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Swiss Easter traditions - old & new

Swiss Easter traditions are many. Some established ones and some innovative new ones. Check out the blue-egg-swim in lake Greifensee, the revived musical practice of Chlefele in Schwyz, or the raw egg competition in Basel. >

Pegasus Zürich where Easter bunnies & Santas rendez-vous

Pegasus Zürich - hidden in the old town, just steps from famous Bahnhofstrasse, lies an enchanting store that delights your senses, gives wings to your imagination and beautifies your home. Mina Arnold selects unique home decor for all seasons with passion, love and a discerning eye. >

Sent, Ftan, Guarda: 3 Engadina villages

Three picturesque villages in the lower Engadina valley, located in close vicinity high up on an sunny terrasse above the river Inn. Hearty, welcoming locals with characteristic, thick-walled stone houses, adorned with artistic graffiti and wooden doors are sure to charm you. A unique and special region, well worth visiting! >
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Alois Carigiet - art, graphic design & Schellen-Ursli

Best known and beloved the world over for the children's book Schellen-Ursli - translated into 14 languages (including Afrikaans) and made into several films - Alois Carigiet was a multitalented, ever-pushing-his personal-and-creative-boundaries artist. >

Waldhaus Sils - superb five star hotel

Old world charm, top notch service, first class comforts with attention to detail & care and a stunning location to boot - five star Hotel Waldhaus Sils has it all - and more! >
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Mili Weber Museum St. Moritz

Free-spirited and talented artist Mili Weber - revered by locals and the famous like Charlie Chaplin - made her delightful family chalet in St. Moritz her canvass, and the surrounding plant and animal life her easel. Read more about this gentle but fiercely independent Swiss artist. >

Fifties family hike in Switzerland

Hiking is a national sport in Switzerland. Guest author Daniel von Kaenel remembers a typical fifties family hike on the brand new south ramp of the Loetschberg and how grandfather showed up for this strenuous walk with suit, tie and walking stick, albeit minus rain gear. >
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Schweizer Schule Alexandrien, Ägypten

Das Jahr ist 1921 und 100 Schüler in Alexandrien - der Ägyptischen Handelsstadt am Mittelmeer - werden in der Schweizerschule französisch-sprachig nach dem Lehrplan des Kanton Waadt unterrichtet. Aus seiner exotischen Schulzeit der Kriegsjahre, vom morgendlichen Schweizer Fahnen-Aufzug bis zu König Farouk's Besuchen, erzählt Auslandschweizer Beat Knoblauch. >

Four highly recommended Swiss films

"The Divine Order," and "My life as Courgette," have obtained international acclaim and are widely available for viewing in English. The Swiss documentary "Die vierte Gewalt" and the movie "Die letzte Pointe" are two newly released Swiss-German language films addressing important contemporary issues. >
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SWISSWOOD Alphorns & Engel-Chörli Appenzell

Do you know what “Rugguusserli” in Appenzell Innerrhoden, “Zäüerli” in Ausserrhoden and “Jolen” in the Toggenburg refer to? Find out as Swiss abroad guest author Franz Muheim recently did when he attended a very innovative folk music concert in his native Kirchberg SG. >
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Kloster Kappel, Kappel am Albis

Every Swiss school child knows the story: warring soldiers of two Cantons brought about a famous Swiss peace treaty during the Reformation by sharing milk soup and bread, cooked in a large kettle over an open fire near beautifully restored Kappel Monastery, founded in 1185. >

Beromünster Radioweg

Wayside sounds from Switzerland's radio history walk. Seven red radio boxes entertain, amaze and enlighten hikers on their walk through unspoilt forest and farming areas, moderately up the hill and heavily down memory lane! >
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Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen: Vertraute Stimme aus der Heimat

(German.) Die SRF Online Programme - eine der beliebtesten Heimat-Verbindungen der Auslandschweizer. Vom "Donnschtig-Jass" bis zum "Echo der Zeit". Ein Blick hinter die Kulissen des SRF Radio Studio's in Bern. >

Roger Federer, social entrepreneur in high profile tennis

Roger Federer needs no introduction. The champion tennis player is Switzerland's best known ambassador. Increasingly, Roger Federer is also becoming a major player in a part of the world that does not associate his name with tennis. >

Light of Peace

In late November, a 12-year old boy lit a candle in the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem. In a special lantern, the light is flown to Vienna, Austria, from where the Light of Peace is spread to over thirty countries in Europe and the USA, Canada (since 2009) and parts of South America. In Zürich and five other Swiss cities, it is received simultaneously at 5 pm on the third Sunday of Advent, to be spread, candle-by-candle, to all people present. >

Swiss National Soup Day and other amazing community stories

The Spirit of Christmas imbued in three real-life initiatives: A group of parents buy a farm and create happy & purposeful lives for their impaired adult children. A woman re-distributes overflow food to the poor, and the indomitable spirit of sightless basket weaver Urs Schwarz who prevails over his many challenges. >
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Glasi Hergiswil

Look over the shoulders of a glass blower at work and feel the heat of the furnace! At 200 year old Glasi Hergiswil on Lake Lucerne, you can get up close and even blow your own Christmas ball!  >

St. Nicholas arrival - Samichlaus Auszug

In the central cantons of Switzerland, Samichlaus' arrival - always with his donkey and his impressive entourage of bell and whip bearers - is celebrated by the community with age old customs. >

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