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Brief Info on Switzerland
Switzerland is known as the ‘Playground of Europe’ due to its varied and magnificent landscape. Apart from its beautiful natural landscape, it also showcases three of Europe’s most distinct cultures. To the northeast is the clean and correct, 8-to-5-working, more stiff Swiss-German-speaking Switzerland; to the southwest you find the wine drinking and laissez-faire style known from the French; in the southeast, south of the Alps, the sun warms cappuccino-sippers loitering in Italian-style piazzas; and in the center: classic Swiss alphorns and mountain landscapes.
Map of Switzerland
Where to stay in Switzerland?
3* Hotels- Hotel Bristol (Zurich), Hotel Ambassador (Lucerne), Holiday Inn (Geneva)
4* Hotels- Hotel Ramada (Zurich), Radisson Blu (Lucerne), Novotel (Geneva)
5*Hotels- Marriott (Zurich), Schweizerhof (Lucerne), Kempinski (Geneva)
Some of the most famous attractions of Switzerland are mentioned below :
Lake Geneva (Lac Leman)
Lake Geneva is one of the most visited places in Switzerland and famous among tourists from all over the world. It is known to be the largest Alpine lake in Europe. The best part about the lake is the Jet d’Eau where the fountain shoots water 150 meters high. It is a treat to the eyes of the spectator. Those who visit the lake can also take a small tour to the Grand Theatre and the Opera House in Geneva.
The Matterhorn is one of the most iconic symbols in Switzerland and is definitely one of the most picturesque places as well. The peak of The Matterhorn is one of the Alps highest points. The Matterhorn borders Italy and has a height of 4,478 meters. The steep faces of it are each pointed in four different directions like a compass. At the foot of the Matterhorn is the village of Zermatt. It’s known for its chalets and horse-drawn carriage rides.
Chateau de Chillon
Located close to Montreux is the Chateau de Chillon, known as the Chillon Castle. The castle has a lot of history as it was a stronghold for the Dukes and Counts of Savoy back in the 12th century. It features 3 courtyards and 25 buildings. There are underground rooms, murals, and impressive paintings. When visiting Lake Geneva, many tourists stop at Chateau de Chillon as well.
Mürren is a cozy Swiss mountain village located at the foot of the Schilthorn peak. This village is one of the prettiest places in Switzerland. It is so scenic that it has even been featured in a JamesBond film. The Piz Gloria revolving restaurant that is featured in the film, no contains the Bond World 007 exhibit and also offers incredible views over Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, right to Mont Blanc and into the Black Forest!
The capital of Switzerland, Bern, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and perhaps the most beautiful city in Switzerland. This old town is medieval, which is apparent in its architecture. The tallest cathedral in Switzerland is located here as well. There are also 16th-century towers and cobbled streets. A popular attraction is the medieval clock tower, Zytglogge, that has moving puppets.
Lucerne is one of the top places in Switzerland! This medieval town of sorts is surrounded by mountains and is peppered with historic buildings and covered bridges. Cars aren’t allowed here so tourists can easily walk around as pedestrians truly have the right of way. As one of the top historical places in Switzerland, this town is most famous for its landmarks of the Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument. For those that want a spectacular view of the area, including Lake Lucerne, they can ride up Mt. Pilatus by cableway.
Located between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun is Interlaken. This resort town is absolutely stunning with acres upon acres of open space, flower gardens and the peaks of Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch towering over the town.
With its jagged peaks, impressive glaciers, beautiful lakes and lush forests, St. Moritz is one of the top mountain destinations in the world. In fact, two winter Olympics have been hosted here.
There are two parts to this town: St. Moritz Bad and St. Moritz Dorf. The former sits on the valley floor and has more affordable accommodations. St. Moritz Dorf overlooks the lake.
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