While Switzerland is commonly associated with song and dance numbers captured in the backdrop of snowcapped mountains, there’s much more to explore in this exquisite tiny European country. Switzerland may be a small country in size but its potential to engage tourists is anything but small.
Snow-capped Alps, glistening blue lakes, rich green valleys and cozy cities with a nostalgic vibe, all come together to create a near fairytale atmosphere throughout the country.
One city that tops the beauty scale is Lucerne. Considered one of the world’s prettiest cities, Lucerne is most famous for its 14th century Chapel Bridge and Water Tower. Such is the mesmerizing beauty of the bridge that one can’t help but capture in their lens, thus, making it is the most photographed monument in Switzerland. The city is also home to the Dying Lion, a stunning war memorial carved out of rock that honors Swiss mercenaries who died in France in 1792.
A visit to Lugano always has great surprise potential as you might walk past a celeb you dream about. Aptly known as the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland”, its growing popularity with celebs speaks volumes about its magnetic aura. Located near Lake Lugano, the city is ever pleasant with warm summers and intrigues with a vividly rich historical heritage. Many museums, cathedrals and other heritages sites call it home. But that’s not what Lugano is all about. Come summer and you’ll witness the city spread out its musical wings during its classical music festival, the Lugano Festival.
Interlaken has come a long way from its modest watch making origins. Gradually taking on the identity of a tourist resort, tourists head here to breathe in the fresh mountain air while also indulging in the area’s famous spa centers. The city is also becoming popular amongst adventure enthusiasts as a popular base camp for outdoor activities in the surrounding Bernese Oberland Alps. Once travelers have their fill of the stunning views of the Eiger, the Jungfrau and the Monch mountains, they can try out something different by signing up for a workshop at a local woodcarving school.
Head to the northernmost part of Switzerland near the town of Schaffhausen and be enchanted by the mighty Rhine Falls. Europe’s largest waterfall, the Rhine Falls is a magnetic spectacle that can be viewed from several viewing decks. But those seeking an adrenaline kick can rent their own canoes and travel to nearby castles SchlossLaufen and SchlossWörth. While a trip to the falls is great at any time of the year, the view tends to get better on 1st August, Swiss National Day, when the falls dazzle with an extravagant display of fireworks.
Bern and Zurich are two of the more popular cities among tourists visiting Switzerland. Head here for a dose of urban life that’s just as exciting as it is culturally rich. Both cities are known for being shopping paradises, so you know this is where all those Swiss watches and merchandise come from.
To sum it, it doesn’t matter if you’ve packed your hiking boots, your snowboard or just got a good book along, Switzerland will please each and every one of its visitors.
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