Spoken LanguageGerman (62.8%)
Main CurrencySwiss Franc
Largest CityZurich (1.3 million)
Largest BorderItaly (698 km)
If your passion for a taste of the “high-life” embraces carving through white powdered slopes, soaring above snow-capped peaks cradled in thrilling aerial tramways and cable cars, and marveling at the constantly changing vistas of Alpine scenery, Switzerland is your European vacation destination for flair, fashion, and sheer sensation! Zurich offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, fashion labels and Zurich designers. The French speaking city of Geneva lies in the bay where the Rhone departs from Lake Geneva. With its cosmopolitan flair, the European seat of the UNO and headquarters of the Red Cross is known as the “Capital of Peace”. Lucerne’s famous Swiss watch/souvenir shops, beautiful lakeside settings, and the exciting mountainous excursions make it a must-see for many travel groups and individuals on a captivating journey through central Switzerland.
Surrounded by the thunderous roar of 72 shimmering waterfalls, the municipality of Lauterbrunnen in the Swiss Alps is practically a hidden valley secreted amongst rocky cliffs and deeply gouged glacial ruggedness, contrasted by peaceful rolling meadows and secluded woodlands, and is regarded as one of Switzerland’s largest nature conservation areas.
The tallest of Lauterbrunnen’s vast array of impressive waterfalls, Staubbach Falls reaches almost 1,000 feet in height. The nearby Trümmelbach Falls forcefully gushes its glacial waters through crevices close to dramatic viewing platforms. In 1779, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe visited the valley, and was inspired by the roaring waters to write his well-known poem ‘Spirit song over the waters’.
The Glacier Express
There are some occasions when purposefully traveling slowly is far preferable to speeding to your destination in record time. Perfect case in point is Switzerland’s prestigious Glacier Express train excursion which takes a full eight hours to journey 170 miles uniting two celebrated Swiss ski destinations, St.Moritz and Zermatt.
Indeed, by design the Glacier express proudly declares that it owns the title of the world’s slowest train. But to truly absorb and appreciate the stunning scenery and to cross over 290 bridges and pass through 91 tunnels, slow really has to be the way to go.
Journeying serenely towards the Oberalppass, the Glacier Express reaches a staggering elevation of 6,670 feet above sea level as its highest point.
Great Mountain Village
The picturesque alpine town of Engelberg in central Switzerland, lovingly named ‘Angel Mountain’ is a popular mountain resort offering year round attractions with both summer and winter flavors.
For history and architecture enthusiasts, this quaint old town is centered by an impressive 12th century Benadictine monastery, the Kloster Engelberg.
In winter Engelberg springs to life with its popular ski runs zigzagging down Mount Titlis. Take a daring cliff walk across the Titlis suspension bridge to a crystalline glacier park towards Trübsee, a nearby glacial lake. And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous try your hand at the climbing ladders known as ‘via ferratas’ which ascend the steep face of Rigidalstock Mountain