Switzerland

 

 

Zurich

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and is on the northern shore of the eponymous lake. The Limmat river splits the city flowing into Lake Zurich making it one of the most beautiful cities of Europe.

The old town is dominated by the two giant cathedrals and a number of beautiful gardens.

Zurich is best known as one of the banking capitals of the world. However it is surprisingly hip and trendy.

Jungfrau

The Jungfrau is the highest peak of a mountain massif of the same name, located in the Swiss Alps, overlooking Wengen. The train ride to Jungfrau is a trip highlight.

The train into the mountain leaves from Kleine Scheidegg, which can be reached by trains from Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. The last four miles of the journey are through a tunnel opening out into the bright sunlight of Jungfrau.

Switzerland is a landlocked alpine country bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland has a long history of neutrality and hosts many international organizations. Switzerland is multilingual and has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. The fusion of German, French and Italian ingredients has formed a robust national culture, and the country's alpine landscapes are some of the most famour skiing destinations in the world.

Our trip to Switzerland took us to the modern Zurich, the capital city of Bern, the French speaking city of Lausanne which is the seat of the International Olympic Committee, the city of Vevey made famous by the incomparable Charlie Chaplin. From our base in Interlaken we visited Schilthorn, Wengen, Murren and the Jungfrau complex. Not to forget the wonderful panoramic train ride through the heart of the country.

The Swiss rosti was a quite a delightful surprise and of course the fondue was not to be missed. Surprisingly though we took a liking to the very creamy soups and pizzas available at so many restaurants.

Interlaken

Located in the heart of Swiss Alps, Interlaken is the tourist capital of Switzerland and is connected to the region's major villages and wonderful sights.

Interlaken is located between the Lakes of Thun and Brienz at the foot the famous trio of peaks, the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau and also the gateway to Schilthorn, Lauterbrunnen,  Wenge and the Trummelbach falls.

Bern

Bern is Switzerland's capital, located in the central part of the country. Bern is one of the most alluring capitals on the planet. Its 15th-century old town, with terraced stone buildings, clock towers, church spires and cobbled streets, is nothing less than idyllic. Its compact space, laid-back pace and small-town friendliness soon become irresistible. The bear-pits are among the interesting attractions of the city.


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