In love with Switzerland
Switzerland is set between five countries, between tradition and contemporariness and between mountains and valleys. It is a country somewhere in-between that boasts landscapes, towns and people to fall in love with.
Two typically Swiss gentlemen are sitting opposite each other in a tramcar. One of them is proudly displaying a twisted moustache and Edelweiss embroidered braces. The other is staring at his smartphone whilst adjusting his cap. No one is surprised by this apparent contrast. Because Switzerland is both: modern yet steeped in tradition. It is a country in which alphorns are just as much at home as CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) where milestones in physics are regularly achieved.
Reaching high and low
Switzerland’s landscapes and climate are also marked by contrast. Anyone who chooses can be skiing in the Alps one day and swimming in Lake Geneva the next. There’s the valley of Lauterbrunnen with its waterfalls to explore, or hiking through the rugged mountain landscape of the Swiss Jura. And for those who fancy a break from all that gorgeous nature: Zurich and Bern have plenty to offer for nightlife.
Cuisine for connoisseurs
Be it a Cervelat sausage or a glass of Rivella (milk whey based beverage) – Switzerland has its very own culinary specialities that are hard to find elsewhere. But even the culinary less adventurous will enjoy pampering their taste buds with a traditional fondue, regional wines or Swiss chocolate.
From the Jungfraujoch to the Gotthard Base Tunnel
One thing Swiss locals, visitors and tourists unanimously agree about Switzerland: it is a country of superlatives. Take the Jungfraujoch, for instance. Situated at 3454 metres above sea level, it is the highest railway station in Europe. Or the Metro Alpin in Saas-Fee which holds the title of highest underground train in the world. And if that were not enough, Switzerland is home to the world’s longest railway tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel. Opened in June 2016, this 57 km long tunnel through the Alps connects the cantons of Uri and Ticino enabling passengers to travel between German-speaking and Italian-speaking Switzerland in record time without leaving the country and, might we add, (nearly) always on time - just like Swiss clockwork.
Pictures from Switzerland