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Switzerland sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Switzerland has prepared a great choice of entertainment for its guests. Simply every traveler will find here activities to fit one's taste. Several important landmarks can be found in Bern. The oldest religious landmark in the country, the French Church, is also located there. Built in 1270, the church was restored and redesigned several times. The inner design of the church amazes visitors with magnificent frescoes and elegant drawings. As the church keeps working, it's always crowded.
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Kornhaus granary is one more place that is worth visiting. Originally, higher floors of the building were used as a granary, while the cellar was used to store wine. In the beginning of the 19th century, Kornhaus was transformed into a tavern, and in 1983 it became the main club in the city. The building is distinguished by very interesting architecture - in it arcs you will see sculptures of dragons, mermaids and other mythical creatures. Kornhaus halls are decorated with historic costumes, statues and figurines that depict musicians.
The Russian Church is an important tourist destination in Geneva. The church was built in the middle of the 19th century by initiative of La Grande Duchesse Anna Feodorovna. The sanctuary is distinguished by luxury design as many items in the church were gifted by the Royal Family. The city of Lausanne is also famous for its religious landmarks. Here travelers are recommended to visit the Church of st. Francis that was built in the 13nth century. During more than 7 centuries long history, the church has significantly changed its original look. The only thing that is left unchanged is elegant and strict design of halls. The local cathedral, which was built in approximately same period, features more luxurious design. Its doors and facade are decorated with figures depicting priests, Bible heroes and angels. The walls and ceiling of the cathedral are decorated with magnificent frescos. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Among the sights of Lucerne the ancient Water Tower is one of the most famous. Besides its original purpose, the tower was also used as a prison and during several years it was even transformed into an archive and a treasury. Unfortunately, the original design and style of the tower didn't survive till our days, but numerous legends and stories known to every local and guide let us know about the tower and its former look. There is a chapel near the tower, and together these buildings form a part of a medieval protective facility.
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History and Entertainment

Switzerland is a country with a rich history that has a direct effect on its culture and traditions. In the times of Ancient Rome, the territory of modern Switzerland seemed extremely attractive to many conquerors. In the Middle Ages, the coveted territory was at the crossroads of important transportation and trade routes, which just strengthened an interest in it. The official date of the establishment of Switzerland is 1291 when three alpine valleys were unified.
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Already at the beginning of the 16th century, ten autonomous territories joined the union. In the Middle Ages, the major problem of the young state was associated with religious wars. In the late 18th century, the country was under France and gained independence only when Napoleon was defeated in the battle of Waterloo. Since the middle of the 19th century, Switzerland had passed through the period of the stable and smooth development.
Switzerland is known to many people with its upscale ski resorts, some of which welcome fans of winter entertainments all year round. Some of the most beautiful resorts are located on Mount Jungfrau. In total, there are seven resort areas combined with lifts and transport connection. The famous resort of Wengen has long been a place where competitions of the international level are held. It is famous for its high environmental indicators.
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During the year, a lot of interesting holidays are celebrated in Switzerland. For instance, Saint Nicolas’ Day is traditionally celebrated on 6 December. Its local residents consider him as their main patron and organize festive street processions and make special festive treats in his honor. You can witness interesting entertainments by visiting one of the Swiss cities on Christmas Eve. By 25 December, all streets are decorated with special festive lights. There are traditional fairs, outdoor skating rinks and multiple market stalls with popular festive treats.
St. Gallen The country is also popular with shopping enthusiasts who come here from all over the world to buy top-rated Rolex and Omega watches. Local craftsmen are notable for making interesting pocket knives. Sweet teeth are attracted by Swiss chocolate. A lot of unique cheeses are produced in the country, so exactly cheese is still one of the main gastronomic symbols of Switzerland.
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♥   World Heritage Site 'Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch' . On the map   Photos
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Michelin-starred restaurants in Switzerland
♥   Restaurant 'Aklin' Zug. Type - Classic cuisine. On the map   Photos
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♥   Restaurant 'Alla Stazione' Lavorgo. Type - Regional cuisine. On the map   Photos
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Famous and uniques places in Switzerland from our review series

Engelberg

From the series “15 Sparsely Populated Places for Solitude with Wildlife”
Engelberg is one of the most prestigious ski resort of the world. Apart from a great number of attractive peculiarities, it has saved its comforting and sympathetic atmosphere of the calm vacation. Travellers have a lot of facilities that make a recreation comfortable. There you can find charming hotels that resemble old guesthouses. Also, there has placed a number of marvelous restaurants with popular national culinary delights in their menu.

The resort is full of various ski tracks of different complexity levels. Vacationists also can walk in the picturesque forests. The best time for visiting Engelberg is summer. Mostly at this time tourists can adore with the forest walks. This place has also several outstanding historical sightseeing. An ancient Clostra Son Jon monastery was founded … Read all

Skeleton Bar

From the series “The Most Extraordinary Bars and Café on the Planet”
Skeleton Bar is situated in Gruyères, Switzerland. This place will like the fans of the movie "Aliens". The interior was made by world-known designer Hans Ruedi Giger. It is he, who made special effects of the cult movie. Thanks to the atmosphere, the visitors have the feeling that they are sitting in the stomach of a huge monster.

Chairs are made as people's skeletons, vases are made from artificial bones and other elements of the interior are unusual and scaring. The original bar is the real city landmark. It is located next to the H.R. Giger Museum. This museum is devoted to the art of famous designer. There we can see things made of high-quality plastic, artificial stone and glass. Every element of its interior is made on the top level. The bar is located in the beautiful historical … Read all

Flower Clock in Zurich

From the series “Enchanting Flower Clocks Built by Humans”
The amazing flower clock is situated in Zurich. It’s located in one of the most picturesque places in the city, on the waterfront of Lake Zurich. Travelers who want to see this unusual landmark, will be able to admire the origins of the river Limmat and the wonderful alpine scenery.

As in many other cities around the world, the flower clock in Zurich looks different each year. Its  design is created by the best florists of the country. At the first glance, it may seem that flowers on the flowerbed are set in a chaotic manner. In fact, prior to planting, each plant goes through a series of tests. Plants are selected to ensure that they will look pleasing throughout the season.

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Future Travel Trends by IHG

Nearly 60% of the survey respondents had to cancel up to four leisure or business travels in 2020. People had to postpone their plans but didn’t skip them – more than half of the respondents have already rebooked hotels or plan to do this in the nearest future. Family vacations or visits to family and friends are the main reason for people to travel these days. People in all age groups from 18 to 55+ are optimistic about the future of travel and hope that vaccination will allow reopening the borders. Read this

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Sightseeing in popular cities of Switzerland

Engelberg
According to an old legend, the history of Engelberg started together with a Benedictine monastery that was built here. Once, a local man, Konrad von Sellenbüren, saw an angel in his dream. The angel ordered him to build a sacred shrine in Ochsen. The man started building a monastery, which was completed in the 20s of the 12th century. When the sacred building was ready, two abbots saw an omen. They saw a choir of angels standing on the mountain not far from the monastery. The angels were … Read more
Adelboden-Lenk
Some of the oldest mentions of Adelboden date back to the 13th century. At that time, local people were mostly called “people of the forest”. It was impossible to get to the village in winter because the only road was along the Engstligen River. Only when the bridge across the river was finally constructed, it became possible to reach Adelboden not only in summer but also in winter. The first hotel opened in the area in the 19th century. 1903 was an important year for Adelboden because the … Read more
Zurich
The Kunsthaus Museum. The Kunsthaus is one of the most important museums of Zurich. It is no less interesting than museums in larger cities. Numerous temporary exhibitions presented at the London Tate Modern were either designed or owned by the Kunsthaus. The permanent exhibition includes a rich collection of sculptures by Alberto Giacometti, the largest collection of Munch works outside Norway, numerous works by Monet, Van Gogh and sculptures by Rodin. Besides this, the museum is a great … Read more
Zermatt
There are also three beautiful churches, the design and decoration of which have not changed much over the last 150 years. In recent years, the infrastructure of the resort was upgraded, and new unusual entertainment complexes have appeared there. Alpin Fun Park is one of such venues. It is an entertainment center that cannot leave anyone indifferent. It offers its guests to try winter volleyball and has special areas for playing winter golf. Not every resort in the world can offer such … Read more
Geneva
Wall of the Reformers. Beautiful Parc des Bastions is the location of Reformers Wall (Mur des Reformateurs) . Many years ago Geneva became home to the head of the Protestant Reformation, John Calvin and his associates. By the way, at first Calvin was banished from the city because of his opinion that was very strict and rough. However, after his return in 1541, Geneva became the "reformist Rome”. The supporters of the ideas of Calvinism arrived in the city from different parts of Europe. … Read more
Gstaad
The area of modern Gstaad was a part of the Burgundy Kingdom until the start of the 11th century. Later, this region became the property of the Gruyère counts. This house remained the ruler until the middle of the 16th century. The region kept developing and adding new lands during this period. However, everything changed drastically in 1500. The Gruyère counts had serious financial difficulties that urged them to start selling their lands. The family became bankrupts in 1554. Bern started … Read more
Interlaken
In the immediate vicinity of Interlaken, there are beautiful St. Beatus caves, with which many interesting legends are associated. Locals believe that once in these caves lived dragons, which guarded these places from strangers. The present name of the complex caves is in honor of St. Beatus, a hermit who lived in the 6th century. He lived in these caves for many years, and his tomb was also discovered here. Today, tourists are offered rides on underground lakes of the caves on beautiful … Read more
Luzern
In the historical part of the city, the medieval wall of Museggmauer remains. It is a surviving part of large-scale fortification structures. This wall was built in the 13th century and was used to protect the city until the 19th century. The length of the surviving part of the wall is about 900 meters. Several watchtowers also survived on this segment. Today they are accessible for tourists to visit. Fans of painting would be interested to visit the Rosengart Gallery, in which collections … Read more

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