Switzerland

About Switzerland

Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages, and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain medieval quarters, with landmarks like the capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge. The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world-renowned. The resort villages of the high-altitude Bernese Oberland include the Jungfrau region’s Interlaken, between 2 lakes, and Grindelwald, below the iconic north face of the Eiger Mountain. Eastern canton Graubünden has the upmarket Saint Moritz and Davos ski resorts. In the west, lakeside Geneva combines diplomatic institutions with the French language and views of Mont Blanc. The city of Zurich is a global finance center with an old town and the historical Swiss National Museum. Nearby Lucerne is a quaint lake town where a cogwheel train climbs Mount Pilatus and steamships ferry passengers for views of the mountains.
Rhine Falls

Rhine Falls is a waterfall located in Switzerland and the most powerful waterfall in Europe. The Rhine River Falls is found on a stretch of the Rhine River known as the High Rhine. This is where the waters cascade down to a lower level, creating the picturesque Rhine Water Falls. Boat trips can be taken up the Rhine to the falls and the Rheinfallfelsen. There are also viewing platforms with views of the falls built on both sides of the Rhine.
Chillon Castle

Chillon Castle is an island castle located on Lake Geneva. It is situated at the eastern end of the lake, on the narrow shore between Montreux and Villeneuve, which gives access to the Alpine valley of the Rhône. Chillon is amongst the most visited castles in Switzerland and Europe. Inside the castle, there are several recreations of the interiors of some of the main rooms including the grand bedroom, hall, and cave stores. Inside the castle itself, there are four great halls, three courtyards, and a series of bedrooms open to the public.
Pilatus

Pilatus, also often referred to as Mount Pilatus, is a mountain massif overlooking Lucerne in Central Switzerland. It is composed of several peaks, of which the highest is named Tomlishorn. On a clear day, the mountain offers a panoramic view of 73 Alpine peaks. Even today Pilatus is a source of mystical discoveries and is home to places of natural beauty that are steeped in legend and lore.
Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne is a lake in central Switzerland and the fourth largest in the country. The lake has a complicated shape, with several sharp bends and four arms. It is possible to circumnavigate the lake by train and road, though the railway route circumvents the lake even on the north side of the Rigi via Arth-Goldau. It is a popular tourist destination, both for native Swiss and foreigners, and there are many hotels and resorts along the shores.
Kapellbrücke

Kapellbrücke is a covered wooden footbridge spanning the river Reuss diagonally in the city of Lucerne in central Switzerland. It is named after the nearby St. Peter's Chapel, the bridge is unique in containing a number of interior paintings dating back to the 17th century. It is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe and the world's oldest surviving truss bridge. It serves as the city's symbol and as one of Switzerland's main tourist attractions.
Grossmünster

Grossmünster is a Romanesque-style Protestant church in Zürich and one of the four major churches in the city. The twin towers of the Grossmünster are regarded as perhaps the most recognized landmark in Zürich. It offers a great carved portal featuring medieval columns with grotesques adorning the capitals. The church now features modern stained-glass windows by Swiss artist Augusto Giacometti.
Trümmelbach Falls

Trümmelbach Falls in Switzerland is a series of ten glacier-fed waterfalls inside the mountain made accessible by a tunnel-funicular, built-in 1913, stairs, and illumination. The falls carry up to 20,000 liters of water per second. The water carries with it over 20,000 tons of boulders and scree per year and causes the entire mountain to shudder and make a thundering noise.
Swiss National Museum

The Swiss National Museum is located in the city of Zurich. The exhibition tour takes the visitor from prehistory through ancient times and the Middle Ages to the 20th century. There is a very rich section with gothic art, chivalry, and a comprehensive collection of liturgical wooden sculptures, panel paintings, and carved altars. Zunfthaus zur Meisen near Fraumünster church houses the porcelain and faience collection of the Swiss National Museum.
Bahnhofstrasse

Bahnhofstrasse is Zürich's main downtown street and one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues. There are numerous department stores, boutiques, and jewelry shops the further you stroll towards the lake, the more exclusive the shops become. Since the major Swiss banks set up their headquarters here, the Paradeplatz has made a name for itself as Switzerland’s biggest money-handling centre.
Lion Monument

Lion Monument, or the Lion of Lucerne, is a rock relief in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. Mark Twain praised the sculpture of a mortally wounded lion as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.
Zürich

The city of Zurich, a global center for banking and finance, lies at the north end of Lake Zurich in northern Switzerland. The picturesque lanes of the central Altstadt or Old Town, on either side of the Limmat River, reflect its pre-medieval history. Waterfront promenades like the Limmatquai follow the river toward the 17th-century Rathaus.
Zermatt

Zermatt, in southern Switzerland’s Valais canton, is a mountain resort renowned for skiing, climbing, and hiking. The town, at an elevation of around 1,600m, lies below the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak. Its main street, Bahnhofstrasse is lined with boutique shops, hotels, and restaurants, and also has a lively après-ski scene. There are public outdoor rinks for ice-skating and curling.
Lucerne

Lucerne, a compact city in Switzerland known for its preserved medieval architecture, sits amid snowcapped mountains on Lake Lucerne. Its colorful Altstadt or Old Town is bordered on the north by 870m Museggmauer, a 14-century rampart. The covered Kapellbrücke built-in 1333, links the Aldstadt to the Reuss River's right bank.
Geneva

Geneva is a city in Switzerland that lies at the southern tip of expansive Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). Surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains, the city has views of dramatic Mont Blanc. Headquarters of Europe’s United Nations and the Red Cross, it’s a global hub for diplomacy and banking. French influence is widespread, from the language to gastronomy and bohemian districts like Carouge.
Interlaken

Interlaken is a traditional resort town in the mountainous Bernese Oberland region of central Switzerland. Built on a narrow stretch of valley, between the emerald-colored waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, it has old timber houses and parkland on either side of the Aare River. Its surrounding mountains, with dense forests, alpine meadows, and glaciers, have numerous hiking and skiing trails.
St. Moritz

St. Moritz is a luxury alpine resort town in Switzerland’s Engadin valley. It has hosted the Winter Olympics twice, has the Cresta Run, a world-championship bobsled run made of natural ice, and an outdoor Olympic ice rink. Its frozen lake hosts polo, cricket, and even horse racing on ice. Ski and snowboard areas include Corviglia, Diavolezza, and Corvatsch, and there are well-groomed cross-country ski trails.
Best Time To Visit Switzerland

The best time to visit Switzerland is from June to September when the temperature is pleasant.

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