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Re: 6 Favorite Swiss Cities?

1 Zurich
2 Zurich
3 Zurich
4 Zurich
5 Zurich
6 Zurich
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By your definition there here simply is ONE city, the City of Switzerland , but I above simply referred to Swiss laws, as it is about places in Switzerland.
oh yeah? where's the KFC then?
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oh yeah? where's the KFC then?
banned from the city ! and somewhere in the neighbouring bush. The Basler speak about "our outback"
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Re: 6 Favorite Swiss Cities?

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NO, tourists are NOT counted. IF so Davos and St. Moritz would be CITIES as they both in season including tourists have more than 10'000 inhabitants (both between 25'000 and 30'000)

The Ville de Nyon http://www.nyon.ch/fr/index.php of course IS a CITY
while Engelberg http://www.gde-engelberg.ch/de/ is NOT a city, but just a Gemeinde (village)

Some CITIES in Switzerland
LANGENTHAL http://www.langenthal.ch/de/
AARBURG http://www.aarburg.ch/content/portraet/geschichte.php
RAPPERSWIL http://www.rapperswil-jona.ch/de/
WILLISAU http://www.willisau.ch/
STEIN AM RHEIN http://www.steinamrhein.ch/xml_1/int...ation/f403.cfm
NYON http://www.nyon.ch/fr/index.php
BRUGG http://www.stadt-brugg.ch/site/index.cfm

As far as I know, Davos is considered a city, it has over 10'000 inhabitants (I think around 11-12k) and they say it's the highest city in Europe.
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As far as I know, Davos is considered a city, it has over 10'000 inhabitants (I think around 11-12k) and they say it's the highest city in Europe.
Davos by Swiss laws indeed IS a city, but a "new" one, which means by population and not by history, unlike the examples I used right above. Many of the examples I gave have far less than 10'000 inhabitants

Interesting is St. Moritz with a resident population of less than 6000 but in season plus 3000 seasonal employees (=9000) plus 7000 to 10'000 tourists (=16'000 to 19'000 defacto inhabitans in season.

When walking around in the two places, you see the difference very soon. Why it in St. Moritz is gastronomy/hotellery and finance, it in Davos of course is tourism but also a lot of trade and small industry. That was one of the reasons why Mr Schwab (interview about three years ago) chose Davos over St. Moritz for the WEF.
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Re: 6 Favorite Swiss Cities?

Luzern
Zurich
Geneva
Bern
Basel
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Re: 6 Favorite Swiss Cities?

Bern
Neuchatel
Zurich
Biel
Luzern

Basel

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Re: 6 Favorite Swiss Cities?

Lausanne
Zurich
Bern
Vevey
Lugano
Luzern
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Old 29.05.2012, 17:34
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Re: 6 Favorite Swiss Cities?

Zurich, Zurich, Zurich, Zurich, Zurich, Basel.
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Re: 6 Favorite Swiss Cities?

My genevois ego is taking a big hit here.

My list:

1. Genève (cantonal bias)
2. Zürich (our version of a 'big' city!)
3. Neuchâtel (beautiful city)
4. Biel/Bienne (because it's bilingual!)
5. Montreux (beautiful view)
6. Bern (just for the bears)

However, I'm confident that once I visit Basel it would make it into the list. I also really want to go to Graubünden and Ticino and am sure cities from both cantons would make it on the list.

Is anyone up for making a 6 worst cities thread?
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Re: 6 Favorite Swiss Cities?

Chur (my hometown)
Berne
Lucerne
Aarau
Thun
Can't think of another one atm...
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Old 30.05.2012, 15:08
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Re: 6 Favorite Swiss Cities?

Lugano
Locarno
Bellinzona
Zurich
Luzern
Basel

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Re: 6 Favorite Swiss Cities?

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Chur (my hometown)
Berne
Lucerne
Aarau
Thun
Can't think of another one atm...
Oh, you missed Zürich, the Capital of Graubünden!
I used to have a club of "Bündners" in Zürich where I was the only
real member. The other was a honorary member from Zürich. Club activities: Drinking one crate of Calanda together once a year.
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Re: 6 Favorite Swiss Cities?

Lausanne
Montreux
Geneva
Bern
Basel
Zurich
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Old 30.05.2012, 16:32
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Re: 6 Favorite Swiss Cities?

I don't get it. What is this concept of a favourite city? For me, the only good points about any city are the ability to get in and out again as quickly, and as seldom, as possible.

OK, so I work in Basel, and don't mind it too much as long as I have the option to leave it each night, but the idea of having an active favourite just blows my mind.
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I don't get it. What is this concept of a favourite city? For me, the only good points about any city are the ability to get in and out again as quickly, and as seldom, as possible.

OK, so I work in Basel, and don't mind it too much as long as I have the option to leave it each night, but the idea of having an active favourite just blows my mind.

I go along with this view point - cities stress me out a bit too much - but maybe that is because right now I have 3 little kids and cities are way too much work for me!

I haven't been to too many of them to make a full list, but I took a short trip to Luzern and could imagine it being a favorite. In some ways it is funny to think of places with 50,000 people being a "city"...let alone one with only 10,000!
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I don't get it. What is this concept of a favourite city? For me, the only good points about any city are the ability to get in and out again as quickly, and as seldom, as possible.

OK, so I work in Basel, and don't mind it too much as long as I have the option to leave it each night, but the idea of having an active favourite just blows my mind.
Oh yes, I'm on the same page as you about cities in general! They can seem sometimes so marathonishly busy, noisy, incomprehensibly trendy and car-filled. BUT my most-loved cities always have their quiet places too; gardens, courtyards, quiet away rooms. As for Swiss cities I have loved Zurich, but maybe especially Lausanne and Lucerne, and also liked Montreux!
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Re: 6 Favorite Swiss Cities?

St.Gallen
Bern
Lausanne
Zürich
Basel
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Re: 6 Favorite Swiss Cities?

Top 6 and the reasons

1 Basel - FCB !!
2 Lausanne - The Lake front
3 Montreaux - The Jazz Festival
4 Saas Grund / Saas Fee - not a city i know but I still love it.
5 Brig - The Mountains.
6 Zurich - Fast train back to Basel

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Re: 6 Favorite Swiss Cities?

[QUOTE=Ace1;1570610]I don't get it. What is this concept of a favourite city]

I totally agree with that part of your reply- but for different reasons. Just like I couldn't make a list from 1-5 of my favourite flowers, or birds, or contries, or whatever. Why do we always have to have favourites? People always ask me, which do you prefer, England or Switzerland? And I can't reply= love them both, in different ways, for different reasons- but I refuse to choose one as 'best'

Some cities are easier to love than others of course. We had a splendid day in my local town, Neuchatel, with visitors from the UK the other day. They loved it - and I loved showing them around. And yesterday we stopped by chance in la Chaux-de-Fonds- a town which can be very difficult to love at first sight. We drove along the old streets at the top of the town, stopping to look at all the lovely Art Nouveau balconies and other detail, and chanced upon Le Corbusier 'Villa Turque' - and walked around to admire the proportions, etc. Then up to the 'Maison Blanche' villa he built at the top of the town for his parents in 1912- and found it was opened to visitors. Wow, what a joy- we spent 2 hours there admiring it, watching a video of his other works and looking at fabulous books available to visitors.

La Chaux-de-Fonds, and its close neighbour Le Locle- have had Unesco Status for 2 years- and this often surprises people- as a quick drive through the centre is hardly conducive to appreciating the reasons why!!

The watch industry developed there - first by farmers who would produce watches and clocks in their own workshops at home during the non-farming months- then in small specialised workshops. Both town burned in the late 18C and early 19C - and were re-built. The only European towns built on the American grid street system, and for the sole purpose and needs of one industry, watchmaking- including ingraving (my forebears were ingravers there). With a very strong influence of Art Nouveau with l'Eplatenier and then Edouard Jeanneret, best known as Le Corbusier. (please drive up to Ronchamps in Eastern France, not far from Basle- to see his most famous Church, built in 1950 (ish)).

Yesterday was a lovely sunny day there - and I loved seeing a big and colourful Indian wedding taking place in the centre of town - I felt quite at home! (my second home being a very multicultural town of central UK)

La Chaux-de-Fonds needs a lot more effort on the visitors part to appreciate - but the rewards are high, especially if you love Art Nouveau.
They have a great watch Museum there- but personally if you only have time for one, go to the top of Le Locle to the Musée des Monts - the family home of the Ulysse Nardin family- great house, great views and superb collection.

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