Capital :Bern Time Zone :GMT/UTC
+1 Language(s) : German, French, Italian Currency : Swiss Franc info
Bordering France, Italy, ad Germany, Switzerland is often considered the heart Europe.
Famous for it's neutrality in times of war, and its "above it all" location in the stunning Alpine mountains, Switzlerand continues to maintain its reputation as one of the smartest and most sophisticated countries on the continent.
Linger awhile in Switzerland, and find out why casual visitors even after a brief stay want to stay a lot longer. Besides picturesque alpine villages, world class skiing, unforgettable lake and mountain
views there are Swiss watches and world famous chocolate!
It ain't just swiss cheese
Sophisticated and stylish also describe a country which is home to celebrity-studded
St. Moritz, together with the ancient capital city of Bern providing plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, museum-hopping and elegant shopping.
Switzerland's major tourist attractions include the Jet d'Eau in Geneva (left); world-class skiing
at St. Moritz (middle); and spectacular alpine views and summer fun at Lake Zurich (right).
Switzerland's largest city, Zurich,
is country's main German-speaking business and banking center. While here, check out picture-postcard perfect walks through the Altstadt (Old Town), a boutique-filled
pedestrian mall, and an impressive modern art collection at the Kunsthaus Zurich on Lake Zurich.
At almost every turn you'll find most of the city's other major attractions clustered al around the stunning shores of Lake Zurich, with the spectacular snow-capped Alps as a backdrop.
the center of international headquarters for such bodies as the
United Nations and the International Red Cross, is a university
town with a cosmopolitan flavor and rollicking nightlife.
And, don't leave town without first capturing at least a couple of Geneva's top photo
opportunities including the city's iconic Jet
d'Eau or Geneva's giant flower
clock laid out near Lake Geneva.
Switzerland's third largest city, Basel, is also known as "the City of Art" for it's density of art museums (a mind-blowing 40 in all) beginning with the famous Basel Art Museum featuring world-class collections ranging from medieval to post-modern.
DID YOU KNOW? Switzerland Travel Fun Facts
Another popular Swiss export.
• OK, Switzerland IS all about the cheese -- with some 450 varieties, ranging from extra hard to creamy soft.
• And...chocolate! There are almost 20 Swiss chocolate companies that account for almost 200,000 tons of Swiss chocolate produced each year. (The reason for its popularity? More cocoa bean goodness, meaning more chocolately flavor in Swiss chocolate.)
• Shop early. In Switzerland, alcohol is not sold after 9PM. Most shops close at 7PM, except for Thursdays when they are open late until 9PM.
about Switzerland travel & tourism around the Web:
- Switzerland Tourism - The official site with the complete
online travel tour with pictures & video clips, snow reports,
major Swiss attractions, hotel & restaurant guides, feature
stories, event calendar, maps.
for Visitors - The insider guide to Switzerland, written
by those who've been there - with travel tips & advice on
accommodations, tourist attractions, getting around, plus a library
of related feature stories.