Despite its size and outside influences, landlocked Switzerland is a patriotic country that appreciates its rich cultural history. With proximity to grand European capitals and its spectacular mountainous landscape, Switzerland became a hub for a wealth of international artists in the 19th Century who in turn inspired the creativity of the Swiss population and aided in the formation of Switzerlands artistic identity. Although a relatively small number of Swiss artists have become internationally famous, those recognized on a global scale have gone on to influence not only artists in their respective fields but also the modern creative world.
Residents of Du Parc benefit from an idyllic location on the shores of Lake Geneva, unparalleled alpine views, and homes which harmoniously intertwine traditional ornate architecture with chic and stylish décor. However, here at Swiss Development Group, we believe in offering more to residents than bricks and mortar and as such, life at Du Parc is underpinned by a vital component: an exceptional team of staff.
Illustrious Italian explorer Christopher Columbus famously discovered the Americas on behalf of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, leading to the first lasting European contact with the Americas and the Spanish colonization of the New World. Whilst this discovery had a colossal impact on the Western world and historical development thereafter, to the Swiss, Christopher Columbus' trip is acknowledged for another very special reason; the introduction of chocolate to the West.
Swiss Development Group recently acted as proud sponsors of the recent series of junior ice hockey camps in Leukerbad held at the local Sportarena.
It is often said that you are never far from a lake in Switzerland and although Lake Geneva is the most well known, there are in fact 55 expansive lakes throughout the country. If all things aquatic take your interest, many of the Swiss lakes come highly recommended.
A short, scenic journey from Du Parc lies the city of Lausanne. It is a little-known fact that Lausanne is a city honoured with the title of the worlds Olympic Capital and people have often wondered, why Lausanne?
From humble beginnings as a small three-day local event, the Montreux Jazz Festival, dating back to 1967, has developed to become a two week musical extravaganza with prestigious international status.
Maintaining the ethos of partnering with the very best in luxury, SDG has partnered with renowned London design house Candy & Candy who have come onboard as the base build designer of the Du Parc penthouse space.
Throughout the cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden, as well as villages across the country, the whole of Switzerland is preparing for Swiss National Day on 1st August.
The elegant lakeside town of Montreux is ideal for exploring on foot, and its historic suburb of Territet is a beguiling place to while away a morning. Take time to explore these shores of Lake Geneva and you will be rewarded with peerless views and Belle Époque grandeur.
Stunning, beautiful and inspirational To hear architect Joel Brönnimann, you might be forgiven for thinking he was talking about his latest love affair.
Inner and outer wellbeing lies at the heart of the 51 Spa Residences project, a philosophy made achievable thanks to the towns innate asset of nourishing thermal water.
The most common misconception about life in the Alps is that once the winter ski season is over, the mountain range and surrounding regions fall dormant.
Siddharth Biswas is the man at the helm of the Du Parc residences. As General Manager, he will be responsible for ensuring the very highest standards of comfort and service for all those who make Du Parc their home.
Most of the restaurants found close by 51° Spa Residences specialize in local Swiss cuisine something that is only to be expected, given the countrys abundance of fresh produce and strong culinary identity.
The beautiful lakeside town of Lausanne, a short drive from Du Parc Residences, is a mecca for gastronomes, with restaurants specializing both in local and international cuisine.
Early in February, a film crew descended on the picturesque town of Leukerbad with one aim: to capture exactly what makes this town so special, and to share that with the world.
The eyes of ballet-lovers around the world have been on Lausanne throughout the last week of January and the first few days of February, as the town plays host to the annual Prix de Lausanne.
When it comes to winter, whether you are a thrill-seeker, a sporting enthusiast, family-orientated, or someone seeking peace and solitude, Leukerbad has something to offer. The slopes above the village have seen excellent snowfall so far this season, and the exceptional conditions look set to continue, with up to 11cm of power forecast to fall per day over the coming weeks. With the resort open until early April, there remains plenty of time to make the most of it.
The transformation of the historic Hotel Du Parc into the Du Parc Kempinski Private Residences is taking place in strict adherence to Swiss MINERGIE standards. Supported by the Swiss Confederation, the Swiss Cantons and the Trade and Industry Department, MINERGIE is an environmentally-sustainable brand for both new and renovated buildings
Theres no better time to discover the traditions and vibrancy of the Leukerbad valley than during the annual carnival, held each year in the build-up to Lent.
As snowfall continues to dust the alpine peaks and thoughts turn to the 2012/2013 winter season, Leukerbad is gearing up for an eventful few months ahead.
Composed of terraced vineyards and charming Swiss villages, the region of Montreux is renowned for its viticulture and unrivalled natural beauty.
Leukerbads emphasis on wellness and all things active is reflected in the towns cuisine, be it in the hearty meals catering for passing hikers or the minimalist, health-conscious food served in gourmet establishments.
Synonymous with sophistication, luxury and an international clientele, Davidoff Cigars could not be a better affiliate for Du Parc Kempinski Residences.
The vineyards of the famed Valais region are some of the most prolific within Switzerland. Covering a total of about 5,000 hectares, it is no wonder that 40% of all Swiss wine is produced in this canton, and that the white Valais grapes have long since been celebrated for their robust, fruity taste.
Situated in the heart of the Valais mountain range, Leukerbads fabled thermal waters have attracted visitors since the Roman times. Outsiders would traverse the arduous mountain climb in search of the valleys serene thermal pools and their therapeutic effects.
In a multicultural city like Geneva or in the Geneva area , the array of concerts and musicals that take place mirrors the strong and varied musical scene. Thanks to their cultured population, music festivals are at a premium, and for live music, Geneva region is hard to beat.
Lake Geneva and its tranquil waters have long provided a retreat from city life. In the 19th century, the pre-eminent writer Lord Byron and his friends Percy and Mary Shelley flocked to its shores, spending their days sailing the lake, described by Mary as 'blue as the heavens which it reflects'.
High up on the green slopes of Mont-Plerin, among Switzerlands UNESCO heritage vineyards, the newly renovated Le Mirador Kempinski, combines inspiring views of the Alpine skyline and landscape with sleek, contemporary design and world-class service since 1904.
The new hotel was served by a funicular created in 1900 by the most famous Swiss hotel and rail transport pioneers of their day, Bcher & Durrer. This pair created the world famous Semirasis Hotel in Cairo and Brgenstock (a funicular that remains one of the longest and highest in the world).
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Switzerland is becoming an increasingly attractive bolthole for refugees from the city of London. Richard Daws visited two new developments designed precisely with them in mind.
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A world heritage award from UNESCO severely limits the scope for further development. Arabella Youens chooses some fine properties cushioned by these special locations.
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