The Swiss National Day on 1st August

The Swiss National Day on 1st August

So you have decided to learn Swiss German? Learning about a language involves more than just understanding the words; it is always good to know about the culture and traditions of the country whose language you are learning. If you

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Three Kings Day – otherwise known as Epiphany

Three Kings Day – otherwise known as Epiphany

Epiphany is widely celebrated in Switzerland. Special treats can be found everywhere and there are many „Verahstaltige“ (en: events) honouring the three wise men. But what exactly is this day in honour of and who were the three kings? Read

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Herzlich Willkommen or Bienvenue to Charming Biel

Herzlich Willkommen or Bienvenue to Charming Biel

The charming town of Biel in canton Berne is the largest bilingual city in Switzerland. Walking through the streets and listening to the chatter in both Swiss German and French lends a unique pleasant atmosphere to the town. Hallo/Grüezi and

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The Swiss Guard – a Melding of Tradition and Modernity

The Swiss Guard – a Melding of Tradition and Modernity

Switzerland may be small, but it has always been a nation of warriors. Even Tacitus, the Roman historian, asserted that the Swiss were a very militant people. They were to prove this particularly in the 14th century at the Battle

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Geneva – the smallest metropolis in the world

Geneva – the smallest metropolis in the world

Geneva is idyllically situated between the Alps, on the banks of Lake Geneva and in the far west of Switzerland. French speaking Geneva is home to the European seat of the UN and the headquarters of the International Red Cross

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