Switzerland is a landlocked mountainous country in South Central Europe,boded by Austria, France, Germany, Italy, With an area of 41,285 km², the country is only slightly smaller than the Netherlands or slightly less than twice the size of the US state. Switzerland has a population of 8.3 million people (in 2015), capital city is Bern, largest city is Zürich. Spoken languages are German, French, Italian and Rumantsch, traditionally spoken in the different regions (cantons) of the country. According to the World Happiness Report 2015, the Swiss Confederation is officially the happiest nation on Earth. Geographically the country is divided between the Alpine region of the Swiss Alps in south, the Swiss Plateau with its rolling hills, plains, and large lakes, and the mountainous Jura in northwest. The country is a famous tourist destination for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.
Swiss Chocolates. Believe me when I tell you that they are the best milk chocolates in the world, delicious to the core.Seriously good Swiss chocolate, it’s hard to resist. This is where milk chocolate was invented (you can thank the cows for that), and chocolate-making is an art. Switzerland’s chocolates have earned an international reputation for high quality with many famous international brands. The more I say for them, the less it is. It is popularly said, “Every nine out of ten people like Swiss chocolate. The tenth is lying.”
The best of skiing you can ever think of, is Switzerland skiing. There aren’t many places in the world where you can travel to in any season and have a great time. In Switzerland, winter is equally a high season as summer is. Few places in Europe have as good skiing as in Switzerland. Many of the ski-fields are huge. They often unify with each other. You can ski over to another ski resort. It’s the experience that drives many people who go skiing in Switzerland. Sitting in the sun 2000 meters high up on the mountain, overlooking the mountain summits with a nice hot chocolate is thrilling experience in itself. A colorful addition to lake and mountain vistas is changing foliage. Be it summers or winters, skiing is always popular in Switzerland.
Cheese equals Switzerland. But it’s cheese of the best quality you can get! A fancy treat is to just melt it all down in a pot (fondue) and dip bread in it. One thing the regions have in common when it comes to food is that you’ll hardly find food not covered by cheese. The best is in Fribourg, where Gruyere and Vacherin Fribourgeois cheeses are melted together with white wine, garlic, and kirsch (cherry brandy). So when you are in Switzerland, stuff your tummy with cheese. It’s truly worth it!
When it comes to train journeys, none can match the scenic vistas of Switzerland’s diverse landscapes. The Glacier Express takes you on a leisurely ride through valleys, rivers and gorges, passing through 231 bridges and 91 tunnels from St Moritz to Zermatt. On the Golden Pass Line, which travels through Lucerne, Interlaken, Zweisimmen and Montreux, you can see numerous lakes, green pastures, chalets and waterfalls. However, it is the chocolate train that will leave you wanting more; it takes you to a cheese factory in Gruyere Castle where you can feast on Europe’s finest cheese before heading to the Cailler-Nestlé factory and drowning in chocolate.
Swiss watch is the best watch you ever think of, you dont just buy it because it can tell time; you buy it for its exceptional craftsmanship and precision in watchmaking. Switzerland is known to have dominated the watch market for years; actually began manufacturing watches only in the second half of the 16th century. Soon, the Swiss became the world’s most important watch manufacturers, and numerous innovations followed, including waterproof watches. Today, you can tour the Watch Valley to explore several watch manufacturers and museums.