On a trip to Switzerland you can see breathtaking mountain landscapes, serene lakes, alpine forests and quaint villages, along with cosmopolitan cities and fascinating museums to explore.
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Swiss Arts and Architecture
Bern, the Capital City of Switzerland, has plenty of historical sites to see and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of the centre of the city is medieval and the Town Hall dates back to the early 15th century. A well known landmark there is the Zytglogge, a medieval ornate clock tower with puppets that move. The Munster is a splendid Gothic cathedral dating from the 15th century which is always popular with visitors to Bern. Another popular historical building is the Federal Palace where the national parliament and government is situated.
The city is full of quaint, cobbled streets and has retained its attractive charm over hundreds of yeas with its arcades of old buildings. There are many elegant fountains in the City including those from the 16th century. Bern as many museums you can visit such as the Zentrum Paul Klee. The buildings is an outstanding unique design by Renzo Piano and the museum houses many works by artist Paul Klee. In the Museum of Fine Arts, The Kunstmuseum, you can see a large collection dating from Gothic art to the present, and includes painting, sculpture, prints, films and photographs.
The Bernische Historische Museum houses archaeological and cultural collections ranging from Stone Age to the present day and displays items from a diverse range of cultures. Famous pieces are the Burgendian tapestries and the Konigsfelden diptych. Incorporated within this Museum in the Einstein Museum, showing the history of the famous scientist, who used to live in Bern, which is a fascinating visit.
Geneva is an interesting and lovely city and is situated by Lake Geneva, by the Alps Mountain Range. It is one of the main places of international diplomacy and tolerence, being the headquarters of the Red Cross, and is still involved with the United Nations. You can see the United Nations Building and Red Cross Museum for a fascinating visit.
In the Old Town you can see the well known Flower Clock and fountain sculpted in bronze. St. Peter’s Cathedral is very impressive with its two tall towers and has a mixture of architectural styles, including Gothic. Jet d’Eau, the tallest fountain in the world is a great sight, and at 140 metres tall, you can see it from just about anywhere in the city.
You enjoy relax by the lake, or take a boat trip, explore the historic landmarks and shop in the lovely surroundings. You can also hike or bike through the scenery around the area.
There are plenty of ways to spend your evenings including dining in quality restaurants, cafes and there are some famous jazz clubs to visit.
Lake Lucerne is in central Switzerland and a very popular place to visit. The lake is an interesting shape with many twists and turns, and you take one of the various boat trips and admire the many splendid views of the scenery, including the impressive Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi, covered with almond and chestnut trees.
Paddle-boat trips are lovely way to tour along the lake. There are plenty of resorts and hotels to choose from in the region and restaurants where you can eat while you enjoy the views.
The landscape is stunning, with beautiful mountains and green forests. There are pretty meadows and valleys around the region, and the lake’s shining water is stunning. In the forests of the region live much wildlife such as foxes, deer and marmots. Visitors can also take a wonderful cable car trip and admire the impressive scenery of the lake and its surroundings.
The Lungfrau Region in the Bernese Oberland features the Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch peaks with great areas for sports such as skiing and snowboarding and sledging. Visitors can also take the mountain railway as a popular route with amazing views across the region. The Lauterbrunnen valley, by the Murren village, has a lovely landscape and you can hike or ski across the area. Grindelwald is another lovely place in the area where you can admire the Alpine views. You can relax in a resort with excellent food, traditional folk or modern music and be pampered.
The Lauterbrunnen valley, which is in the Lungfrau Region, features many impressive waterfalls such as the Staubbach Falls which fall nearly 300 metres tall. The falls are among huge imposing rock faces, and nearby lush meadows.
Among the national favourite foods of Switzerland is fondue. This dish is bread dipped into melted cheeses with wine and garlic, and was traditionally made to use up cheese and bread during the winter among the Swiss mountain residents, but now a favourite of both locals and visitors alike.
Rosti is another popular dish eaten all over Switzerland. It is made from grated potatoes and can be cooked or eaten raw. It is often fried in butter and then rounded. It is usually just plain potato but ingredients such as cheese, bacon or onion can also be added, along with herbs. Rosti can be eaten on its own or accompanying fried eggs and spinach. Polenta is a porridge like dish made with cornmeal and can be fried, grilled or baked. Ingredients such as cheese, mushrooms can be added, and it is often served with braised beef that has been marinated in wine.
Zürcher Geschnetzeltes is also popular and is veal which is sliced into thin strips and fried with onion. A white wine and cream sauce is added, together with mushrooms and seasoned with paprika and lemon juice. It can be accompanied with rosti.
Some of the popular beverages in Switzerland are Rivella, which is a fizzy drink made from milk whey with lactose, and apple juice is very common and can be either fizzy or still. Ovomaltine, or Ovaltine, started in Switzerland and is still very popular in the country and can also be enjoyed spread over bread and butter.
Switzerland makes a great place to visit, whether you are taking a skiing holiday, relaxing by the lakes or shopping in the vibrant cities, there will always be a great to deal to do and see.
Currency: Swiss Franc
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