Having completed your removals to Switzerland, you will soon discover that this is a land of much more than watches, clocks and chocolate. Your pre-removal research may have already introduced you to such things as Switzerland’s magnificent scenery, its impressive gothic architecture and its penchant for banking. This article aims at digging a little deeper, to highlight some of Switzerland’s most famous landmarks, both natural and man-made.
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Major Landmarks in Switzerland
Palace of Nations - Geneva
Geneva is known as “the city of peace” and this building is central to all that. It is the second largest United Nations centre in the world with 34 conference rooms and 2,800 offices. It plays host to some 9,000 meetings a year, attracting around 28,000 delegates. Every year, 100,000 or so visitors are invited to take a tour of its halls and public galleries to see, at first hand, where representatives from nations the world over meet to discuss important topics like human rights, discrimination, disarmament and peace keeping. Tours are conducted weekdays from September to March and proof of ID is essential.
Chapel Bridge - Lucerne
The Kapellbrücke dates back to the 14th Century making it possibly the oldest covered wooden footbridge in Switzerland. It is remarkable, not just for its age, but also for the paintings that adorn the underside of its roof. Sadly, in 1993, nearly two thirds of the bridge was destroyed by fire and 85 of the original 110 pictures were destroyed. These have since been replaced by others that were put into safe storage. During the carnival season, which runs from Thursday until Tuesday prior to Ash Wednesday, the paintings are removed for their own protection and replaced with modern ones depicting carnival scenes.
St Moritz is one of the world's most famous ski resorts. Right up there with Aspen, Whistler, St Anton, Kitzbühel, Chamonix and Val d'Isère, it's famous for being the playground of the rich and famous and revels in a winter sport history that dates back 150 years. Unlike many other resort locations though, it is not content to survive on past glories. It keeps pace with the times with an ongoing investment in state of the art ski-lifts, safe in the knowledge that those who like to combine skiing and sunshine will always love St Moritz.
A trip to “The Top of Europe” is a must for all European travellers and if you’re moving to Switzerland, you won’t be far from it. Wrap up warm and take a camera to ensure you capture as much of the breathtaking scenery as possible. A train journey to the top takes in the little stations of Eigerwand and Eismeer, both of which are well worth stopping off at to take in the views. Be prepared for a fairly crowded passage though, it is extremely popular with tourists who come from all over the world to take in the sights.
Alongside Mount Everest and K2, The Matterhorn is one of the most recognisable mountains in the world. Far from a colossus, it is only the fifth highest of the Alpine peaks, but it is without doubt the most beautiful. Its classically pyramidal shape and ice-capped summit has attracted tourists and tempted climbers for decades. It is said that the Matterhorn has a character all its own: if the mountain is in good humour, it will display its summit for all to see but if she is angry, she will hide behind a grey sky. Folklore, of course, but a charming story nonetheless.
Chateau de Chillon
The Chateau de Chillon has all the hallmarks of a romantic Swiss castle. Built on a rocky island on the shores of Lake Geneva, it was a strategic location from which to control the passage of goods and people between northern and southern Europe. Over the centuries, the castle has been restored, and now through the use of modern media techniques, it can tell its full story. As well as a wonderful stop on the tourist trail, the chateau now doubles as an exhibition centre, a business, banqueting and concert hall, and also makes for a rather special wedding venue.
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