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Honeymoon in Switzerland

Switzerland was founded more than 700 years ago. Long years of peace have left their mark on our heritage, history and culture.

A look at the past

We owe the fact that Switzerland is in Switzerland to Caesar - in 58 BC he prevented the Helvetians from emigrating to France and founded a flourishing Helvetia (Augst, Avenches are, amongst others, evidence of this to the present day). The people remained in the Alps. The real history of Switzerland began in the 13th century, with the first alliances from the villages around Lake Lucerne (William Tell, Rütlischwur) - victorious battles against the Habsburgs, new alliances, and battles within Switzerland - Reformation (Calvin and Zwingli) and the Counter-Reformation.

Conquest by Napoleon in 1798 put an end to the Old Confederation. The new era began - in 1848 the political arguments about the type of state lead to a pioneering, revolutionary constitution for Europe - a democratic Federal state with 26 sovereign cantons, democratically elected authorities, a two chamber system, a direct political say and equality of the four languages of the country and cultures.

Mentality

The Swiss are a friendly and hospitable people, though somewhat reserved at times. Life in our towns and cities is secure. We share an independent spirit, a respect for tradition and no fewer than four languages and dozens of dialects. The Swiss love for partying isn't yet widely known. But the seasons are marked by traditional festivals and popular pageants.

Music and Museums

Every major Swiss city honors its own symphony, opera or theatre, where acclaimed international artists appear. Smaller towns and villages prize their chamber groups or quartets. The Bern, Willisau and Montreux Jazz Festivals rival in recognition with the classical music events of Lucerne and Gstaad, to name just a few.

About 700 museums round out a rich cultural life. You'll find outstanding, internationally acclaimed art collections and specialized museums for every interest. Today scores of medieval castles and venerable mansions are open for a look around. Some house superb museums, other wonderful restaurants. Churches, monasteries and abbey libraries hold precious legacies of the ages.

Festivals and Traditions

Some examples of Swiss celebrations: First of August, the Swiss Independence day. Zurich's spring festival, the Sechseläuten. Carnival is celebrated all over Switzerland. Hornussen, a unique sport. Onion market in Berne. Harmless Cow fights in the Valais. Locarno's piazza is a splendid open air cinema during its International Film Festival.

Climate in Switzerland

The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity.

From July to August the daytime temperature range is 18 to 28 °C (65° - 82° F) and from January to February the range is -2 to 7 °C (28° - 45° F). In spring and autumn, the daytime temperature range is 8 to 15 °C (46° - 59° F).

Depending on the altitude the temperature range may vary. It is highly recommended to visitors to pack a sweater, good walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a compact umbrella and/or a light rain coat.

Traditions and Culture in Switzerland

Discover, admire, and enjoy! Cultural life in Switzerland is rich and varied like its countryside. It feeds on the fertile friction between the four official languages and cultures - German, French, Italian and Romansh. Switzerland also features an astonishing mix of traditional and contemporary elements and manages to keep a happy balance between preserving its cultural heritage and allowing new impulses to bring about change.

Holiday destinations in Switzerland

AarauAarau (Schweizer Mittelland)

Aarau, the capital of the Canton of Aargau in the Swiss Mittelland, is located on the River Aare to which the town and canton owe their name. The charming old town boasts the most beautiful eaves, the so-called "Dachhimmel", in Switzerland. The people of Aargau come into their own celebrating festivals and old customs such as the "Maienzug" and "Bachfischet".

                            AdelbodenAdelboden (Bernese Oberland)

With its numerous mountain transport facilities, growing number of wellness havens and family-friendly attitude, the idyllic chalet village at the foot of the Wildstrubel in summer and winter is among the most versatile holiday destinations in the Bernese Oberland.

                            AeschiAeschi (Bernese Oberland)

Aeschi (860 m) and the somewhat higher situated Aeschiried (1000 m) lie on a sunny terrace and offer a wonderful view of the surrounding mountain panorama and of the Lake Thun. The original Peasant village is still marked of farming, folklore and tradition.

                             A dreamily hamletAlbinen next to Leukerbad (Valais)

Situated on the sunny side of the Rhone valley Albinen is one of the most beautiful mountain villages in the Valais. Just 6 km away are the renowned thermal springs in Leukerbad.

                            AletschgebietAletschgebiet (Valais)

The Aletsch Region includes the terraced towns of Riederalp, Bettmeralp, Fiesch and Fiescheralp, as well as Naters-Blatten-Belalp and Mörel-Breiten. The Aletsch Glacier, the longest and mightiest glacier in the Alps, defines this holiday region surrounded by majestic mountain giants. A landscape of extraordinary beauty, the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn Region joined the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List in 2001.

                            AlpnachAlpnach (Central Switzerland)

Welcome to Alpnach alongside the beautiful Lake Lucerne and at the foot of the majestic mount Pilatus, rich in legend and dragon lore, and with the steepest cogwheel railway in the world.

                            Alt St. JohannAlt St. Johann (Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein)

Embedded between the mighty Säntis massif and the seven Churfirsten peaks, the resorts of Alt St. Johann and Wildhaus are the highest communities in the Toggenburg.

                            AltstättenAltstätten (Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein)

Altstätten is situated in the Rhine Valley of St. Gallen, at the foot of the hills of the Appenzellerland. As a market town with a long tradition, it boasts one of the loveliest historical town centres in Eastern Switzerland.

                            Amden - WeesenAmden - Weesen (Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein)

Situated on a sunny terrace high above the Walensee at the gateway to Heidiland – the holiday region between the Walensee and Sarganserland – lies the resort of Amden. The small historic town of Weesen on the shores of the Walensee also belongs to the small holiday region of Amden-Weesen in the canton of St. Gallen.

                            AndermattAndermatt (Central Switzerland)

"Of all the places I know, this is the dearest and most interesting to me", declared Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, when he travelled through the Ursern valley three times in 1779. The Ursern valley (canton Uri) at the foot of the Gotthard Pass is one of the most impressive upland valleys in Switzerland. Andermatt (1436 m), the largest of the three villages in the valley, is at the crossroads of the mountain passes from north to south and from east to west.

                            AnzèreAnzère (Valais)

Anzère lies on a sunny terrace 1500 m above the Rhone Valley and only 15 kilometers from Sitten, the canton capital. It emerged as a winter sports resort in the 1960s and commands magnificent views of the Rhone Valley and Valais Alps, making Anzère wonderful walking country in summer, too, with interesting tours along the historic suonen.

                            AppenzellAppenzell (Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein)

The little town of Appenzell and the Canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden are situated in a singularly beautiful landscape of rolling hills. The region is known for rural customs and traditions such as the ceremonial descent of the cattle in autumn and cultural events such as folk music and rustic dances, as well as hiking tours in the Alpstein region.

                            AppenzellerlandAppenzellerland (Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein)

Are you dreaming of glittering, mirror-like lakes and dizzying rocks, of crystal-clear springs and serene valleys, of picturesque villages and friendly people? Welcome to Appenzeller Land!

                            ArosaArosa (Graubünden)

Thanks to its peaceful, sunny situation and snow-assuredness, the family-friendly resort of Arosa is a popular summer and winter destination. The impressive mountainscape around the Weisshorn which surrounds Arosa is perfect for hiking in summer and in winter offers varied winter sports opportunities.

                            Arth-Goldau Arth-Goldau (Central Switzerland)

Arth-Goldau, the Schwyz twin locality located between Lakes Zug and Lauerz, is the starting point for the trip up the Rigi, as well as a Lake Zug boat cruise. The alluvial fan of the huge avalanche is now home to the renowned Goldau Zoo. Last but not least, Arth-Goldau is an important railway node along the Gotthard line.

                            AsconaAscona (Ticino)

Ascona is Switzerland's lowest lying town. It is located at 196 meters above sea level on the northern shore of Lago Maggiore, also called Lake Langen. Ascona is famous for its mild climate, its Old Town and a lake promenade which is dotted with street cafés and boasts a Latin ambience.

                            Atzmännig - GoldingenAtzmännig - Goldingen (Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein)

Beautiful walking country with superb views of the Churfirsten, Säntis, Glarner and Schwyzer Alps. Atzmännig also offers fun for all the family with a summer toboggan, trampoline, Nautic Jet jump and Monza railway for kids as well as an extensive children's playground.

                            Avenches & PayerneAvenches & Payerne (Lake Geneva Region)

The two little towns of Avenches and Payerne are set on the wide Broye Plain in the canton of Vaud, near its border with Fribourg. The gentle rolling hills between the Lakes of Murten and Neuchâtel, the vineyards and the nature reserves are ideal for walking and cycling. Avenches, formerly Aventicum, the capital of Roman Helvetia, boasts a unique heritage from Roman times. Payerne is the site of Switzerland's largest Romanesque church.

                            AxalpAxalp (Bernese Oberland)

Axalp is a clearing at 1535 meters altitude above the resort of Brienz. It can be reached by post bus or car in 35 minutes from the village. Axalp is ideally located for hiking in summer and skiing in winter.

                            Bad RagazBad Ragaz (Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein)

Bad Ragaz in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley at the foot of the Pizol has a long traditional as a thermal spa. It is now a wellness resort with top-class hotels, thermal baths and golf courses. The warm (37°C), healing water rises in the mysterious Tamina Gorge from a chamber deep in the mountain between towering schist walls up to 70 meters high.

Bad Zurzach (Zurich (Region)

The thermal spa and health resort of Bad Zurzach is located on the bank of the River Rhine which forms the border between Switzerland and Germany. Even the Romans took advantage of the warm springs. In addition to the main attraction, the spascape, this resort in the Canton of Aargau also offers several theme trails.

                            BadenBaden (Zurich (Region)

The small town of Baden has Switzerland’s most mineral-rich thermal spring water. But it is also Baden’s cultural offerings and the redeveloped areas and buildings from the time of its industrial heyday which add to the appeal of this small town situated at the gateway to Zurich.

                            BaselBasel (Basel Region)

Located on both sides of the Rhine, in the three-country-corner of Switzerland, Germany and France, Basel is the third largest city in Switzerland. Not only diverse cultures, but also a multifaceted history, modern art and architecture converge here.

                            BeatenbergBeatenberg (Bernese Oberland)

Located high above Lake Thun, this sun terrace offers a unique panorama of the Bernese Oberland’s Alpine peaks including the famous threesome, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Away from the main tourist streams, the holiday destination in the neighbourhood of Interlaken welcomes nature lovers in particular.

                            BeckenriedBeckenried (Central Switzerland)

The resort of Beckenried (435 m) is on the south bank of Lake Lucerne at the foot of the Klewenalp with views of the popular and famous Rigi mountain on the other side of the lake. Near to Beckenried, on the panoramic terrace high above the lake, lie the villages of Emmetten and Seelisberg. Cable-cars provide access to the family-friendly walking and skiing area of Klewenalp and Stockhütte.

Source: www.myswitzerland.com

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