Switzerland has not only the mountains-
Here is mentioned the Rhein river with the well known attraction
"der Rheinfall von Schaffhausen".
Not so great like Niagara of course, but the Rhein river has his own charme!
Everyday a good destination to see and view, or simply walk around and talk-
much views this River has at this place-
so here at first my impression at photo and the video of platform at the west river side.
In special (so it to me) remembering this place, is the familiar atmosphere!
Also around is nice to walk - seeing and viewing the waterfall is said since icetime here.
And last but not least the monument of AluSwiss remembers at the water power as important source of development in Swiss modern times.
Schaffhausen is near the border of Germany, has easy acess with train and Autobahn and is a great attraction et every weather and trought the year.
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and is situated in the north-central part of the country, most of the city’s sites are located either side of the Limmat river, between the Main railway station and Lake Zurich. Within this area are the churches and houses of the old town, as are the most expensive shops along the famous Bahnhofstrasse. The Lindenhof in the old town is the historical site of the Roman castle, and the later Carolingian Imperial Palace. Recreational activities range from a visit to the riverside and lakeside bathing areas in the very heart of the city, to a spectacular hike on the Uetliberg Mountain. The city has over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries
Must see sights include: the Augustinergasse, Bahnhofstrasse Zürich, the Fraumünster, the Grossmünster and the Lakeside Promenade, to name but a few.
See My Travel Page for more information.
Bellinzona is the capital of the Italian part of Switzerland. To reach the city you will have to pass the famous Gotthard tunnel. The city lies at the border of the Alps with often sunny and rather warm weather. The castles and walls were once built to control the trade routes between north and south. There is no entry fee to walk the ramparts and visiting them makes a great stop over on the way to the southern towns of Lugano, Locarno and Italy.
The Jungfrau and the Aletsch glacier are main tourist attractions in Switzerland. The world heritage zone can be reached from the north (Interlaken) or the south (e.g. Fiesch in Valais). Interlaken is well connected by train. The stunning landscape is well worth a visit in summer or winter.
The library of the convent of St. Gall is breathtaking. Priceless books can be astonished between original refurbishment and wooden globes. The floor is so precious it can only be accessed with special slippers. Photography is strictly forbidden.
Notre-Dame-de-Valère is an
interesting church inside Valére castle
I expected to see just some castle ruins and so it was really a great surprise for me to find a cathedral dating back to the 12th century inside of the the castle-walls of Château de Valère / the castle Valère. They are still doing a lot of restaurations now but in many places you can already see its former beauty.
The organ of this church was originally built in 1435 and renovated and extended in 1687 and it is said to be the oldest organ in the world that is still functioning. In order to enter this part of the castle you have to pay a small entrancefee.
Guided tours through the cathedral :
From Oct till May:daily at 10.15, 11.15am and 04.15pm
but Sat ONLY at 10.15 + 11.15am
Sundays ONLY at 04.15pm !
From June till Sep: also at 05.15pm
(except for Saturdays!)
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The castle is open daily
From June 1st till Sep 30th: 11.00am - 06.00pm
and Oct. till May 31st : 11.00am till 05.00pm
Chapelle de Tous-les-Saint / All Saints chapel
dates back to the 14th century
and it was built between both castles of Sion. It is a pity that this interesting church in romanesque style with gothic elements is normally not open for the public, so I had no chance to take a look inside.
Château de Tourbillon / Tourbillon castle
is the 2nd large castle high above Sion
and once again I came unfortunately too late in order to take a look inside of that great castle. At least I was able to step up and enter its first medieval townwall before I came to the point, where the gates were closed. Tourbillon castle dates back to the 13th century and was destroyed several times over the centuries.
Tourbillon castle is open for visitors:
Middle of March till end of April plus
Oct. till middle of November:11.00am-05.00pm
May-Sept. : 10.00am-06.00pm
Geneve is a city where I've been just once, with small kids that limited the visit.
However, I enjoyed what I saw, and, for sure, Geneve is a place where I would gladly return.
There are many interesting historical museums in Switzerland. Some of the museums are in the castles while there are also samll museums in the towns which are treat to watch. for example Sherlock Holmes museum in Meiringen is very interesting for the visitors.
Switzerland has very efficent train network. There are some trains on which you can enjoy the scenery of the rural Swiss. Scenic trains, glacier express are must for the the tourists. If yo want to see many things in short time, just sit besides the window and enjoys the rapidly changing landscape (mountains, lakes, villages, cows, forests ......)
Bern's Kunstmuseum is one the premiere of art museums in Switzerland. Like other art museums it holds a very fine collection of impressionistic and modern art. There are good examples works by Kandinsky, Modigliani, Matisse, Kirchner, Soutine, and Picasso. What I did find a bit lacking was the medieval and Renaissance collection which was for the most part very forgettable. The Kunstmuseum host many excellent exhibitions. During my visit there was a fascinating exhibit featuring the British artists Tracy Emin.
Bern has many fasinating museum for a city that is relatively small. The last that I visited was the very fine Bernisches Historisches Museum. The prize possession of this museum is the sinister (but to a degree humorous) paintings "The Dance of Death." These are 24 images of Death dancing with people from the high and mighty such as Kings and Lords to the low peasants such as bakers and farmers. They are quite fascinating and not for the faint of heart. Sadly these are not the original paintings which were in fact lost. These were on the wall of Bern's Dominican monastery.
The Bernisches Historisches Museum has many other interesting collections. They include works of Asian sculpture (the Islmanic collection is particularly fine), rooms full of armour. galleries full of goldsmithing works some tapestries looted from Brussels in the 15th century when the Swiss were kickass soldiers. Finally there is an exhibition on the life Albert Einstein who resided in Bern for two years. This is considered a sub museum or a museum within itself in the same building. It seems totally cut off from the rest of the museum as you walk through a hall of mirrors to get to it.
The museum is open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
The Abbey Library is the prime reason you have come to visit St. Gallen. It houses one of the most important medieval libraries in Europe and contains 130,000. There are manuscripts here that date from the 3rd century BC including an actual plan for the library itself from 830. The room is designed in the Rococo style hence is very gaudy but splendid just the same. The ceiling frescos are by Josef Wannenmacher.
The room itself is rather small, just 10m by 28m is size. The library contains 5th century copies of works by Virgil, Horace and Bede. There are said to be more Irish manuscripts in the Abbey Library than in Dublin itself. An oddity in the room is a 7th century BC mummy that placed here by the mayor of St Gallen after it was presented to him as a gift. He had no where else to put it.
The Abbey Library is open daily from 10am to 5pm but closes at 4pm on Sunday. It costs 10F to visit.
Of note no photographs are allowed inside of the Abbey Library so I cheated on the picture. It is from Wikicommons.
We loved the festival and the groups and the crowd. Even being more than 28.000 with the hotest day in Switzerland in the last 10 years, there was not a problem. Just people having fun and throwing watter to each other!
If you like live music, and you have some days off buy your tickets as soon as posible. This year it was sold-out. I had been told by our friends about this festival, but it was hard to believe....it is the cold, educated Switzerland after all. But it is like a pararel universe during those days.
I am not in my 20´s anymore, and I am pretty sure that the 20´s is the best moment to enjoy that party!
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