Luksus i Geneve

Planlegger du en tur til Geneve i Sveits, bør du vurdere Hotel D. Det vakre hotellet ligger i en historisk bygning i sentrum av byen, med rom designet av franske Sybille de Margerie, og byr på gratis togtransport tur-retur flyplassen, skriver Se og Hør.

Geneve ligger i den hovedsakelig franskspråklige delen av landet, Romandie, sørvest i Sveits, ved enden av Genfersjøen. Byen er landets nest største, og er hovedstad i kantonen Genève.

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Nordmenn elsker Geneve

Geneve, med sine berømte fontene. Foto: European Best Destinations

Byrået Related melder om besøksrekord for Geneve i Sveits. Fra 2017 til 2018 steg antallet nordmenn som overnattet i Geneve med 7,2 prosent, skriver Se og Hør.

Til sammen sto norske besøkende for 16.545 hotellovernattinger i byen i fjor.

Genève ligger i den sørvestlige delen av Sveits, ved den vestre enden av Genfersjøen. Byen er hovedstad i kantonen Genève og er landets tredje største by.


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Berne, Switzerland.

New research taken out by presents a number of traditionally less popular cities which are actually great to work in, the website reported.

These results were found by assessing each European capital by five different criteria. These were the cost of living, average salary, unemployment rate, average traffic commute and average hours worked.

The study, titled ?The Best European Capital City To Work In: 2017 Edition?, found that Bern, Switzerland is currently the best capital city to work in. The top ten cities is largely full of other surprises:

1. Bern, Switzerland

2. Copenhagen, Denmark

3. Berlin, Germany

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands

5. Minsk, Belarus

6. Reykjavik, Iceland

7. Vienna, Austria

8. Vilnius, Lithuania

9. Oslo, Norway

10. Brussels, Belgium

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Pedestrian’s pleasure: Bern’s old town, with its fountains and arcades. Photo: Keystone

A new tourism tax to be levied on shopkeepers in the Swiss capital Bern, could tarnish the charm of the UNESCO World Heritage town instead of helping preserve its medieval character, reported.

With its colourful fountains, terracotta rooftops, cobblestoned streets and limestone arcades, Bern is a magnet for visitors and a World Cultural Heritage Site.

According to city conservationist Jean-Daniel Gross, the significance of the UNESCO label has risen since Bern received it in 1983.

“In the beginning there was almost no importance; now the label is known all over the world and its prestige has become more important every year,” Gross told

Bern Tourism’s Nicole Schaffner agrees that the UNESCO label is probably the most important selling point for the old town of Bern. “It’s crucial for our marketing activities, especially in Asia and America.”

Bern depends on these visitors for the money they leave behind, but how can they keep them coming – and spending – without having a negative impact on the town’s Heritage.

According to Schaffner, a new tourism tax should boost the marketing budget to help Bern attract more hotel guests – who tend to spend more money in local shops and restaurants than their day-tripping colleagues.

Shopkeepers are wary of the tax. They worry that the marketing campaigns target the “wrong” type of visitors: package tourists who wander around in droves but seldom stop to buy anything before hopping on the bus to the next Swiss town.

Antony Adams runs the novelty shop CMX on Rathausgasse, which carries designer housewares, radios, toys and other fun items. According to Adams, few tourists find their way into his shop, which is parallel to the main drag.

“When you have mass tourists, they benefit almost nobody. They just march up from the bear park to the Zytglogge [clock tower] and back again, taking photographs. Even the businesses along that street benefit very little,” Adams says.

Heimatwerk, located on Kramgasse, is another example. It specialises in Swiss products like wood carvings, writing instruments, textiles and glassware. It would seem like a perfect match for foreign shoppers, but there weren’t many there when visited.

“The groups from the Zytglogge don’t really come into our shop,” manager Ruth Lundquist told Like Adams, she’s against the tax.

“Most of the stores around here are really small. I don’t think it’s a good idea to tax us, because we already have a hard enough time just to stay open,” Lundquist said.

While major retailers and international chain stores can generally count on more solid financial foundations, the small, independent businesses are more vulnerable.

“The risk is definitely there. But I think the Bernese people are aware of it. First of all, the real core bit of UNESCO world heritage is the lower part of the old town, and that area isn’t as attractive for big labels. They would rather stay in the upper part of town,” retired University of Bern tourism professor Hansruedi Müller told

He was the person tasked with developing the model for the tourism tax.

University of Bern researcher Jeantine Viebrock feels businesses will have to adapt to stay afloat. She took a survey – and the pulse – of the businesses in the heart of the old town.

“Owner-managed businesses face the threat of ongoing structural change, like new shopping malls, internet trade and changes in consumer behaviour. To survive they need to be innovative and adapt to the needs of consumers,” Viebrock told

So could the old town’s current array of sidewalk cafés and antique and artisan boutiques give way to generic souvenir shops stuffed with plush bears, cheap watches and army knives”

As Viebrock points out, the correspondingly high prices for housing attract the kind of tenants who appreciate the old town as it is, including the current retail mix.

“These residents often support the charms of the lower old town by maintaining the old houses and lanes. Such “idealists” bring added value to the lower old town, also in terms of preserving the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site,” Viebrock said. They are more likely to support local businesses, too.

But Müller believes tourists do their part as well, explaining that an old town attraction like Bern’s bear park is key because it encourages tourists to walk the whole route, and many will make at least a small purchase – even if some would dispute that.

Lots of cameras but few shopping bags at Bern’s Zytglogge, a visitor hotspot. Photo: Keystone

“No, we’re not shopping. We’re just sightseeing,” said a pair of Chinese women standing in front of Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower one summer afternoon. They were among the crowd of visitors who had gathered for the hourly spectacle of the crowing cock and the dancing bears.

A teenage girl from the Netherlands shyly admitted to buying some underwear when asked what was in her little bag.

“But it’s expensive here. I don’t think we’ll buy much else,” she said; her friend agreed.

Nearby, a Canadian man was carrying a tote from a souvenir boutique. He had treated himself to a moderately-priced Swiss watch, but his wife had yet to pick up a memento from Switzerland – except for postcards and a “CH” sticker for her car.

A few other people in the clock-watching bunch were holding small parcels from sweet shops, but otherwise, hardly anybody had a shopping bag.

The exception was a family with two young children. Both parents were laden with bags – mainly clothing, but also a Lego set.

“We like shopping in Bern. There’s also a ballet shop nearby – we’ll go there next because our daughter takes dance lessons,” they said. It turns out that they were from the neighbouring canton of Solothurn, less than an hour from Bern by train.

“Lots of villages and tourist destinations have a [tax] system like [the one being proposed]. What is new is that the cities are also trying to apply this kind of system. That means not only collecting a tax from tourists when they stay in a hotel, but also from those who profit from tourism,” Müller explained.

Asked how fairness was ensured, Müller said, “The only ones taxed would be those dependent on tourism. Shops, for example, with tourism accounting for less than 5% of their turnover wouldn’t have to pay. Müller says that exempts more than half of all businesses in the city.

Geneva already has such a system in place, which has given Bern a chance to observe how that’s working. According to Müller, the tax system as it’s applied in Geneva works.

Having been approved by the Bern city government in April, the proposal will be discussed by the local city parliament. After that it could be put to a popular vote.


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A World Happiness Report has listed Switzerland as the happiest country in the world among 158 countries worldwide.

The report, produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), contains analysis from leading experts in the fields of economics, neuroscience, national statistics, and describes how measurements of subjective well-being can be used to assess national progress effectively.

The report identifies Switzerland as the happiest country in the world followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada.

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Professor John F Helliwell, of the University of British Columbia, said that as the science of happiness advances, they were getting to the heart of what factors define quality of life for citizens and they were encouraged that more and more governments around the world were listening and responding with policies that put well-being first.

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The World Happiness Report 2015 shows that at both the individual and national levels, all measures of well-being, including emotions and life evaluations, are strongly influenced by the quality of the surrounding social norms and institutions. These include family and friendships at the individual level, the presence of trust and empathy at the neighbourhood and community levels, and power and quality of the over-arching social norms that determine the quality of life within and among nations and generations.

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A relative of late German art collector Cornelius Gurlitt lodged a claim on Friday for his inheritance, a Nazi-era art hoard which he has bequeathed to a museum in Switzerland’s apital Bern, the website reported.

The surprise move came just days before the Museum of Fine Arts in Bern is expected to reveal whether it accepts the inheritance of the spectacular trove of more than 1,000 pieces amassed during the Nazi era.

Uta Werner, 86, a cousin, appealed to a court in Munich to be recognized as Gurlitt’s heir, with the backing of her children and some other family members, the spokesman said in a statement.

A report by a psychiatrist that “seriously questioned” Gurlitt’s mental fitness to make a will had prompted the family to now act, it said.

Gurlitt, who died in May aged 81, had hoarded more than 1,000 paintings, drawings and sketches, including masterpieces by the likes of Picasso and Chagall, in his Munich flat for decades.

Hundreds more works were unearthed at his Salzburg home.

He was the son of Nazi-era art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, who was tasked with selling works taken or bought under duress from Jewish families, and avant-garde art seized from German museums that the Hitler regime deemed “degenerate”.

Before he died, Cornelius Gurlitt struck a deal with the German government to help track down the rightful owners of the artwork.

A day after his death, the Museum of Fine Arts in Bern said it had been astonished to learn that it was named as the recipient of his collection in his will.

It is to announce Monday at a news conference in Berlin whether it will accept the bequest.

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Julemarked i på Bärenplatz – Bjørnetoget/Bear Square i gamlebyen i Bern, hovedstaden i Sveits.Bjørnen finner man nemlig i hovedstadens byvåpen. Da hertug Berchtold V av Zähringen grunnla byen ved elva Aare i 1191, ga han byen navn etter en bjørn han hadde drept, forteller sagaen. “Bâr” er tysk for “bjørn” (foto:

Bern i vinterskrud (foto: wikipedia)

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Hele fem tonn med mynter ble nylig tippet utenfor nasjonalforsamlingen sin bygning i den sveitsiske hovedstaden Bern.

I Sveits pågår det for tiden en diskusjon om man skal innføre en minimumsinntekt for alle voksne i landet, skriver Dagbladet.

En grasrotbevegelse er startet, og har samlet inn over 126 000 underskrifter for å få vedtatt forslaget, som går ut på at alle bør være garantert en inntekt på minimum 2500 sveitsiske franc, om lag 3315 kroner, hver måned.

I forbindelse med at underskriftslistene ble overlevert til de folkevalgte i Bern, ble samtidig et lass med åtte millioner 5-cent mynter tippet utenfor parlamentsbygget, en mynt for hver person som bor i Sveits.

Det spektakulære synet av fem tonn glinsende mynter ble straks en attraksjon, om enn kortvarig, for både tilreisende og fastboende.

#Attraksjon #Bern #By #Dagbladet #Ferie #Mynt #Penger #Reise #Hovedstad #Nasjonalforsamling #Parlament #Sveits #Valuta