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Best Places to Visit in Switzerland
The Swiss Alps SwitzerlandThe Swiss Alps are among the most beautiful mountains in the world. Although you will be surrounded by mountains wherever you are in Switzerland, we urge you to head for the high country when you have a chance. Two areas that offer great vistas and wonderful touring are: The Berner Alpen Switzerland Considered by many to be the "Top of Europe" this mountain range in the Bernese Oberland is "must see". Its main attraction is the Jungfrau. The Jungfrau holds a special place in the heart of the Swiss and if you visit it, you will understand and appreciate their admiration.Of course, there is also the Eiger and Mönch and a host of high peaks to keep you occupied, if you manage to conquer these three.
Pennine (Valais) Alps Zermatt Switzerland Sitting at the foot of the Matterhorn, Zermatt is a place that beckons the visitor and fills the role of the quintessential Swiss mountain resort. It's compact, a little "clubby" and expensive, but worth every penny.
Matterhorn Switzerland You have seen it in pictures, but you will not be prepared for the grandeur of its natural setting. Before you decide to get your climbing gear on, relax; The view is the attraction and having seen it will become the memory of a lifetime! Bern/Berne Switzerland In 1991, Bern celebrated its 800th anniversary: the Old City of Berne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a wonderful place to wander. Bern is both attractive and interesting. See the Münster Cathedral for an comely church featuring great views of Bern and the countryside from the church's tower. The Bundeshhaus, the site of the country's Parliament, is open to the public and its Square hosts markets and an attractive series of fountains representing the Cantons of Switzerland. In addition, Bern offers some of the finest restaurants in Switzerland and some of the best breads in Europe.Switzerland Zurich Zurich blends the old and the new in a manner that makes the combination seem natural. The city with its narrow winding streets is a delightful and compact place to tour. Use the the city's efficient streetcars to make it easy to travel to most places of interest. The Old Town is the city's most enjoyable spot, but you may want to spend some time shopping on the Bahnhofstrasse or exploring one of Zurich's fine museums. Be sure to see the Schipfe (fine arts area), the Fraumünster Church, the Zurich Opera House and, of course, Lake Zurich. Lucerne Many tourists consider Lucerne and its mountainous setting one of Switzerland's most beautiful places to visit. Its lakeside setting is among the best in Switzerland and views of the lakes can be found from many restaurants - so take advantage. The well-preserved Old Town is a treat to explore and a great place to shop. Be sure to see the Chapel Bridge and Water Tower. The Wagner Museum, Picasso Museum and the Rosengart Collection are considered by many to be the highlights of the city's collection of fine museums. Interlaken The "city between the lakes" offers great shopping, wonderful scenery, and a number of villages that are worth a visit. Interlaken may be "tourist" Switzerland but it does it so well that even the Swiss like the area. Surrounded by the Jungfrau, Eiger, and Mönch, Interlaken is a great base for touring and one of the most idyllic areas of Switzerland. Lausanne Situated on the northern edge of Lake Geneva, Lausanne is considered the ideal base to tour the Lake Geneva, Geneva, and Montreux. Lugano Lugano is a good town to base your explorations of the Ticino, the Italian speaking southern segment of Switzerland. This scenic town is situated on the northern bank of Lake Lugano and the Lake is the real reason to visit. In addition, be sure to see The Madonna degli Angioli Church (and its magnificent fresco). Tour the city on the tourist tram the Red Arrow (La Freccia Rossa), which runs from March through October. The Parco Botanico San Grato, about six miles from Lugano is an attractive place to visit, especially in the Spring. Also, you might be interested in exploring our Guide to the Italian Lakes with particular emphasis on Lake Maggiori and Lake Lugano. Basel Located near the headwaters of the Rhine, Basel is the point of disembarkation for many Rhine River cruises. This well-preserved city offers a blend of the traits of Germany and Switzerland. Basel offers several interesting museums and is worth a visit, if you have just ended a holiday cruise. Geneva Geneva is the home base of many international organizations and that role has given it a cosmopolitan bearing mixed with a distinct international flavor. Its Old Town is worth a visit, but Geneva's popularity is based more on its role in world affairs than its attractiveness as a tourism destination. Extraordinary Train Journeys Switzerland The Glacier Express Switzerland's Glacier Express train between St. Moritz or Chur and the Zermatt (or the reverse) is an unsurpassed rail ride through the Alps and some of Switzerland's most scenic vistas. The ride takes 7 1/2 hours, crosses 291 bridges, 91 tunnels and is breathtaking. Since the ride takes the entire day, you will need reservations at your destination. Only the first class cars are "panoramic", featuring large windows and very comfortable seating. First class is worth the extra cost. Meals are available in the Dining Car, but reservations must be made in advance of the trip (there are not enough seats to accommodate all passengers). Snack and drinks are available from the Railbar. The Bernina Express The Bernina Express runs between Chur and Tirano, Italy. It is a shorter ride than the Glacier Express, but the mountains are very beautiful and the line itself is considered an engineering marvel. In summer, a bus connects with Lake Lugano. For more information, see this web site.

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