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As most of you are not Swiss-based readers, you probably have not have heard about the latest historical preservation feat completed here in Zurich.  A 120-year-old, 6,200-tonne building was moved in one piece 60 meters westward using hydraulics and railway tracks in order to save it from demolition due to the expansion of the railway line. The entire journey took 19 hours.  You can see it here.  I found the relocation of this building particularly interesting as I once met Martin for lunch at a restaurant called Gleis 9 on the ground floor during my first Swiss summer in 2010.

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The giant structure pictured above is just a block from the relocated building and was another favorite destination during that summer. When the sun is out the graveled ground, catwalks, and benches are filled with people enjoying a welcome break from work.

And if Swiss innovation isn’t enough to encourage you to visit us, then perhaps this short film of the Appenzellerland Region will do.

Schönes Wochenende!

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