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Lausanne’s 10 Best Local Restaurants: Authentic Swiss Dining

Discover the 10 best place to eat in Lausanne, where cuisine from France and Switzerland combines to delicious effect.

Zurich's 10 Best Cultural Events & Festivals in September 2014

See what’s on in Zurich this September with our curated guide to the 10 best events, festivals and exhibitions in Switzerland’s financial centre.

Zurich's Top 10 Restaurants: Gourmet Luxury & Local Eats

Enjoy Zurich’s best cuisine, from fresh lake seafood to fine local wines, with our guide to ten restaurants to suit all budgets.

Bern's 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries & Museums

Discover historical Bern’s contemporary art scene with our guide to its 10 best contemporary art galleries, museums and exhibition spaces.

Zurich's 10 Best Cultural Events and Festivals in August 2014

Discover what’s on in Zurich this August, from Swiss cinema to conteporary art shows, with our guide to best of Switzerland’s second city.

Guide to Zurich Culture: 10 Must-Visit Art Galleries in Kreis 5

Walk round the art galleries in Kreis 5 and discover why Zurich’s former industrial zone is becoming one of Switzerland’s hippest areas.

Kreis 5’s 10 Best Restaurants: Dining in Zurich’s Trendiest Area

Eat out in the coolest restaurants and bistros in Kreis 5, Zurich’s up-and-coming trendy area that was once homes to factories and industrial sites.

Zurich's 10 Best Events in Summer 2014: Food, Art and Culture

Read our cultural guide to Zurich this summer, and find the best art, music, food and theatre events right now.

Geneva's 10 Best Restaurants: Swiss Culinary Culture

Eat out in Geneva with our insider’s guide to the city’s best dining spots, from trendy gourmet venues to hearty Swiss eateries.

Geneva's 10 Unmissable Art and Culture Events this Summer

Enjoy a cultured Swiss summer with our guide to Geneva’s best events, including foodie festivals, music extravaganzas and art exhibitions.

Geneva's Best Vineyards: Where to Go and What to Drink

Take a tour round Switzerland’s seldom visited wine region on Lake Geneva’s shores, where some of Europe’s finest wines are produced and enjoyed.

Gourmet Guide to Basel’s 10 Great Cultural Restaurants

Read our culture lover’s guide to dining in Basel and discover ten of the best local restaurants in this artsy destination.

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Switzerland Art and Artists

Basel’s 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries: Europe’s Art Capital

In our culture lover’s guide to this small Swiss city, we take a look at ten of the most prominent galleries and art spaces in Basel.

Interview with Artist Mai-Thu Perret: Switzerland’s Utopian Feminist

Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret is known for her ambitious multi-disciplinary practice encompassing sculpture, painting, video and installation.

Hodler and Giacometti: Representing the Soul of Switzerland

Ferdinand Hodler and Alberto Giacometti are two influential artists who have helped Switzerland to form its own artistic identity.

Geneva’s 10 Great Contemporary Art Galleries: The Best of Swiss Art

Find out what’s new in Switzerland’s art scene with our curated guide to the best contemporary art galleries in Geneva.

Insider Guide to Zurich’s 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries and Museums

See stunning art in Switzerland’s cultural capital. Discover ten of the best contemporary art galleries in Zurich including works by Löwenbräu and Le Corbusier.

Switzerland Food + Restaurants

Gourmet Guide to Basel’s 10 Great Cultural Restaurants

Read our culture lover’s guide to dining in Basel and discover ten of the best local restaurants in this artsy destination.

Geneva's Best Vineyards: Where to Go and What to Drink

Take a tour round Switzerland’s seldom visited wine region on Lake Geneva’s shores, where some of Europe’s finest wines are produced and enjoyed.

Swiss Chalets and Cafés: Lausanne's 10 Best Cultural Restaurants

Discover the best cultural restaurants in Lausanne, Switzerland, serving classic Swiss fondue and experimental haute cuisine.

Geneva's 10 Best Restaurants: Swiss Culinary Culture

Eat out in Geneva with our insider’s guide to the city’s best dining spots, from trendy gourmet venues to hearty Swiss eateries.

Kreis 5’s 10 Best Restaurants: Dining in Zurich’s Trendiest Area

Eat out in the coolest restaurants and bistros in Kreis 5, Zurich’s up-and-coming trendy area that was once homes to factories and industrial sites.

Switzerland Design + Architecture

The 10 Best Designers from Switzerland

Discover Switzerland’s ten best product designers and studios showcasing design precision, along with a stunning mix of innovation and Swiss tradition.

The Art of Time: 10 Iconic Swiss Watch Designs

Read about the fascinating stories behind these ten iconic timepieces, and learn more about their intricate, engineered, luxurious design.

Switzerland Profile

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Famous for its Alps, its watches, its banks and its neutrality, Switzerland has also produced a significant cultural aspect within its confederated cantons. It has been the destination and refuge for many different ethnic groups over the centuries and this is reflected in the multiculturalism of its modern state.

To a large number of people, Johanna Spyri's stories about Heidi will be the most famous literary export of this country. Swiss literature does, however, hold more facets. Zurich-born Max Frisch won several awards and prizes for his literary output and is as such considered to be one of Switzerland's greatest writers. The Dada-movement was born here in 1916 by a group of international writers and artists such as Tristan Tzara, Hugo Ball and Jean Arp. Dada became famous for its often bleak and nonsensical look on the world. Friedrich Durrenmatt is another acclaimed Swiss writer of the 20th century who gained prominence with his novel The Physicists.

Another writer that deserves to be mentioned is Swiss-German Herman Hesse who rose to international fame with his literary work, especially for the novels Steppenwolf and Siddharta.

Switzerland has produced talent within the worlds of cinema and music as well, with Xavier Koller winning the Academy Award for his Journey of Hope in 1990 as well as Christoph Schaub and Geneva-born Claude Goretta being among the best within directing.

Musically the Swiss have a few bands that have made it onto the international stage. 1980s electro-pop band Yello did have successful hits in Britain and the US with The Race and Oh Yeah. Bern-based new wave band Grauzone also had notable success in that decade.

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