Major Tourist Attractions: Lake Geneva, Swiss Alps, Matterhorn, Jungfrau, Rhine Falls
Of all of the beautiful places in this world that call to a traveler’s heart, Switzerland is one that never disappoints. It is as beautiful and authentic as the postcards and travel shows make it appear. Switzerland has it all – history, nature, culture, food and espionage, just to name a few.
Yet it’s difficult to summarize Switzerland in a few paragraphs. There are distinct regions for German, French, Italian and Romanish speaking residents. Then, there are microcosms for Swiss-German and German-Austrian speakers and dialects too numerous to list. It seems all confusing, but the Swiss are mellow people and they make peace with themselves as they do with much of the world.
Anyone who tries to stereotype Switzerland has truly not explored this land of 8 million residents in depth. From complex and sophisticated business cultures in Zurich, Bern and Geneva to villages so remote and traditional that a cow parade is the highlight of their year, the people of Switzerland and the communities in which they live are anything but stereotypical.
The stereotypes that are true include the precision with which most of Switzerland operates. The trains and other public transportation are pristine and punctual; the roadways well-kept and free of congestion. The alpine villages on a cloud-free summer day will make your heart ache by the sheer simplicity of their beauty. Window boxes abound and flowers spill over into all facets of daily life. Locally-sourced cheese, wine, chocolate and other produce make dining anywhere in Switzerland a satisfying endeavor.
The history of Switzerland is equally satisfying to those who enjoy a trip through culture to before the time of Christ, through the church reforms of Calvin, history that survived wars and repelled invasions, and helped create global peace.
It’s all Switzerland, beautiful anytime of the year, depending on your interests and desires. Put it on your list and starting checking off the list of to do/see below:
- Gaze upon the Matterhorn, one of Europe’s highest peaks at 14,692 feet.
- Take a cruise on Lake Zurich, Lake Lucern and Lake Geneva
- Pay your respects at Audrey Hepburn’s gravesite in Tolochenaz
- Visit the Olympic Museum in Lausanne
- Ride a funicular
- Eat cheese or chocolate fondue
- Jam at the Montreaux Jazz Festival
- Attend the annual Tulip Festival in Morges
- Seek knowledge from the Einstein Museum in Bern
- Sip bubbly in the wine region of Laveaux
- Visit the art galleries in Basel
- Watch the snow fall in St. Moritz
- Travel the Watchmaking Route of western Switzerland
- Eat Rostli at Zeughauskeller, a 500 year old restaurant in Zurich
Address: Sulgeneckstrasse 19
CH-3007 Bern, Switzerland
Phone: 031 357 70 11