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Officially the Swiss Confederation, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Western, Central and Southern Europe. Switzerland is having land borders with Italy, Austria, France, and Liechtenstein. Soaring snow-capped peaks of the alps, glittering blue lakes, glaciers, small historic villages, lakeside villages and castles. All this is part of jaw dropping scenery in Switzerland. Switzerland consists of twenty-six cantons (same as a province or a state) located in central Europe bordered by Austria-France-Germany and Italy. Switzerland has four official languages German 65% French (22%) Italian (10%) and Romansh (3%)
Some must see places
- The Matterhorn, Switzerland’s iconic pointed peak, the charming village of Zermatt on the base of the mountain being a top international resort.
- The Jungfraujoch, it has the longest Glacier in Europe and at 3454 meters an observation terrace.
- Grindelwald, a glacier village in the Jungfrau region surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
- Interlaken, a great popular summer holiday resort. More than forty-five mountain railways, cable cars, chairlifts and ski lifts look after tourist summer and winter. Or hop on board the paddle steamer and enjoy the scenery from the lake.
- Lucerne, a medieval town surrounded by high mountains and a car free centre.
- Lake Geneva, Europe’s largest Alpine Lake and Switzerland’s most popular cities (Geneva, Lausanne, and Montreux)
- St Moritz, together with Davos two of the world top mountain destinations. Adding to all this spectacular mountain scenery, St. Moritz is a cultural crossroads. Romansch, German, Italian, French, and English are all spoken in the surrounding areas – not to mention the different languages of the many well-heeled international visitors and expats.
- Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore are both in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. The area has a real taste of the Mediterranean. Citrus, figs, palms, and pomegranates flourish in the mild climate here – even as snow-capped peaks beckon in the distance.
- The Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen are the largest falls in Central Europe and is the start of the Rhine River
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