Michael van Orsouw06.07.2023Nowadays, the VW camper van has cult status. It was invented by a Dutchman named Bernadus Pon who spent a lot of time in Switzerland after building a villa there. In 1965, Pon, who by then had become very wealthy, gifted every schoolchild in a small Swiss village with a savings account.
Marc Ribeli22.06.2023During the Second World War, there was a massive expansion in land used for agriculture in Switzerland to counter food shortages and difficulties with importing. Land that had been allocated for railway line construction was used instead for growing potatoes during the war years.
Nils Widmer16.05.2023Timekeeping is hugely important in modern sport, which is increasingly competitive, professional and international. It has made remarkable progress since its early days. A look at the history of timekeeping at the Olympic Games, and the role of the Swiss watch industry and diplomacy.
Daniel Grütter02.05.2023Winterthur native Jakob Ziegler (1775-1863) is one of Switzerland’s most remarkable industrial pioneers, and is of great importance to the industrial heritage of the Schaffhausen region.
Michael van Orsouw27.04.2023Roman Scherer’s highly specialised factory in Kriens manufactured wood type for the whole world – including for Pravda, the official newspaper of Russia’s Communist party in Moscow.
Dominik Landwehr03.02.2023Fritz Schoellhorn was a successful businessman, brewer and owner of Haldengut Brewery in Winterthur. He was even awarded an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) for his technical and scientific achievements.