocolate artisans from all over Switzerland.

bit.ly/HelloFestichoc2020 28 March – 5 April

Fumetto International Comix Festival

Photo credit: ©Glacier3000



1 May

4 – 5 April

Stabio, Ticino


The Fumetto festival is a very important period of the year in Lucerne: “Fumetto is an essential venue for art lovers. It is the platform for influential and innovative comic art.” It also features Graphic Design and Illustrations.


Excitement and fun combined with creativity. Make the medieval times come alive in Luzern. Who needs historic movies and books when you have markets like this? If you feel like dressing up, you can!.

Mangialonga is food and wine walk over a route of 11 km of paths and mule tracks. Participants begin their walk divided into groups of eighty people. There are 11 stops, including four wineries and a brewery. Gastronomic offer for vegetarians is included in almost 50% of the stops. The number of participants is limited to 2.000!





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LEAVING SWITZERLAND What is ‘Departure Support’ and why you need it Provided by: Carole Javet, Head of Relocation Services at Packimpex consultant will act as your advocate and negotiate on your behalf and in your best interest. What’s more, you can mandate us to find tenants or cordinate repairs even in your absence, once you have left the country. Why choose Packimpex Packimpex has over 40 years’ experience in relocation. In the last ten years alone, we have helped over 8,000 customers move out of their property with peace of mind.

When leaving Switzerland, you’ll find yourself in a logistical rollercoaster. Here’s why it’s worth having a professional relocation consultant by your side. You can only grasp the complexity of leaving Switzerland when faced with it. The numerous cancelations (all with their respective timelines), juggling multiple admin tasks on a tight deadline – leaving Switzerland is no easy task. This is Departure Support A relocation consultant will coordinate together with you the different steps of your departure. More specifically, here is how they will support you so that your expatriation experience is as smooth and seamless as possible: • Lease contract termination • Coordination of your apartment handback

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Saving tax with Pillar 3a Those who plan ahead have an advantage. 1. How to save income tax when paying into Pillar 3a Each year, employed persons may pay an amount into their Pillar 3a and deduct that from their taxable income. Gainfully employed persons with a pension fund are entitled to deduct up to a maximum of CHF 6,826 for 2019. For employed persons without a pension fund, this amount is 20% of net earned income, up to a maximum of CHF 34,128. 2. Save additional taxes during the savings term During the entire savings term, you benefit from the fact that no wealth tax is levied on your savings deposits. Interest and returns generated during the term are also not taxed.

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Get the best of both worlds for your child Provided by: Marcel Stähli, CEO of SIS Swiss International Schools Schweiz AG

bilingual Matura. At the same time, they have the opportunity to complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, a globally recognised university entrance qualification. The success rate of SIS Matura and IB graduates is typically of a very high level. Over the past two years, 100% passed the Matura and roughly 80%, the IB exams at SIS. After taking on this combination of Matura and IB, there is no limit to where our students’ educational journey can take them next – whether abroad or in Switzerland, the sky is the limit during and after SIS.

Join SIS’ diverse school community of Swiss and expat families and pave your child’s way to a bright future abroad or in Switzerland with bilingual education in English and German. International Education – Local Insight SIS is a private, bilingual day school providing high quality education from kindergarten to college. The school’s curriculum is based on the local Swiss curriculum and is supplemented by elements of international curricula. SIS’ unique educational concept offers students an international education without being isolated from the local community. Moreover, SIS provides a structured and challenging day school programme including lunch, before and after school care, as well as exciting extracurricular activities - also during school holidays.

For Expat and Swiss Families We take pride in our multicultural school community of expat and Swiss families. The two school languages, German and English, act as a bridge connecting the diverse nationalities. Everyday school life is enriched by this diversity on all levels; however, we also place great value on establishing ties with the local community.

We use the immersion method of language learning, which over a number of years results in near-native fluency in the second language. Bilingualism, however, is not a requirement for entry at any level. Special programmes help students to quickly bring their German or English skills up to the necessary level for joining classes – free of charge.

GET CONNECTED WITH THE SIS TEAM OF EDUCATORS: Marcel Stähli is the CEO of SIS Swiss International Schools Schweiz AG. SIS operates 16 bilingual, private day schools in Switzerland, Germany and Brazil with more than 3,800 students attending classes from kindergarten through to college.

Swiss Matura and International Baccalaureate SIS offers a single unified learning concept – from kindergarten to college. For students at college level, we offer targeted preparation for the Swiss

Direct access to the SIS team of educators Find out more about the benefits of bilingual education +41 58 356 17 77 (regular rates)


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Fast and efficient results with Berlitz

B-permit-holders not complying with an integration agreement may lose their right to stay in Switzerland. C-permit holders who do not meet the required language skills and/or fail to comply with an integration agreement may be relegated to a temporary residence status (B-permit). With Berlitz’ special TELC and FIDE courses, you can quickly acquire the required proficiency and take the first step towards a successful exam.

Free placement test Berlitz allows you to accurately test your current level of German, French, Italian, Spanish and English with a free online placement test.

Are you looking for language training with fast and efficient results, as well as flexible learning options? Berlitz offers the fastest, most effective way to learn a new language - with the cultural understanding to get the most out of these new skills. Thanks to flexible learning options and customized learning programs, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to start speaking a new language right away.

Highly effective method Language learning with Berlitz is an immersive experience. The Berlitz Method® was invented in 1878 and is still the most effective language learning technique used today.

Flexible learning options From individual to group classes, from face to face to cyber learning, Berlitz offers a wide range of flexible options catering to the needs of the busiest professionals, but also to those with more time to spare.


Unique online platform The Berlitz Virtual Classroom® is a live online language training platform that allows you to take your lessons from anywhere, following your own schedule and pace. You will interact in real time with a highly skilled Berlitz language instructor.

TELC and FIDE certificates available

Roxana Schwickert, Center Director, and her team of professional language instructors at Berlitz will help you find the most effective type of language instruction to significantly and rapidly boost your language skills.

Since January 2019, all non-Swiss nationals must prove proficiency in the language spoken in the desired place of residence when applying for a residence or settlement permit.

Boost your language skills Sign up for effective language training +41 58 356 17 77 (regular rates)


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Learn a new language. Open your world. Call Hello Switzerland for a free online placement test

Berlitz is one of the leading providers of language training in the world and the Berlitz Method , developed in 1878 and continuously improved since then, is one of the most successful methods when it comes to learning and understanding languages.

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VISIONAPARTMENTS GAINS FOOTHOLD IN LUCERNE 64 furnished rooms in the city centre Provided by: Jens Dünnebacke of VISIONAPARTMENTS

Continuing its expansion course, the Swiss market leader in the serviced apartment sector is adding another property to its portfolio. The company purchased Hotel Fox in Lucerne and is developing 64 fully furnished rooms in the typical VISIONAPARTMENTS’ style.

Attractive location for business travellers and tourists alike Lucerne is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Switzerland. In addition to this, the Canton of Lucerne also offers firms the lowest corporate tax rate in Switzerland. This favourable economic environment uniquely equips companies with the best possible conditions and is therefore of high interest to business visitors. “Thanks to the entrepreneurial-friendly environment and the central setting, our new VISIONAPARTMENTS’ site is

very promising. The local, national and international vibe can be found all over the city,” explains Pawel Gawor, CEO of Vision Management Services GmbH. “On top of that, Lucerne is equally a cultural hub with various key activities that attract leisure travellers in need of a prime location. We are extremely excited to open our first rooms in Lucerne”. The typical VISIONAPARTMENTS’ services are included in the price: • Ancillary costs • WIFI and TV • Weekly cleaning • Change of bed linen and towels • Local support team assistance • Free use of the laundry facilities


Jens Dünnebacke works as a Group Sales Leader at VISIONAPARTMENTS Zurich. He will be happy to assist you and help you find the perfect room or furnished apartment in Lucerne or other locations in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

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After the opening of new apartment houses in Vevey, St. Sulpice, Frankfurt and Zug, VISIONAPARTMENTS intensifies its presence in central Switzerland by buying the previous Hotel Fox and developing 64 rooms in the heart of Lucerne. The new project features a private terrace. Guests who would like to discover the area have direct access to plenty of restaurants, shops, cinemas and the main station of Lucerne.

Direct access to specialist customer advisers Book temporary accommodation with service and style +41 58 356 17 77 (regular rates)


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Top 10 spa getaways in Switzerland Winter time is the best time to head to a spa and pamper yourself. Wherever you live in Switzerland, you won’t be far from a spa or a thermal bath, given Switzerland’s ancient tradition – numerous thermal springs were discovered as early as the Roman times. Here are Hello Switzerland’s top picks for a perfect spa getaway. 1. Aquabasilea

5. Les Bains de Lavey

8. Thermalp Ovronnaz

A large and beautiful spa and wellness center which has everything under one roof. Attractions include water slides, a wave-pool for children and whirlpools. Pratteln, Basel region

A truly magical place, close to Lausanne, Les Bains de Lavey claim to have the warmest thermal waters in the country. There is something quite special about being able to swim under the stars surrounded by the outline of the Alps. Valais, Romandie region

For a longer “wellness break”, look no further than Thermalp Ovronnaz. The road to the village is quite spectacular, as it zigzags through steeply terraced vineyards. Fed by naturally warm springs, the centre has two outdoor pools (34C), an indoor pool with a separate baby pool and a Jacuzzi only for adults (38C). Martigny, Valais

2. Mineralbad & Spa Rigi Kaltbad Located on the top of the Rigi mountain, with breathtaking views of the Alps. You can enjoy the facilities and unwind year around. Lucerne, central Switzerland

3. Hammam & Spa Oktogon Bern Once you step inside you’ll feel you’ve left Switzerland and traveled to the land of the Arabian Nights. Warm, spicy colors, dim lighting and flickering candlelight give it the Middle-Eastern ambience befitting a hammam. City of Berne

4. Victoria Jungfrau Spa

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With a gorgeous location, you can enjoy the spectacular view while you relax in the luxurious spa facilities. There’s an outdoor salt pool, if you don’t mind the cold. Interlaken, Bern region

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6. Ovaverva Thermal bathing, massages, water therapy, wellness… These baths are situated in a stylish building in the stunning Engadin landscape. St. Moritz, Engadin

7. Splash e Spa Tamaro A short train ride from Lugano, this waterpark and spa has something for the whole family to enjoy. Children and fun loving adults, can splash in any of the five slides and wave pool. For those seeking relaxation, the spa has four different saunas and an outdoor salt pool. Monte Tamaro, Ticino region

9. Vals Thermalbad Vals might be among the bestknown, and beloved, thermal baths in Switzerland. With its stunning architecture and landscapes, the waters of the facilities have been well visited for the past hundreds of years. Trubschachen, Berne

10. Tamina Therme A place ‘steaming’ with tradition: the Tamina spring, which feeds the center, was discovered in the 13th century. Also, in 1872, the site became home to Europe’s first thermal water indoor pool. The center boasts two large indoor pools, one large outdoor pool and has a very good sauna area. Bad Ragaz, St. Gallen



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SPECIALIZED INSURANCE EXPERTS FOR NEWCOMERS Here is why newcomers to Switzerland should seek advice from specialized insurance experts Some of the challenges Newcomers face With so many new impressions, this or that administrative topic inevitably gets overlooked. And one thing that often fades into the background is insurance. Are you familiar with the laws and your rights where pensions, sickness, accident, unemployment, death or divorce are concerned? How much is the retirement pension? Are newcomers going to be facing shortfalls?

GET CONNECTED WITH SPECIALIZED INSURANCE ADVISERS FOR EXPATS: Martin Baggenstos and Peter Renggli are highly experienced pension and insurance experts at the Helvetia general agency in Schwyz-Uri. They are part of a broad network of Helvetia advisors who specialize in the specific needs of newcomers to Switzerland. Contact Hello Switzerland and receive direct access to insurance advisers in your region.

Every case is different. Every case is unique.

Next time you’re on your way to work by public transport, put your mobile phone down and look at your fellow passengers. You’ll immediately notice that Switzerland is a multicultural country. What happens to International professionals who come to live in Switzerland? In no time at all they are bombarded with a multitude of new impressions: new job, new language, new surroundings, new home, new transport system – and so much more. How must it feel to establish a life in a new country? Exciting? – Maybe. Challenging? – Definitely.


You simply can’t imagine how many newcomers miss out on services because they don’t know their rights, or because insurance in Switzerland looks boring and difficult. If something unforeseen happens, it’s important for you to feel secure and obtain support.

Support tailored for Newcomers A Swiss insurer active in pensions as well as insurance, Helvetia has set itself the task of providing Newcomers with an outstanding personal advisory service in Switzerland. We have a team of around 15 specialist advisors throughout Switzerland, whose job is to answer Newcomers’ most important questions and offer them solutions.

PETER RENGGLI Over more than 160 years, Helvetia has grown to be one of Switzerland’s leading insurance companies and offers a wide range of services and solutions in the areas of insurance and pensions.

Direct access to specialized insurance advisers Expert consultancy for international residents in Switzerland +41 58 356 17 77 (regular rates)


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Hello Switzerland Issue 1/2020  

This edition unveils insider spots in Zurich and some top skating locations throughout Switzerland. Plus, as always, clever tips that will m...

Hello Switzerland Issue 1/2020  

This edition unveils insider spots in Zurich and some top skating locations throughout Switzerland. Plus, as always, clever tips that will m...