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Prince Charles' visit to Switzerland mixes tradition and modernity

Swiss President Adolf Ogi, left, shows Prince Charles the old part of Berne

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On the second day of his official trip to Switzerland, Prince Charles will visit Kandertal, the home region of the Swiss president, Adolf Ogi.

The two men are expected to visit an organic farm in the Bernese Oberland on Friday, where the Prince will be introduced to the art of Swiss cheese-making.

An avid advocate of natural farming methods, the Prince was said to be particularly interested in learning about Swiss organic farming methods.

Afterwards, they will visit Ogi's native village, Kandersteg, to tour the local church.

A spokesman told swissinfo that Prince Charles was looking forward to visiting the Transalpine Rail Tunnel construction site at Mitholz, in the afternoon.

The project holds particular interest for the prince because he believes it contributes to the conservation of the Alps.

The Prince arrived in the Swiss capital of Berne on Thursday, where he received a royal welcome from Ogi and the Swiss military band. Prince Charles is a regular sight on the Swiss ski slopes in the winter holiday season, his particular favourite resort being Klosters.

One member of the royal party told swissinfo that the Prince had been excited at the opportunity to make an official trip to Switzerland.

Before dining at the official government guest house, Lohn, on Thursday, Prince Charles visited Berne's "old town", which is listed as a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

swissinfo with agencies

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