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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!  >
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Swiss Christmas traditions

Little hands eagerly await the month of December to open the first of 24 paper windows on their Advent calendar. December 6, St. Nicholas arrives with his donkey with Grittibänz, mandarins and chocolates, and, Christmas Eve, December 24, is when Christmas is celebrated in Switzerland. >
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Emmental Christmas market

A warm and authentic atmosphere reflect the charming, unhurried Bernese dialect and way of life of these Emmental country folk. Talented local artisans demonstrate traditional crafts in typical designs made of local materials. Far from flashy lights and repetitive music, these are gifts of value & authenticity. >

Grittibänz & Christmas cookies

Grittibänz & Christmas cookies are the classic Advent pastries in Switzerland, equally loved by big and small. Try one of these recipes and decide for yourself! >
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Die Pracht der Tracht - Swiss Traditional Costumes

Traditions are strongly alive in Switzerland: in large scale events, regional & village traditions and daily on radio & tv. The Fine Arts Museum of Solothurn's 'Die Pracht der Tracht' exhibit with its magnificent art collection of traditional costumes in paintings and other mediums draws parallels and connects the past to the present. >
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Justistal Chästeilet

Do you know the difference between Alp- and Bergkäse (Alp and mountain cheese)? The farmers hard work and skill culminate in the end-of-summer cheese distribution with a community gathering, music, mouthwatering fare and Alpabzug and is part of this Swiss tradition dating back to 1739. >
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Schweizer Regiokrimis sind Bestsellers

Mord in Helvetia. Schweizer Krimiautoren begeistern mit ihren Regiokrimis in welchen Kommissare, Anwältinnen und Polizisten von Sils ins Welschland und von Basel ins Tessin recherchieren. Sechs Schweizer Regiokrimi Empfehlungen. >
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Dettling Kirsch - the world's finest cherry brandy

One of the top three distilleries in the world, Swiss Dettling Kirsch - located in the village of Brunnen on Lake Lucerne (8,280 inhabitants) - was awarded the title "World Class Distillery" and "Distillery of the Year" in perfect time for their 150th anniversary. >
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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. >
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Urbärn a cappella quartet sings gorgeous Swiss folk songs

Traditional Swiss folk music is on the rise again. The four Urbärn singers are classically trained musicians. Their recent concert captivated the audience and kept us spellbound with their haunting, funny and exuberating renditions of an incredibly diverse repertoire of Swiss songs in all four languages. >

Graubündel - the hip new Swiss pic-nic bag!

Swiss hotels and their guests love this pic-nic bag that doubles as a tote and unfolds into a blanket! Winner of the competition "A piece of Graubünden to take with you" by the tourism office of eastern Switzerland's ski and hiking destination Graubünden, the husband-and-wife design team hit the nail on the head! >
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Gret Zellweger - Appenzell Multi-Talent Folk Artist

Growing up in rural Appenzell on a hill-top dairy farm without a car or ever going on holidays, Gret Zellweger's childhood days were filled to the brim. Today she finds new expressive ways to depict the traditional subjects of her beloved Appenzell region. >
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100th birthday of Ruedi Walter, Swiss radio/TV and film star

On Saturday afternoons during the late fifties, the streets in Switzerland were empty. Ruedi Walter, alias Gusti Ehrsam, vented his pointed opinions about life and the week's happenings to his wife Luise (Margrit Rainer) on the radio show "Spalebärg 77a". All of Switzerland listened in! >
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Meinrad's Puppen & Bärenklinik (Doll & Teddybear Clinic)

Meinrad Röösli - passionate doll, teddy bear and plush animal maker - is beloved by children all over the world. He hand crafts and also repairs pretty much any injured toy in his wonderful workshop. >
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Zürich Chamber Orchestra ZKO

The Zürich Chamber Orchestra enjoys an excellent reputation all over the world. It is renowned for its innovative productions and innovative concerts geared towards young people to enjoy and awaken an interest to play music. >
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Züri Tirggel - a traditional Swiss Christmas cookie

“Who gives you this, loves you deeply.” In the Zürich of old, this love message was not written on paper, but presented to the beloved in form of a Tirggel - a baked honey cookie. Popular as a sweet long before sugar was available, this traditional delicacy has been designated a "culinary legacy of Switzerland". >
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Migros bus - when grocery stores had wheels

For eighty-two years - from 1925 to 2007 - the famous Migros bus was a familiar sight, rolling up and down the Swiss countryside in its signature green and orange colors, selling groceries. In the fall of 2016, the bus made one more nostalgic tour. (With two videos) >
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Vent Negru: traditional folk music from the Ticino (sound samples)

The rugged, untamed Valle Onsernone is a magical place. Through centuries, the people living in this remote alpine area have made music as powerful as their landscape. When Vent Negru plays it, it stirs your soul and touches your heart. >

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