Switzerland - Europe

Switzerland: Land of Chocolates and Cuckoo Clocks

Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Old Towns within its cities contain medieval landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Cathedral of Bern. The country is also a destination for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are renowned.

Average Weather and Climate in Switzerland

The weather in Switzerland varies greatly between different places. The highest precipitation is approximately 260 cm per year. Precipitation is always more in the western part of Switzerland where often clouds come in from the Atlantic coast. The average amount of sunshine per year is approximately 1700 hours. The temperature drops about one degree Celsius with every 200 meter (650 feet) elevation gain.

Recommended to visit in June, for families and couples.

ZURICH

The city of Zurich lies at the north end of Lake Zurich in northern Switzerland, a global center for banking and finance. The picturesque lanes of the central Altstadt (Old Town), on either side of the Limmat River, reflect its premedieval history. Waterfront promenades like the Limmatquai follow the river toward the 17th-century Rathaus (town hall)

Weather: 63°F (17°C), Wind NE at 5 mph (8 km/h), 49% Humidity

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN ZURICH

Lake Zurich is a lake in Switzerland, extending southeast of the city of Zurich. Depending on the context

The Swiss National Museum — part of the Musée Suisse Group, itself affiliated with the Federal Office of Culture — is one of the most important art museums of cultural history in Europe.

The Üetliberg is a mountain in the Swiss plateau, part of the Albis chain, rising to 869 m. The Uetliberg offers a panoramic view of the entire city of Zurich and the Lake of Zurich.

Also known as Friedhof Fluntern, Fluntern Cemetery is located in the Zürichberg district of Zurich

The Grossmünster is a Romanesque-style Protestant church in Zurich, Switzerland. It is one of the four major churches in the city. Its congregation forms part of the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Zurich

The Kunsthaus Zurich is an art gallery in the Swiss city of Zurich. It houses one of the most important art collections in Switzerland and Europe, assembled over the years by the local art association called Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft

The Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich is a botanical garden in the Swiss city of Zurich. It was opened in 1977 and is located at Zollikerstrasse in the Weinegg quarter of the city.

Hallenstadion is a multi-purpose facility located in the quarter of Oerlikon in northern Zurich. It is home to the ZSC Lions of the National League A and has a capacity of up to 13,000 spectators.

ACCOMMODATION

LEONECK HOTEL (3*)

The Leoneck Hotel is a traditionally designed Swiss hotel that will makes its guests smile. The decorations are big and bright and the friendly staff makes this a nice central place to stay. Ideally positioned for the Libfrauenkirche and tram stops to other parts of the city such as Rathaus and the Grossmunster, the hotel is ideal for those looking for a break from tradition.
Just six hundred and fifty metres from the main railway station, the Bahnhofstrasse and the Swiss National Museum are also very nearby. Guests can also take in the views over the city from the Polyterasse. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.leoneck.ch/en

SWISSOTEL ZURICH (4*)

Zurich’s tallest international 4 star business hotel, Swissotel Zurich, conveniently located opposite Oerlikon train station, is ideally close to Zurich’s business, culture, shopping and entertainment and just 5km from both Zurich Airport and the city Centre. The 347 contemporary rooms and suites reflect an elegant & modern style, featuring panoramic views of Zurich and the Swiss Alps. All rooms are non-smoking. Recommended for business purposes

Website: www.swissotel.com

MONTREUX

Montreux is a municipality in the district of Riviera-Pays-d'Enhaut in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland.

It is located on Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps and has a population, as of December 2013, of 25,969 and nearly 90,000 in the agglomeration.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN MONTREUX

The Château de Chillon is an island castle located on Lake Geneva, south of Veytaux in the canton of Vaud

The Chemin de fer Montreux - Glion - Rochers-de-Naye is an electrically operated rack and pinion railway in Switzerland, with a track gauge of 800 mm, which links the places mentioned in its title

The Rochers de Naye are a mountain of the Swiss Alps, overlooking Lake Geneva near Montreux and Villeneuve, in the canton of Vaud

The Dent de Jaman is a mountain above Montreux, situated north of the Rochers de Naye

Lavaux District was a district located on the north-eastern shore of Lake Geneva in the Swiss-romand canton of Vaud between Lausanne and Vevey. The capital of the district was Cully, but used to be Lutry

The Golden Pass Line is a tourist-orientated train route in the Swiss Alps which connects Montreux to Lucerne

ACCOMMODATION

GRAND HOTEL SUISSE MAJESTIC (3*)

Situated in the heart of Montreux, Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic is close to Musee du Vieux Montreux, Freddie Mercury Statue, and Montreux Convention Center. Also nearby are Place du Marche and Montreux Casino. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.suisse-majestic.com

INTERLAKEN

Interlaken is a town and municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the Swiss canton of Bern. It is an important and well-known tourist destination in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps, and the main transport gateway to the mountains and lakes of that region.

The town is located on the Bödeli, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and alongside the Aare River that flows between the two lakes. Transport routes to the east and west alongside the lakes are complemented by a route south into the mountains following the Lütschine river.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN INTERLAKEN

The Jungfrau is one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps, located between the southern canton of Bern and the northern canton of Valais, halfway between Interlaken and Fiesch.

Jungfrau Park is an amusement park located near Interlaken, Switzerland. It opened as the Mystery Park in 2003, and closed in November 2006 due to financial difficulties and low turnout

Unspunnenfest is a festival held in the town of Interlaken, Switzerland, near the old ruin of Unspunnen Castle, in the Bernese Alps, approximately once every twelve years, most recently in 2006

The Aare or Aar is a tributary of the High Rhine and the longest river that both rises and ends entirely within Switzerland

The Lütschine is a river in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. The Lütschine proper runs from Zweilütschinen, where its two tribututaries join, to Lake Brienz at Bönigen

ACCOMMODATION

HOTEL INTERLAKEN (3*)

A premier holiday destination and conference venue of international renown. Situated in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, Interlaken is the ideal starting point for any number of excursions. The town is famous for its delightful location and the sites of natural beauty that surround it. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.hotelinterlaken.ch/

LINDNER GRAND HOTEL BEAU RIVEGE (4*)

The Swiss flag waves proudly over the traditional GrandeDame in Interlaken. Whoever enters here will be pampered!

Our many international guests enthuse about the exclusiveness of the Grand Hotel and its location with the wonderful view of the Jungfraujoch amid the imposing Swiss mountains. Excellent service, culinary highlights and stylish conference and banqueting facilities complete this hotel concept for discriminating people with a love of tradition. Recommended for business purposes

Website: www.lindner.de/de/LGHBR -

LUCERNE

Lucerne is a city in north-central Switzerland, in the German-speaking portion of that country. Lucerne is the capital of the Canton of Lucerne and the capital of the district of the same name. With a population of about 76,200 people. Lucerne is the most populous city in Central Switzerland, and a nexus of transportation, telecommunications, and government of this region. The city's urban area consists of 17 cities and towns located in three different cantons with an overall population of about 250,000 people.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN LUCERNE

Lake Lucerne is a lake in central Switzerland and the fourth largest in the country. The lake has a complicated shape, with bends and arms reaching from the city of Lucerne into the mountains.

Mount Pilatus is a mountain overlooking Lucerne in Central Switzerland. It is composed of several summits of which the highest is named Tomlishorn. Another summit named Esel lies just over the railway station.

The Swiss Transport Museum or Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, in Lucerne, is a museum, opened in July 1959 and exhibiting all forms of transport as well as communications. It is Switzerland's most popular museum

The Lion Monument, or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn.

The Culture and Congress Centre in Lucerne is a multi-functional building with a concert hall that is esteemed for its high-profile acoustics.

The Rotsee is a natural rowing lake on the northern edge of Lucerne, Switzerland. It is 2,400 m long with virtually no current and protected from winds by nearby hills making it an ideal rowing venue.

ACCOMMODATION

NH HOTEL LUZERN (3*)

The hotel NH Luzern, managed by a young and enthusiastic team, is situated in the heart of Luzerne, very close to the lake. Many places of interest of the Old Town, such as the famous Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge are all within easy walking distance. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.nh-hotels.com

RADISSON SAS HOTEL LUZERN (4*)

This modern, contemporary and stylish designer hotel is centrally located on the banks of lake lucerne and reflects the city of lights with its glazed façade and prism-like architecture. The city’s sites of interest the shopping area, the train station and the culture and convection Centre KKL are only a short walk away. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-lucerne


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