Switzerland is a multicultural diamond that usually gets noticed for its chocolates and watches rather than its landscapes and people. With a history dating back to 1291, Switzerland offers much diversity; the major cities are urban and cosmopolitan mixed with the prehistoric buildings of the Old Town. When visiting Switzerland, one should bring a light bag, money, a camera and an open mind.
Switzerland is a small yet complex nation, both geographically and politically. The nation is split into three parts according to language. The French region is located to the left of Switzerland, in the centre is the German region where the capital city, Bern, provides the gateway to the Alps and the southernmost canton of Switzerland forms the bulk of the Italian-speaking region widely known for hosting the Locarno International Film Festival during the summer. Switzerland offers something unique for each individual, whether it being skiing down Mont Blanc or chocolate making in the Cailler Factory.
It would be foolish not to mention the food in Switzerland due to its household name. It is no exaggeration when stating that the chocolate is an exquisite delicacy. Monopolised by family-based companies, it is one of the finest in the world due to its flavoursome milk and rich cocoa. When in Switzerland, grab a high brand bar of Cailler, Lindt or Läderach. Another thing you must try is the fondue found in most Swiss gastronomies. Fondue infused with wine over an open flame with pieces of garlic bread creates a hearty Swiss meal. Eating at small local restaurants will save money while showcasing an enriching element of Swiss culture.
There is a lot of ground to cover in terms of cool places to visit. If you are an adrenalin junkie, the Alps, filled with the best snowboarding and skiing courses, is the place for you where you can finish your day off with hot chocolate and a breath-taking view. For those more interested in history, the Palais des Nations should be an enlightening visit! Take a tour of the conference rooms and the monumental building where world leaders congregate and discuss international, political and social affairs. Visiting open-air festivals such as Paleo, Fetes de Genève, and Montreux Jazz festival will also bring you closer to the music and art that surrounds the nation. Lastly, if you are someone who likes the finer things in life, why not visit the high streets of Geneva or Zurich where top watches and clothing are crafted?
The experience of traveling around Switzerland was breathtaking. Experiencing the culture, meeting new and unique people, and travelling around the different landscapes created an epic trip. Surrounded by such distinct culture, you begin to appreciate the world for what it is, beautiful. I might have left Switzerland a few hundred pounds poorer, but I was far happier.
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