Shepherds' festival at the Gemmi

On the last Sunday in July, the usually quiet place of Daubensee comes to life, with no less than 1,000 sheep flocking around the lake.

The shepards' festival is a friendship meeting for shepards and farmers. And for all spectators it is fun to watch the unique spectacle of the wooly mass of sheep rolling down from the steep cliffs to the lake, to devour their meal - a mixture of bran and salt.

ViaGottardo - It all began with the devil

Route: Basle/Schaffhausen - Lucerne - Gotthard pass - Lugano - Chiasso

ViaGottardo - It all began with the devil

Château de Glérolles

The oldest parts of the castle date from the 11th century. The castle stands on the shores of Lake Geneva between Lausanne and Vevey and played an important role in the history of the canton of Vaud. The Château is also a wine-growing estate that is allowed to use the protected designation of origin Saint-Saphorin. Guided tours daily except Sunday and Monday.

Vogel Gryff in Basel (BS)

Late in the morning of a wintry day in January - alternately January 13, 20 or 27 - a raft with a very strange crew floats down the River Rhine. There are two drummers, two men carrying big flags, and two cannoneers, who repeatedly fire gun salutes.