Introducing Switzerland

Switzerland is situated in Western and Central Europe, consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. It is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning an area of 41,285 km2, counting 8 million people.  The greatest part of the Swiss population is concentrated mostly on the Plateau, where the largest cities are located, for example Zürich and Geneva, two global and economic centres of Europe.

Switzerland is known for its cheese, silk-smooth chocolate, cuckoo clocks and yodelling – but yet has so many other perks to offer: biking, hiking in glacier-encrusted mountain areas, skiing and snowboarding in Graubünden, Bernese Oberland and Central Switzerland, boating, Here’s where old European traditions ( ancient markets, folkloric fairs, flag waving and alp horn concerts), breathtaking landscapes meet urban chic: the capital Bern is a medieval old town known for its world-class modern art, deeply Germanic Basel for its bold architecture, Geneva is where to shop and uber-cool Zürich is known for its numerous trendy-chic restaurants and roof-top patios.

One of the most visited attractions is the Jungfraujoch (3454m). It is a col between the Jungfrau and the Mönch. It lies at a height of 3,466 m above sea level in the Bernese Alps, accessible to tourists by the Jungfrau line, a railway running partly underground through a tunnel.

Switzerland was historically a country of farmers, so traditional Swiss cuising tend to be plain and made from simple ingredients, such as potatoes and cheese. Zürcher Geschnetzeltes, thin strips of veal with mushrooms in a cream sauce served with potato rösti is a must-try, if you ever get the chance. Another favorite dish is Swiss Fondue, a meal to be best enjoyed in company: people dip long-stemmed forks with bread into melted cheese served in a communal pot over a portable stove.

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