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Hotel Alpenblick Berne where guests return as friends

This three***-plus gem of a hotel in a quiet residential neighbourhood close to down-town Berne boasts comfortable, bright rooms, a warm atmosphere and a superb breakfast buffet. Add a cozy library, a charming outdoor terrace plus underground parking and you have an all-round winner! >
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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. >
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Zürich Zoo: Transition to Nature Conservation Center

Zürich Zoo's newest arrival, cute baby elephant girl Ruwani, is winning visitors hearts. The zoo is a great place to experience animals in an environment close to natural habitat. Impressive is the zoo's engagement with social and ecological sustainability projects around the globe. >
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Restaurant blindekuh: dining in pitch-black darkness

In the dark diningroom at blindekuh restaurant in Zürich or Basel you'll experience smell, taste, sound and other sensations in a completely new light. Beyond providing entertainment, the idea is to offer sighted people insight into the world of those who cannot see. >
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Rudy Canonica: Swiss shepherd in the Bernese highlands

Every year, between the months of November and March, Rudy Canonica walks his flock of six hundred sheep from pasture to pasture across the Bernese Highlands. With the help of a second shepherd, four donkeys and three dogs. At night, he sleeps in his caravan. >
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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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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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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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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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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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Schweiz-Amerikaner als Rütli Wirt

(German.) Mike McCardell, der 37-jährige Doppelbürger hat den Sturm im Wasserglas als neuer Wirt auf dem Rütli bestens überstanden. Und dazu noch eine Herde Schottischer Hochlandrinder auf der Rütliwiese eingeführt! >
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Brissago Islands, Lago Maggiore: legacy of a Russian Princess

How about an around-the-world trip on a sub-tropical island paradise, followed by tea at an elegant palazzo? Eccentric Baronesse Antoinette Fleming-St. Léger and the mild climate in the Ticino make it possible. >
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Lake Lucerne, Brunnen: Royal approval of the Area for the Swiss abroad

Queen Victoria hit the nail on the head when she wrote: "The lake itself, that wonderful colour - varying from sapphire blue to emerald green - it’s too glorious.” Read here what Her Royal Higness was referring to. >

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