Starlight in Lü – swissinfo

Two brain researchers run the Alpine Astrovillage hotel in Lü, in the southeast of Switzerland. It is situated in the Müstair valley, a Unesco biosphere reserve close to the Swiss National Park. Amateurs can take amazing pictures of the sky, which is one of the least light-polluted in central Europe. (Raffaella Rossello, swissinfo.ch)
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Old bathing beauty – swissinfo

As far back as Roman times, Baden was famous for its sulphur springs. The first railway in Switzerland was actually built to transport the wealthy from Zurich to the spa. But Baden gradually lost its glitter. Today a project aims to restore some of its glorious past. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Hedgehogs saved – swissinfo

A former engineer and doctor’s assistant have given up the dream of a quiet retirement and, instead, created Switzerland’s biggest hedgehog sanctuary in their own home. The two volunteers work around the clock to save the lives of the tiny creatures brought to their door every day in the village of Maggia in the southern canton of Ticino. The centre is funded by donations from the public. (Julie Hunt, swissinfo.ch)
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Risky fun – swissinfo

Outdoor activities are far from safe – it’s not just canyoning, river rafting and climbing that cause accidents in the Swiss mountains. Other outdoor activities, like ziplining and hiking are sometimes undertaken without proper preparation. (TSR-swissinfo.ch)
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An untouched valley – swissinfo

In the southern Swiss canton of Ticino, Valle Bavona is surrounded by hydroelectric power plants, but in the 1950s its inhabitants rejected electricity. Keeping away from modernity has been a plus for the valley. Since it had no electricity, no new buildings were constructed and the valley retained much of its authenticity. (Raffaella Rossello, swissinfo.ch)
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An untouched valley – swissinfo

In the southern Swiss canton of Ticino, Valle Bavona is surrounded by hydroelectric power plants, but in the 1950s its inhabitants rejected electricity. Keeping away from modernity has been a plus for the valley. Since it had no electricity, no new buildings were constructed and the valley retained much of its authenticity. (Raffaella Rossello, swissinfo.ch)
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The way the wind blows – swissinfo

In Switzerland’s Jura hills near the French border, a few wind turbines produce electricity. Wind energy promoters and politicians want more erected but face stiff opposition from environmentalists: local residents will have the last word. (TSR/swissinfo.ch)
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