Switzerland , a land with boundless beauty


Switzerland is a heaven on earth with boundless natural beauty and modern day wonders. People visit Switzerland primarily for its mountainous vistas, but there is much more to Switzerland than just mountains. There is a central plateau of rolling hills, large sparkling lakes, plains, pleasant climate all over the year and much more. Switzerland is a smallbut wealthy and peaceful nation which is adored by whoever visits it.  Switzerland boasts of its gorgeous quality of life.  Products from Switzerland are sought after all over the world for their quality and technology; elite watches, Swiss army knife, cheese, chocolates, jewelry and many more things.

Located in central Europe, Switzerland is a landlocked country. It is bordered by Italy to South, France to West, Germany to North and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is adorned by Alps Mountains in South and Jura mountains in the Northwest. This is a nation with varied terrain as Dufourspitze at 4,634 m is its highest pointand Lake Maggiore is just at 195 m above from sea level.  Though the climate of Switzerland is temperate but it differs with altitude.

Its peaceful condition has made it home to various cultural groups with different languages such as Swiss, German, Italian, French and Rhaeto-Rumantsch. This is a nation with three distinct cultures; German, Italian and French. To experience the fine wine tasting and thrilling shopping spree, head to South-west.  Northeast of Switzerland is sausage-eating, beer drinking German Switzerland and if you love Italian-styled plazas, your sojourn can be in the southeast of the country. Central Switzerland is just magnificent with its mountainous landscape.  This diversity is bound by just one Swiss attitude.

Despite of its political neutrality, Switzerland plays a vital role in the European affairs.  Zurich is the major financial hub of Europe with the safest banks along which offers tax relief and anonymity. Its central location makes it an important place for international meetings and conventions with Geneva as the headquarters of the United Nations and other Governmental and non-governmental organizations. An international city, Geneva is the second-largest city in the nation and is the center of art and culture.

Berne, the Swiss capital is like an open-air museum with arcades along almost every street. Apart from its old charm, the city is flooded with bars, clubs and restaurant where you can have thrilling time.

As I said earlier, Switzerland is a tourist’s paradise with a number of top ski resorts such as St. Moritz, Zermatt, Gstaad, Interlaken, the Jungfrau and others. Summertime hiking is just amazing with white peaks below the blue skies as the backdrop. Lausanne, –  an impressive city in the French-speaking Switzerland offers best of tourist attractions in the terms of scenery, boating, dancing, dining, and wine tasting Lugano is the top destination in the Italian-speaking Switzerland with its old town and a charming lake. Lucerne, the city of Central Switzerland, is crowded with tourists; it has water links to most of the Swiss historic sites. Interlaken is the Swiss action sports capital where you can enjoy anything from bungee jumping, skydiving, hiking, whitewater rafting, crayoning and more.


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