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Alaska dog sledding with an Appenzell-Swiss

Born and raised in Appenzell, it's a dream-come-true for Sven Haltmann: Alaska dog sledding in the wilderness. From his Fairbanks property and remote Bettles Lodge, he takes tourists on sled dog trips, while himself has run the gruesome 1,000 mile Iditarod race from Anchorage to Nome. >
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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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Swiss Armed Forces Culinary Team wins cooking competitions

Swiss Armed Forces Culinary Team (SACT) was founded in 1999. It represents the Swiss Army in international cooking competitions and has won many gold medals. These same executive chefs from private industry are also responsible for the military's own chefs' education! >
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Mummenschanz - the legendary Swiss mime company on tour again

Mummenschanz brings their virtuoso gentle, yet powerfully expressive silent movement art form to new heights. With their delightfully absorbing magic they captivate hearts big and small and spur the imagination of all. >
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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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Conelli's enchanting Christmas Circus

In the heart of the city of Zürich, on the spectacular Bauschänzli square overhanging the river Limmat, with St. Peter and Fraumünster Churches looking on, Conelli once again presents its magical Christmas circus. >
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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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Luzern Hotels: Montana Art Deco Hotel

On a sunny hill, with panoramic view over lake, mountains and the city of Luzern lies the Art Deco Hotel Montana. Close to downtown, with its own short funicular to the lake promenade, the 1910 hotel will charm you with its warm atmosphere and gorgeous interior. >
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Luzern B&Bs: Idyllic Baroque house for two

Tucked away at the edge of the woods, yet in the center of the city, you'll find a special B&B. This former garden pavilion to the 19th century manor house was lovingly and skillfully renovated into delightful guest quarters by the owners, an architect couple. >
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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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Zürich Cafés: Felix at the Bellevue

It's a very close bucket-list item, this old-world café that charms with its delightful ambiance as much as with its sweet and savoury delicacies. Read about this first of several wonderful coffee houses at the famous Bellevue square in the city of Zürich! >
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Zürich B&Bs: Scandinavian cabins

A green meadow with Highland cattle; a breakfast basket with farm fresh eggs delivered to your doorstep, and every comfort and convenience in your own, personal Scandinavian cabin, in the city of Zurich. Is this for you? >
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Zürich Hotels: Hotel Waldhaus Dolder

For over 100 years, the Hotel Waldhaus Dolder next to the red funicular has been a prominent landmark overlooking the city. Now the current ten story building which dates back to the seventies is being replaced with a stunning new design. >
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Rasa, Ticino: Jewel of a village on the mountaintop

It had been discussed since 1928. In 1957, the cable-car was actually built to connect the last hamlet in the Ticino with the world. By that time Rasa - 958 meters straight up from the valley floor - had been inhabited for centuries! The fascinating history of this village. >
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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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A drive around Lake Geneva, by guest writer Sandra Grote

At the end of September, we set out on a tour around the Lake of Geneva. It could not have been better weather; - we drove the whole time with the top down - yahoo! >
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When in Zürich, visit St. Peter's Church

Zürich's history is intimately intertwined with St. Peter's, dating back to the 9th century. Famous for Europe's largest clock face - the minute hand jumps nearly 50 centimetres with each move - there are many lesser known "firsts" this amazing church has to boast. >

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