Ask me about the beautiful places in Switzerland and i will give you a list where i had visited that meets my expectations, just perfect.
Switzerland is located in Central Europe, a small country, known as Land of Alps with 17 Mountain Peaks above 4,000 m equivalent to 13,100 ft above sea level. Other mountains are between 2000 m - 4000 m with many plateaus and lakes. The total area is 41,293 sq km in which land is 39,773 sq km, water is 1,520 sq km. The population is 7,870,500.
Neighbour Countries are Germany, France, Italy and Austria.
The government is federal republic with far reaching cantonal autonomy. Switzerland has 26 Cantons the Federal States of Swiss Conferation. Bern is the capital city. The economic center is Zürich, the International City is Geneva, National Holiday is August 1 remembering the confederacy of 1291.
The money currency is Swiss Francs which is considered the most stable currency of the world. Switzerland has also stable politics, social peace and is one of the world's important financial centers.
Switzerland has excellent educational system, well qualified workforce, high wages which corresponds to the high standard of living, though labor cost is still lower compared to other countries. Switzerland is among the the top five of the most important economies.
Switzerland has four languages: German 74%, French21%, Italian 4% and Rumantsch 1%. The traditional religions are Catholic 42%, Protestant 35%, Jews 0.3%, without religion 15%.
About more than 20 % are immigrants of different nationalities. There are rarely Native Swiss people in some major cities like Geneva, Lucerne, Zurich, Bern, Basel. In some schools there are two or three per class with Swiss Nationality, the rest are multi cultural races, mix Swiss/foreigner generation.
Switzerland's Neutrality between European powers were defined at the Vienna Congress of 1815 ending the wars of Napoleon.
Living in Switzerland
I have been living and working in Switzerland since 1986. I got married in 1992. As a nurse i have a good well paid job. My family have traveled to many places, enjoy the benefits of social, health, security privileges, and keep savings for the future. One has to adopt the swiss culture and mentality of swiss people.
The first two years, was hard to adjust with the climate, languages, the environment, the ways of swiss life. After so many years we adopted the swiss culture although we still treasure our own tradition from where we came from, living with it day by day.
Switzerland is a nice place to live that i and my husband decided to settle down with our family. It is a peaceful country. Here has a high standard of living that is mostly cope up with higher wages.
We acquired our Swiss nationality in the year 2004. We have 2 children, a dog, a house with a little garden. We are contented with the status of our living standards, maintain a good job, take vacations 2 to 3 times a year.
Our retirement plans in the future, is to spend some months in our homeland and the rest months in lake Biel, Switzerland where we have a little wooden chalet just two minutes from the lake beach and river.
Switzerland Travel Guide
Places to Visit In Switzerland
Begin your trip from the wonderful lakeside towns to the alpines' marvelous sceneries.
Chapel Bridge with Water Tower, the most ancient preserved wooden bridge in Europe, around 1300. Spreuer bridge with scenes from the Dance of Death, old downtown, Jesuit Church, Musegg Wall & Towers, Carnival (look over the calendar event)), Swiss Transport Museum, Cultural and Congress Center, Picasso Museum, Glacier Garden, Rosengarden Collection, Mount Pilate, Glacier Garden, Steamboat ride on Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument.
Famous Wooden Bridge in Lucerne
Cathedral Notre.Dame, town hall, St. Francois church.
Food Museum, Camera Museum, School of Photography.
Chilon Castle, Hotels in Riviera style (19th century), Lakeside promenade, Chatelard Castle (15th century), Jazz Festival in July.
Montreux - Riviera of Switzerland
Montreux Lake Promenade, Switzerland
Walk along the lake of Interlaken.
Roam around the city and shops which are open also on Sundays.
Oldest Swiss tourist resort, governor's castle, Tell - Schiller's drama, folklore.
Schilthorn-Piz Gloria Revolving Restaurant
The most impressive 360° panorama of the Alps
Enjoy the breathtaking view of the UNESCO World Heritage Site with the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and more than 200 other mountain peaks in the world's first revolving restaurant, the Piz Gloria. With good visibility, you can even see the Mont Blanc massif and the Black Forest.
The Schilthorn is actually open all year round.
Only in spring and autumn there is a short break during which maintenance work is carried out.
The Piz Gloria building is located on the top of the Schilthorn. It is surrounded by sloping terrain.
In winter, the top ski slope starts here at an altitude of almost 3,000 meters. In summer, the summit can be reached via two hiking trails. However, these are often only snow-free in early summer.
In summer there is the Sunset Ride Special - the last train only goes back to the village after sunset.
Piz Gloria - Schlithorn
007 Walk of Fame
Agent James Bond 007 has again left new tracks on the Schilthorn. The world's first 007 Walk of Fame honors actors and contributors associated with the film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". Other celebrities from the world of James Bond 007 also find their place on the Schilthorn! Every personality is visibly immortalized: the information board with photo, signature and handprint in steel also contains a personal message. The panels form the 007 WALK OF FAME on the Schilthorn summit, a unique path as a witness to the legendary James Bond film.
Bond World 007 - Schilthorn-Piz Gloria
Visit the interactive BOND WORLD 007 based on the James Bond film «On Her Majesty's Secret Service» with George Lazenby. Visitors will immerse themselves in the film with a walking tour, learning details about the shoot, seeing the original screenplay and trying out your own James Bond skills. From the skillful hat toss in Miss Moneypenny's office to the rapid bobsleigh ride, no key scene is missing. The helicopter simulator, in the original housing of the decommissioned Air Glaciers Alouette III, which completed its last flight to the Schilthorn, also guarantees personal BOND minutes.
Best Places to Visit in Switzerland
Capital of Switzerland - Bundeshaus, old towm (UNESCO World Heritage site), eleven fountains, allegoric figures, Gothic Cathedral, clock tower- play of figures 4 minutes before the full hour, bear pit, open air rock festival in Gurten Hill.
Water jet 130 m, botanical garden, town hall, Monument of Reformation, Headquarters of 130 international organizations, UNESCO / UNICEF headquarters.
If you have more time, visit more interesting towns and cities: Basel, Zurich, St. Gallen, Baden, Bellinzona, Biel/Bienne, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Chur, Locarno, Lugano, Neachàtel, Winterthur, Yverdon-les-Bains,
Prealpine & Alpine Resorts
Bad Ragaz - Thermal Spa.
Bernese Oberland Classical Alpine Region
Gstaad-Saanen - Hiking in summer, Swiss Open Tournament, winter sport resorts, St. Nicholas Gothic Village Museum in Saanen.
Interlaken - see above.
Grindelwald - Glacier village, Eiger north face, hiking and biking in summer, ski resorts for beginners and families.
Murren - Located on a terrace opposite to mounts Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Wengen - At the feet of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Davos - Largest alpine resort in Switzerland.
Engelberg - Gateway to Mt. Titlis, winter skiing or summer skiing in Titlis Glacier 3200 m.
Leukerbad - Thermalbad Spa.
Zermatt - Most famous mountain in Switzerland, Matterhorn.
St. Moritz - Very expensive place, lively nightlife, thermal spa, famous for Engadin Skimarathon with over 12'000 candidates, Engadin region is ideal for cross-country skiers.
Scoul/Schuls - Thermal Spa
Saas Fe - Winter sport, skiing resorts, summer hiking.
Pontresina - Outlet Bernina region, Morteratsch and Roseg glaciers, calm alternative to St. Moritz.
Klosters - Prince Charles place, small, quite, traditional village.
Iseltwald, Berner Oberland
Black Lake - Senseland Frieburg - Switzerland
Hiking Excursions in Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Beautiful Places to Visit in Switzerland - Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
© 2011 Carolina
Carolina (author) from Switzerland on September 21, 2014:
Hi bdegiulio !
Jungfrau is one of the famous Tourist spot in Switzerland you don't have to miss. The highest railway station in Europe is located 3454 meters above the sea. It offers visitors a high-Alpine wonderworld of ice, snow and rock, which can be admired from vantage terraces, the Aletsch Glacier or in the Ice Palace. On fine days the views of the Vogesen Mountains to the Black Forest.
An experience is the train journey to the Jungfraujoch, which runs through the Eiger and the Mönch. In the intermediate stations Arctic Ocean and Eigerwand visitors can enjoy the wonderful view.
The Train ticket is a bit expensive but you might have a discount if you Combine it with some in your destinations in Switzerland.
Please visit the Jungfrau Website.
Enjoy your trip!!
Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on September 16, 2014:
Hi Carol. Really enjoyed the photos. We are thinking of a future trip to the Bernese Oberland region. I really want to take the train to the Jungfau. Have you ever done this? If so I would love to hear about it.
Carolina (author) from Switzerland on January 29, 2014:
Thanks for dropping by europewalker. Yes Switzerland is beautiful, peaceful place to live.
My best regards.
europewalker on January 26, 2014:
Beautiful photos and hub, I wish I lived in Switzerland, it looks so beautiful there.
Saeed on October 13, 2013:
very informative and excellent pictures if you provide one month pleasure trip expenditure then it will be easy to decide.
Carolina (author) from Switzerland on September 26, 2012:
Thanks for your visit epigramman (a great poet)....my best wishes for you...from Bern, Switzerland...
epigramman on September 25, 2012:
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