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Immigration stories Basel police archives reveal lives of past city residents

Nazi sympathisers, a brothel owner, a political refugee and an independent young woman – all feature in Basel’s archive of immigration police files.

Books Irish author maps out literary Switzerland

Many writers have found shelter, inspiration and adventure in Switzerland. A new book distils two centuries of literature with Swiss connections.

Richard Scarry The best children’s illustrator … ever

Boston-born Richard Scarry, creator of the phenomenally successful Busytown and its animal inhabitants, loved Switzerland’s lakes and mountains so ...

Thomas Mann Magic mountains inspired a German author

The German author, Thomas Mann, had a room with a view over Lake Zurich. There he worked on some of his greatest novels and essays.

James Joyce Spirit of Joyce still roams Zurich

Irish writer James Joyce was very much at home in Zurich. His work is still celebrated and debated by the city's admiring cognoscenti.

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VIP getaway The rich and famous who brought fame to Gstaad

“Oasis of calm” (Paris Hilton), “Love at first sight” (Ernesto Bertarelli), “Most beautiful place in the world” (Richard Burton). And the feeling ...