Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain medieval quarters, with landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge. The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world-renowned.
From palm-lined lakeshores to sparkling glaciers, from medieval villages to buzzing cities – Switzerland packs in an incredible number of sights. The concentration of attractions is unrivalled worldwide. No wonder so many travellers are in love with Switzerland.
Up in the Engadin valley, you will probably hear “Bun di” – that’s “Good morning” or “Good afternoon” in Romansh, Switzerland’s fourth national language. That evening, in a traditional “grotto”restaurant on the shores of Lago Maggiore, you will probably be greeted with “Buona sera”. Here dinner might be “Brasato di manzo” braised beef served with polenta; the following day, you could well be enjoying a delicious cheese fondue in a typical Valais chalet.
Swap the office for the mountains, the Wi-Fi for the woods, the hustle-bustle for the heights. Nature is waiting for you. And with good reason – nothing beats the effect it has on body, mind and spirit. Switzerland is ready- made for unforgettable outdoor encounters. Whether you head to the pristine Alps or crystal-clear lakes, you’ll soon slow down, and relax. By the way: Switzerland Tourism has been showing visitors the beauty of the Swiss nature for a century – we’re celebrating our 100th anniversary in 2017.
Switzerland is known for its mountains and landscapes, but that is not all the country of Heidi and William Tell has to offer. With 12 sites listed by UNESCO, the country is also renowned for its cultural heritage. Under the United Nations convention designed to protect the world's cultural and natural heritage of 'exceptional universal value', over the years nine Swiss sites have been listed for their cultural dimension and three for their natural beauty.
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