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Overview to Switzerland: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

Switzerland

The stereotype of Switzerland as a well-ordered, pleasant and, well, boring place sells the country rather short. A long way short. It’s all jagged and heart-stoppingly beautiful mountains; its towns and cities meanwhile, are friendly and incredibly dynamic.

Nestled into the southwest corner of Lake Geneva, is the town of Geneva (base of the United Nations). On the other side of the lake, Lausanne (another French-speaking town) has a different vibe driven by its lively student population.

Other Swiss towns of note include the lovely little town of Grindelwald and Interlaken, the adventure sports capital of Europe where the whiff of adrenaline is permanently on the breeze.

Zurich has a beautiful medieval core and is the most visited of Swiss cities. The country’s medieval capital of Bern is, however, equally attractive: charming, typically Alpine houses with steeply sloping roofs crowd over narrow cobbled streets.

Around the city, the Bernes Oberland has wonderfully scenic hiking territory. A massive stretch of the High Alps contains the largest glacier in Europe around Jungfrau/Aletsch/Bietschhorn.

On the skiing front, Switzerland’s reputation precedes it, with some of the highest – and in Verbier and Zermatt, most prestigious – runs in Europe.

Above Zermatt looms the mighty Matterhorn. Its almost perfectly pyramidal form was the inspiration for that other most iconic Swiss images: the Toblerone bar. Amongst climbers, the Eiger’s north face is not so much a challenge as a legend.

For the less diehard climber, cable cars carry passengers high up into the mountains all year round. Way down below, ice cold rivers and streams run through wooded valleys riddled with trekking routes – the perfect way to explore one of Europe’s most beautiful countries.


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