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Nature of Switzerland - national parks and reserves for active recreation

Lake Geneva Switzerland is one of the most picturesque countries in Europe. About 60 percent of its land is occupied by the Alps; the rest of the territory is covered by the Jura Mountains and the Swiss Plateau. In addition to the majestic mountain peaks, there are several picturesque lakes with crystal clear water in Switzerland. These are Geneva, Boden, Zurich, and Neuchatel. The River Rhine originates in Switzerland. Glassy lakes encircled with massive high mountains, oak and beech forests with untouched nature, an abundance of flowers, and the famous alpine meadows wait for the traveler who comes to Switzerland.
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The most famous mountain in this country is the Matterhorn. The mountain is located in the canton of Valais on the border with Italy. The height of the peak is about 4 500 meters above sea level. Matterhorn gained its fame thanks to the tetrahedral pyramidal form. Each slope is directed to one side of the world. There are several routes of ascent; however, even the simplest ones require the maximum concentration. Despite the modern equipment and professional training of climbers, the Matterhorn still is the most deadly alpine peak. The highest point of the Alps is another peak, Dufour, in the canton of Valais. The third highest is the picturesque Jungfrau; it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
There are about 70 lakes on the territory of Switzerland, and all of them are of natural origin. The largest is Lake Geneva. It has a shape of a crescent moon. The southern part of it belongs to France. The region of Lake Geneva is often called the paradise on Earth. That's a very picturesque place combining mountain panoramas, alpine meadows, majestic ancient castles and, of course, a crystal clear water. Lake Constance is located on the border with Austria. There is a large number of different resorts, where sports competitions, festivals and other events take place. Reichenau Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It houses a monastery built in the 8th century. Copyright
There is an incredible number of holidays in Switzerland. Festivals and events held in each canton are added to the nationwide ones. The Swiss …
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The Rhine Falls, which is the largest in Europe, is in the canton of Schaffhausen. Its height is 150 meters, and its width is about 20 meters. The water falls with incredible intensity. On sunny days, a huge rainbow is formed above the waterfall. You can watch the elements from the observation deck. Switzerland is a small country, but there are several national parks on its territory. The Swiss are very responsible for the conservation of nature. The largest national park in the country is the Swiss National Park located in the Alps, on the slopes of the Engadine Valley.  Alpine mountain goat, lynx, brown bear, stone marten, alpine newt, and also about 100 different kinds of birds live on slopes. In the reserve, even emitting loud sounds that can interfere with some animals, is prohibited.
Dawn of Zermatt In French Switzerland, there is La Pierrez located on the stony bank of the full-flowing river Sarin. The nature here is surprisingly beautiful. Goats graze and partridges nest on the alpine slopes of the mountain. In the central part of the country, there is the Entlebuch National Park, which occupies the picturesque slopes of the Kleine-Emme valley. There are heath fields, pastures, forests, peat bogs and dense forests on its territory. The Jura National Park is located in one of the most beautiful valleys of Switzerland, the Zhu Valley. The places are characterized by delightful views of the mountain massifs, a rich forest, in which there are more than 300 species of plants, ancient marshes, and mountain pastures.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Switzerland

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Famous places and sights of Switzerland


From the series “Largest and Most Branched Caves on Earth”
The longest cave in Western Europe is located in Switzerland. The general length of the underground vault of the Holloch cave reaches 156 km, and its some pits have the depth of more than 820 meters. Two natural entrances to the cave are on the slopes of the Glarner Alps. One of them is at the height of 734 meters, and the other - at the height of 1 260 meters above sea level. The cave was discovered in 1875. At present their lower part is very well equipped for the tourists.

The second, upper entrance to the cave was quite recently, found in 1980. The variety of the passageways and the galleries hide the unique sights - the stalactites and the stalagmites of different shapes and sizes. Thanks to the modern illumination system, it is even more interesting today to look at these … Read all


From the series “The Most Dangerous Railroads in the World”
The Pilatus railway (Pilatusbahn in German) is located in Switzerland and is the steepest railway in the world. It was opened in 1889. The line runs from Alpnachstad to the top of Mount Pilatus, it takes 30 minutes to bridge the difficult and dangerous distance. On the final section of the route the train passes through the narrow tunnel, at the exit from which passengers can immediately see the edge of the cliff.

Train traffic along rocky breakages lasts a few minutes, once reliable fencing and embankment on some sections of the road collapsed a long time ago, the tracks thus protrude slightly over the edge of the fragile cliff. The famous engineer Eduard Locher has worked on the project. It is his invention of the cogwheel system that is used throughout the world nowadays. With the help … Read all
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Cultural sights in regions of Switzerland

Liebfrauen Catholic Church was built a little earlier, in 1893. The name of the church is literally translated as "Beloved Woman". In the hall of the church visitors can see a beautiful statue of Madonna, and the walls of the church are decorated with skillful paintings, which are the creation of the famous artist Fritz Kunz. Predigerkirche tower is one of the oldest monuments of the city. It was built in 1230 and was a part of the monastery founded the Order of Dominicans. On Sundays a weekend … Read more
Tourists, who want to see the main historical symbols of the resort, should take a walk in its well-preserved medieval district. Marvelous buildings with the century-old history border with modern buildings, creating an incredibly harmonious atmosphere. Many luxurious hotels also have the remains of protective constructions in their territories. Over a century ago, these facilities defended the Alpine settlement from uninvited guests. At the gorgeous resort, tourists have an opportunity to … Read more
Fans of excursions should definitely not forget to visit Museum of Lake Geneva. Its exposition is also quite unique and provides visitors with examples of life forms that once have inhabited the pond. The total area of the museum is more than a thousand square meters – during a long history of the museum here have appeared really many exhibits. Your trip to Museum of Clocks will be no less exciting. The museum has become a symbol of not only Geneva, but of the whole country. Among the … Read more
The city also has some natural attractions. For example, visitors will be amazed to see picturesque parks and squares throughout the city. Do not forget to visit Brienz and Thun Lakes and make a walk along their shore. These lakes gave the name to the city. There are beautiful deciduous and coniferous forests right at the shores, so there’s no wonder why this place has always attracted a large number of fans of ecotourism. Excursions to Zytgloggeturm Bell Tower are popular among generations … Read more
The Mill Bridge is of the same high interest. It features a unique zigzag form and crosses the Reuss river. The construction of the covered bridge was finished in 1408 after which the famous artist Kaspar Meglinger decorated the bridge with plague paintings. The medieval fresco paintings resemble the local folks and city visitors of another significant event – plague epidemics killing the town folks in the medieval period. The city as well as its suburbs has preserved many ancient religious … Read more
You should definitely visit Museum of Paper, which was opened in an old mill. During the excursion in the museum guests will hear many interesting facts about the development of paper industry. Old typographic equipment occupies a large part of the collection represented in the museum. Moreover, everybody can try to print several pages on a machine, which age is several hundred years. Jean Tinguely Museum is another place that is definitely worth visiting when you come to Basel. This talented … Read more
Travelers can see many interesting architectural buildings scattered around the Piazza Grande. A unique historical building is placed there. It was built more than 300 years ago and today it hosts a renowned hotel. The main natural landmark is the Verzasca valley. Many touristic routes are crossing its territory. Hiking through the ancient reservation one can reach the ancient sea wall Verzasca Dam. This stroll will be of the greatest interest for extreme leisure enthusiasts as the wall opens a … Read more
The most visited cultural site of Lugano is Art Museum named Städtisches Kunstmuseum. It is located on the territory of the marvelous country villa Malpensata. In the middle of the 19th century the villa was owned by a wealthy patrician who in a later date conveyed the stunning house to the museum. Today the museum presents a rich collection of the paintings of local artists of the 19th – 20th centuries. Another museum named Museo cantonale d’arte is of the same interest. It was … Read more

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