The intriguing country of Switzerland
There is an interesting amalgamation of rural beauty and urban chic in the country of Switzerland. The surprise set of cities include the capital Bern with its medieval old town and excellent modern art. Then there is Basel which is deeply Germanic and is known for its bold architecture. Geneva is known for its shopping scene and is located on the largest lake in Europe and has the tycoon magnet Zug. The uber-cool Zurich which has rooftop bars and atypical street grit.
When you come face to face with the hallucinatory landscape of Switzerland, you will be motivated to take action. Graubunden provides the opportunity for skiing and snowboarding, Bernese Oberland and Central Switzerland are excellent for winter holidays. When the grass turns green, you can hit the biking and hiking trails among the mountain areas full of glaciers and the valleys lower below, glittering lakes and green vineyards. The natural grandeur of the country can be viewed from a parachute or hot air balloon or while floating in a white water raft.
In this rich and earthy land you will find a lot of rural variety where the Alpine tradition is based on the agricultural calendar and high mountain peaks are common wherever you go. For the avid tourists there are the ancient markets, colorful fairs, waving of flags and alp horn concerts which celebrate the passing of seasons. The food of this land is also hearty and flavorsome, with gooey cheese which is a pleasure to dip in, velvety chocolate which is food for the senses, game of the autumn season and air dried meats. In this country you will find a harmonious tableau of beautiful images which never fails to seduce travelers who have been coming here since the days of the Grand tour and the 19th century which was the golden age of Alpinism.