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Food, art & culture in Switzerland

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I've been exploring Switzerland's nooks and crannies for more than a decade--especially the country's food, art and cultural traditions. Switzerland offers a traveler chocolate, cheese and beautiful mountains, and so much more. Time for a voyage of discovery!
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Hauptbahnhof Zürich, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
When you visit Zurich you feel like you’re at the epicenter of Western European intellectual thought. Since the Reformation, Zurich has been an incubator for progressive ideas as a peaceful axis of European cross-cultural academic, artistic and...
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Joe and I took the scenic GoldenPass train from Montreux (the unofficial capital of the Lavaux region) to Interlaken. The train links Lake Geneva with central Switzerland via the Bernese Oberland and the entire trip takes about six hours. Our...
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Marktpl., 4001 Basel, Switzerland
The Swiss celebrate the founding of the Confederation on 1 August, with fireworks and outdoor concerts in town and country. In Basel, the party starts the evening before, with food stands and tables set up in the Marktplatz and along both sides of...
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Avenue Bergières 11, 1004 Lausanne, Switzerland
Lausanne's Collection de l'Art Brut is the original "home" of OutSider Art. Established in 1976 with 5,000 works collected by Jean Dubuffet, the museum remains a showcase for beautiful, compelling works, displayed in the redesigned interior of the...
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Bern, Switzerland
For the annual gathering, our department organised a foxtrail of the inner old town of Bern. Never thought, that a small ornament at a window, a red monkey statue, and arch, a bridge, an old house, a statue at a fountain, some words of the berner...
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Schaukäsereistrasse 6, 3416 Affoltern im Emmental, Switzerland
If you love Swiss cheese, the Emmental Show Dairy in Affoltern makes for an interesting stop, especially if you're riding the Emmental Heart Route, one of Switzerland's most popular e-biking itineraries. At the dairy you can see the famous...
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Via Losone 10, 6612 Ascona, Switzerland
Art lovers visiting Ticino have a new destination in Ascona: the exquisitely restored Castello San Materno. The exhibition space is a second location for the fine Museo d'Arte Moderna di Ascona. The permanent collection encompasses works from the...
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Bern, Switzerland
While touring Bern I stumbled upon the KindliFresser, or "Child Eater", Fountain right in the middle of busy Kornhausplatz. Bern is famous for it's many 16th century fountains, but I hadn't been prepared for one this creepy. The villain is eating...
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Bahnhofstrasse 25, 7002 Chur, Switzerland
I didn’t even realize that the Bernina Express scenic train journey was on the UNESCO World Heritage list until I arrived at the small northern Italian town of Tirano to start the trip. There are several different routes from which travelers may...
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Brünigstrasse 2, 6053 Alpnach, Switzerland
Travel from Alpnachstad on Lake Lucerne to Pilatus Kulm on the world's steepest cog railway, with a maximum gradient of 48%. The privately operated line opened in 1889, driven on very narrow gauge rails by steam engines. The switch to electric...
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360°-Restaurant Piz Gloria Schilthorn, 3825 Mürren, Switzerland
The view from atop the Schilthorn is magnificent; it provides the best view of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau and a stunning panorama that includes 200 peaks including Blüemlisalp shown here. I was hoping for a clear day to see the mountains, I was...
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Bürkliplatz, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
One of the biggest Flea markets in Zurich is the one located in Bürkliplatz square. The market is opened on Saturdays from 6am to 4pm. May-October, so if you visit Zurich on Winter time, you will not find the outdoors traders. The market is well...
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Mürren, 3825 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
More so than most places, Switzerland offers serious skiers the chance to fly down unblemished mountainsides—especially in Mürren. The town is blessed with powder-packed bowls that maintain fresh snow for days after a big fall, drawing...
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Piazza Giuseppe Motta 29, 6612 Ascona, Switzerland
Autumn is harvest festival season all over Switzerland. One with a unique, Italian-Swiss flair is the Sagre delle Castagne in Ascona, Switzerland, held on two weekends each year. On the northern shore of Lago Maggiore, the Swiss turn up the heat...
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Tropenhausweg 1, 3714 Frutigen, Switzerland
Yes, you read it right! In Frutigen, in the west of Switzerland, there is this tropical greenhouse with various exotic plants thriving and a sturgeon farm. The aim of this project was to produce sturgeon caviar one day and in the meantime to serve...
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Petersplatz, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
When October rolls around, I always look forward to Basel's Herbstmesse. Launched in 1417, it is the longest-running autumn fair in Europe. Nowadays, a huge ferris wheel dominates the city's Munsterplatz, and there are rides and food-and-drinks...
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Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
The Löwenbräu brewery-turned-arts complex underwent its second major renovation in 2012—a joint project by the Swiss firms Gigon/Guyer and Atelier WW. Now the sprawling 1897 brick building has expanded upwards with an impressive black residence...
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Barfüsserpl., 4010 Basel, Switzerland
Switzerland’s favorite cold weather libation is a piping hot glass of glühwein, a German-inspired mulled wine infused with the sweet and spicy flavors of cinnamon, clove, and star anise. The best place to enjoy a glass? The Basel Christmas Market,...
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Rümelinspl. 14, 4001 Basel, Switzerland
Carnival in Basel, Switzerland is a local carnival on a grand scale It is also a Swiss spectacle, on a par with cow parades and cheese by the ton. For exactly three days, beginning at 4:00 am on Monday and ending at 4:00 am on the dot on Thursday,...
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Rue Etienne-Dumont 3, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
This 14th Century Gothic Chapel is the highlight of Sacred Geneva, but you'd hardly know it was even there unless someone told you to look for it. St. Peter's Cathedral has been a cathedral in one iteration or another since the 4th century and...
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Zürich, Switzerland
Even in the rain, Zurich's Old Town is romantic. The cobblestone walkways twist their way throughout the area, making for some particularly beautiful walking tours.
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Chemin du Vignoble, 1971 Grimisuat, Switzerland
Switzerland’s largest and oldest wine region (viticulture in this area dates back to the Roman Era) stretches fifty miles along the Rhône River in the canton of Valais. Plan an excursion along the Chemin du Vignoble, a meandering wine route...
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Rue du Puits-Saint-Pierre 1, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
This is my favorite antiquities shop in old town Geneva, but it is by no means the only one you'll find. In this one, you'll find, as the sign says, antiquities that have to do with science. Many are of the sea-faring variety, but others have to...
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Bahnhofstrasse 21, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
There are 14 outposts of the famed chocolate shop in and around town, but the one to go to is its flagship, which occupies a prime corner perch on Paradeplatz. There are gorgeous displays of Sprungli’s signature sweet, the Luxemburgerli,...
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Münstergasse 17, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
This Altstadt institution known for its specialty coffee beans, teas and spices also sells a small, but excellent selection of specialty Swiss chocolate bars, including Akesson’s and Idillio Origins, and delicious chocolate oddities like...