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IN PICTURES: 12 photos that will get you excited about autumn in Switzerland

The Swiss summer is slowly drawing to a close but that's no reason to get depressed as these amazing autumnal images make clear.

Autumn leaves seen from below in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo by Gabriel Garcia Marengo on Unsplash
Autumn leaves seen from below in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo by Gabriel Garcia Marengo on Unsplash

1. Take a drive through the southwestern canton of Valais, where the orange autumn leaves contrast against the snowcapped mountains.

The Nufenen Pass (CH) in the canton of Valais

The Nufenen Pass (CH) in the canton of Valais. Photo by Joel & Jasmin Førestbird on Unsplash

2. Seventy-two waterfalls, dramatic cliff faces and mountain lakes: the Lauterbrunnen Valley in the canton of Bern is an Alpine classic.

3. Wild and remote, the Brunnital area in the canton of Uri is a great place to get off the beaten track.

4. After the summer swimming season ends, the Drei Weieren (Three Pools) above the city of St Gallen transform into a beautifully, calm oasis.

5. Remote Val Müstair is about as far from anywhere as it is possible to get in Switzerland: Both the Abbey of St. John and the surrounding landscape are Unesco-listed.

6. Medieval Gruyères is about more than just cheese. It is one of the most beautiful towns in Switzerland.

The town of Gruyères, in Switzerland, seen from afar on an autumn day.

The beautiful town of Gruyères, in Switzerland, seen from afar on an autumn day. Photo by Ryan KLAUS on Unsplash

7. The Verzasca Valley in the canton of Ticino is a great place to get a splash of autumn colour.

8. Olten is best known as a commuter town, which serves several larger Swiss cities like Zurich, Basel and Bern. Yes, the town of Olten is a transport hub and a hard-working city, but the charming old town is a bit of a neglected jewel.

Everything you need to know about Olten: Switzerland’s commuter city

The beautiful Swiss town of Olten. Photo by Alin Andersen on Unsplash

The beautiful Swiss town of Olten. Photo by Alin Andersen on Unsplash

9. You don’t need to get out of town to enjoy autumn in Switzerland as this picture of Geneva shows.

10. The Matterhorn stands out behind wooden homes in a Swiss village. 

Switzerland's Matterhorn is one of the most recognisable peaks in the world.

Switzerland’s Matterhorn is one of the most recognisable peaks in the world. Photo by Daniel Cox on Unsplash

11. Switzerland’s blue lagoon (no filters) in the canton of Valais. 

The "Blue Lake" surrounded by larch trees is seen on a warm autumn day on October 20, 2018 above Arolla, western Switzerland.

The “Blue Lake” surrounded by larch trees is seen on a warm autumn day above Arolla, western Switzerland. Image: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

12. You can’t spell Funicular without F-U-N. 

The Niesen Funicular in the canton of Bern, Switzerland.

The Niesen Funicular in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. Photo by Corinna Widmer from Pexels

Read also: In pics – Why autumn is the best time to visit Switzerland

All photos by Swiss Tourism or Instagram.

A version of the article originally appeared in The Local in 2018.

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Weather: Switzerland prepares for ‘record-breaking’ hot summer

The hot weather of the past week makes us wonder what the summer months will be like in Switzerland. Will we walk around in shorts and flip-flops or thermal underwear and boots? Find out what the experts say.

Weather: Switzerland prepares for 'record-breaking' hot summer

It has been hot in much of Switzerland over the last few days, with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in some parts of the country.  But this is just a ‘foretaste’ of what lies ahead.

While this week is expected to be a bit cooler — more seasonal lower 20s —forecasts for the summer months call for even more intense heat.

“It will be hotter than usual,” according to Thomas Buchel, head of SRF Meteo.

“New heat records are very likely. It would be surprising if it went in another direction”, he said.

While it is too early now to predict just how hot it will get, the temperatures in certain Swiss regions “could hit 40 degrees”, Buchel pointed out.

This is close to this century’s previous “hottest” summer on record — 41.5 degrees measured in Grono, Graubünden 2003.

Another meteorologist, Joshua Gehring from the official weather service MeteoSwiss, said hotter weather “is a direct consequence of climate change”.

Specifically, a phenomenon called “heat dome” is hovering over Europe. It is, according to Gehring, “a stagnant anticyclone that acts as a lid to accumulate and retain heat”.

READ MORE: Heatwave: Why is it so hot in Switzerland right now?

But the environment is not the only one that is “suffering”, as it were, from this phenomenon.

According to 20 Minutes, “nearly 400 million francs are lost each year in Switzerland due to the heatwave and the drop in productivity that it causes in companies. That’s twice as much as the seasonal flu”.

“What is ideal for swimming or barbecuing cripples the economy. When working outdoors, performance drops quickly at such high temperatures”.

The Federal Office of Meteorology (MeteoSwiss) confirmed the dangers of extremely high temperatures on humans and nature alike.

“Periods of hot weather place extreme stress on the human body and can endanger health. Among other things, they can trigger cardiovascular and respiratory conditions and impair mental and physical performance”, MeteoSwiss writes.

“A hot spell can also have adverse effects on nature and infrastructure. For example, bodies of water often heat up considerably, causing fish to die, while high temperatures can lead to buckling of road surfaces and deformation of railway tracks”.

READ MORE: EXPLAINED: How the climate crisis is hitting Europe hard

So if you are a summer enthusiast and thrive in hot weather, you can look forward to sizzling temps.

But f you are more of a “cold” person, this article from April of this year may bring back fond memories:

Winter weather to continue in Switzerland this week

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