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Christmas Cheer in Switzerland

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Switzerland's Christmas Markets are magical places, and the basis of an itinerary created by Judy Perl of Judy Perl Worldwide Travel. Writer Gretchen Kelly describes some of the highlights of the trip that Judy Perl has designed.
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Basel, Switzerland
Home to one of Switzerland's biggest and best Christmas markets, Basel shines like a Johann Wanner handblown tannenbaum ornament from late October through December every year. The market has expanded to two locations: the Barfüsserplatz and the...
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Bahnhofstrasse 31, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
There's something inherently holiday-esque about old watches and clocks. Maybe it's the gilding or maybe it's the ringing chimes that sing out when they're put in motion. One of the pleasures of visiting the Beyer Clock and Watch Museum in Zurich...
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Denkmalstrasse 4, 6002 Luzern, Switzerland
Ask anyone who has seen Lucerne's Dying Lion Monument and you'll come away with a multiplicity of wrong explanations for its existence. It was not built to commemorate soldiers who died in a war with France. It was built to honor over 700 Swiss...
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Grosser Muristalden 6, 3006 Bern, Switzerland
The German word "bärengraben" sounds an awful lot like what would happen to you if one of Bern's heraldic bears got a hold of you but it's really the name for the 1857 "bear pit" that was used to house the animals until 2006. The city's new "Bear...
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Monument im Fruchtland 3, 3000 Bern, Switzerland
Located to the east of Bern in Schöngrün, the Zentrum Paul Klee is immediately identifiable by the three massive undulating wave-like buildings of the architect Renzo Piano. The large art center, completed and opened in 2005 is home to over 690...