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The Matterhorn

El Matterhorn

El Matterhorn

The Matterhorn – this famed Swiss mountain is located on the Swiss-Italian border, standing at 4,478 meters (14,690 ft.), which makes it one of the highest peaks in the Alps, and is reputed to be the most photographed mountain in the world.

 

Even today the ascent of the Matterhorn is very challenging and can only be achieved by expert mountaineers with excellent equipment and a competent guide. At the foot of the most popular route stands the Hörnli Hut at 3,260m, home to the Matterhorn Base Camp (reopened in 2015 after a full renovation) and the Matterhorn mountain inn.

 


St. Moritz

St. Moritz

St. Moritz

St. Moritz (town) – located 2 ½ hours (203 km) southeast of Zürich, this is an alpine resort town best-known for hosting the Winter Olympics. Located 1,856 meters above sea level, St. Moritz is also known for its mineral springs, which were discovered 3,000 years ago and established the town as a summer spa resort early on

 

For winter sports enthusiasts there are 350 km. of pistes with a state-of-the-art infrastructure in the surrounding area. St. Moritz’s ‘house mountain’, the Corviglia, boasts the steepest start slope in Switzerland with the Piz Nair Wall’s 100 per cent vertiginous drop. Toboggan riders plunge down the icy run which is one of the oldest natural ice bob runs in the world. For winter hikers there are 150 km of winter walking trails and for cross-country skiers there is a track network of about 200 km. The snowboard fun park, curling and altitude training are just some of the other winter sports facilities.

 


Stadion Letzigrund

Stadion Letzigrund

Stadion Letzigrund

Stadion Letzigrund (Zürich) – this is a popular arena that holds 50,000 seats (in operation since 2007). Home of the local football teams FC Zürich and Grasshopper Club Zürich, this arena also holds various rock and pop music events, such as Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Rihanna, U2, and many others.

Rhine Falls

Cataratas del Rin

Cataratas del Rin

Rhine Falls – this attraction is a 150 m wide and 23 m high waterfall located near the village of Neuhausen in Northern Switzerland. The nearby city of Schaffhausen is commonly associated with the falls too. Even though the Rhine Fall is a form of mass tourism, the natural beauty is overwhelming and for sure worth your time. May/June is the best time to visit because the amount of water peaks then.

 

If you want to experience the falls even closer, then you can take several boat tours on the Rhine. There’s a boat trip to the rock in the middle of the falls, for example. The tours take 10 to 30 minutes, depending on which one you choose. The scheduled boat services are available from April to October. This also goes for the boat crossing the Rhine, which you will need for the suggested route. However, you can visit the Rhine Fall all year round if you don’t need the boats. The following outfits that offer boat tours of Rhine Falls include: www.rheinfall.ch; www.rhyfall-maendli.ch; www.urh.ch; www.viator.com

 

Open Air St.Gallen Festival

Open Air St.Gallen Festival

Open Air St.Gallen Festival

Open Air St.Gallen Festival – this event (held every June near the provincial town of St. Gallen) is one of Switzerland’s largest and longest-running open air musical festivals (attracting over 100,000 spectators a year). This site act as both an outdoor concert venue and a camp site (permitting attendees to set camp and sleep over). Well-known international acts such as Lenny Kravitz, Kings of Leon, The Prodigy, Justice, The Chemical Brothers, and Macklemore, as well as various up-and-coming musicians appear there. See the event website for info in its next concert: www.openairsg.ch

Montreux Jazz Festival

Festival de Jazz de Montreux

Festival de Jazz de Montreux

Montreux Jazz Festival – this town is famous for its annual Jazz Festival, which will take place between June 29 and July 14th this year. In addition to jazz enthusiasts, rock music fans will appreciate the 3-meter statue of Freddie Mercury (the late front man of the rock band Queen) with a view of Lake Geneva. The city has some great if pricey bars, the castle Chateau de Chillon, Chatelard Castle and hiking at Hauts de Montreux.

Lugano

Lugano

Lugano

Lugano – this Swiss town is located on Lake Lugano. As part of the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, it is only 70 km from Milan. Now one of the main financial centers of the country, it’s also packed with culture and boasts three cathedrals. It’s been dubbed the ‘Monte Carlo of Switzerland’ due to its increasing celebrity presence.

 

Lake Lugano, located between Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, offers visitors the opportunity to take a boat ride and discover the diversity of the region. There is Morcote, with its grand mansions and the church of Santa Maria del Sasso, an important Renaissance building with a late-Romanesque bell-tower offering outstanding views, or Gandria, a perfect example of a little fishing village by Lake Lugano.

 

Lucerne

Lucerna

Lucerna

Lucerne (city) — located 45 minutes (51 km) south of Zürich, this city (which is alongside Lake Lucerne) is considered the gateway to central Switzerland. Lucerne is the ideal starting point for many excursions to the highlights of central Switzerland. A trip up one of Lucerne’s regional mountains, the Pilatus or the Rigi – the queen of mountains – is a must. But excursions up onto the Stanserhorn, the Bürgenstock or a steamship cruise on Lake Lucerne with its many bends and arms are certainly no less worthy. The Wilhelm Tell Express originates in Lucerne and ferries its passengers to the foot of the Gotthard pass via Lake Lucerne and then continues by rail into Ticino, south of the Alpine ridge.

 

Historic houses decorated with frescoes line the picturesque town squares as they do the ‘Weinmarkt’ square in the car-free old town. Lucerne is a city of town squares and churches. The Jesuit church dating from the 17th century is regarded as Switzerland’s first sacral Baroque building and the twin towers of the Hofkirche form an integral part of the townscape.

 

Lindenhof Hill

Colina de Lindenhof

Colina de Lindenhof

Lindenhof Hill (Zürich) – this is Zürich’s oldest public park facility and can only be reached on foot through the narrow alleyways of the medieval city center. Its central hilly location provides fantastic views of the right bank of the river Limmat and the university campus.

 

Chess and petanque are played on a continuous graveled area in the shade of the lime trees. Once the center of the Roman settlement, Lindenhof Hill was the site of a ninth-century Franconian palace, but turned into a fairground when the palace decayed.

 

A historic site found here is the so-called Lindenhof (Hedwig) fountain on Lindenhof hill in Zürich, which recalls the legend of the siege of Zürich (1292) by Duke Albrecht I. of Habsburg. The helmeted sculpture of the leader of the courageous Zürich women reminds visitors of this incident. The fountain was installed here in 1912 and the statue of woman-warrior was made by Gustav Siber.

 

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein – located 90 minutes (120 km) east of Zürich, this postage-stamp country and principality is between Switzerland and Austria. It is the sixth smallest country in the world, and has the distinction of boasting the third highest GDP per person in the world (after Qatar and Luxembourg), owing to its solid financial sector, and low corporate tax rate.

 

Its capital is Vaduz, and has a number of attractions, from Vaduz Castle (located on a hillside overlooking the capital) to Gutenburg Castle, the Liechtenstein Museum of Fine Arts, the Liechtenstein National Museum, the Prince of Liechtenstein Winery, Grossabünt Outdoor Leisure Centre, and Ruggeller Riet Nature Reserve.