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Switzerland is a relatively small country but has a wealth of diversity be it geographically or culturally. The country is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura. It is made up of four main linguistic and cultural regions, German, French, Italian and the Romansh-speaking.  The Swiss, although predominantly German-speaking, do not form a nation in the sense of a common ethnic or linguistic identity which adds to the flavour of the country on Switzerland vacations.  Binding it all together is a distinct Swiss mentality. 

Switzerland is known for its mountains with the Alps in the south and the Jura in north west. It also has a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes. Despite its rugged mountainous terrain, Switzerland has managed to construct one of the best public transport networks in the world. Even the remotest corners of the country can be reached with relative ease on trips to Switzerland. 

The Alps make up about 60% of the country's total area. The majority of the Swiss population lives in the Swiss Plateau. Switzerland has more than 1500 lakes which together with glaciers, cover about 6% of the country’s terrain. The largest lake is Lake Geneva in western Switzerland shared with France. Lake Constance is the second largest Swiss lake and borders Austria and Germany. Other important lakes are Lake Lucerne and Lake Maggiore on Switzerland tours. 


Forty eight of Switzerland's mountains are 4,000 metres/13,000 feet above sea in altitude or higher.  The best known are the Matterhorn (4,478 metres/ 14,692 feet), the Jungfrau (4,158 metres/13,642 feet) the Eiger and the Monch. Because of Switzerland’s climate in the mountainous regions, it is home to some of the most excellent skiing in the world with the well known ski resorts  of St. Moritz, Davos, Klosters, Zermatt, Andermatt, Gstaad and Adelboden to name just a few of the many ski centres to be found on Switzerland vacations.

As skiing is to winter, perhaps the Swiss lakes are to summer due to their beauty, mountain backdrops and charming lakeside resorts.  Some of the major lakes are the mirror-like Lake Geneva, Europe’s largest lake, Lake Lucerne with its background of majestic peaks, Lake Constance with its mild climate, flowers, gardens and palm trees, Lake Thun with the lovely resort of  Interlaken as its gem and Lake Lugano with its Italian influences, all to be enjoyed on Switzerland tours. 

Switzerland is home to many notable contributors to literature, art, architecture, music and the sciences. Among the most important cultural performances held annually are the Lucerne Music Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival] and the Locarno International Film Festival. 

Zurich is Switzerland’s principal city although not its capital. It has been regarded as being among the most desirable cities in the world to live in. it boasts not only many museums, theatres and concert halls, but a multitude of bars, nightclubs and discos. The Bahnhofstrasse is one of Switzerland's prime shopping streets. 

Geneva is Switzerland's second largest city on Switzerland vacations. It lies in the south west, near the border with France, at the western end of Lake Geneva where the Rhone flows out of the lake. A number of international organizations have their headquarters in Geneva. These include the European headquarters of the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and, the World Health Organization.   Geneva is also well known for its Car Fair, Inventors' Fair and Book Fair. 

Basle or Basel is in north west Switzerland, at the point where the Rhine bends northwards. It is an important European rail hub as it borders on France and Germany. It has a lively arts scene with a good selection of art galleries and museums one can visit on trips to Switzerland.

Lausanne is Switzerland's fifth largest city situated on Lake Geneva. It houses the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) plus is the base for a number of international sport federations.  The city is characterized by its steep streets and a gorge runs through the centre. 

Lucerne is the economic and cultural centre of central Switzerland. With its lake location and mountain backdrop, it is an attractive resort  with an old town centre and an excellent starting point for excursions into the neighbouring countryside on Switzerland tours . 

Berne is the capital of the country. And because of its unique infrastructure and narrow cobbled streets, it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Two of the highlights here are the Berne Bears and the 30 metre/100 feet tall Cathedral tower.

Lugano is the most important city in Southern Switzerland and part of the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. Lake Lugano is surrounded by hills and mountains.  Know for centuries to artists, writers and poets for its exceptionally mild climate, its wonderful views and its colorful vegetation, it is a popular stopover point. 

Interlaken is the captivating capital of Switzerland's beautiful Bernese Oberland and is a delightful resort surrounded by the crystal-clear lakes of Thun and Brienz and close to Eiger, Monch & Jungfrau mountain range. It is also one of the best locations in the country for souvenirs and watch purchases  while on Switzerland vacations.

 

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Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Switzerland vacations at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Switzerland.

 

 

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  • Best of Switzerland: Train & Aerial Cable Cars

    Experience the thrill of exceptional panoramic views of the Central Alpine Range from the peaks of some of Switzerland's highest mountains. Enjoy stays in the beautiful cities of Lucerne and Interlaken; explore the part of the area using scenic train rides and aerial cable cars.
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  • Chocolate & Cheese Switzerland: Self Drive

    Sample the visual and culinary delights of the Alps on this delicious Switzerland tour. Arrive in Zurich, then explore the charming cities of Bern and Lucerne, and spend most of your time at picturesque Interlaken, in the heart of the Alps.
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    8 Days
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  • Classic European Vistas: Cities, Mountains & Lakes: Paris to Milan

    Follow in the footsteps of the Grand Tour, travelling from Paris to Milan on this sublime Europe vacation. Take in the sights and culture of some of the world’s great cities, and the spectacular natural beauty of the Alps.
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  • Classic Rhine Cruise: Basel to Amsterdam

    A leisurely way to explore mainly Germany and Holland cruising along the scenic Rhine River. Visit historic Strasbourg in France home of the European Parliament, charming Heidelberg, picturesque Rudesheim, romantic Koblenz, the cathedral city of Cologne and the fishing village of Volendam before arriving Amsterdam.
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  • Cruise the Rhine: Basel to Amsterdam

    Enjoy travelling from Basel to Amsterdam along the famous Rhine river. Relax as you tour the region from the comfort of your vessel. Enjoy fantastic wine and food as you watch the world pass buy from the comfort of your vessel.
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  • Geneva: Stopover, City Break

    Though it sometimes struggles to compete with the resort towns for tourist traffic, Geneva is the centre of French Switzerland, and one of the most socially and historically significant cities in Europe.
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  • Lucerne: Mountain Exploration

    Visit the roof of Europe on this spectacular short vacation in Switzerland. Staying in Lucerne, one of the country’s favourite resort towns, visit Mount Pilatus, Mount Titlis, and Jungfraujoch, the mountain known as The Top of Europe.
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  • Mountain Valleys, Lakes & Back Roads of Switzerland: Zurich to Zurich

    Discover Switzerland’s unique natural treasures, its unparalleled mountains and lakes, on this extended journey through the Swiss Alps also taking in a part of Bavaria and a sojourn in Liechtenstein. Experience charming old cities and towns plus breathtaking views.
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  • Switzerland Deluxe (Luxury Tour) includes Rail

    This first class luxury Switzerland tour takes you to many of the country’s most beloved and picturesque destinations, including St Moritz, Bern, and Zermatt, home to the iconic Matterhorn. Includes Glacier Express ride.
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    7 Days
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  • Switzerland's Most Famous Mountain Peaks includes Rail

    Many of Switzerland’s most awe-inspiring and best known mountains are located close to the towns of Interlaken and Zermatt, in themselves, attractive resorts in which to spend time. Enjoy train rides and panoramic views of the central Swiss Alps.
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  • Zurich Stopover

    Enjoy both the city of Zurich and the attractions of Lake Zurich with its pretty historical towns. Take a Trolley tour in the city and a bus tour around the lake including a cable car ride.
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