10 Top Tourist Attractions in Switzerland.
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Known for its mountains, clocks, chocolate
cheese, and political neutrality
Switzerland’s picturesquealps are a storybook place to visit.
The country has some unique features to it
like the fact that it has three national languages.
Depending on the region of Switzerland
tourists will find French, Italian, and German being spoken.
Though there is no Swiss language
a dialect of German, called Swiss German
is often spoken by those near the German border.
Here are some ofthe top tourist attractions in Switzerland
for tourists planning a Swiss trip.
10. Mount Pilatus.
Mount Pilatus in theLake Lucerne region is full of legends.
The name of the mountain comes from a rumor
that the famous biblical Roman governor Pontius Pilate may have been buried there.
Medieval Europeans believed that the mountain formed as a dragon rock falling from the sky.
The 2,100 meter (7000 foot) peak offers views of the Swiss and French Alps
as well as Lake Lucerne below.
The winter boasts a high-altitude Christmas market
and the summer offers hiking opportunities galore.
This region can bereached with the steepest railway in the world
boasting grades over 48%.
9. Jet d’Eau.
This giant water fountain is one of Geneva’s most famous landmarks.
Shooting 140 meters (460 feet) into the air
the Jet d’Eau sits where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhone river
and is so large that it can be seen from miles away.
At any one time, 7 tons of water is in the air
much of which sprays spectators on the pier beneath.
Two or three times a year it is illuminated pink
blue or another color to mark a humanitarian occasion.
当地游泳之处以Bains de Paquis闻名
The local swimming area, known as the Bains de Paquis
is one of the best areas to view the fountain.
The mountain town of Grindelwald is the largest ski resort town in the Jungfrau region.
This lovely alpine townis both a summer and winter activity region.
Tourists who visit in thesummer can enjoy spectacular hiking trails
and some of Europe’smost loved rock climbing locations.
Winter tourists canski or even try the local toboggan run.
A number of locallyaccessible mountain peaks and passes
makes this a beautiful choicefor photographers and nature lovers alike.
Festival lovers will lovethe ice sculptures at the world snow festival.
7. Rhine Falls.
Rhine falls, nearSchaffausen, is Europe’s largest waterfall.
This amazing sight can be reached via a boat tour
which will also show visitors to Switzerland the lovely basin
riverside castles, and spectacular boulder perched in the middle of the river at the top of the falls.
There are viewing platforms that reach out over the falls
and allow guests to feel like they’re hovering directly above.
A children’s playground, historical museum region and adventure trail
make the visitor’s centera wonderful way to cap off the trip.
The clock tower gatein Bern is the oldest city gate in town
and is a great historical site.
The gate was built in the 1100s
and the clock that graces the tower is one of the most spectacular and oldest clocks
that can be visited anywhere in the world.
Built in 1530, this clock was the city’s master clock for centuries.
The Baroque stylewith gold accents is a beautiful picture
for both amateur and professional photographers.
The tower boasts an astronomical clock, figurines
hour chimes, and two tower clocks
that are all driven by a single central mechanism.
This is one of theitems that has secured Switzerland
as one of the premiereclock making regions in the world.
5. Bernina Express.
The Bernina Express is a brightly colored scarlet train
that crosses the Alpsbeginning in the town of Chur and ends in Tirano
just across the border in northern Italy.
Arguable the most scenic Swiss train ride, the route takes about 4 hours,
and goes over 196 bridges and through 55 tunnels.
Views of glaciers and mountain peaks and towns
bridges spanning across 60 meter (200 foot)
drops and many more breathtakingsights are speeding by outside of the train
while porters bringsnacks and drinks directly to your seat.
This is not a trip to miss.
4. Chapel Bridge.
The Chapel Bridge is a 204 meter (670 foot) long bridge
crossing the Reuss River in the city of Lucerne.
It is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe
and one of main tourist attractions in Switzerland.
The covered bridge, constructed in 1333
was designed to helpprotect the city of Lucerne from attacks.
Inside the bridge are a series of paintings from the 17th century
depicting events from Lucerne’s history.
Much of the bridge, and the majority of these paintings
were destroyed in a 1993 fire, though it was quickly rebuilt.
The Jungfraujoch is a colin the Bernese Alps accessible by railway
ending at Europe’s highest mountain station.
Highlights include views of spectacular mountain summits like the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau,
and views of the large Eiger Glacier that nestles below them.
The Sphinx observatory, one of the highest astronomical sighting stations in the world
is located here as well.
Views are endless andpristine, though amenities are small.
There is no place to stayovernight, and just a handful of restaurants.
The train trip to visit for a day and the experience are, however, unforgettable
2. Chateau de Chillon.
Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon)is located on the shores of Lake Geneva.
For over four centuries
the water castle was the main fortress that monitored water freight on the lake
and guarded the land route to St Bernhard Pass.
The castle boasts art from the 14th century
subterranean vaults, 25 separate buildings with three courtyards
and two circular walls.
Hundreds of thousands of guests each year tour the castle.
For those who dream of the ultimate big fairy tale wedding
the castle can be privately rented for personal events.
The famous Matterhorn isan iconic emblem of the Swiss Alps.
The mountain derives its name from the German words Matte, meaning meadow
and Horn, which means peak.
With its 4,478 meters (14,692 feet) high summit
lying on the border between Switzerland and Italy
it is one of the highest peaks in the Alps.
It is also one of the deadliest peaks in the Alps.
From the first time it was climbed in 1865 to 1995
500 alpinists have died on it.
The Matterhorn’s faces are steep
and only small patches of snow and ice cling to them
while regular avalanches send the snow down to accumulate on the glaciers at the base of each face.