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Switzerland Travel Guide

Planning your dream vacation? This is my travel guide for 2 weeks and Switzerland!

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Thank you to everyone for your kind words yesterday about losing Rhett. Your kindness is so profound and your words and prayers really mean the world to me.

I planned to share a post about my birthday weekend in Hilton Head, but with all the emotions surrounding losing Rhett it s just not done yet so instead I m taking you back to Switzerland with this travel guide. I wanted to have a place where you could find all my posts on the country in one spot, hoping that some of you would make the trip one day and use this as a guide Enjoy! I have a big announcement tomorrow so make sure to come back.

Switzerland was one of the coolest places I ve ever visited. I’d heard wonderful things about the country and had high expectations, but it s still took me by surprise around every corner. Yes, the Matterhorn looks spectacular in pictures but in person it literally takes your breath away.

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The awe inspiring scenery, jaw dropping mountain vistas and kind people made the trip an experience to remember for a lifetime.

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Switzerland has an amazing tour infrastructure, but somehow even with 2 weeks in Switzerland I felt like I was discovering something new around every turn. If you ever get the chance to go, just go.

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Since I got such great feedback on my Switzerland posts, I decided to put them all together in one place as one ultimate resource or Switzerland travel guide for anyone who wanted to go in the future. Consider this your one-stop-shop to plan your future trip including my post on Lucerne, Mt. Pilatus, Bern, the Berner Oberland including Murren, Jungfraujoch, Zermatt and Lausanne.

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I hope you ve enjoyed the first as much as I ve enjoyed putting them together. I ve been working behind the scenes on my Alaska post and those will start weekly soon.

2 Weeks in Switzerland Travel Guide

Things to Do Eat in Lucerne Switzerland

After flying into Zurich, Lucerne was the first stop on my 2 weeks in Switzerland. It s a Charming historical City and Central Switzerland on the edge of the lake with a stunning Alpine backdrop. It s a must visit for any tour of the country. Give yourself a few extra days to not only explore Lucerne, but also take a day trip to Mount Pilatus and Bern.

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Day Trip to Mt Pilatus

Around Lucerne there are several mountains with lifts that are perfect for day trips. I decided to visit Mt. Pilatus and it was one of the best days of the entire trip. The journey took me on a ferry boat, the world s steepest cogwheel train, a hike to the top of the mountain and a beautiful modern gondola back down. This day trip is a must-do for any one traveling near Lucerne.

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One Day in Bern, Switzerland

Bern is not as flashy as some of it’s alpine sister cities, but it is still a charming location to visit on your 2 weeks in Switzerland. This capital of Switzerland is full of history, beautiful architecture, great eats and all things Swiss. I visited Bern by taking a day trip from Lucerne.

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Berner Oberland and Murren

The Berner Oberland and Murren was hands down the most magical location in Switzerland. From the flowery Meadows to snow capped mountains this place is everything you ever dreamed up in a Swiss vacation. I would plan at least 5 days in this region in your 2 weeks in Switzerland.

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An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch

Spending extra time in the Berner Oberland gives you plenty of time to take an epic day trip to jungfraujoch, where it is snowy year-round. This is a day trip like no other and is worth the pricey cost. Stop and explore Wegen when you re heading back down the mountain.

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Zermatt and the Matterhorn

The Matterhorn is the most iconic mountain in Switzerland, but it is out of the way in the touristy town of Zermatt. I decided to go anyway and decided it was totally worth the effort. With 2 weeks in Switzerland give yourself a few days there just in case one of the days is cloudy and you miss sight of this beautiful natural wonder.

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What to do in Lausanne

If you don t want to backtrack on your trip fly out of Geneva and spend your last day of vacation in the lakeside city of Lausanne, which is in the French speaking side of the country . Explore a gorgeous castle, the equivalent of the Swiss Riviera, and a charming college town before heading home. Plus the food I had in this area was some of the best on the trip. Lausanne is close enough to Geneva to catch your flight home.

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19/01/2018

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Willkommen bei Bucher Travel Switzerland

Bucher Travel wurde 1865 gegrГјndet und gehГ¶rt zu den schweizweit fГјhrenden Anbietern in den Bereichen Ferien- und GeschГ¤ftsreisen, Bus Limousinen Service, Incentives Conventions und Incoming.В В Durch das einzigartige Dienstleistungsangebot ist die Full-Service-Agentur der “One-Stop-Shop” fГјr lГ¶sungsorientierte Business- oderВ Reisebelangen. Das Traditionsunternehmen mit Sitz in Luzern und Dierikon, beschГ¤ftigt heute Гјber 30 Mitarbeiter. Bucher Travel feierte im 2015 sein 150-jГ¤hriges JubilГ¤um.

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Der Anfang

Als internationales Transportunternehmen existiert Bucher Reisen zwar seit 1865, das Reisebüro Bucher Co. AG wurde jedoch im Jahre 1932 gegründet. Es hat sowohl die Jahre der Depression wie auch zwei Weltkriege überlebt. In den frühen zwanziger Jahren trat Othon Rast der Firma bei. Der Angestellte arbeitete sich hoch und erwarb nach und nach Aktien. 1963 wurde er zum Hauptaktionär und das Unternehmen, nun bekannt als Bucher Reisen Co. AG, wurde von der Familie Rast übernommen. Sein Sohn, Harold U. Rast, leitete die Firma über 40 Jahre bis August 2001 und blieb bis 2006 Präsident des Verwaltungsrats. Im September 2001 übernahmen die Mitarbeiter Werner Weber und Mario Würsch zu je 50% die Firma und arbeiteten weiterhin im operativen Geschäft . Seit der Pensionierung des Aktionärs Werner Weber im Februar 2009 leitet Mario Würsch das Unternehmen. Seit anfangs März 2017 hat sich Werner Weber vom Geschäft zurückgezogen. Neuer Mitinhaber ist Hotelier Fredi Daumüller. Er bringt eine jahrzehntelange Berufserfahrung als Hotelier und Touristiker mit. Mitunteranderem engagierte er sich über 30 Jahre als Stv. Direktor im Grand Victoria-Jungfrau Hotel Spa in Interlaken. Fredi Daumüller beteiligt sich mit 25% an der Firma. Mario Würsch wird neuer Verwaltungsratspräsident und Mehrheitsaktionär (75%) der Bucher Travel Switzerland.

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Bucher Reisen hat verschiedene Entwicklungsstufen der Reiseindustrie miterlebt. Während der Jahre, in denen ganze Scharen von Europäern in die USA und andere Überseeländer emigrierten, kümmerte sich Bucher Reisen um die benötigten Visa und Schiffsreisen der Auswanderer. Und in der Zeit, als das Reisen noch ein Privileg der Reichen war, besass Bucher Reisen bereits eine eigene Flotte von Privatwagen mit englischsprechenden Fahrern. Bucher Reisen gehörte zu den ersten Taxiunternehmen in der Stadt Luzern.

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Die Zeiten haben sich geändert und das heutige Bucher Travel hat mit der Entwicklung der Reisebranche Schritt gehalten. Das Unternehmen beschäftigt über 30 Büromitarbeiter und Fahrer aufgeteilt in den Geschäftsbereichen bucherreisen, bucherbus, bucherevents und bucherincoming. Bucher Travel ist der einzige Virtuoso-On Site (US-Mitgliedschaft) und einzige Destination Management Company der Schweiz mit einem eigenen modernen Wagenpark, bestehend aus Luxusbussen, Minibussen, Sedan, SUV und Minivans.





19/01/2018

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Welcome to becoming a Certified Switzerland Specialist.

Please note that this is the international version. There are several country specific versions, to check them out please click here and register on your national version directly: http://elearning.myswitzerland.com. Thanks for your understanding.

This course is divided into 8 seminars and you can study them at your own pace. Each seminar requires approximately 2 to 4 hours of study. The tests per seminar consist of multiple-choice questions, that need to be answered correctly in order to pass. Once you complete all the test questions correctly you will become a Certified Switzerland Specialist.

What are your benefits as a travel agent or tour operator after achieving certification of a Certified Switzerland Specialist:

  • The course is offered free of charge
  • You can use the Academy for educational purpose only, or you can become a Certified Switzerland Specialist
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19/12/2017

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14/11/2017

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Switzerland holidays

Exceptional scenery, outdoor activity and chocolate box villages harmonise with snow-capped peaks, ice glaciers and cultural cities.

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Clean, safe, efficient and beautiful, this is a country like no other. The Swiss watch is renowned for its sharp time keeping, the Swiss chocolate is known to melt-in-the-mouth and the Swiss water of the thermal springs is so pure it can help heal the joints and the respiratory system. But then what else would you expect from a country that speaks four languages?

From boating to a rock in the middle of the spectacular Rhine Falls to ascending Europe’s highest railway station for bewitching Alpine views or marvelling at neoteric architecture that challenges the peripheries of design, landlocked Switzerland is multifarious in its offerings of things you can see and do.

Geneva is the ideal destination for food lovers; housing nearly 40 Michelin starred restaurants. The cerulean blue of the Lake is surrounded by snowy mountain summits and gentle hillsides striped with vineyards. Explore Lausanne’s designer boutiques or roll your dice in the famous casino of Montreux. If it’s modern art you love, head to Vevey and see Jean-Pierre Vaug’s fork sculpture which literally pierces Lake Geneva. For a scenic tour, jump on a Mouette (water taxi) around the Lake and at night, visit the atmospheric Old Town for a touch of elegant, local flavour.

Travel in style on the Glacier Express visiting the glamorous Alpine resorts of Zermatt and St. Moritz. With its glass domed roof and panoramic windows this is the most spectacular train journey in Switzerland. If train travel isn’t for you, how about taking a helicopter flight from Zermatt to the top of the Matterhorn. one of the most captivating mountains in the world? For picture-perfect postcard Swiss scenery, enjoy the cogwheel to the Jungfrau Plateau, the highest station in Europe. The mountain giants of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau will tower over you and from the famous observatory platform you can take in views of Italy, France, Germany and Austria. Welcome to Bernese Oberland and its sugar-white mountains – possibly the most scenic Alpine region in Switzerland. In Interlaken. ancient unhurried ice is still etching and shaping its way through the peaks, meaning that here you can experience everything from ice climbing, glacier trekking, and hiking to paragliding, handgliding and canyoning. Sail and windsurf on Lake Thun and take in the magic of the mesmerising Blue Ice Grotto in Grindelwald.

If you are looking for something more lively, immerse yourself in the city of Zürich. where the Limmat River emerges from the Zurichsee and runs through the city. The Old Town of Altstadt is a pedestrian zone in the day-time and packed with medieval churches, including St. Peter’s, boasting Europe’s largest clock face. Zürich itself is abundant in vibrant nightlife, a large art and cultural scene including Marc Chagall’s magnificent stained glass windows at the Fraumünster Church, designer shopping at Bahnhofstrasse and an array of great restaurants. It makes a fascinating urban contrast to the Alpine scenery you will have already witnessed and is the perfect beginning or end of a trip to this beguiling country.





10/11/2017

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Switzerland (German: Schweiz. French: Suisse. Italian: Svizzera. Romansch: Svizra. Latin: Confoederatio Helvetica ) is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It has borders with France to the west, Italy to the south, Austria and Liechtenstein to the east and Germany to the north.

The climate is temperate, but varies with altitude. Switzerland has cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters and cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers.

Switzerland is known for its mountains (Alps in south, Jura in northwest) but it also has a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes. The highest point is Dufourspitze at 4,634m while Lake Maggiore is only 195m above sea level.

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Switzerland’s independence and neutrality have long been honoured by the major European powers and Switzerland was not involved in either of the two World Wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland’s role in many UN and international organizations has strengthened Switzerland’s ties with its neighbours. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations, but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

Switzerland showcases three of Europe’s most distinct cultures. To the northeast is the clean and correct, 8-to-5-working, stiffer Swiss-German-speaking Switzerland; to the southwest you find the wine drinking and laissez-faire style known from the French; in the southeast, south of the Alps, the sun warms cappuccino-sippers loitering in Italian-style piazzas; and in the centre: classic Swiss alphorns and mountain landscapes. Binding it all together is a distinct Swiss mentality.

Switzerland can be a glorious whirlwind trip whether you’ve packed your hiking boots, snowboard, or just a good book and a pair of sunglasses.

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Switzerland is a peaceful, prosperous, and stable modern market economy with low unemployment, a highly skilled labour force, and a per capita GDP larger than that of the big Western European economies. The Swiss in recent years have brought their economic practices largely into conformity with the EU’s to enhance their international competitiveness. Switzerland remains a safe haven for investors, because it has maintained a degree of bank secrecy and has kept up the franc’s long-term external value. Reflecting the anaemic economic conditions of Europe, GDP growth dropped in 2001 to about 0.8%, to 0.2% in 2002, and to -0.3% in 2003, with a small rise to 1.8% in 2004-05. Even so, unemployment has remained at less than half the EU average.

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Politically, Switzerland is divided into cantons. but the traveller may find the following regions more useful:





09/11/2017

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Introducing Switzerland

Look past the silk-smooth chocolate, cuckoo clocks and yodelling – contemporary Switzerland, land of four languages, is all about epic journeys and sublime experiences.

Urban Chic

The perfect antidote to rural beauty is a surprise set of cities: capital Bern with its medieval old town and world-class modern art, deeply Germanic Basel and its bold architecture, shopping-chic Geneva astraddle Europe’s largest lake, tycoon-magnet Zug and uber-cool Zürich with its rooftop bars and atypical Swiss street grit. Beard cutting or stone throwing, Paul Klee art or hip club gig: what a euphoric journey indeed.

Why I Love Switzerland

By Nicola Williams, Writer

Lake Geneva’s southern shore has been home for a decade and it still tickles me pink that journeys by train or plane begin with a soul-stirring 20-minute boat ride across the water, sometimes aboard a nippy little ‘commuter’ boat at dawn, sometimes on one of the magnificent belle époque steamers that I often see twinkling after dark from my kitchen window. Lakes. mountains, urban chic: Switzerland delivers every weekend with yet another uplifting activity and, being someone who’d rather be outside than in (call me and my kids ski fiends, paddle-board mad, hiking kings and queens), it suits me down to the ground.

Great Outdoors

Switzerland’s hallucinatory landscapes demand immediate action – grab boots, leap on board, toot bike bell and let spirits rip. Skiing and snowboarding in Graubünden. Bernese Oberland and Central Switzerland are winter choices. When pastures turn green, hiking and biking trails abound in glacier-encrusted mountain areas and lower down along lost valleys, glittering lakeshores and pea-green vineyards. View the natural grandeur from a hot-air balloon or parachute, or afloat a white-water raft. Then there’s those must-do-before-death moments like encountering Eiger’s chiselled north face up close or reaching crevassed ice on Jungfraujoch (3454m). Most extraordinary of all, you don’t need to be a mountaineer to do it.

Alpine Tradition

Variety is the spice of rural life in this rich, earthy land where Alpine tradition is rooted in the agricultural calendar and soaring mountains are as common as muck. Travels are mapped by villages with timber granaries built on stilts to keep the rats out and chalet farmsteads brightened with red geranium blossoms. Ancient markets, folkloric fairs, flag waving and alp horn concerts engrave the passing of seasons in every soul. And then there’s the food: a hearty and flavoursome, gastronomic celebration of gooey cheese desperate to be dipped in, along with velvety chocolate, autumnal game and air-dried meats.

Picture Perfect

Switzerland is a harmonious tableau of beautiful images, a slideshow of epic proportions that is easy to step into, and travellers have been seduced ever since the days of the Grand Tour and Alpinism’s Golden Age in the 19th century, and the birth of winter tourism in the Alps in the 1930s. From the intoxicating chink of Verbier glitterati hobnobbing over Champagne to the reassuring bell jangle of silky black Val d’Hérens cattle being mucked out in the Valais. Switzerland mixes rural and urban with astonishing ease, grace and precision. Ride a little red train between peak and pine, soak in mountain spa waters, snowshoe to your igloo or scamper across medieval bridges and know that this small landlocked country will be picture perfect, with not a hair out of place.





09/11/2017

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Switzerland

Places

At a Glance

▲▲▲ Gimmelwald and the Berner Oberland Rustic village spectacularly perched on a cliff in this mountainous region popular for its alpine towns and scenic hikes, lifts, and train rides; touristy Interlaken is the region s gateway.

▲▲▲ Bern Cozy capital of Switzerland tucked in a sharp river bend, with arcaded shopping promenades, medieval clock towers, and museums devoted to Albert Einstein and artist Paul Klee.

▲▲ Z rich Bustling cosmopolitan city Switzerland s largest by far with upscale shops and a charming riverside old-town quarter full of pointy church spires and pealing bells.

▲▲ Luzern and Central Switzerland Touristy yet worthwhile town of historic wooden bridges, picturesque streets, and vintage steamships that ply lovely Lake Luzern, ringed by mountains with stunning vistas accessible by high-altitude lifts.

▲▲ Murten Quaint, small walled town sitting right next to the German/French linguistic fault line, with nearby Roman ruins and museum in Avenches.

▲▲ Lake Geneva and French Switzerland Small-but-sophisticated lakeside city of Lausanne, Switzerland s best castle experience at Ch teau de Chillon, the cute cheesemaking center of Gruy res, and pleasant scenery in the surrounding countryside.

▲▲ Appenzell The most traditional Swiss region, known for pastoral scenery, small towns, cows, folk museums, and, just a cable-car ride away, a rustic cliffside retreat at Ebenalp.

▲▲ Scenic Rail Journeys Four famous train rides, each offering panoramic views and crisscrossing the country.

Zermatt and the Matterhorn Glitzy ski resort that sports some traditional old-fashioned touches, in a valley at the foot of the famous Matterhorn.

Lugano Leading city of Italian-speaking Switzerland, with a tidy if dull urban core, scenic boat trips on Lake Lugano, and mountain lifts to lakeside peaks.

Pontresina, Samedan, and St. Moritz Romansh-speaking mountain resort region, anchored by three towns: touristy Pontresina, humble Samedan, and swanky St. Moritz.





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Asset sales plan secures EU backing for $130 billion Dow, DuPont merger

The Dow logo is seen on a building in downtown Midland, Michigan, in this May 14, 2015 file photograph. Rebecca Cook/File Photo

(Reuters) – Dow Chemical and DuPont won the blessing of the European Union for their $130 billion merger on Monday by agreeing to sell substantial assets including key research and development activities.

The European Commission had been concerned that the merger of two of the biggest and oldest U.S. chemical producers would leave few incentives to produce new herbicides and pesticides in the future. The deal is one of a trio of mega mergers that will reshape the industry and consolidate six companies into three.

Asset sales would ensure competition in the sector and benefit European farmers and consumers, the Commission said.

“We need effective competition in this sector so companies are pushed to develop products that are ever safer for people and better for the environment,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

“Our decision today ensures that the merger between Dow and DuPont does not reduce price competition for existing pesticides or innovation for safer and better products in the future.”

The two other big deals in the industry are ChemChina’s [CNNCC.UL] $43 billion bid for Syngenta and Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto.

Dow and DuPont said they were still on target for $3 billion in cost synergies and $1 billion in growth benefits.

The deal is still to be approved by regulators in the United States, Brazil, China, Australia and Canada, but the companies said they were confident of clearance in all remaining jurisdictions.

“This regulatory milestone is a significant step toward closing the merger transaction, with the intention to subsequently spin into three independent publicly traded companies,” Dow spokeswoman Rachelle Schikorra said in an email.

The EU approval may be a sign that U.S. regulators would follow suit because the agencies have traditionally coordinated on reviews and remedies for large multinational mergers, said Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute non-profit group.

However, any required asset sales would likely reflect antitrust concerns in the local marketplace.

“In the U.S. there are very high shares in corn and soybean seeds. We would expect those problems to be significant enough for enforcers in the U.S. to remedy them,” Moss said.

Weighty Decision

DuPont products are shown for sale in a hardware store in National City, California, December 9, 2015. Mike Blake/File Photo

The 1,000-page decision underlined the significance of the merger. In return for the EU green light, DuPont will divest large parts of its global pesticides business, including its global research and development organization.

The unit makes herbicides for cereals, oilseed rape, sunflower, rice and pasture and insecticides for insect control for fruits and vegetables.

Dow, in turn, will sell two acid co-polymer manufacturing facilities in Spain and the United States, as well as a contract with a third party through which it buys ionomers. The company has already found a buyer in South Korea’s SK Innovation.

“The main surprises here are the inclusion of the pesticides and the exclusion of any kind of seed assets,” Bernstein analysts wrote in a note. The analysts also said they had expected EU to be concerned about the concentration of seed sales, and that they would require Dow to divest its corn seeds business.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager holds a news conference after Dow Chemical gained conditional EU antitrust approval on Monday for their $130 billion merger by agreeing to significant asset sales, one of a trio of mega mergers that will redraw the agrochemicals industry, in Brussels, Belgium March 27, 2017. Yves Herman

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Scenic train routes criss-cross Europe’s touristic pacesetter

When thinking green, think Switzerland. It s arguably one of the world s most environmentally-conscious countries, and that no doubt explains why train travel there is so eco-friendly. Most trains use ultra-clean hydroelectricity, and some even generate energy-saving electricity when traveling downhill. Every Swiss town is connected to the train system. And, the system also coordinates with an extensive bus network so you can easily journey to the most out-of-the-way finds. Trains can take you from Zurich airport to the top of the Jungfraujoch and its stunning views to the German Black Forest and the French Vosges.

The most popular Swiss routes include, of course, the famous scenic trains: the GoldenPass. the Wilhelm Tell Express, the Bernina Express or Glacier Express smoothly snake in Swiss alpine fields, cross mountain streams on spectacular bridges, all while train travelers enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the snowy Swiss Alps. Choose a Grand Train Tour of Switzerland or Grand Train Tour of Switzerland Hotel Package to make the most of your Swiss journey.

These high-altitude rides are must-views, but one of our favorites is the 30-plus mile Centovalli Express, linking Domodossola, Italy to the Swiss Ticino region. The arrival in Locarno and Lago Maggiore, from the mountain, tops off this fascinating, sensory experience, which includes the clanging of cow bells, the faint smell of wood, and the soothing sounds of mountain streams.

Swiss Travel Passes are most definitely the way to go, unless you just want a quick Swiss Transfer Ticket from the airport to another city to hit the slopes, naturally. Passes not only provide access to the SBB railway mainline network, but also dozens of local, private companies that operate mountain trains, cable cars, and buses. An added bonus: free entrance to most Swiss museums.

For more information on Switzerland contact the Switzerland Tourist Board .

Be sure to see Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden bridge in Switzerland.

Visit the Catholic and Protestant church of Interlaken.





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Welcome to the Switzerland Travel Academy!

Please note that this version is for Australia and New Zealand based travel agents and tour operators. Should you be based outside of this area, please register to your national or international version on http://elearning.myswitzerland.com.

The Switzerland Travel Academy offers you an eLearning platform, with practical information on how and where to travel in Switzerland, enhancing your knowledge and strengthening your skills in planning and marketing trips to Switzerland.

The course is offered free of charge and you can use the Academy simply for educational purposes, or to become a Switzerland Certified Specialist.

To become a specialist, you must complete and pass the course. It is divided into several modules and you can study them at your own pace. Each module requires approximately 1 hour of study and the tests consists of multiple-choice questions, that all need to be answered correctly in order to pass. Once you answer all the test questions correctly you will become a Switzerland Certified Specialist.

So what are the benefits as a travel agent or tour operator after achieving certification of a Switzerland Certified Specialist?

  • You will be awarded an individual certificate and transparent door sticker, enabling your clients to recognise your knowledge and specialisation as a fully trained and qualified Switzerland Specialist
  • Rights to use Certified Specialist logo for letters/brochures/ internet
  • A special award on completion of the course, to display in your agency
  • Invitations to dedicated Switzerland trade events




27/08/2017

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Switzerland holidays

Exceptional scenery, outdoor activity and chocolate box villages harmonise with snow-capped peaks, ice glaciers and cultural cities.

Central Switzerland

Holiday highlights

Clean, safe, efficient and beautiful, this is a country like no other. The Swiss watch is renowned for its sharp time keeping, the Swiss chocolate is known to melt-in-the-mouth and the Swiss water of the thermal springs is so pure it can help heal the joints and the respiratory system. But then what else would you expect from a country that speaks four languages?

From boating to a rock in the middle of the spectacular Rhine Falls to ascending Europe’s highest railway station for bewitching Alpine views or marvelling at neoteric architecture that challenges the peripheries of design, landlocked Switzerland is multifarious in its offerings of things you can see and do.

Geneva is the ideal destination for food lovers; housing nearly 40 Michelin starred restaurants. The cerulean blue of the Lake is surrounded by snowy mountain summits and gentle hillsides striped with vineyards. Explore Lausanne’s designer boutiques or roll your dice in the famous casino of Montreux. If it’s modern art you love, head to Vevey and see Jean-Pierre Vaug’s fork sculpture which literally pierces Lake Geneva. For a scenic tour, jump on a Mouette (water taxi) around the Lake and at night, visit the atmospheric Old Town for a touch of elegant, local flavour.

Travel in style on the Glacier Express visiting the glamorous Alpine resorts of Zermatt and St. Moritz. With its glass domed roof and panoramic windows this is the most spectacular train journey in Switzerland. If train travel isn’t for you, how about taking a helicopter flight from Zermatt to the top of the Matterhorn. one of the most captivating mountains in the world? For picture-perfect postcard Swiss scenery, enjoy the cogwheel to the Jungfrau Plateau, the highest station in Europe. The mountain giants of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau will tower over you and from the famous observatory platform you can take in views of Italy, France, Germany and Austria. Welcome to Bernese Oberland and its sugar-white mountains – possibly the most scenic Alpine region in Switzerland. In Interlaken. ancient unhurried ice is still etching and shaping its way through the peaks, meaning that here you can experience everything from ice climbing, glacier trekking, and hiking to paragliding, handgliding and canyoning. Sail and windsurf on Lake Thun and take in the magic of the mesmerising Blue Ice Grotto in Grindelwald.

If you are looking for something more lively, immerse yourself in the city of Zürich. where the Limmat River emerges from the Zurichsee and runs through the city. The Old Town of Altstadt is a pedestrian zone in the day-time and packed with medieval churches, including St. Peter’s, boasting Europe’s largest clock face. Zürich itself is abundant in vibrant nightlife, a large art and cultural scene including Marc Chagall’s magnificent stained glass windows at the Fraumünster Church, designer shopping at Bahnhofstrasse and an array of great restaurants. It makes a fascinating urban contrast to the Alpine scenery you will have already witnessed and is the perfect beginning or end of a trip to this beguiling country.





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Gr ezi and Welcome to Switzerland

An Insider’s Guide!

Switzerland may be small but we are blessed with diversity. Most think of mountain tops wrapped in eternal snow, but we’ve got a little of everything:

  • The Swiss Riviera with its palm lined avenues between Montreux and Geneva;
  • Italian “dolce vita” in the sunny Ticino with its Mediterranean climate;
  • Pristine alpine meadows full of wildflowers in the spring and bell-carrying four legged guests in the summer;
  • Delightful cities and medieval towns;
  • Numerous refreshing mineral baths and health resorts;
  • The Engadin with its special light that brings contrasts alive and attracts artists for centuries;
  • Remote valleys with picturesque villages where life hasn’t changed much over decades;
  • A unique and a diverse architectural heritage;
  • And, well, OK, our ski slopes are hard to beat!

Being a land of contrast, the scenery is visually sensual just about everywhere. Age old traditions are kept alive, languages and habits differ from region to region, even village to village. And, there’s no country better organized for taking hikes. Hands down:-)





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Overview

Whether skiing down the Swiss Alps, conducting business in Zurich or studying at the University of Geneva, Switzerland offers an exiting destination for those from the United States. Switzerland, along with 23 other European countries, is part of the Schengen agreement that allows travel to and from the country for U.S. passport and Green Card holders for up to 90 days without a visa. For those wishing to stay longer, study or work, Switzerland’s embassy provides all the necessary resources to process your visa.

Tourist Travel

All United States citizens entering Switzerland as a tourist will be allowed to stay for up to three months without a visa. The only requirements are having a passport that is valid for three months past the day of your departure and proof of onward travel: plane ticket, train ticket, etc. No vaccinations or immunizations are required for entry. All stays more than 90 days require a tourist visa.

Business Travel

Switzerland has garnered the attention of the world’s business elite for its lenient laws and confidential nature in which banking is addressed. Traveling to Switzerland on business is the same as tourist travel — a passport valid for three months after your intended day of departure and proof of onward travel for a stay up to three months. All stays more than 90 days require a business visa.

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Welcome to Switzerland. We are gearing up for winter season! Spectacular mountain scenery, unspoiled nature, legendary hospitality and the Swiss cities that never fail to impress visitors. Nowhere are cultural sensations, leisure activities and attractions and innovative gastronomy in such close proximity as in Switzerland. And it is more affordable than you think and there is something for every taste and budget. Discover Switzerland’s diversity: picturesque villages, cosmopolitan cities, cutting-edge design, lakes surrounded by palm trees and snow-capped mountains!

MagicSwitzerland is a tour operator and destination specialist for Switzerland with offices in Switzerland and the United States of America. Our speciality is to elaborate custom itineraries and tours for all ages and interests. We arrange for hotels. rail passes. car rentals. ground transfer and anything else to fit the needs of groups and individual tourists planning to travel in Switzerland. We also organize itineraries combining Switzerland with visits to other European countries!

Or choose from one of our sample itineraries and work closely with one of our Switzerland specialists to design your perfect vacation. Read our travel guides or start with an introduction to the main attractions of Switzerland with destination information of Zermatt and the Matterhorn, the hiking paradise of the Bernese Oberland and the Engadin. or the famous destinations Geneva. Lucerne. Interlaken and the Swiss capital of Berne.

On our web site you will find lots of relevant travel information and the attractions of each city and resort including tips and ideas for activities and things to do. Switzerland offers four-culture diversity, service oriented hotels and the Swiss command of English that makes traveling pleasant and fun.

A personal selection of the best Swiss hotels that we promote is based on hotel amenities, location, service, price and value. If you prefer to book your reservations yourself, we facilitate direct communication and reservation requests with more than a hundred of the most prestigious hotels, resorts and chalets throughout Switzerland. Just click the reservation button on the right hand side of every individual hotel, and you will hear directly from your desired hotel.

Whether your interest are the Swiss Alps and our majestic mountains, enjoying the ease and comfort of traveling by train or touring with a rental car through Switzerland, exploring the lakes or getting to know a Swiss City, we will assist you in putting together the perfect vacation. Our travel agents provide efficient and quality service and they can make all your travel arrangements for your visit to Switzerland.





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Gr ezi and Welcome to Switzerland

An Insider’s Guide!

Switzerland may be small but we are blessed with diversity. Most think of mountain tops wrapped in eternal snow, but we’ve got a little of everything:

  • The Swiss Riviera with its palm lined avenues between Montreux and Geneva;
  • Italian “dolce vita” in the sunny Ticino with its Mediterranean climate;
  • Pristine alpine meadows full of wildflowers in the spring and bell-carrying four legged guests in the summer;
  • Delightful cities and medieval towns;
  • Numerous refreshing mineral baths and health resorts;
  • The Engadin with its special light that brings contrasts alive and attracts artists for centuries;
  • Remote valleys with picturesque villages where life hasn’t changed much over decades;
  • A unique and a diverse architectural heritage;
  • And, well, OK, our ski slopes are hard to beat!

Being a land of contrast, the scenery is visually sensual just about everywhere. Age old traditions are kept alive, languages and habits differ from region to region, even village to village. And, there’s no country better organized for taking hikes. Hands down:-)





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Vaccines and Medicines

You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US.

You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.

  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for bat bites (such as adventure travel and caving).
  • People who will be working with or around bats (such as wildlife professionals and researchers).




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Map of Switzerland: Best Swiss Cities to Visit

By James Martin. Europe Travel Expert

James Martin is a writer, photographer, and webmaster who has traveled extensively in Europe since 1977 and hasn’t tired of it. He has lived and worked as an archaeologist in Italy and Greece and has studied Italian at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy. He’s been living part-time in northern Italy for seven years, and writes about the experience at Wandering Italy and on the Wandering Italy Blog. His experience there has induced him to author the mobile app called Tuscany for Foodies. Even more recently, he’s authored, with Paola Loi, the mobile app called Sardinia Inside Out.

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Switzerland is a land of soaring mountain peaks, placid lakes, verdant green valleys and unheralded but surprisingly good wine.

At one time it was imperative on your Grand Tour to take a scenic train ride into Switzerland to buy a handmade watch and gaze in amazement at the Matterhorn. If your wallet was full, you d head to St. Moritz, or you could go skiing (or play snow golf) in Gstaad Saanenland .

Switzerland s scenery is more accessible than ever today. Postal buses get you to any tiny Swiss corner you can see on a map. Little red trains, the slowest express trains you ll ever ride called Bernina and Glacier, take you through scenic areas with panoramic open cars, gourmet restaurant cars, historic coaches, and feature spiraling open descents into valleys. Hiking trails are everywhere. Tourist boats ply the lakes big and small–you can even take one under Europe s largest waterfall, the Rhine Falls marked on the map with a red square near the interesting town of Schaffhausen. Active travelers can ski, hike or climb in the Matterhorn s shadow in Zermatt .

The list, as they say, is almost endless.

Destinations in Switzerland: Highlights of Select Cities

The Capital of Switzerland, Bern. is a good place to start. Bern takes its name from the German word for bear. It s a pretty medieval city, founded in 1191, with many attractions, museums, and historic sites. Because of its impressive medieval architecture in Bern s old town, Bern has been made a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lucerne lies on the shores of Lake Lucerne in Central Switzerland, surrounded by the Swiss alps, notably Mount Pilatus and Rigi. Its small medieval center contains a wealth of museums. For a town of 60,000 people, there are lots of events to attend, here is a link to the top events .

Basel is a border city in French speaking Switzerland. It lies along the Rhine river in northern Switzerland, at the intersection of France, Germany and Switzerland. Basel is famous for its ancient masked carnival, or Fasnacht. a three-day carnival festival starting on the Monday after Mardi Gras, and is host to the largest Christmas Market in Switzerland.

If you want to vacation in a charming spot on a lake surrounded by mountains, where relaxation is the key, Zug might be just the place; it s known for its sunsets. Its medieval center is compact and spills down to the lake; a perfect place to relax and enjoy life.

Geneva lies between the Alps and the Jura mountains on the shore of Lake Geneva on the west side of Switzerland bordering on France. It s the second largest city in Switzerland after Zürich.

Swiss Christmas Markets

A tradition in Switzerland, Christmas markets are found in every major city and even on top of a mountain, see our picks: Switzerland s Best Christmas Markets

Accommodations in Switzerland

Accommodations in Switzerland tend to be expensive. There are usually fewer hotels located around train stations than in other countries. You may inspect a hotel before committing to it.

Hotel rooms in Switzerland tend to be smaller than other places, but there are usually more services available. Prices include service, taxes and sometimes breakfast (ask).

Most Swiss hotels are members of the Swiss Hotel Association, which rates them according to their facilities and not necessarily their charm. For more general information on European hotel ratings, see our article: Hotels and their Star Ratings .

One way to save money in Switzerland is to rent a vacation home or mountain chalet and use it as a hub for your Swiss explorations. You ll save even more by inviting a group and renting a larger place for a week or so. HomeAway lists over 170,000 Swiss Vacation Rentals indexed by location (book direct).

Swiss Currency

The Swiss currency is the Swiss Franc, abbreviated to CHF. Swiss Franc banknotes are issued in the following denominations: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1000 Francs. At the time of writing, 1 US Dollar 1.35350 Swiss Franc (January, 2003). For the current rate, see Currency Converter by OANDA.com, The Currency Site .

Language in Switzerland

Four primary languages are spoken in Switzerland. See the map above for the approximate areas those languages are spoken in. The Federal Constitution stipulates that German, French, and Italian are Switzerland s official languages, whereas Romansh is an official language for communicating with Romansh-speaking persons. English is increasingly taught at an early age, sometimes taking priority over a second national language.

Foreign Languages for the Tourist gives a list of resources for learning just enough language to get along. Page two of that article is an account of going to language school in Perugia, Italy. I recommend undertaking such an experience in Switzerland if you re interested in the Swiss languages and people.

Transportation in Switzerland: Transportation Maps

Switzerland is served by more than 13000 miles of train, bus and boat routes. Find out more about Swiss transportation options in the article Swiss Rail Passes and Transportation information. Where the trains don t run is a highly efficient system of Postal Buses: PostBus Switzerland. You can get virtually anywhere by public transportation in Switzerland.

Switzerland is served by eight major airports. See our Interactive Switzerland Airports Map for locations and information.

If you are driving in Switzerland, be aware that you ll need a permit called a vignette affixed to your windshield to drive on the autobahn, or toll roads. You can buy one of these at the border as you enter Switzerland. The vignette is a tax and toll sticker, similar to the vignette in Austria .

For distances between major cities, see our Switzerland Driving Distances map and calculator.

Weather in Switzerland – When to Go

Due to the mountainous terrain in Switzerland, weather can vary greatly with altitude. Prediction of the weather can be tricky. For some historical climate information, including historic temperature and precipitation graphs that might help you plan your vacation in Switzerland, as well as current conditions see Travel Weather Switzerland .

Eating in Swiss Restaurants

Although eating in a Swiss restaurant is generally more expensive than eating in a neighboring country, you can find interesting, inexpensive food in Switzerland. Lunches are often cheaper than the same meal at dinner. Look for the plate of the day.

General Eating Times: Lunch: 12-2 Dinner 6-8 pm

As you might expect, Swiss cuisine is based around dairy products — cheese, milk, cream, butter and/or yogurt.

Beer is often cheaper and more readily available then soft drinks.

Tipping

Meals include a service charge, but tipping is common. 5% of the total is the usual tip. According to locals in Zurich, it is customary, when paying with a credit card, to leave the tip in cash rather than adding it to the card total.

Public Holidays in Switzerland

Public holidays

New Years: January 1st and 2nd





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Scenic train routes criss-cross Europe’s touristic pacesetter

When thinking green, think Switzerland. It s arguably one of the world s most environmentally-conscious countries, and that no doubt explains why train travel there is so eco-friendly. Most trains use ultra-clean hydroelectricity, and some even generate energy-saving electricity when traveling downhill. Every Swiss town is connected to the train system. And, the system also coordinates with an extensive bus network so you can easily journey to the most out-of-the-way finds. Trains can take you from Zurich airport to the top of the Jungfraujoch and its stunning views to the German Black Forest and the French Vosges.

The most popular Swiss routes include, of course, the famous scenic trains: the GoldenPass. the Wilhelm Tell Express, the Bernina Express or Glacier Express smoothly snake in Swiss alpine fields, cross mountain streams on spectacular bridges, all while train travelers enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the snowy Swiss Alps. Choose a Grand Train Tour of Switzerland or Grand Train Tour of Switzerland Hotel Package to make the most of your Swiss journey.

These high-altitude rides are must-views, but one of our favorites is the 30-plus mile Centovalli Express, linking Domodossola, Italy to the Swiss Ticino region. The arrival in Locarno and Lago Maggiore, from the mountain, tops off this fascinating, sensory experience, which includes the clanging of cow bells, the faint smell of wood, and the soothing sounds of mountain streams.

Swiss Travel Passes are most definitely the way to go, unless you just want a quick Swiss Transfer Ticket from the airport to another city to hit the slopes, naturally. Passes not only provide access to the SBB railway mainline network, but also dozens of local, private companies that operate mountain trains, cable cars, and buses. An added bonus: free entrance to most Swiss museums.

For more information on Switzerland contact the Switzerland Tourist Board .

Be sure to see Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden bridge in Switzerland.

Visit the Catholic and Protestant church of Interlaken.





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Immerse yourself in one of Europe’s most sublime landscapes: the Alpine paradise of Switzerland. From mountaintop villages to splendid global cities, the Swiss experience is truly breathtaking.

From Zürich and Basel to Geneva and Bern, Swiss cities—famous for their almost unrivaled quality of life and role as global financial hubs—offer a wonderfully cosmopolitan counterpoint to the country’s postcard-perfect countryside. Linger happily in Zürich’s superb museums, or take a leisurely stroll along Geneva’s lovely waterfront. Tasting your way around Switzerland is a scrumptious form of tourism. In this dairy-rich and sweets-loving land, you’ll revel over homegrown cheeses and chocolates—and fondue, of course, the national dish! Follow the tinkle of cowbells and the track of cable cars up to Switzerland’s grandest sights in the Alps, which play host to numerous fairytale high-country villages. One of Europe’s greatest panoramas await you on the Jungfrau railway, which tops out at the summit station of Jungfraujoch. Lake Geneva, meanwhile, has drawn visitors for centuries with its ethereal beauty. Most magnificent of all, of course, is the Matterhorn—perhaps the world’s most celebrated mountain peak.

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Geography

Switzerland is one of those countries whose peddled postcards showcasing incredible natural landscapes look too heavenly to be real. Once you arrive however, you’ll see for yourself that those sweeping green valleys, tumbling waterfalls, dramatic glaciers and crystal-clear lakes are in fact very much real. And the fact that Switzerland plays host to some of the world’s most impressive scenic trains like the Bernina Express, the Golden Pass Line, the Glacier Express, and the Wilhelm Tell Express makes traveling through its glorious backdrops relaxing, pleasant and stress-free.

Switzerland is also home to two other World Heritage Natural Sites: the Monte San Giorgio and the marvelous Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, a mountainous stretch in the northeastern part of the country that contains seven peaks that rise above 9,800 feet. And while it is not a large country (slightly smaller than New Hampshire + Vermont combo); there is much to do and to appreciate while on vacation in Switzerland. Its largest cities are Zurich, Geneva and Basel. Its capital is Bern. Other popular Swiss cities, towns and resorts for tourists include Lucerne (a great base for visiting Mount Pilatus), Interlaken, Lausanne, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz and Mediterranean-like Lugano.

Most visited cities: Zurich, Geneva, Zermatt, Lausanne





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Discover quaint towns and major cities throughout the Swiss countryside, and enjoy breathtaking vistas of lush vegetation wrapped around mountain peaks topped with powdered white snow.

Scenic natural beauty is a highlight of Switzerland tours. On some trips, you might visit the Engadine, widely considered the most spectacular mountain region in the world, or travel through the Swiss Alps on the Glacier Express. A treat on any Switzerland travel itinerary, this train offers stunning panoramic views of piercing blue lakes, crashing waterfalls, magnificent ice structures and gleaming mountainous landscapes.

Accompanying this natural scenery are Swiss cities teeming with tradition. See the United Nations building in Geneva, Thornwaldsen’s Lion Monument in Lucerne, the Bear Pit in Berne and Chillon Castle near Lake Geneva, a 12th-century fortress and an inspiration for the works of the poet Lord Byron. Of course, you’ll have plenty of chances to sample some Swiss chocolate!

Switzerland tours are classified according to the quality and location of hotels and restaurants and the number of included meals and activities. The quality listed for each tour below follows the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe).

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Immerse yourself in one of Europe’s most sublime landscapes: the Alpine paradise of Switzerland. From mountaintop villages to splendid global cities, the Swiss experience is truly breathtaking.

From Zürich and Basel to Geneva and Bern, Swiss cities—famous for their almost unrivaled quality of life and role as global financial hubs—offer a wonderfully cosmopolitan counterpoint to the country’s postcard-perfect countryside. Linger happily in Zürich’s superb museums, or take a leisurely stroll along Geneva’s lovely waterfront. Tasting your way around Switzerland is a scrumptious form of tourism. In this dairy-rich and sweets-loving land, you’ll revel over homegrown cheeses and chocolates—and fondue, of course, the national dish! Follow the tinkle of cowbells and the track of cable cars up to Switzerland’s grandest sights in the Alps, which play host to numerous fairytale high-country villages. One of Europe’s greatest panoramas await you on the Jungfrau railway, which tops out at the summit station of Jungfraujoch. Lake Geneva, meanwhile, has drawn visitors for centuries with its ethereal beauty. Most magnificent of all, of course, is the Matterhorn—perhaps the world’s most celebrated mountain peak.

Food and Drink

Geography

Switzerland is one of those countries whose peddled postcards showcasing incredible natural landscapes look too heavenly to be real. Once you arrive however, you’ll see for yourself that those sweeping green valleys, tumbling waterfalls, dramatic glaciers and crystal-clear lakes are in fact very much real. And the fact that Switzerland plays host to some of the world’s most impressive scenic trains like the Bernina Express, the Golden Pass Line, the Glacier Express, and the Wilhelm Tell Express makes traveling through its glorious backdrops relaxing, pleasant and stress-free.

Switzerland is also home to two other World Heritage Natural Sites: the Monte San Giorgio and the marvelous Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, a mountainous stretch in the northeastern part of the country that contains seven peaks that rise above 9,800 feet. And while it is not a large country (slightly smaller than New Hampshire + Vermont combo); there is much to do and to appreciate while on vacation in Switzerland. Its largest cities are Zurich, Geneva and Basel. Its capital is Bern. Other popular Swiss cities, towns and resorts for tourists include Lucerne (a great base for visiting Mount Pilatus), Interlaken, Lausanne, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz and Mediterranean-like Lugano.

Most visited cities: Zurich, Geneva, Zermatt, Lausanne





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Switzerland (German: Schweiz. French: Suisse. Italian: Svizzera. Romansch: Svizra. Latin: Confoederatio Helvetica ) is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It has borders with France to the west, Italy to the south, Austria and Liechtenstein to the east and Germany to the north.

The climate is temperate, but varies with altitude. Switzerland has cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters and cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers.

Switzerland is known for its mountains (Alps in south, Jura in northwest) but it also has a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes. The highest point is Dufourspitze at 4,634m while Lake Maggiore is only 195m above sea level.

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Switzerland’s independence and neutrality have long been honoured by the major European powers and Switzerland was not involved in either of the two World Wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland’s role in many UN and international organizations has strengthened Switzerland’s ties with its neighbours. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations, but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

Switzerland showcases three of Europe’s most distinct cultures. To the northeast is the clean and correct, 8-to-5-working, stiffer Swiss-German-speaking Switzerland; to the southwest you find the wine drinking and laissez-faire style known from the French; in the southeast, south of the Alps, the sun warms cappuccino-sippers loitering in Italian-style piazzas; and in the centre: classic Swiss alphorns and mountain landscapes. Binding it all together is a distinct Swiss mentality.

Switzerland can be a glorious whirlwind trip whether you’ve packed your hiking boots, snowboard, or just a good book and a pair of sunglasses.

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Switzerland is a peaceful, prosperous, and stable modern market economy with low unemployment, a highly skilled labour force, and a per capita GDP larger than that of the big Western European economies. The Swiss in recent years have brought their economic practices largely into conformity with the EU’s to enhance their international competitiveness. Switzerland remains a safe haven for investors, because it has maintained a degree of bank secrecy and has kept up the franc’s long-term external value. Reflecting the anaemic economic conditions of Europe, GDP growth dropped in 2001 to about 0.8%, to 0.2% in 2002, and to -0.3% in 2003, with a small rise to 1.8% in 2004-05. Even so, unemployment has remained at less than half the EU average.

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Politically, Switzerland is divided into cantons. but the traveller may find the following regions more useful:





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Enjoy the beauty and the hospitality of Switzerland .

Switzerland Travel Agency

MagicSwitzerland aims at being the most comprehensive source of travel information on Switzerland and as a travel agency to provide you with the most efficient way to plan and confirm your travel arrangements.

Switzerland is an exhilarating place to spend your vacation. The diversity of the landlocked, mountainous country is the essence of Switzerland and gives the country its unique identity. Along with its attractiveness as one of Europe’s main tourist destination, it is best known for its financial institutions, fine cheeses and chocolate, the watch making industry, for its scenery and an excellent network of public transport.

Switzerland takes up an area of 41,295 square kilometers and is home to 7.4 million people. More than 60 percent of the country is mountainous and a quarter of it is covered with forests. Our country boasts breathtaking mountains, picturesque lakes and charming cities and towns that are full of culture and history. Immerse yourself in Switzerland’s beauty! And a longstanding tourist tradition will leave you with lasting memories of a great vacation.

Consulting and Booking Process with MagicSwitzerland

From the time you start talking to us about your vacation, we work closely with you to ensure that the planning and the bookings are exactly what you need. Here is a basic, step-by-step breakdown of a typical consulting and booking process or you can choose to make your individual reservation directly at one of our booking engines :





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Scenic train routes criss-cross Europe’s touristic pacesetter

When thinking green, think Switzerland. It s arguably one of the world s most environmentally-conscious countries, and that no doubt explains why train travel there is so eco-friendly. Most trains use ultra-clean hydroelectricity, and some even generate energy-saving electricity when traveling downhill. Every Swiss town is connected to the train system. And, the system also coordinates with an extensive bus network so you can easily journey to the most out-of-the-way finds. Trains can take you from Zurich airport to the top of the Jungfraujoch and its stunning views to the German Black Forest and the French Vosges.

The most popular Swiss routes include, of course, the famous scenic trains: the GoldenPass. the Wilhelm Tell Express, the Bernina Express or Glacier Express smoothly snake in Swiss alpine fields, cross mountain streams on spectacular bridges, all while train travelers enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the snowy Swiss Alps. Choose a Grand Train Tour of Switzerland or Grand Train Tour of Switzerland Hotel Package to make the most of your Swiss journey.

These high-altitude rides are must-views, but one of our favorites is the 30-plus mile Centovalli Express, linking Domodossola, Italy to the Swiss Ticino region. The arrival in Locarno and Lago Maggiore, from the mountain, tops off this fascinating, sensory experience, which includes the clanging of cow bells, the faint smell of wood, and the soothing sounds of mountain streams.

Swiss Travel Passes are most definitely the way to go, unless you just want a quick Swiss Transfer Ticket from the airport to another city to hit the slopes, naturally. Passes not only provide access to the SBB railway mainline network, but also dozens of local, private companies that operate mountain trains, cable cars, and buses. An added bonus: free entrance to most Swiss museums.

For more information on Switzerland contact the Switzerland Tourist Board .

Be sure to see Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden bridge in Switzerland.

Visit the Catholic and Protestant church of Interlaken.





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Gr ezi and Welcome to Switzerland

An Insider’s Guide!

Switzerland may be small but we are blessed with diversity. Most think of mountain tops wrapped in eternal snow, but we’ve got a little of everything:

  • The Swiss Riviera with its palm lined avenues between Montreux and Geneva;
  • Italian “dolce vita” in the sunny Ticino with its Mediterranean climate;
  • Pristine alpine meadows full of wildflowers in the spring and bell-carrying four legged guests in the summer;
  • Delightful cities and medieval towns;
  • Numerous refreshing mineral baths and health resorts;
  • The Engadin with its special light that brings contrasts alive and attracts artists for centuries;
  • Remote valleys with picturesque villages where life hasn’t changed much over decades;
  • A unique and a diverse architectural heritage;
  • And, well, OK, our ski slopes are hard to beat!

Being a land of contrast, the scenery is visually sensual just about everywhere. Age old traditions are kept alive, languages and habits differ from region to region, even village to village. And, there’s no country better organized for taking hikes. Hands down:-)





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US Travel Requirements to Switzerland

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Overview

Whether skiing down the Swiss Alps, conducting business in Zurich or studying at the University of Geneva, Switzerland offers an exiting destination for those from the United States. Switzerland, along with 23 other European countries, is part of the Schengen agreement that allows travel to and from the country for U.S. passport and Green Card holders for up to 90 days without a visa. For those wishing to stay longer, study or work, Switzerland’s embassy provides all the necessary resources to process your visa.

Tourist Travel

All United States citizens entering Switzerland as a tourist will be allowed to stay for up to three months without a visa. The only requirements are having a passport that is valid for three months past the day of your departure and proof of onward travel: plane ticket, train ticket, etc. No vaccinations or immunizations are required for entry. All stays more than 90 days require a tourist visa.

Business Travel

Switzerland has garnered the attention of the world’s business elite for its lenient laws and confidential nature in which banking is addressed. Traveling to Switzerland on business is the same as tourist travel — a passport valid for three months after your intended day of departure and proof of onward travel for a stay up to three months. All stays more than 90 days require a business visa.

United States Green Card Holders





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