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The Rütli meadow

On the western shore of the Urnersee, and visible from Brunnen, is a flapping Swiss flag planted in the Rütli meadow, a sloping patch of grass above the shoreline that holds unique, almost mystical, significance for the Swiss. Legend and national pride says that it was here on August 1, …

Marienbad Elegy

The Marienbad Elegy is a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. This poem, considered one of Goethe’s finest and most personal, reflects the devastating sadness the poet felt when Baroness Ulrike von Levetzow declined his proposal (Goethe did not propose to her personally, but via a friend, Carl August, Grand …