Discover the sheer beauty of Switzerland
Switzerland is one of Europe's most visited countries, but one of the least understood. Pass through for a day or two and you'll get all the quaint stereotypes - cheese, chocolate and clocks - but not much else. Stay a little while longer and another much more rewarding Switzerland will emerge.
The unparalleled natural beauty of Switzerland entices outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe to romp in its Alpine skiing playground. Three-fifths of the country is dominated by mountains: The Jura covers the north-western region bordering France, the Alps stretch gracefully across the entire lower half of Switzerland, and the eastern Rhaetian Alps border Austria. While the stereotypes of Switzerland as a "Big Money" banking and watch-making mecca are to some extent true, its energetic youth culture belies its staid reputation. Well unfortunately, Switzerland is not known for being the cheapest holiday destination but the warm Swiss hospitality and the highest snowcapped peaks in Europe renowned for the best skiing destination in the world is priceless.
Of all Swiss cities, Bern is the most immediately charming. Crammed onto a steep-sided peninsula in a crook of the fast-flowing River Aare, the city's quiet, cobbled lanes, lined with sandstone arcaded buildings, have changed little in five hundred years. It's sometimes hard to remember that this quiet, attractive town of just 130,000 people is the nation's capital. People in Bern prefer to focus on the lighter things in life, nibbling on the local Toblerone chocolate and lolling along the banks of the serpentine Aare.
Zurich is a obsessively clean place, the steep cobbled alleys of the Old Town are great to wonder around, and with an engaging café culture and a wealth of nightlife, you could easily spend days there.
Positioned along the banks of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps, Geneva glitters as one of Europe's most stunning cities. The city of Geneva is a cultural center second to none featuring world class entertainment, top rated restaurants and unlimited opportunities for amusement.