We live in the canton of Aargau, and we are only about 45 minutes from Zurich.
At the moment I don't have ANY colonies. All five died over the winter. Two were VERY weak going into November and by spring all of them were dead. We had a VERY cold winter and with all the varoa mites, well, they just didn't make it. Even more experienced beekeepers in Switzerland lost quite a few of their colonies this past winter. Not sure how Europe as a whole is doing, though.
I didn't start up again this spring since I was taking a 6 month vacation to the U.S. to visit family and friends. Didn't think my hubby would want to take care of my girlies while I was gone. I will start up again with some new "girls" in the spring of 2013 since I won't be back in Switzerland until late October of this year.
Feel free to contact me if you ever make it over. I would be glad to show you my bees and if I don't have any, I can surely put you in touch with someone that does.