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SWITZERLAND


Officially the Swiss Confederation founded over 700 years ago, Swizerland is politically divided into states called Cantons, but for touring this beautiful country it is useful to think of regions and its official languages. There are officially four official languages, German, French, Italian and Romansh, but this last is pretty limited to some very specific valleys.

Language Regions
German speaking Switzerland takes up the largest part, in the north central and eastern end of the country. French speaking Switzerland in mostly the valleys and Jura mountains surrounding Lake Geneva. Italian Switzerland is on the southern side of high Alps passes near the lakes of Lugano and Maggiore, and a small section to the east of St Moritz. Many Swiss commonly speak English as a second language.

Currency
Switzerland has its own currency the Swiss Franc (CHF), which is valued around 30% less than the Euro. Switzerland is generally a bit more expensive for tourism that some of its neighbors, mostly because Switzerland considers service work as a real job so waiters and others are paid good wages, therefore costs hospitality industry is a higher. But the Swiss Franc is a little more stable than the Euro so the exchange rate can be better.

Transportation
The airports at Zurich or Geneva are usually the main points of entry for international air travel to Switzerland. Smaller European discount carriers like Easyjet serve the EuroAirport near Basel. There smaller local airports with limited service, but no major international airports in the south or east. Rail line into Switzerland travel via Basel, Geneva, Lake Constance/St Gallen, Lugano and Bernina/St Moritz. The French TGV runs from Paris to Basel and German ICE trains run to Basel and Zurich..Italian – runs from Milan to Lugano.

Roads through high mountain passes were never very practical through winters so the Swiss have developed one of the most advanced and interconnected public transportation systems in the world so it is possible to go most anywere by rail, boat or bus. The Swiss Pass can be especially valuable for traveling in Switzerland. By car, driving roads are well maintained as well. Switzerland has a use tax for its motorways, so if transiting the country in a rental car, the purchase of a sticker will be required unless sticking to non-motorway roads. If renting a car in country the tax is included.

Switzerland is most known for its Alps peaks from the famous Mattorhorn in Zermatt and the Jungfrau and Eiger near Interlaken, but Switzerland is also magnificent valleys and and gorgeous lakes, some plied by paddle wheel steamer. The many scenic railways routes are most popular for visitors to Switzerland and can be found in almost all the regions from the the famous Glacier Express to the Chocolate Train, with cog rail mountain trains in several areas.

Food and Cuisine
Switzerland is perhaps best known for it cheese, but each region has its own regional style of cooking from family restaurants to organic and Michelin star haut cuisine. Switzerland is probably not so well known as a wine region as the majority of its excellent wines are consumed within the country, but a number of areas have extensive vineyards for exploring and tasting from the Unseco World Heritage vineyards of the Vaud in the south to Liechtenstein in the east.

These are articles posted on Bargain Travel Europe for destinations, budget travel places to stay in Switzerland

GENEVA

PATEK PHILIPPE MUSEUM
500 Years of Watch Design and History

LORD BYRON & VILLA DIODATI
Literature's Gothic Summer of 1816

CHÂTEAU DE COPPET LAKE GENEVA
Madame de Staël’s Swiss Salon and the Emperor

CERN: HADRON SUPER COLLIDER - GENEVA
Visit and Tour the Nuclear Research Lab in Geneva

CRUISING LAKE GENEVA IN GRAND STYLE
“ La Belle Epoch” Cruises of Switzerland’s Great Lake


WINTER RESORTS OF LAKE GENEVA REGION
Ski Variety for Family and Thrills

EDELWEISS HOTEL & RESTAURANT
Swiss Alpine Cuisine and Entertainment in Geneva

MARTIN BODMER FOUNDATION LIBRARY
Great Collection of World Literature in Switzerland

GENEVA WATCH TOUR
Self Guided Tour of the Watchmaking City

REFORMATION MUSEUM - GENEVA
Swiss Influence on Protestant Europe and America

GRAUBUNDEN

BERNINA EXPRESS
Picture Perfect Swiss Alps Scenic Railway

DRIVING THE BERNINA PASS
Highest Road Pass from Switzerland to Italy


ROMANTIK HOTEL STERN CHUR
Cozy Style Romantic Stay in Graubunden

HOTEL MISANI CELERINA ENGADINE
Style and Art Hotel Accomodation Near St Moritz

GIGER BAR - CHUR SWITZERLAND
Alien Theme Bar in Graubunden

TOM'S BEER BOX AND DESIGN BARS OF CHUR
Young Clubs of Switzerland's Oldest City

OLYMPIA BOB SLED RUN - ST MORITZ-CELERINA
Famous Wild Ice Ride in Switzerland Alps

DEVILS WHISKY BAR - ST MORITZ
Whisky Tasting at Waldhaus am See

DIAVOLEZZA CABLE CAR AND HOTEL RESTARUANT
Skiing, Hiking and the Alps Highest Jacuzzi

BASEL

SWISS PAPER & PRINTING MUSEUM
Hands on Paper and Printing History

BASLER FAEHRI BOATMEN
Historic Rhine Passenger Ferries of Basel

PHARMARCY MUSEUM - BASEL SWITZERLAND
Pharmaceutical History and Herbarium

DOLL'S HOUSE MUSEUM - BASEL
Puppenhausmuseum - Teddy Bears to Carousels

HOTEL KRAFFT AM RHEIN
Historic Hotel in the Rhine in Old Basle

MUSEUM OF MUSIC AUTOMATON - SEEWEN
Britannic Organ and Orchestrons near Basel

AUGUSTA RAURICA - BASEL
Roman Town and House

MIDDLE BRIDGE OF BASEL
Trams, Griffins and Execution

KUNSTMUSEUM BASEL
First City Art Museum and Rodin's Burghers

BERN

EINSTEIN IN BERN SWITZERLAND
Apartment and Museum

ZYTLOGGE CLOCK TOWER TOUR
Glockenspiel Clock Landmark of Bern

BERNS NEW BEAR PARK
Tourist Center

KORNHAUSKELLER & GALLERY BAR
Vaulted Restaurant of Bern

BERNER OBERLAND

GRINDELWALD - SWISS WORLD SNOW FESTIVAL
Alps Ski Village at the Foot of the Eiger and Jungfrau

SHERLOCK HOLMES MUSEUM - MEIRINGEN
Reichenbach Falls and the "Englisherhof" Hotel du Savage

SCHILTHORN – PIZ GLORIA
James Bond and Revolving Alps Views


JUNGFRAUJOCH
Scenic Rail Ride to Top of Alps - Eiger and the Jungfrau

HOTEL INTERLAKEN
Monastery Tavern to Lord Byron in Famous Swiss Vacationland


INTERLAKEN PARAGLIDING
Parachute Adventure in Switzerland

THUN CASTLE
Medieval Tower Museum on Lake Thun

HOTEL ALPENRUH - MÜRREN
Romantic Stay Halfway to Schilthorn

SPORTHOTEL VICTORIA - GSTAAD
Rail Convenience for Sporting Families


GRINDELWALD MUSEUM - EIGER EXHIBIT

Mountain Climbing History in Grindelwald

JAMES BOND WORLD SCHILTHORN
Movie Series Exhibit at 10,000 ft

ROTHORN STEAM RAILWAY BRIENZ
Rack Railway from Lake Brienz to Rothorn Summit

EAST SWITZERLAND -

SCHLOSS ARENENBERG PALACE & PARK - NAPOLEON MUSEUM
Napoleon III Museum on the Bodensee

ABBEY OF ST GALLEN LIBRARY & BAROQUE CATHEDRAL
World Heritage Baroque Cathedral and Library Hall of Switzerland

THE RHINE FALLS - SCHAFFHAUSEN
Europe's Largest Waterfall on the Rhine

ST GALLEN TEXTILE MUSEUM - EMBRIODERY & LACE
Textile history in East Switzerland
   

THE EINSTEIN HOTEL – ST GALLEN
St Gallen's Small Grand Hotel Spa and Congress Center

SORELL HOTEL RÜDEN - SCHAFFHAUSEN
Medieval Guild Hall to Style Hotel

ARBON - SAILING, SCHLOSS & SAURER ON LAKE CONSTANCE
Castle History Museum and Antique Autos in Lakeshore Arbon

MUNOT FORTRESS - SCHAFFHAUSEN
Castle of Old Town at the Falls


CASTLE SARGANS
Restaurant and Museum of Sarganserland

LUCERNE

BOURBAKI PANORAMA
Historic Tourist Attraction of the Industrial Age

ROSENGART COLLECTION
Picasso, Klee & Classic Modernism Art in Lucerne

MOUNT PILATUS
Scenic Railway and Aerial Cable Ride to Mountain of Legends

GLACIER GARDEN OF LUCERNE
Glacier Museum and the Ice Age in Historic Swiss Family House

RICHARD WAGNER MUSEUM LUCERNE
Opera Composer’s Exile Idyll on Lake Lucerne

BUCHERER ROLLING BALL CLOCK
Counting Marbles While Watch Shopping in Lucerne

SWISS MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT LUCERNE
Top Family Attraction and Transporation History

POST HOTEL WEGGIS
Design View Hotel on Lake Lucerne

MT. TITLUS ROTAIR
Rotating Aerial Cable to the Glacier Above Engelberg

MT RIGI RAILWAY
Original Scenic Rail Ride on Lake Lucerne

CLIMBING MUSEGG WALL & TOWERS
Lucerne's Medieval City Ramparts

WALDSTÄTTERHOF HOTELS - LAKE LUCERNE
Lucerne Rail Station and Brunnen

HOTEL PILATUS KULM - MT PILATUS
Historic Mountain Top Hotel above Lucerne Restored

CRUISING LAKE LUCERNE - SCENIC CRUISES
Boat Cruises on Lake Lucerne

LAKE LUCERNE – Pt 2 - DAY CRUISES
Day Theme & Lunch Cruises

NEW YEAR’S DAY FIREWORKS - LUCERNE
Dining and Fireworks Packages on Lake Lucerne

CARNIVAL IN LUCERNE & KRIENS
Masks and Crazy days


JESUIT CHURCH - LUCERNE
Switzerland's First Baroque Church

LUCERNE CHAPEL BRIDGE & WATER TOWER
Walking Lucerne's Iconic Landmarks

STANSERHORN CABRIO CABLE CAR
Fubnicular and Open Top Cable to Mountain Views

VAUD REGION LAKE GENEVA

CHATEAU D’AIGLE WINE MUSEUM
15th Century Castle Wine Museum and Tasting

CASTLE CHILLON
Inspiration of the Romantics on Lake Geneva

INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FESTIVAL - CHATEAU D'OEX
Alps Balloon Rides - Childrens Day and Night Glow

THE OLYMPIC MUSEUM – LAUSANNE
The Glory of Sport on Lake Geneva

LAVAUX WINE VINEYARD TERRACES
Tour Historic Vineyards and Views above Lake Geneva

SWISS CAMERA MUSEUM – VEVEY
Photography History on Lake Geneva Riviera

ALIMENTARIUM FOOD MUSEUM - VEVEY
25 Years of Nestlé Foundation on Lake Geneva

HOTEL BARON TAVERNIER - CHEXBRES
Romantic Views on the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces

FONDATION DE L’HERMITAGE - LAUSANNE
Hilltop Modern Art Museum and Park

MONTREUX NOEL CHRISTMAS MARKET
Five Holiday Markets and Santa Claus on Lake Geneva

MUSÉE HISTORIQUE DE VEVEY
Chateau of Keys and the Wine Brotherhood

MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Beat Overflows on Lake Geneva Riviera

MUSEE D' L’ELYSEE PHOTOGRAPHY MUSEUM - LAUSANNE
Photography in 18th Century Chateau and Park

MORGES CASTLE – LAKE GENEVA
Military and Arms Museum at Chateau de Morges

HOT AIR BALLOON MUSEUM – CHATEAU D’OEX
Espace Ballon - Ballooning History in the Alpine Valleys

GLACIER 3000 CABLE - LES DIABLERETS
Aerial Cable - Alps Views and Snow Play

CHALET HOTEL BON ACCUEIL – CHATEAU D’OEX
Historic Chalet Hotel in the Alpine Saanenland

QUEEN STUDIO EXPERIENCE MONTREUX
Recoding Studio Exhibit and Freddie Mercury

VALAIS REGION - RHONE VALLEY

CHATEAU DE VILLA WINE MUSEUM & TRAIL -SIERRE
Museum, Tasting Bar, and Valais Wine Trail

ABBEY OF ST MAURICE D’AGAUNE
Treasures and Theban Legion Martyrs

ST BERNARD DOG MUSEUM - MARTIGNY
Dogs, Monks, and Napoleon in the Valais

STOCKALPER CASTLE – BAROQUE PALACE OF BRIG
Salt and the Simplon Pass

FONDATION PIERRE GIANADDA - MARTIGNY
Romans and Rolls-Royce in the Rhone Valley

CHATEAU SAINT MAURICE CASTLE
Guardian of the Rhone

CHATEAU BATIAZ
Castle Ruins Of Martigny

FRIBOURG REGION

SWISS CHOCOLATE TRAIN
A Sweet Ride from Montreux to Gruyères

MAISON CAILLER CHOCOLATE FACTORY BROC-GRUYÈRE
The Swiss Chocolate Factory Opens New Tour

GRUYÈRE CASTLE
Savoy Chateau in the Land of Cheese and Chocolate

HR GIGER MUSEUM & BAR - GRUYERES
"Alien" Movie Props and Surrealist Art

LA MAISON DU GRUYÈRE
Gruyères Cheese Dairy Factory Tour

SWISS PUPPETRY MUSUEM – FRIBOURG
Marionette Collection and Performance

MUSEE GUTENBERG – FRIBOURG
Gutenberg Printing Museum of Switzerland

JURA

MUSÉE INTERNATIONAL D'HORLOGERIE – LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS
International Watchmaking Museum

ZURICH

EUROPEAN SANTA CLAUS GAP
Christmas Customs Switzerland - Finland - Iceland

BEYER CLOCK & WATCH MUSEUM ZURICH
Time on Display on Bahnhofstrasse

ZURICH VIP PASS OFFER
Clubbing With Overnight Accommodation

ZURICH FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Christmas and New Years - Switzerland’s Biggest Parties

GROSSMÜNSTER CATHEDRAL – ZURICH
The Saints of Zurich and Face of Charlemagne

RAPPERSWIL WOODEN BRIDGE ON LAKE ZURICH
Walk on Water and Smell the Roses

ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL - 2010
An International Film Festival Star is Born

SWISS NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Switzerland History in the Neo-Castle Tower

ZERMATT

THE MATTERHORN - ZERMATT
World's Most Famous Mountain


WALLISERHOF CHALET HOTEL ZERMATT
Snuggle under the Matterhorn

HOTEL ALEX ZERMATT
Family Tradition with a Little Quirky Alpine Style


GLACIER EXPRESS
Scenic Swiss Rail Mountain Journey


GORNERGRAT BAHN
Ride The Scenic Matterhorn Railway

THE TOWN THAT ISN'T THERE
Gotthard-Matterhorn Line - Village Buried by Avalanche

3100 KULMHOTEL GORNERGRAT
Swiss Alps Highest Hotel

KLEIN MATTERHORN CABLE CAR
Highest Alps Mountain Views

MATTERHORN MUSEUM - ZERMATTLANTIS
Zermatt and Matterhorn Climbing History Underworld

TICINO

LOCARNO'S CASTLE VISCONTI
Locarno Treaty Renaissance Castle on Lago Maggiore (Lake Verbano)

ASCONA ON LAKE MAGGIORE
Former Artists Colony Italian Swiss Riviera

THREE CASTLES OF BELLINZONA
Ticino's Medieval City of Towers

MONTE SAN SALVATOR FUNICULAR - LUGANO
120 Years of Vertical Family Fun-icular Sightseeing

SANCTUARY OF MADONNA DEL SASSO
Locarno’s Mountainside Pilgrimmage Church

SANTA MARIA DEGLI ANGIOLI CHURCH - LUGANO
Bernardino Luini’s Passion - the Last Supper

ROMANTIK HOTEL CASTELLO SEECHLOSS
Ascona Castle Hotel on Lago Maggiore

LIECHTENSTEIN

POSTAL STAMP MUSEUM - LIECHTENSTEIN
100 Years of Postage Stamps in Vaduz

SCHAEDLER CERAMICS FACTORY TOUR
Paris Hilton - Fashion Urns and Art Eggs


SKI AND WINTERSPORT MUSEUM
Skiing Gear Collection from Prehistoric to Olympic Gold

HOFKELLEREI LIECHTENSTEIN
Wine Cellars of the Prince of Liechtenstein

KUNSTMUSEUM LIECHTENSTEIN – VADUZ
Contempory Art and the Princely Collection

MALBUN - HOLIDAY FAMILY RESORT
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