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1958/2020

First/Last visit:

Number of visits:

Personal Rating:

14/193

UNESCO Sites visited:

11/11

Places Visited:

Bern, Zürich, Lucerne, St. Gallen, Basel, Bienne, Lausanne, Geneva, Yverdon, Neuchatel, Rapperswil, Chur, Davos, St. Moritz, Thusis, Klosters, Frauenfeld, Winterthur, Liestal, Aarau, Brugg, Solothurn, Olten, Sion, Sierre, Zermatt, Visp, Grächen, Crans-Montana, Bellinzona, Locarno, Ascona, Lugano, Gandria, Melide, Chiasso

Highlights:

Wallis/Valais Zermatt with Matterhorn, Gornergrat and Zermatlantis Museum featuring exhibits about the mountaineers who climbed the Matterhorn. St. Mauritius Church with Mountaineer's Cemetery. Grimentz and Blatten in Lötschental for real Valais ambiance. Drive over the mountain passes of Grimsel or Furka. Charles Kuonen Suspension bridge.Mittelland Lucerne Famous wooden Chapel Bridge, a good place to enjoy a beer in nearby Mr. Pickwick Pub, Lion monument, Spreuer Brigde, the second wooden bridge, featuring paintings with a death motif. Sammlung Rosengart, focused on Picasso. Verkehrshaus Museum of Transport. Drive up to Mt. Pilatus from either Alpnachstad with the steepest cogwheel railway in the world, or from Kriens with a cable car. Visit Mt. Rigi, the so called "Queen" of Swiss mountains, from either Weggis (cable car) or Vitznau (cogwheel train). Weggis on lovely lake of Lucerne makes a good base visiting the Central part of Switzerland, villages like Gersau, Brunnen (tiny cable car to Urmiberg), or the Rütli meadow, the founding place of the Swiss Confederation anno 1291, a good idea is to take the boats, very pittoresque steam boats (Dampfschiffe) run in summer time from Lucerne to Fluelen and vice-versa. Amazing views can be enjoyed from Mt. Bürgenstock, plus the experience of Hammetschwand lift. Hike to beautiful Arnisee, from Amsteg by cable car, canton Uri. Visit the historical museums of Schwyz, the cloister village of Engelberg and Mt. Titlis. Viewing Point Chälrütirank for great views over lake of Lungern. Aaareschlucht in Meiringen, the greatest river gorge in the country, reaching a depth of 200 meters. Wood carving village of Brienz, Brienzer Rothorn cogwheel train, Ballenberg open-air Museum, the Bernese Alps with Grindelwald, Adelboden and Gstaad, typical chalets style mountain villages. Nearby you find Eiger, Mönch and famous Jungfraujoch mountains. I love the Trümmelbach waterfalls. Interlaken if your thing is a more lively place, including stylish, but pricey Victoria-Jungfrau Grand hotel. Bern UNESCO the Parliament building and historic federal square with geyser-like water fountain, Berner Münster, the newly renovated iconic cathedral, the real gem are the arcaded walkways of the old city, the fountains, the mechanical clock called Zytglogge, the Park for brown bears, the city's symbol, on the way you cross Nydeggbrücke for photo opportunities. Alpine and Historical museums. Museum of Fine Art. Marzili Bath in summer to have a swim in the river Aare. Gruyères, the cheesemaking village near Fribourg. UNESCO inscribed wine terraces of Lavaux, it is best to stay in one of the pittoresque wine villages like Saint-Saphorin, Epesses or on the lake nearby like Cully. Lausanne houses a handfull of interesting museums: Collection de l'Art brut, Olympic museum, a great photography museum called l'Elysée, Rolex Learning Center, l'escalier du Marché, one of the more charming corners of town, going to the Cathedrale. Lakeside castle of Chillon. Geneva Palais des Nations (after New York this is the second most important UN headquarters), Red Cross museum, Botanical garden, Musée Ariana, Quai du Mont-Blanc for an evening stroll, St. Pierre Cathedral and La Vieille Ville, Patek Philippe Museum, Ethnographic Museum (MEG), probably the best collection of African artefacts in Switzerland, enjoy the lake with the Jet d'eau, throwing 500 liters of water per second into the air, neary Bains de Paquis for a refreshing swim, the nuclear research station called CERN, Art and History museum and its downtown branch of Maison Tavel, Quartier des Grottes behind the train station, a great antidote to the city's many Rolex stores! Grottes de Vallorbe, Watch making cities of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle, both UNESCO. Zurich Swiss National museum next to the main train station, Paradeplatz and Bahnhofstrasse for shopping, Niederdorf for restaurants, Grossmünster Cathedral where reformist H. Zwingli preached. Bellevue and Zürich Opera House. Strandbad Mythenquai. FIFA World Football Museum, Kulturama, North American Native Museum, Rietberg Museum and many Art museums. Zürich Zoo since 1929 with more than 370 animal species, Botanical garden. The largest plain falls in all of Europe near Schaffhausen, 23 meters high Rhine Falls. In St.Gallen houses the country's oldest library in a Baroque Abbey UNESCO. Appenzell for a charming detour to the real Switzerland with cheese making facilities, richly decorated historic buildings, and tasting the national dish, Cheese Fondue. Climb nearby Mt. Säntis. Leave Switzerland by boat from Romanshorn to Friedrichshafen in Germany, but not before visiting the wonderful Stein am Rhein. In Basel there is a great town square with the City Hall, the renowned Art museum, Museum of Natural History, Museum Tinguely, and of course in a city of large chemical companies, the cozy Pharmacy museum in downtown. Dreiländereck FR/CH/DE. Roche-Tower. Basel Zoo. Graubünden Rätisches Museum, and the old town, the Swiss National Park and Mustair with its St. John Abbey UNESCO. Samnaun for duty-free shopping, the exclusive resort town of St. Moritz in both winter and summer season a must! Silvaplana and Pizz Corvatsch, Bergün, with the sled run from Preda, is a cosy village to dig in, besides the Rhätische Bahn (UNESCO) stops here, it is a great way to discover the region and experience the Swiss railway construction with its many viaducts. It is the steepest adhesion railway in the world. Ticino Lugano with its great mix of good museums, churches and promenades, trip to Monté Bré, visit the lovely villages of Morcote, Gandria and the Swiss Miniature park in Melide, the castles of Bellinzona UNESCO, Verzasca Valley, bath in the river near Ponte dei Salti, Locarno has a nice sanctuary church in Orselino, Madonna del Sasso, the Piazza Grande, and nearby Ascona that is very trendy in terms of boutiques and restaurants along Lago Maggiore, Isola Brissago.