Tuesday 25 January 2022

Switzerland: Travelling To The Land Of Green Meadows, Lakes & The Alps

Switzerland is a beautiful country in Central Europe, built essentially in the Alps. Green meadows, countless lakes and snow-capped peaks give it a unique form, which has been identified around the world as a sign of peace and prosperity. The Swiss are still famous for their watches, knives, and chocolates. They are also famous for their ski resorts and chalets, which are the meeting place of the international jet set and their picturesque cities, most of which are built on the shores of a lake.

The landlocked Switzerland, doesn't offer coastal towns buty because of the large number of its lakes, the water element is very strong in the country's life. It borders Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany and France, with a population of just over 8.5 million.

Switzerland is a federation of 26 cantons, each with its own government and great autonomy. The capital of the Swiss Federation is Bern, a picturesque city with less than 150,000 permanent residents built on the banks of the river Aar, in the centre of the country. It was founded in the 12th century, and its medieval centre is maintained in excellent condition to this day. At that point, the river Aar makes a "turn" and forms a peninsula, which is Bern's historic centre.


The largest city in Switzerland is Zurich. It is considered the economic and cultural centre of the country, while it often figures in the first places of the lists with the cities that offer the best quality of life. It is built on the shores of the lake of the same name, at the point where the river Limmat flows. The area has been inhabited since Roman times, while the city developed in the Middle Ages and already from the 19th century was an important economic centre. Dominant in the city's economic life today is the sector of banking and financial services, as Zurich is the headquarters of Swiss banks and the Swiss Stock Exchange operates there.


Geneva, built on the shores of the lake of the same name, is another great Swiss city. The European part of the UN is located in this city, while its characteristic attraction is the huge jet of water, which is located in the lake and reaches a height of 140 meters! Medieval cobbled streets, traditional buildings, alpine scenery, and the lake make Geneva a beautiful city, also the centre of European diplomacy.


Also built on the shores of Lake Geneva (whose official name is Lake Lehman) is another beautiful Swiss city, Lausanne. The city is crossed by two rivers, the Flon and the Louvre, which "separate" its historic center from the modern neighbourhoods. The old town of Lausanne is called Cite and retains its medieval character very well, with its narrow streets. However, it is built on different levels, resulting in a fascinating "system" with bridges and elevated roads between the houses. In Lausanne, the cathedral of the city, in Gothic style, the church of St. Francis, the old fortress and the Olympic Museum stand out.

So, in addition to the famous alpine chalets, St. Moritz or Gstaad, Switzerland has beautiful lakeside towns, which combine the lush alpine landscape with economic prosperity and high quality of life. If you want to enjoy endless hours of skiing in the white snow of the Alps, then what you can do is organize your next trip with a travel agency that will perfectly serve your unique needs. A company like Erna Low organizes the complete winter holidays in the peaks of the Alps for years at fantastic prices and offers.

So, is Switzerland now on your travel list?

Mummy Snowy Owl

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