Subject: Switzerland News
Hi Ziners,

I'm forwarding this (edited) version of the Switzerland newsletter FYI.

Regards, Linda

Newsletter January:

Treasures from Athens exhibited in Lausanne Lucerne Carnival Bodmer Museum opens in Cologny 7th SnowpenAir Concert Kleine Scheidegg, April 3rd, 2004 Xtreme Freeride Contest in Verbier, March 19-21, 2004

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Treasures from Athens exhibited in Lausanne

Switzerland's Olympic city Lausanne is welcoming the treasures of the National Gallery of Athens starting January 30 until May 31, 2004. The Fondation de l'Hermitage offers an intimate setting for the master pieces. In addition to a significant ensemble of Greek paintings from the 15th to 19th century, the collection will include over forty Western European paintings, including El Greco's last work, the mythical Concert of the Angels. Other major works are by Cecco del Caravaggio, Jordaens, Tiepolo, and Delacroix. The exhibition is completed by a selection of exceptionally high-quality drawings never before shown to the public. More information at

Did you know: Europe's highest beer brewery is located in Davos?

Lucerne Carnival

During the week of February 19 to 24, 2004, Lucerne is packed with colourful festivities, with its inhabitants transformed into dressed-up and masked figures. Parades wind their way through packed city streets. The floats, once reflecting patriotic, historical, or folkloristic themes, are now more of a satirical nature. A major attraction of the Lucerne Carnival is the Guuggemuusige bands. They play well-known tunes on their brass and percussion instruments with the emphasis on loudness, not correctness. The masked balls attract huge crowds and are held in the large bars in the evenings. More information at

Did you know: On the Glacier Express, a specially tilted stem glass is served so you won't spill your wine during the steep ascent over the Alps?

Bodmer Museum opens in Cologny

In Cologny, just outside of Geneva, the Bodmer museum has opened. The collector, Martin Bodmer, (1899-1971) wished to make visible the road traveled by the human spirit, and assembled a collection of mankind's intellectual heritage. Each piece bears witness to a significant moment in the history of civilizations.

The Bodmer Museum, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, contains one of the world's greatest private libraries of rare books and manuscripts. It houses a library of papyri, manuscripts, the earliest printed books, first editions and authors manuscripts. The collection of more than 160,000 objects also includes archaeological finds, sculptures, paintings, tapestries, and musical scores. More information at

Did you know: Basel has the largest number of restaurants with Michelin stars and Gault & Millau points in Switzerland?

7th SnowpenAir Concert Kleine Scheidegg, April 3rd, 2004

Canadian superstar Bryan Adams will bid winter farewell during an open-air concert on April 3rd on the Kleine Scheidegg. Just as the winter season is cooling down, the music heats up. The SnowpenAir is a daylong happening with Swiss rock bands and the Canadian headliner. The concert area is situated next to the railway station on Kleine Scheidegg, in a superb scenic setting backed by the Eiger, M#nch & Jungfrau. A variety of snow-bars and booth will serve excellent hot and cold refreshments. Accessible by rail only. Single concert tickets or whole arrangements with overnights are available. More information at

Did you know: Europe's highest altitude snack bar is located at 3882 m/12,736 ft atop Kleines Matterhorn in Zermatt?

Did you know: Swiss eat the most chocolate in the world? More than 10 kg or over 22 lbs per person per year.

Xtreme Freeride Contest in Verbier, March 19-21, 2004

The 25 best free-riders in the world will demonstrate their talent on the north face of the Bec des Rosses. Demonstrations galore, coupled with music and a unique atmosphere, will mark this major sporting gala. And, above all, there will be an opportunity for these freeriding pros to show their commitment to off-piste accident prevention. More information at

Did you know: Europe's oldest Kosher Hotel of the world is located in St. Moritz?

Did you know: the Red Cross was founded in 1864 in Geneva by Jean Henri Dunant?

Did you know: the oldest watch factory, Blancpain, dates back to 1735?