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Sightseeing in Switzerland

Historic Site
“Villa Carlotta is surrounded by a wide botanical garden that is full of ancient trees, palms, rhododendros, azaleas, and many other plants. I’d suggest visiting Villa Carlotta in springtime, during the blossom period. The villa is frequently home to many artistic events and exhibitions.”
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“At the very tip of the Dosso di Lavedo, a wooded promontory on the shores of Lake Como, is the Villa del Balbianello, built in the early 18th century, famous not only for its beauty but also for having hosted many well-known intellectuals in exile during the Italian Risorgimento. Commissioned by Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini and built over the remains of an ancient Franciscan monastery (although the facade of the original church is still intact), after the Cardinal’s death it passed down to Count Luigi Porro Lambertenghi. The Count was a very active supporter of the Unification of Italy and turned the villa into a hub for intellectuals who supported the Cause, even hiring the famous author Silvio Pellico as a tutor for his children. The upper floor of Villa Balbianello is dedicated to Guido Monzini, former owner of the villa and leader of the first Italian expedition to Mount Everest. For movie fans - Villa del Balbianello has been used as the setting for several movies, including A Month by the Lake, Casino Royale, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. ”
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“This is a place I truely love. Outside of the city but so much worth it !!! This Castel is amazing and the landscape incredible !”
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“The Prince-Bishop of Geneva established the St. Pierre Cathedral in the 12th century. Archaeological findings beneath the church show evidence of a previous structure dating back to the 4th century, Roman Empire mosaics, an 11th-century crypt and three earlier churches. From the 8th to the 10th century there were three cathedrals which shared this location.”
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Historic Site
“Are you looking for a scenic view of Lake Como? The Castle of Vezio is certainly one of these: it stands out in the municipality of Perledo on the terraced and sunny slopes on the top of the hill of Varenna. Thanks to its privileged location, in the past the castle of Vezio was used to control the communication routes towards the North.”
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“La belle citadelle créée par Vauban et classée au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO est un endroit à voir, sa situation offre une vue incroyable sur la "boucle" de Besançon ainsi nommée car la rivière entoure le centre ville situé au pied de la citadelle. Plusieurs musées et des événements culturels sont visibles dans son enceinte. ”
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Art Museum
“minimal american art collection in a 17th century villa.. just breathtaking!”
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“The castle of Meersburg, also Old Castle or Old Castle, in Meersburg on Lake Constance is considered the oldest inhabited castle in Germany due to the construction of the first castle on this site in the 7th century, but no building material is visible from that time.”
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Historic Site
“The bay of Spiez with the Castle and the wineyards....Just very nice to walking around and to do some sightseeing. There you find also some nice restaurants.”
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Monument / Landmark
“It was carved out of natural rock in memory of the heroic deaths of the Swiss mercenaries at the Tuileries in 1792. Mark Twain described the Lion of Lucerne as the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world.”
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“A few steps from St Peter's Cathedral, the Place du Bourg-de-Four is at the very heart of Geneva’s Old Town. Even in the past, roads leading to Geneva led inevitably to the Place du Bourg-de-Four whose market has been of major importance since the 9th century. Over time, house heights were raised to accommodate Protestant refugees from all over Europe. Don’t miss out on a visit to this delightful square and stop for a coffee or a drink.”
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Monument / Landmark
“Is a impressive rock relief that commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred during the French Revolution.”
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“AMAZING! you can spend a lot of time in this fantasitc villa; Villa del Balbianello is a building located in Lenno, in the province of Como. The villa is located at the tip of the Lavedo peninsula, a promontory that stretches into Lake Como and which has taken the name of "Balbianello" from the building itself.”
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History Museum
“Small museum of history of Geneva. Entrance is free and in the top floor they have an amazing copper reproduction of the city in 1850 before the fortifications were demolished. Must seen!”
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Capitol Building
“A feeling of peace and freedom can be sensed in Geneva, every year this landmark of the international scene hosts a large number of meetings at the summit. Built between 1929 and 1936, the Palais des Nations is home to the European headquarters of the United Nations and is, after New York, the largest centre of the United Nations. More than 25,000 delegates are welcomed here each year and many works of art are on display. Furthermore, the Palais des Nations opens its doors daily for exciting guided tours! ”
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