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SCNSW October Newsflash

Saturday, 1 October 2016


Grüezi members and friends!

The 'Buiräbähnli-Safari' Experience is a three-day hike (42.2 km, 2782 m) in the mountainous region of Engelberg where you can travel with small, private cable cars owned and operated by Swiss farmers. Buiräbähnli rides are suitable for people of all ages and is a fantastic hike for families. The cableway is the only way into the valley, and some children even take the cableway to go to school each day. However, the main purpose of the Buiräbähnli is for tourism: it relies heavily on tourists, because maintenance of the cableway costs over 40,000 CHF per year! Tourists can purchase the Buiräbähnli Pass, which gives access to all cable cars, for 28 CHF per person.

The first stop is on the foot of a steep hill to Zingelalp. The first night is spent in Berghof Brändlen (32 CHF, shared room without meals) above Wolfenschiessen, where Linda Schmitter and her family live.

The second day of hiking is via the Haldigrat to Bannalp. The Haghittä is nestled by its own Alp to Zmittag, where you can treat yourself to house specialties: various coffees with or without "Gügs" (brandy). The second night’s stay will be at the Chrüzhütte Bannalp (39 CHF, shared rooms for families with breakfast, pictured top right), where you will experience the native sounds of the Sonnenberg.

The last day will be a hike on Alp Oberfeld, where local Sepp Waser will greet you with the resonating sounds of his Alphorn—the locals refer to these sounds as the ‘Engelberger Echo’. Indeed, the hiking experience will resonate with you for days. The mountain farmers, small cableways and the Alps (‘Buiräbähnli-Safari') form an authentic piece of Switzerland and is a must see for keen hikers. Download an interactive hiking map of the Engelberg region.

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Upcoming Events in Sydney:

  • ASO: Meeting with Representatives from the Swiss Abroad on Wed 5 from 16:30. Bookings are now closed.
  • SE: Swiss Entrepreneurs Lunch on Wed 5 from 12:15
  • SCCS: Committee meeting at Il Patio on Thu 20 from 18:30.
  • CR: 7 Bridges Walk 'Swiss Team' on Sun 30 from 8:00. See details below.
  • Regional Jass Tournament at The Royal Hotel Leichhardt. More info TBA.
  • SCNSW: Buure Zmorge at the Austrian Club on Sun 6 Nov from 10:00.
  • SCCS: Helpers Night at Il Bolognese on Tue 15 Nov from 18:30.
  • SCCS: Christmas Seniors Luncheon on Sat 26 Nov at Concordia Club from midday.
  • CR: End of year dinner on Thu 1 Dec, details TBA.
  • SPS: Children's Samichlaus at Forsyth Park on Sun 4 Dec from 10:00, details TBA.

Event: Buure Zmorge at the Austrian Club

Enjoy a delicious and authentic Buure Zmorge (Swiss Breakfast) at the Austrian Club in Frenchs Forest. There will be a selection of traditional Swiss cheeses, rohschinken, buendtnerfleisch, landjaeger, quiche Lorraine, bichermuesli, yoghurt, fruit platter, honey, jam, and a variety of breads.

When: Sunday, 6 November 2016, 10:00 to 13:00.
Where: The Austrian Club, 20 Grattan Crescent, Frenchs Forest NSW 2086.
Cost: Non-members to pay $30/person, members to pay $25/person, children between 4-12 years old to pay $12.00/person.
RSVP: Either cash on the day (correct amount would be appreciated) OR direct deposit into our bank account (details listed below):

Account Name: Swiss Club NSW
Account BSB: 112879
Account Number: 061587992

Bookings are essential. Please contact Daniel Frutiger before Sunday, 30 October to confirm your attendance and payment option: 0403 502 048;

Event: 7 Bridges Walk Fundraiser 'Swiss Team'

The Le Cercle Romand will be participating in the 7 Bridges Walk, a 26 km round-trip fundraising walk to raise money for the Cancer Council for the second time, and are inviting all Swiss people in Sydney to join the Swiss Team! The SCNSW will support the CR again for this year and we encourage our members to participate for a good cause. Check out our Facebook album for a snapshot of last years' Walk.
Visit the website to donate and register under 'Swiss Team'

Where: Meet at 'Lane Cove Village' pit-stop, on the corner of Northwood Rd & Kenneth St, Longueville NSW 2066. See course map for more detail.
When: Sunday, 30 October 2016 at 8:00 am until afternoon.
Info: Please wear a red t-shirt and bring all necessary items listed on the website. You don't have to walk the whole distance: it's not a competition, it's a fundraiser, so you can walk only part of the walk if you wish. For any questions please email
The echo hunter
SwissInfo Clip: The Hunt for Local Ingredients for a Regional Speciality
Christian Zehnder is an established musician. Besides singing in operas, writing music for the theatre, and giving singing lessons, he records the sound of echoes in the Alps. SwissInfo.
Echo Helvetia: The Pros and Cons of Euthanasia, Panel Discussion

Euthanasia is legal in a handful of countries, such as Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium. But why is the practice illegal in most other countries, including Australia? Echo Helvetia invited a pastor, an author, a carer and a student to our SBS studio, for a candid discussion.

Click on link to listen to podcast by Christian Froelicher, Echo Helvetia.
Swiss Community Online Magazine

The Swiss Community released their Autumn 3/16 online magazine. The theme of this issue revolves around defending the "Fifth Switzerland", which has been one of the raisons d'être of the OSA since its creation in 1916. This issue will also look back at the centenary celebrations that took place in Berne on 5-7 August 2016.

Download the online magazine (5.20 MB, PDF)

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