In Switzerland the climate is temperate, but varies with altitude and locale. Switzerland has cold, cloudy, rainy, snowy winters in the valleys, often cold clearer winters on the mountains. Mild to warm, humid, but often cloudy summers with occasional showers. Autumn is the driest season and summer usually produces the most rain. Winter being the driest as the Mountains tend to steal the rain in the form of Snow. Some of the most southern tip of Switzerland can have weather that borders on Mediterranean. The Capital of Switzerland is Bern.
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Some must see places in Switzerland are
The Castle of Chillon near Montreux has a long history as apoint of power for its owners. A great story and a stunning vista.
After visiting Chillon Castle it’s a short drive and you can wander through The Lavaux vineyards on the shore of Lake Geneva. These vineyards are Unesco World Heritage listed and a glorious site as they cascade down the hillside toward the Lake.
The Castles of Bellinzona,in the southern canton of Ticino were included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2000. Bellinzona’s castles are considered to be among the finest examples of medieval fortification architecture in Switzerland. As they appear today, the fortifications, whose origins go much further back to a prehistoric settlement on Castelgrande hill, are mainly the result of intensive and complex building activity instigated by the Dukes of Milan in the 15th century.
The Abbey of St. Gallen The Convent of St Gall, a perfect example of a great Carolingian monastery, was, from the 8th century to its secularization in 1805, one of the most important in Europe. Its library is one of the richest and oldest in the world and contains precious manuscripts such as the earliest-known architectural plan drawn on parchment. From 1755 to 1768, the conventual area was rebuilt in Baroque style. The cathedral and the library are the main features of this remarkable architectural complex, reflecting 12 centuries of continuous activity.
The Top of Europe and the Sphinx observatory: 3,500 metres high Jungfraujoch above Wengen. The Top of Europe is a unique experience for every visitor! From the Sphinx Hall, you reach the building with the fastest ski lift in Switzerland. The glass Sphinx observation hall provides a view of the glaciers in any weather. When the sun is shining, the terraces surrounding the building invite guests to linger. The Aletsch glacier is directly below this observation platform. It’s the longest glacier in the Alps and is in the Alpine UNESCO World Heritage Site. The terrace also provides a 360-degree view overlooking the neighbouring countries of France, Germany and Italy.
KapellBrucke or Chapel Bridge complete with gable paintings throughout it’s length is a must see place, the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge forms the centrepiece of Lucerne’s townscape and is considered to be one of the oldest, covered wooden bridges in Europe.
The Landwasser viaduct: on the railway between Chur and St. Moritz. This is the largest and most spectacular structure along the 63-kilometre stretch of the Albula Line between Thusis and St. Moritz. The Landwasser Viaduct is widely-admired both by specialists in engineering and the public in general. The 142 metre-long bridge carries the railway line in an impressive sweeping arch of 65 metres in height over the wild valley of Landwassertal, before plunging it into a tunnel cut into the towering vertical rock face.
If Natural Wonders are your thing then you must not miss the Matterhorn seen from Schwarzsee, Gornergrat or from the village of Zermatt. Visit the northern walls of the Jungfrau and Eiger, two of the most celebrated mountains in the Alps, they can be seen from the valley of Lauterbrunnen which is just beautiful.
The Aletsch Glacier is the longest in Europe and along with the Aletsch Wild Forest which is located above the glacier make for a great hiking destination.
Do you like lakes? Switzerland as many of the best! The lakes of the Upper Engadine: one of the highest inhabited valley in the Alps at the foot of Piz Bernina. Lake Lucerne and The Oeschinensee, a lake above Kandersteg just to mention a few.
The Rhine Falls: the largest in Europe, They are at Neuhausen am Rheinfall, near the border of Switzerland and Germany.
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