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Lucerne’s streets throng with well-to-do Japanese, Chinese and Indian tourists drawn by its chocolate-box charm and the chance for an obligatory group photo in front of the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge). Just a few metres away on the shores of der Vierwaldstättersee, the old Hotel National, now converted into apartments and offices, is unlikely to top any of their must-see lists. But many of them may owe the occupants a thank you. And a perfectly pronounced one at that.

The top two floors of the National are the international headquarters of Educ…



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