Switzerland – @seanmichael_travels
A quintessential country in the heart of Europe.
Switzerland is a landlocked country in Central Europe. A country of towering mountains, deep Alpine lakes, grassy valleys dotted with neat farms and small villages, and thriving cities that blend the old with the new. Switzerland is intrinsically more culturally diverse than perhaps any other European country. It is renowned for both its natural beauty and its way of life. Aspects of both have become bywords for the country, whose very name conjures images of the glacier-carved Alps beloved of writers, artists, photographers, and outdoor sports enthusiasts from around the world.
Switzerland was formed in 1291 by an alliance of cantons against the Habsburg dynasty- though only in 1848 when a new constitution was adopted, the present nation was formed. Prior to 1848, internal conflict was quite common, but Switzerland has enjoyed relative domestic tranquility since the mid-19th century. The Swiss blend of federalism and direct democracy is unique in the world and is considered central to the country’s political and economic success. Switzerland is regularly judged to have among the world’s highest standards of living.
The perfect antidote to rural beauty is Switzerland’s urban edge: capital Bern with its medieval old town and world-class modern art, deeply Germanic Basel and its bold architecture, chic Geneva astraddle Europe’s largest lake, party-loving Lausanne, tycoon magnet Zug and uber-cool Zürich with its riverside bars, reborn industrial west district and atypical street grit. Castles and craft beer, gigs, and new-wave restaurants – you’ll find a lot in Swiss cities. And never has the urban been so close to the outdoors: within minutes you can reach nearby peaks, chill at waterfront bars with Alpine views, or enjoy invigorating swims in the Rhine, Aare, and Limmat.
The best time to visit Switzerland is during the shoulder seasons, as in April to June and September to October. You can enjoy fewer crowds, mild weather, and lower prices. The official currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (1 CHF= 78.98 INR). Many shops, hotels, and train stations also accept euros. Grab a direct flight from India to this enchanting country and experience its bliss in the purest form.
Look beyond the chocolate, cuckoo clocks, and yodeling- contemporary Switzerland, land of four languages, is all about once in a lifetime journeys, heart-racing Alpine pursuits, and urban culture.
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