The country of Switzerland is a landlocked alpine country, located in Western Europe. It is one of the richest countries in the world and Z'rich and Geneva have been ranked 1st and 2nd in having the highest quality of life in the world. Switzerland is an area that recognizes four official languages; German, Italian, French and Romansh. While Switzerland is a relatively small country, it is home to 7.2 million people.
Geneva, Switzerland is considered to be a world city and has a cosmopolitan society. While Geneva may be a small metropolis, it booms with activity and is home to some of the most prestigious organizations in the world. The Red Cross and European Head Quarters of the United Nations are both located here. Geneva also has over twenty parks the lakefront is the center piece of the city and offers endless opportunity for relaxation and recreation year round. The Jet d'eau is located on the lake and spouts water some one-hundred and forty feet into the air, making it the tallest in the world and a testament to the Geneva being a world leader in the field of hydraulics.
Rousseau Island is one of the most romantic areas in Geneva on the Le Rhone River. In 1832, the Bergues Bridge was constructed and which linked the island to Geneva via a footbridge. The island is named after the famous Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. It has been transformed into a public garden and today contains a bird sanctuary and a restaurant.
Lugano, Switzerland is also another popular tourist haven. Lugano is also home of the popular holiday region of Ticino. The entire town is traffic-free and surrounded by numerous mountains with stunning views. In the center of town, visitors can take in lovely Mediterranean style squares and numerous subtropical parks with fragrant camellias, magnolias and other plants and modern artworks. There are two close mountain ranges, Mount San Salvatore and Mount Bre. Guests can walk down Mount Bre to visit the town of Bre and from Mount San Salvatore, there is a walking trail that leads Carona to Lake Lugano at Morcote.
Lucerne is a town easily accessible due to central location. Lucerne is small enough to be toured completely on foot and has a resplendent lake surrounded completely by mountains. Lucerne is also home to the Swiss transport Museum and “Kapellbrucke”, the covered bridge that goes across the River Reuss. There is also a new Culture and Congress Center, which only adds to the already abundant variety of attractions in Lucerne.
Not only known for its delectable chocolates, Switzerland is also home of the Swiss Alps mountain range that extends over 60% of the area. The highest peaks of the Alps are the Dufourspise at 15,203 feet, the Dom at 14,913 feet and the Matterhorn at 14,691 feet. The Rhine and Rhone rivers originate in the Swiss Alps and are two of the longest rivers in Europe. Because of the winter-like climate the Swiss Alps are suitable for skiing, ice skating and other many other activities.
The Swiss town of St. Moritz is well-known for offering exquisite hotels and fine dining. Many travelers enjoy staying at such fine hotels as; La Margna Swiss Q Hotel, Kempinksi Grand Hotel des Bains, Hotel Suvretta House or the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz. The Klum Hotel has been open since 1856 and is now a world famous hotel and ski resort. The hotel is situated against the mountainous landscape of Upper Engadine valley. This hotel has the unique distinction of being rated six-stars and offers some of the finest cuisine St. Moritz has to offer. Switzerland has a varying climate and some towns experience over 2,300 hours of sunlight per year, making Switzerland a location that everyone is sure to enjoy.