LIMMAT RIVER, ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust
Historic Cities & Sites to Visit
Switzerland is a landlocked country, bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. These neighboring countries influenced Switzerland's culture and development. Much of the country's landscape is covered by mountains, separated by mountain passes which brought in people and goods since prehistoric times. Switzerland also has over 1,500 lakes; the two largest lakes, Lake Geneva & Lake Constance, lie on the borders of France and Germany respectively.
Switzerland has 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, both natural and cultural. The country is also the birthplace of the International Red Cross, the largest humanitarian network in the world. Who hasn't heard of the legendary William Tell? His birthplace is at the town of Seelisberg. Cheese fondue and Lindt chocolate anyone? These well-known items of decadence originated here.
Churches & Abbey
Much of Switzerland's earliest architecture was built by the Romans and dates back to the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. Dozens of cities, towns and villages have Roman origins. Some evidence of these can be found in medieval sections of Zürich, Basel, Geneva and Lausanne. These important cities were created during the Roman or the Carolingian period and have their shares of Roman ruins, medieval churches, monasteries and castles.