Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to beautiful lakes, quaint villages and the Alps with it’s stunning views of the countryside below. Its cities contain both medieval-style lodging and 5-star accommodations, with landmarks like the Zytglogge clock tower in the capital of Bern and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge as seen below.
This country’s industries are dominated by banking and finance but also is renowned to have many world class ski resorts and hiking trails throughout its beautiful and rugged landscapes. Also, it’s Swiss watch and chocolate makers are known worldwide. The Swiss people average eating one chocolate bar per day. Some of the breathtaking adventures activities, shown below, is Mount Pilatus, in Lucerne, which offers a round trip up the mountain by gondola and a cogwheel train coming back down.
There are many activities to do in Switzerland. Although many believe it is purely a winter playground. Upon arrival you will find it also has so much to offer year-round. The beautiful cities and towns dot the landlocked country with scenery beyond the imagination. It has approximately 7000 lakes, many with beautiful picturesque settings. Traveling throughout the country is easy as the roads are modern and very well maintained.
In such a mountainous country, it’s little surprise that there are tunnels galore in the hillsides – over 200 of them. As a matter of fact, Switzerland's Gotthard base railway tunnel is the one of the longest in the world – measuring over 35 miles in length, located about 1.5 miles under the Alps. It saves almost an hour transit between the cities of Zurich and Lugano, and also crosses Germany and connects the port of Genoa in Italy.
There are 4 major cities, Bern, Zurich, Geneva and Lugano, but the smaller ones such as Lucerne and Basel are not to be missed either. For instance, Lucerne’s name literally translates to “the City of Lights”. Visiting beautiful Lucerne is like taking a step back in time, where Lake Lucerne’s calm waters and Mt. Pilatus serves as a magnificent backdrop, a source of inspiration and is a playground for many hikers. There also is a museum called Sammiung Rosengart. Here, visitors will see the works of Picasso, Cezanne, Miro, Monet and Matisse.
In Basel, travelers can easily enjoy the many offerings of this city. Rotes Rathaus is the town hall at Marktpl, where statues in gold and green can be seen. A seven century old bridge named the Mittiere Rheinbrucke Middle Rhine joins the two sides of Basel is a great location to take a leisurely stroll. There is the Jean Tinguely Fountain or the Fasnachtsbrunnen, a beautiful fountain for great photos. Basel is situated on the Rhine close to France and Germany, where the river cruise ships can be viewed traveling daily in both directions.
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