If you are moving to a foreign country the first thing you will want to do – after you have organised your removals to Switzerland – is to familiarise yourself with your surroundings. Whether it is taking a walk in your local area to find out where the nearest shops and amenities are, or to discover the attractions near your home, and further afield.
If you are moving house to Switzerland, you may also want to know about the interesting buildings and structures in your area and this article will spotlight the ones that we feel are the most fascinating. While some are tourist destinations, others are important landmarks that you will come across once you have organised your removals to Switzerland and settled in your new home.
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Hanging Bridge at Trift Glacier
Although you have to go out of your way to see this, you might want to make a point of trying out this incredible structure at least once. The Hanging Bridge at Trift Glacier has made a name for itself as being one of the scariest bridges in the world, so if you are afraid of heights, it is best to give this one a miss. This 100ft high and 170ft long bridge was built in 2009 and is the longest and highest pedestrian suspension bridge in the country. It is a tourist attraction in itself and receives as many as 20,000 visitors a year. You can reach it by cable car and it will lead you to the Trift Hut of the Swiss Alpine Club.
The Zytglogge, Bern
This 800-year-old clock tower is a major landmark and tourist draw in Berne. It was built in the first part of the 13th century and was once a guard tower and also a women’s prison; the astronomical clock itself is a newer structure which dates from the early 15th century when the tower stopped being used as a prison. Zytglogge can be translated as ‘time bell’ in Bernese German and is named as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
Chillon Castle, near Montreux
This beautiful, medieval castle has a fairytale location, right on the shores of Lake Geneva. The history of the castle dates back 1,000 years, and has inspired a multitude of people throughout history, including writer Victor Hugo. It attracts a third of a million tourists a year, many of whom live outside Switzerland. You can reach it via a modern bridge and it is a fascinating place to visit for adults and children alike. It has 40 rooms, impressive dungeons, and internal and external passageways.
Prime Tower, Zürich
The Prime Tower, which is also called Maag-Tower, is Zürich’s, and Switzerland’s tallest skyscraper, which is 126 m in height. It took 15 years of planning, and millions of pounds to build and is mainly used as offices, although it also has shops, a fitness centre and galleries. The elegant Clouds restaurant is a gourmet restaurant on the 35th floor (the top floor) and offers a varied menu of delicious culinary delights, while the second highest floor has conference facilities. Along with the top floor restaurant, there’s also a cocktail bar, two further restaurants and a coffee bar.
Sphinx Observatory, Jungfraujoch
Built in the 1930’s, this is the highest building in Europe, so called because it is built at 3,571 m in the Swiss Alps. Declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is reachable via a lift that goes from the Jungfraujoch Station up through the mountain to the observatory. Next to it is a public viewing deck, where you can enjoy incredible views of the peaks of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.
Gotthard Rail Tunnel
Work on the £6.4 bn world’s longest transport tunnel started in the late 1990’s and is still taking place beneath the Alps. The tunnel is due to open at the end of 2016 and will change the face of transport in Europe, providing a super fast link between the north and south of the continent. It is set to take up to 300 trains a day and a journey between Zurich and Milan will take just 90 minutes from start to finish. There’s expected to be less traffic on the roads as result, as cargo will be transported by rail.
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