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Swiss Heritage adds “Switzerland’s Loveliest Islands” to its collection of handy touring booklets

Think of Switzerland and what comes to mind are mountains, pastures and lakes, but islands? Not really. Yet Swiss Heritage’s latest addition to its “Switzerland’s Loveliest” brochure collection introduces 33 islands — both big and small, natural and man-made — that dot the country’s lakes and waterways and traverse national borders.

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“Switzerland’s Loveliest Gardens and Parks” and The Coppet Garden Fair enchants from 12-14 May 2017

Preserving the country’s natural heritage is right up the Swiss Heritage Society’s alley and what better way to do that than to entice people out into nature to show them what’s on offer. A Baroque garden, a large landscaped park, a varied urban square: Swiss gardens offer charming diversity. In honor of the Year of the Garden in 2016, last year Swiss Heritage profiled fifty of these special spaces in a newly-revised, 2nd edition of Swiss Heritage’s guide to the “Loveliest Gardens and Parks in Switzerland”. The 120-page pocket-sized French/German brochure is full of practical information including symbols indicating what’s to be found in each park: a coffee or a place to play, a particular natural setting or a spectacular view. The booklet can be ordered online at CHF 16.- for non-members and  CHF 8.- for members of Swiss Heritage. Visiting one of the 50 gardens featured in this booklet promises a journey into a new world of expertise, imagination and discovery. Who knows? You might even come away with tips and inspiration for your own garden. Coppet Garden Fair on 12, 13, 14 May 2017 Nothing …

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Switzerland’s “Loveliest Museums” marry beauty with innovation

I firmly believe it’s important to preserve and protect a country’s architectural heritage, which is why I’m such a fan of the Swiss Heritage Society and it’s series of portable booklets that are aimed at connecting people with “Switzerland’s Loveliest”… whether that’s coffee houses, swimming pools, B&Bs, nature trails, and now … it’s museums. A neo-Renaissance palace, an innovative municipal museum, an archeological dig and many more, Swiss Heritage’s “Loveliest Museums” focuses on 50 of the country’s 1150 museums, those that best combine quality architecture with a top-notch exhibition. Knowledge and Stories This, the first volume of the Society’s “Loveliest Museums” collection, is devoted to institutions that deal with the natural and human sciences and is entitled “Knowledge and Stories”. The selection offers a balance between Swiss regions, periods and themes, showcasing the diversity of museums — those both well- and little-known — that are available to culture lovers across the country. (A second volume on Switzerland’s loveliest museums will appear later this year spotlighting museums devoted to art.) Inventiveness & commitment According to Swiss Heritage: “To remain relevant, museums must adapt to constantly changing requirements. So they …

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Hiking the UNESCO-listed terraced vineyards of Lavaux. And, discover Swiss Heritage’s “loveliest walks”.

The beautiful terraced vineyards of the Lavaux region, stretching from Lausanne to Montreux, offer outstanding views and satisfying hikes of different degrees of difficulty, as well as being the heartland of Swiss wine production. First terraced by monks for that purpose in the 11th century, the region was justifiably awarded UNESCO World Heritage-site status in 2007. Together with my friends in the Internation Women’s Club of Nyon (IWCN) I walked the very popular portion through the vineyards that stretch from St. Saphorin to Cully, an approximately two-and-a-half-hour walk. With only a few steep, shortlived inclines and mostly leisurely meandering paths that cut through villages and steeply terraced vineyards and along ancient stone walls, the journey seemed to take less time than it actually did. The weather gifted us with sunshine and warmth and only slightly misty views across Lac Leman. The Lavaux walks are easily reached via public transport, particularly by train: we boarded in Nyon, changed trains in Lausanne and uncamped at St. Saphorin, only a one-hour transit in total. We descended to lake level shortly before Cully and walked along the beach towards the village, where …

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Fancy a cool dip? Head for one of Switzerland’s loveliest swimming spots

A major heatwave is descending on Switzerland this week so there’s no better moment to take a cool dip in one of the country’s loveliest swimming pools or outdoor nature spots. If you’re looking for something special near you, a pocket-sized French-German booklet published by the Swiss Heritage Society entitled “Les plus beaux bains de la Suisse” (Switzerland’s Loveliest Swimming Pools) will help you locate your ideal dip, one offering architectural distinction and most probably situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The 51 swimming spots profiled in the 108-page, A6-sized booklet are dotted throughout the country and feature architectural styles dating from the 19th century, including sleek, streamlined Art Deco examples from the 1920s and 30s (my personal favourites) as well as heavier 1960s concrete structures. Each selection is accompanied by a brief accompanying text offering historical information about bathing culture in Switzerland since the 1800s. Plan ahead for a refreshing day away You can order the booklet online at a cost of CHF16 for non-members and CHF8 for members of Swiss Heritage. Use it to plan a family or solo excursion that could turn out to be both fun and instructive, but most …