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Switzerland, the Land of Adventure and Urban Culture

Switzerland, the Land of Adventure and Urban Culture

Beyond its decadent chocolates, Switzerland is probably the epitome of the great outdoors. Its ravishing landscapes and heart-stopping Alpine views demand for you to grab your outdoor gear and explore. With hiking and biking trails abound, Switzerland is every adventurer's dream come true. Its urban edge comes from its medieval old town and world-class modern art. This land of four-languages will definitely not disappoint. Don't forget to download the Switzerland Travel Guide and Offline Map on your Swiss journey.

1.     Zermatt

Imagine a town beautifully nestled at the foot of iconic, snowy peaks. Reminiscent of Christmas pop-up greeting cards, Zermatt lies at an elevation of around 1,600m and lies below the stunning pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak. This famous mountain resort is world-renowned for skiing, climbing, and hiking. Stroll down its main street, Bahnhofstrasse, and experience a true white holiday while window-shopping with its boutique shops, hotels, and restaurants.

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2.      Aletsch Glacier

Feel The Sound of Music vibes right down to your core as you visit the Aletsch Glacier. At 23km, it is considered the longest glacier in the European Alps and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It numerous viewpoints can be reached through cable cars and lifts climbing from Fiesch, Bettmeralp, and Riederalp. You can also hike above the glacier and with a view that will make you sing, "The hills are alive with the sound of music!" ala Julie Andrews, you know it's well worth it.

3.     Lake Geneva

Switzerland is never short on spellbinding views and Lake Geneva has one of the most stunning views of the Alps. Half of the lake belongs to France while the other half is Vaudoise's pride and glory. It's a perfect getaway all-year-round as hiking activities are said to be glorious in the Summer and once Winter hits you can enjoy skiing with some of the world's elites.

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Visit Bern, the Swiss Capital!

Visit Bern, the Swiss Capital!

When tourists talk about Switzerland the most common topics are Geneva and Zurich. Often overlooked is the nation’s capital, Bern. Below are a few reasons to visit Bern. And when you do go and visit Bern, make sure to have this app ready: Bern Travel Guide and Offline City Map. It will make your exploration easier.

1. The BearPark

The BearPark, which was recently renovated in 2015, is one of the best places in the world when it comes to observing bears in their natural habitat. It is located just outside Old Town so you can make it the first item in your itinerary to get yourself pumped up by a few bear encounters. It has an area for bears to swim and relax and an inclined lift for visitors.

So sweet! Bern BearPark!
So sweet! Bern BearPark!

2. The Rosengarten

Just a short 10-minute uphill walk from the BearPark is another Park named Rosengarten. The Rose Garden gives you the best aerial view of Bern and is also home to a wide variety of roses. The park also has its own restaurant aptly named Restaurant Rosengarten where you can dine while enjoying a view of the city.

3. Old Town

Bern’s Old Town is like a bear city. You will see bears everywhere such as bear decorations in shop windows, bear carvings in residential houses, etc. You can’t walk five minutes without spotting a new bear. The cobblestone streets and fountains are a thing of beauty. If you are too lazy to walk, there is also a tram that runs throughout Old Town. There are two places you should never forget to check out while in old town:

  • Zytglogge – the city’s landmark clock tower where mechanical figures come out to celebrate the arrival of each new hour.
  • Bern Münster – the country’s tallest cathedral with a towering height of 300 feet.
  • Old Town Park – offers the best view of the sunset.
Amazing Bern Old Town View
Amazing Bern Old Town View

4. The Einstein Museum

Albert Einstein, one of the most renowned geniuses in the world, came up with his famous formula E = mc 2 and a huge portion of his Theory of Relativity during his two-year stay at Bern from 1903 to 1905. The Einstein Museum has a section of 1,000 square meters dedicated solely for Einstein. You can also visit the apartment where Einstein stayed which is just a few minutes away from the Museum.

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Wonderful Reasons to Visit Zurich, One of Europe’s Hippest Destinations

Wonderful Reasons to Visit Zurich, One of Europe’s Hippest Destinations

Zurich is not only one of the top destinations in Switzerland; it is also one of the country’s fastest growing business hubs. The city offers a perfect marriage of traditional Swiss culture with the hip of modern times. Below are some of the reasons why Zurich should be on your list of places to visit. To check out all tourist spots in the city, refer to the Zurich Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro. The Partying

Gone are the days when Swiss were known to be one of the most conservative people in the world. Zurich is buzzing with nightlife and a very vibrant party vibe. The city has numerous locations where you can dance all you want especially in Züri-West, the heart of Zurich’s nightlife. The most notable club is the Badi Bars, a network of waterside bars. You might also want to come in time for the Zurich Street Parade. With thousands of participants, this is festival is the largest techno party in the world.

The best shopping experience in Zurich
The best shopping experience in Zurich

Old Town

Spending an entire day roaming the streets of Old Town is not a bad way to spend your time. Old Town houses the majestic Historic Centre which is the symbol of Zurich culture. Check out various churches, residential buildings, and other establishments build during the Middle Ages with some dating as far back as the reign of Charlemagne.

The Lake

The beautiful crystal-clear Lake Zurich is located at the center of the city. The lake is always teeming with activity from people having a picnic near the shore to oarsmen racing in their canoes to couples having a romantic time in their pedalos.

Sit back and enjoy Zurich lake view
Sit back and enjoy Zurich lake view

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Top 6 Reasons to Visit Geneva, One of the Greatest Urban Locations in the World

Top 6 Reasons to Visit Geneva, One of the Greatest Urban Locations in the World

Geneva lies literally on the French border, occupying the westernmost corner of Switzerland. It has the Alps on one side and the Lake Geneva on the other. Here are a few reasons to visit Geneva. Check out the Geneva Travel Guide and Offline City Street Map for more detailed information. World’s Best Watches

Many of the world’s best watchmakers are in Switzerland and no other location has more of them than Geneva. If you want to go shopping for watches there is no better place to go. Some of the great watch houses even have their own museums. Some of the most popular watch brands based in Geneva are:

  • Patek Philippe
  • Breguet
  • Rolex
  • Vacheron Constantin
Geneva Rolex Watch
Geneva Rolex Watch

Authentic Swiss Chocolate

Geneva also houses boutiques from the most famous chocolate producers in the world many of which offer tours around their factories. Some such chocolate makers include:

  • Teuscher, La Maison du Cacao
  • Zogg
  • Chocolaterie des Bergues
  • Stettler
  • Auer
  • Chocolaterie du Rhone

Museum of Art and History

The Musées d’Art et d’Histoire is considered by many as the country’s national museum due to its unparalleled collection of literary works, artworks, and historical artifacts. On one floor you will find an abundance of French sculptures and on another floor an Egyptian mummy carbon dated to have been buried around 9th century BC.

The Infamous Jet of Water

The Jet d’Eau is the official symbol of Geneva. It is simply a natural wonder. The spray can tower up to a remarkable 450 feet (137 meters). Water gets sprayed so high up in the air that you can see it from anywhere along the lakefront.

Geneva amazing Jet of Water
Geneva amazing Jet of Water

The Red Cross headquarters

Ever wondered why the original emblem of the International Red Cross looks like a color-reversed version of the Swiss flag? Well, that is because the organization is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The base also houses one of the most famous museums in the continent.

Lake Geneva Cruise

Experience the best view of Geneva and the surrounding regions by going on a boat cruise on the colossal Lake Geneva. Several towns on the Swiss side and the southern French Coast have boats departing regularly.

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