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When you’re seeking culture on a holiday, it helps if you know what you’re doing. Otherwise, you can waste half your break trying and failing to find the right galleries, exhibitions and museums.

Fortunately, help is at hand. Switzerland Tourism have come up with an ingenious way of helping you get the best out of a break.

Featuring insider information on seven of Switzerland’s key destinations, the “Make My Switzerland” app boasts insider knowledge from the people who know Switzerland best: the locals.

Here, seven local ambassadors offer their cultural picks:

Isabelle Schönholzer, Photographer, Bern

“The ‘Soon Gallery’ in Bern is one of my favourite recent finds. And although it may be small in size, the art displayed here is hugely inspiring. Another nice touch is the bar always serves the artist’s tipple of choice. Enjoy.”

Jennifer, Record Label Director, Basel

“One of my favourite ways to see the city is by foot, so I highly recommend taking a gentle walk along the river Rhine to the Dreirosenbrucke Bridge where you can enjoy a beautiful view over Basel… with an ice cold beer of course.”

Christian Jott Jenny, Jazz Festival Founder, Zürich

“You can’t help noticing the “The Kunsthaus Zürich, or as it’s more commonly known ‘The Museum for Modern Art’. It’s packed with over 4,000 paintings, sculptures and installations, making it a fantastic place to call in at when the weather turns… or just when I’m in need of inspiration. Living in Zürich, I really should go more myself!”

Helen Swain, Editor, Geneva

“If you don’t have time to run round Geneva’s numerous art galleries, then ‘The Grutli’ is the place for you. In fact it’s kind of a cultural one-stop shop for the arts and is particularly well know for film festivals, documentaries and regional cinema. Oh and if you need a break the bistro offers home-made food with its innovative menu.”

Heidi Happy, Musician, Lucerne

“For me the ‘Bourbaki’ has it all and is the perfect place to spend one of Lucerne's rainy days. You’ll find a 114 metre long circular painting by Edouard Castres on the top floor, a revolving café on the ground floor and a cinema in the basement.”

Laura Spinney, Journalist, Lausanne

“If you’re in Lausanne you have to visit The Mudac. Why? Well every day for a year designer Guillaume Bardet drew an object, then he got some ceramicist friends to make them. The result is lamps, vases and coffee cups that have to be seen to be believed!”

Marian Bader, Photographer, Lugano

“When I want to escape it all I head The Park Scherrer – Lake Lugano’s hidden gem. On the way round you’ll find tropical gardens, temples, fountains, statues and plenty of greenery of course. And when you need a break, make sure you stop at ‘Grotto Del Parco’ for a warm welcome and traditional Swiss food.”

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