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Switzerland is also called La Suisse in French; Schweiz in German;
and Svizzera in Italian.
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Countries neighbouring Switzerland are: Italy,
France, Germany, Austria
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Geneva and Zurich are important cities in Switzerland, but Bern is
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Cities in Switzerland.
Neuchatel, St Moritz,
There are four national languages in Switzerland, and English
isn't one of them; although it is widely spoken.
German, or a Swiss dialect of it (Schwyzertdeutsch), is the most widely
French is the spoken language of the Romand cantons: Geneva, Vaud,
Neuchâtel, Fribourg, Jura, and the western part of Valais.
Italian is mainly reserved for the southern canton of Ticino, but is
still heard in the major cities.
The fourth national language, Romansh, is spoken by
less than 1 per cent of the people: mainly in the mountainous canton of
Graubünden (or Grisons, in
The capital of Switzerland, also spelt Berne, is on the Aare River
towards the west of the country.
A bear is the emblem of Berne, and the bear pit - maintained since
1513 - is a popular tourist attraction.
Bern was founded in 1191 and still has a medieval feel to it.
Bern is quieter than Zurich or Geneva, but there's still more to the capital than a bear
pit and the houses of parliament.
Situated on Lac Leman, or Lake Geneva, the city is in the
French-speaking part of Switzerland, right on the border with France.
Ville de Geneve:
Geneva is widely recognised as the city of peace and major international negotiations. The
Red Cross was set up here, and Geneva also hosts the UN European headquarters, the World
Health Organisation, and the High Commission for Refugees.
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the financial
capital of the country.
A comfortable city to walk around, Zurich has a lakeside location with
a view of snow-capped mountains in the not too distant background.
Also known as the Little Big City, the Swiss stock exchange is located in Zurich and the
elegant shops in Bahnhofstrasse still smell of money.
Hotel Alexander, Zurich:
Centrally located, three-star hotel in Zurich's Niederdorfstrasse, 5 minutes from Zurich
main station. The best deal in town.
See the Limmatquai from the top of Hotel Central in Zurich.
As one of the most mountainous countries in Europe, Switzerland
has plenty of Alpine resorts and mountain peaks to
The Matterhorn is in the Valais, above Zermatt, while the Jungfrau and
the Eiger are in the Bernese Oberland, near Interlaken. The Eiger is notorious for its
fearsome North Face.
Not to be confused with Grindlewald, Gimmelwald is a tiny, timeless,
sleepy village at the far end of the Lauterbrunnen valley; accessible by train and car
Alex visited Gimmelwald during his four country tour of Europe, fell in love with the
place, bought the domain name and created this wonderful tribute. Meet the people through
Alex's eyes and find out how to get to this little part of Alpine paradise.
Situated between Lakes Brienz and Thun, in the Bernese Oberland, Interlaken is a popular
resort all year round. You can even see the Jungfrau peak from the town.
Grindelwald is an Alpine village in the Bernese Oberland. Its
world-famous attractions include the Eiger, the Jungfraujoch and the longest glacier in
the Alps - protected by the UNESCO Natural World Heritage.
Accommodation in Grindelwald
Located in the centre of Grindlewald (near the train station, sport complex and main
shopping district) the Hotel Kreuz and Post offers tastefully equipped rooms, junior
suites and panorama suites with bath/shower/WC, radio, telephone, minibar, colour TV and
hair dryer. All south facing rooms come with a balcony and magnificent view.
Located in the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland, the Schweizerhof is
a classic chalet hotel on a grand scale; in a quiet but central position within easy
walking distance of the ski-lifts and Grindelwald's centre.
The old wooden bridge was destroyed by fire, but has been beautifully restored.
Note the different names for the city: Basel in German; Bale in
French and Basilea in Italian.
Often overlooked by visitors to Switzerland, Basle is on the border with Germany and France and is an important
There are no tolls on the motorways in Switzerland, although you will
need to buy a vignette to stick in the windscreen if you drive your own car in the
country. These are available at service-stations and at the border -- Switzerland is not
in the European Union. If you hire a car in Switzerland, there will already be one in the
Travel by rail is very convenient
in Switzerland, and the trains - cog-railways - take passengers up some of the steepest,
snowiest slopes; even in winter.
If a train doesn't go there, to Saas Fe for example, then yellow PTT
busses will. You can catch them from post-offices in the smallest villages and near
train station in the larger towns.
There are also many lakes in Switzerland and you can travel between
the towns on a boat.
On Lake Contstance (Bodensee in German) you can go across the lake;
from Romanshorn and Arbon, to Germany or Austria.
If you're in Lausanne, an interesting day trip is across Lake Geneva
to Evian, France - but don't lose all your money in the casino.
The castles are sorted by canton. Although the descriptions and further
information are written in French. At least you can view the photographs.
The tourism portal for Switzerland.
Bosenberg Motorcycle Excursions:
Scheduled 12-day tours on 3 Alpine routes start at Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Tours are for
discriminating motorcyclists where the destination is almost as important as the ride
Swiss Telephone Book:
You can search the whole of Switzerland if you think that someone has moved.
An online forum for English-speakers who live, have lived, or are thinking about living in
If you're in Switzerland and want to get away for a week or two,
these are some of the travel options on offer.
Last Minute Travel:
Searches the major Swiss tour operators and seems to power the flight search engine that
the others use.
Part of the Kuoni Group - available in French and German.
Founded in 1935, you'll usually find a Hotelplan office near some of the larger Migros
Founded by Alfred Kuoni in 1906, the holding company is headquartered in Zurich and has
subsidiaries around the world. In 2001, Kuoni won the World Travel Award as best Tour
Operator for the 4th time in a row.
Known as RBM, before 1st January 2005, they now claim to be the fourth largest travel
group in Switzerland.
Book last minute holidays, flying out of Zurich or Geneva, or choose to tour one of
Europe's other major cities.
Founded in 1988 as a sister firm of the Charles Vogele clothing retailer, soon to be
swallowed up by TUI along with Imholz - for Kuoni to come along and buy a 49% stake in the
group. The Vogele catalogue does have a few more exotic destinations to choose from, than
the average sun and sand package holiday company.
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