Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain medieval quarters, with landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge. The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.
BERN – the capital city of Switzerland, is built around a crook in the Aare River, it traces its origins back to the 12th century, with medieval architecture preserved in the Altstadt (Old Town)
ZURICH – a global center for banking and finance, lies at the north end of Lake Zurich, the picturesque lanes of the central Altstadt (Old Town), on either side of the Limmat River, reflect its pre-medieval history, waterfront promenades like the Limmatquai follow the river toward the 17th-century Rathaus (town hall)
GENEVA – surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains, the city has views of dramatic Mont Blanc, headquarters of Europe’s United Nations and the Red Cross, it’s a global hub for diplomacy and banking
LAKE CONSTANCE – is a 63km-long lake that borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland, fed by the Rhine River, it’s composed of 2 connected parts, the Untersee (lower lake) and the larger Obersee (upper lake), ringed by resort towns, it’s a summer destination for sailing, windsurfing and swimming
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