Andreas Affolter 29.09.2021
Peter Viktor von Besenval was born 300 years ago. A Swiss baron and a mercenary officer in the service of the French crown, Besenval was a passionate collector of objets d’art and plants, and a notorious ladies’ man.
Katrin Brunner 19.03.2021
Swiss hairdresser Gustav Guhl revolutionised shampoo production in the 1930s. He started out in a barn in the countryside.
Katrin Brunner 12.08.2020
For decades, the Katzensee near Zurich was used as a dumping ground for glass. A look into bottles from days gone by.
Rebecca Sanders 10.08.2020
Up to the early modern era, the coconut was considered an exotic rarity from the New World. It was believed not only to protect against poisoning, but also to show sophistication.
Andrej Abplanalp 10.04.2020
40 years ago, the second Swiss Horticultural & Gardening Expo, ‘Grün 80’, attracted millions of Swiss people, and one queen: Queen Elizabeth II.
Aaron Estermann 08.04.2020
In the 1980s, there was a pitched battle in Rothenthurm to save an area of moorland. This ultimately resulted in the adoption of a constitutional article on nature preservation.
Marc Tribelhorn 06.03.2020
Alfred de Quervain’s Greenland expedition is still celebrated as a pioneering scientific accomplishment. But it’s not generally known that his adventurous journey was only possible thanks to the NZZ.
Aaron Estermann 26.02.2020
In 1965, mountain climber Walter Bonatti conquered the north face of the Matterhorn. In winter, and solo. A gift for the press photographers.