Chalet under the Chillon Viaduct in Villeneuve (Canton Vaud), 1985.
How the chalet became a symbol of Switzerland

The chalet symbolises Switzerland more than any other building. But it was visitors from abroad who turned the simple log house into a tourist hit.

Hakoah’s first team in the 1960s.
Power on the pitch

The over 100-year history of Zurich football club FC Hakoah highlights the importance of Jewish sport in the building of identity and the integration of Jews in Switzerland.

Matthäus Schiner in a portrait from 1784. Background: Letter from Bishop Matthäus Schiner to the envoy in Rome, no date.
Matthäus Schiner: A Valaisan at the centre of power

From peasant’s son to almost Pope: Matthäus Schiner (c. 1465-1522), who came from the Upper Valais, was a decisive figure in European politics during the height of Swiss power in Europe. He remains controversial to this day.

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