All posts tagged: Swiss Heritage’s “Loveliest”

Fancy holidaying in a former hay barn? Farmhouse or Alpine hut? If so, Swiss Heritage has you in mind

If this holiday season you’re interested in renting a home that offers something out of the ordinary then the Fondation Vacances au cœur du patrimoine (the foundation for holidays at the heart of heritage) may have just what you’re looking for. Founded in 2005 by the Swiss Heritage Society with one goal in mind — to purchase, renovate, and then rent as vacation homes endangered historic properties — the Foundation now boasts a list of 21 impressive buildings that are available to the public to rent. I love the look of the 200-year old “Scheune” barn at Beatenberg in canton Bern. You would never imagine that originally the upper floor served as a hay loft and cows were housed on the ground floor. It stood empty for 18 years and was in a state of collapse before being transformed into a sleek, spacious 2-person apartment in 2007. Its location makes it ideal for long walks in summer and autumn and for skiing in winter. I can just picture the fire place roaring and wine glasses clinking after a super day out on the ski slopes. Heritage with mod-cons included …

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Switzerland’s Loveliest Buildings built from 1960 to 1975

Musée International d’Horlogerie at La Chaux-de-Fonds. Photo ©Patrimoine Suisse   Another in the series “The Loveliest…” published by Patrimoine Suisse, the Swiss Heritage Society, The Most Beautiful Buildings 1960-1975 highlights both celebrated and lesser-known buildings that are often overlooked precisely because their history is so recent. Yet their existence bears witness to a period of social, cultural and architectural change that is possibly the most significant in the country’s history: the era when nuclear power stations, super highways, commercial centres, high-rise accommodation and vast lots of individual dwellings first began to dot the Swiss landscape. From a mountain cabin to a satellite station, from libraries to seniors’ residences, and from churches to concert halls, the publication looks at 50 architectural ‘gems’ representing every Swiss canton. The 120-page, A6 pocket-sized brochure, available with French and German text, can be purchased in the Swiss Heritage online shop for CHF16 (for the general public) or CHF8 (for members of Patrimoine Suisse). To accompany publication of the booklet, a dedicated website is available featuring beautiful full-spread, color photographs of the buildings profiled in the brochure along …

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The Loveliest Coffee & Tea Houses in Switzerland

The Swiss number among the biggest coffee drinkers in the world, a beverage they consume in local espresso bars and cafés ranging from the traditional to the modern, many of which with their distinctive architecture and history make a rich contribution to Switzerland’s heritage. Patrimoine Suisse, the Swiss Heritage Society founded in 1905 to preserve important Swiss landmarks and promote good architectural design, publishes a series of booklets entitled “The Loveliest…” and this issue shines a light on the “Loveliest Coffee and Tea Houses” in the country. It tantalisingly serves up photographs of 74 architectural gems found in every region of the land, from Lower Engadine to Lugano, from Basel Land to Geneva. The selection is complemented by snatches of instructive text on the theme of coffee. The photographs invite us into a world of coffee/tea drinking and conversation (or peaceful solitude) and also remind us that these establishments, many with historical significance, deserve to be appreciated and treated with care. The 96-page, pocket-sized brochure, available with French and German text, can be purchased online for CHF16 (for the …