Founded in 1291 and located in the heart of Europe Switzerland is a country like no other. As a place where winter tourism was born, it offers to its visitors the unforgettable adventure, luxury and urban chick. Switzerland’s gorgeous and spectacular scenery seduces travellers from all over the world. The country of delicate chocolate and refined cheese can boast a high level of national performance: the quality of life, nominal wealth, human development and economic competitiveness are top-notch there. Switzerland is a four language country; people there speak German, French, Italian and Romansh. This country is a perfect mix of rural and urban, Alpine traditions and high-tech innovations. Switzerland is extremely diverse like a bottomless jewellery box of miracles. Bern, with its medieval architecture and modern art, Geneva, which is perfect for chick shopping, and Zürich, with modern rooftop bars and world class banks – you will fall in love with Switzerland.
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Where to go in Switzerland?
Chateau de Chillon water castle is a jewel of Switzerland located on the rock on a Lake Geneva bank. For four centuries it used to be the residence of the Counts of Savoy up to the 16th century. For many centuries nearby the castle, there were passing ships and a lot of things were controlled from the island. Every year Chateau de Chillon is visited by more than 300 000 people who admire its ancient medieval paintings on the walls, vaults, halls and master’s bedroom. Lord Byron and Victor Hugo were mesmerized by its architecture and beauty and wrote depicted it in their masterpieces.
Matterhorn and Zermatt
Matterhorn is definitely a symbol of Switzerland. One of the highest Alpine mountains is located on the border with Italy and rises up to 4 478 meters high. Millions of climbers come here in the summer to enjoy this mighty peak. Matterhorn is the most often photographed mountain in the world and it’s accessible by the aerial cable car. The cable car station is the highest in the Alps raising its passengers at 3 820 meters above the sea level. At the foot of the mountain, there is a lovely village of Zermatt – a top world-class resort with luxurious chalets and exquisite restaurants. Tourists come here to ski and enjoy various sights in and around the town.
The Rhine Falls
The Rhine Falls is considered to be the largest waterfall in Europe spanning 150 meters. Roaring and vibrating its waters have been rushing into the depth for thousands of years since ancient times. The Rhine River changed its riverbed 15 000 years ago and there appeared the Rhine Falls. There is a mighty rock in the middle of it where from visitors can observe the natural miracle from up close. June and July are the best months to visit the Rhine Falls – it’s the time when there melt snows in the mountains under the gentle rays of summer sun. The Rhine Falls is one of the most spectacular places in the world.
Switzerland is the champion by the quantity of the biggest and most breathtaking natural beauties in Europe. Lake Geneva is a part of them as the largest Alpine lake located in the city of Geneva. It’s surrounded by snow-capped peaks, a hilly plain, parks, and gardens. Strolling there tourists will enjoy not only nature, but also ancient historic buildings, a famous Jet d’Eau fountain, and many other cultural attractions like the Opera House and the Grand Theatre.
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