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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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Beautifully restored Fischingen Abbey. Two worlds under one roof

A stunningly restored baroque abbey, church and medicinal garden which is home to a Benedictine monk community, and at the same time features a lovely hotel, restaurant, an abbey carpentry of repute as well as the "Pilgrim" craft brewery. >
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Scenic drive bypassing the Gotthard tunnel

Three different languages, two mountain passes and a superb 14 points Gault Millau meal, all in the space of less than five hours. A super interesting panoramic drive, crossing Switzerland from north-south. >

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