Places of Interest in Switzerland
Switzerland is famous throughout Europe and beyond for its Alpine skiing and landscapes. The Swiss National Park is the oldest in the Alps, and the visitors’ centre in Zemez houses permanent exhibitions about the National Park. Thanks to the strict conservation of nature there, you can hope to see Ibexes, Chamois, Marmots, Northern Hares, as well as lizards and rare birds. The visitors’ centre provides information about these as well as educational material for children and teenagers, and guided excursions for both children and family groups.
For fans of history more than geography, there’s Chillon Castle, located on a rock on the banks of Lake Geneva. The ‘Water Castle,’ as it’s known, has wall paintings dating from the 14th Century and the parade halls, subteranaean vaults and to admire the looming mountains that make up the view to the rear. The castle receives more than 30,000 visitors each year. However, if you don’t fancy being visitor 30,001, there’s the city of Geneva at the opposite end of Lake Geneva.
Geneva sits on two opposing shores, with the Old Town and shopping districts occupying the left shore. With its lakeside promenades, parks, lively side streets and if you want to cross the water to the other side of Geneva, mouettes, or water taxis, are waiting to take you.
Zurich is another lakeside Swiss city, but it’s a very different experience from Geneva. In Zurich, you’ll find the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland, besides over 50 museums, 100 art galleries, and recreational activities range from the nearby Uetliberg mountain and the lake, to the vibrant heart of the city.
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