Switzerland Things to Do

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Switzerland Things to Do

  • Le Jet d'Eau

    Geneva Things to Do

    Funny or not a water fountain is Geneva’s landmark! You can see it from many spots all over the city as it is located right in front of the lakefront where lake Geneva flows into Rhone river, it was just a security valve at Coulouvreniere Hydraulic factory but transferred to its current location in 1891 and became a tourist attraction. You can...

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  • Grossmünster Churche

    Zürich Things to Do

    Like all Zurich's older churches, the Grossmuenster had its interior pretty much stripped bare of its Medieval decoration during Switzerland's Reformation (I cannot bring myself to approve of this, although I understand why the actions were taken). But you can still, if you look closely, see snippets of what the Grossmuenster looked like in its...

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  • Mount Pilatus

    Lucerne Things to Do

    Probably the best view of Lucerne and its surrounds can be seen on a clear day from atop Mt Pilatus. In summer there are many hiking and walking trails to explore which will amaze and delight the true devotees of these activities. For those of us who are less energetic, the view is more than enough to suffice, not to mention the cafe and of course...

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  • Jungfrau

    Interlaken Things to Do

    What a delight for train lovers with all these alpine railways. During your journey you will enjoy the great landscape, you just need to choose your destination... The Bernese Oberland Railway (BOB) linked Interlaken Ost railway station to Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen. A modern, straight-track shuttle service is operated with two train...

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  • Gornergrat

    Zermatt Things to Do

    With the sun shining and the snow laying in perfect, pristine conditions you are likely to have a fabulous train ride up to Gornergrat - a viewing point at 3100m - that looks directly at the Matterhorn and in the other direction to Monte Rosa. Starting from opposite the main Zermatt rail station you can catch the rack and pinion railway for about...

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  • Bear pit

    Bern Things to Do

    The BaerenPark is home to four brown bears and can be visited 24 hours a day. Keeping live bears in the city is not a new thing. The tradition dates back to 1513 when, on returning from the Battle of Novara, the Bernese forces brought with them a live bear that was kept in the city's moat. Since then, bears have been kept in a pit at the Bärenplatz...

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  • Muenster Cathedral

    Basel Things to Do

    The Minster was once a Catholic cathedral, but now a protestant church. This fact tells us something about its central role in the Reformation. It was here that the last antipope, Felix V, was elected in opposition to the pope in Rome. Less than a century later the fires of Protestant Reformation swept Basel, and the cathedral was attacked and its...

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  • Monte Bre

    Lugano Things to Do

    Monte Bré provides fantastic views over Lugano and the easiest way to reach the top is by funicular. Bear in mind though that this is Switzerland and the price is steep as well. We paid 23 CHF for a return ticket (approx £15 / €19 - Sept 2012). To get there from Lugano city centre you can take bus no.1 to bus stop Cassarate/ Monte Bré or from the...

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  • Cathedrale Notre Dame

    Lausanne Things to Do

    One of the most beautiful Gothic structures in Europe, Lausanne Cathedral stands ,150m above Lake Geneva. Construction on the cathedral began in 1175; in 1275 it was consecrated by Pope Gregory X. The architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc began a restoration of the cathedral in the 19th century -- and it is still going on! The doors and façade of the...

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  • Flower Clock

    Geneva Things to Do

    If you're at the Jardin Anglais and aren't sure what time it is, there's an unusual and pretty way to tell the time. Constructed to celebrate Switzerland's long watch-making tradition, this clock made of flowers actually works. It must be an interesting job for the gardener whose duty it is to water the clock...

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  • Lake Zürich

    Zürich Things to Do

    Henry Moore's Sheep Piece by Lake Zurich is name for two connected huge bronze abstract sculptures. This sculpture was erected in 1976 and in that time Henry Moore has exhibition of his work at the lakeside promenade at Zürichhorn. Supposedly that attracted 74000 people as a public work of art. Henry Moor (1898-1986) was English artist and...

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  • Kapellbrücke - Chapel Bridge

    Lucerne Things to Do

    The Kapellbruecke was once a wonderful early-Medieval wooden bridge, spanning the river Reuss and including the Wasserturm. The Wasseturm ('water tower') gets its name from the fact that it stands in the water of the river....at various times in the past it's been a lighthouse, a prison, and a treasury). It was built about 30 years before the first...

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  • Trummelbach Falls

    Interlaken Things to Do

    Trummelbach Falls has 10 glacier waterfalls that are inside a mountain. The thundering falls are fed by Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau Mountains. You reach the falls by a tunnel-lift. It is a Unesco world natural heritage site and it was pretty cool. The area around the falls are really beautiful - perfect for walking/exploring.

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  • Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

    Zermatt Things to Do

    The best thing to do on a visit to Zermatt is to get up into the mountains, and the ultimate place to do this is at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. At 3,883 metres above sea level, this is the highest sightseeing point in Europe which is accessible by cableway. One of the best things for me was the journey to get up there. It started with a trip...

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  • Cathedral - Münster

    Bern Things to Do

    Bern Minster is a superb late Gothic cathedral; the tower of which is the tallest church tower in Switzerland at 101 metres in height. I did not visit the interior of the minster as I was tired from a day of sightseeing. Nevertheless, the exterior of the minster was well worth a look around. Next time I visit Bern, I would like to go to the top of...

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  • Rathaus

    Basel Things to Do

    The Rathaus (city hall) is an outstanding highlight of any visit to Basel. Its rich splendour speaks to the battle between citizens and church for the control of the city. It's a testament to the power of the people, through its guilds, through the outpouring of creative excellence in its deeply polished mosaics, proud statues and an outer facade...

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  • Piazza della Riforma

    Lugano Things to Do

    Piazza Riforma is Lugano's main piazza, and the biggest one. It is a pretty place to discover, with many nice houses surrounding it. The buildings are very colourful, and everything looks neat and clean. On tuesdays and fridays, a market is taking place here. No matter where you are walking to or from during your exploration of Lugano, you will...

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  • Place de la Palud

    Lausanne Things to Do

    The Old Town of Lausanne is full of cozy pedestrian streets and some interesting squares, laid back atmosphere in summer, good for some relaxing in the outdoor cafes and ideal for people watching. Place de la Palud is a central cobbled stone square that houses some nice old buildings, among them the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall) (pic 4) that was...

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  • Lake Boat Trips

    Geneva Things to Do

    If you are staying in any hotel in Geneva, you should have received a card providing free public transport... ...that includes the Mouettes lines, four different 'boat lines' allowing to easily cross the lake. And even if you don't have that card, this is still a pretty good deal, a cruise for the price of a bus ticket!! ;-)

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  • Bahnhofstrasse

    Zürich Things to Do

    The Pestalozzi Monument was erected in 1899 in Pestalozzi-Anlage (meaning: Pestalozzi Park) and it was made by design of sculptor Hugo Siewart. This monument represent with Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi leading a poor boy who is barefooted and wear ragged. Who was Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi? Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827) was a Swiss...

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  • Löwendenkmal - Lion Monument

    Lucerne Things to Do

    During my visit to the city it was raining day and I left my umbrella in the car. Still, it was no reason to skip the famous monument in Luzern. The Lion Monument (German: Löwendenkmal) commemorate the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France.

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  • Schilthorn

    Interlaken Things to Do

    Leaving Trummelbach Falls we realized that we were fairly close to Schilthorn Mountain. It is one of the highest mountains in the area and was made more famous by being the shooting location for the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. When we decided to go to the top we had no idea how involved it would be to get there! We first...

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  • Glacier Express

    Zermatt Things to Do

    The Glacier Express is probably Switzerland's most scenic train journey. It's a year-round train service between Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and St Moritz in the Engadin skiing area. Billed as Europe's slowest express, its a narrow-gauge train which takes 7½ hours to cover just over 290 km (180 miles), at an average of around 24 mph....

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  • Old town

    Bern Things to Do

    As soon as he could afford it, Einstein moved from the Gerechtigkeitsgasse 32 about half a kilometer up the hill to Kramgasse 49, where he and Mileva lived from 1903 to 1905. Actually these are both the same street in the center of the Old Town of Bern -- the name of the street just changes about halfway up. Their apartment in the Kramgasse has...

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  • Zoo

    Basel Things to Do

    I visited Basel Zoo during a visit to the city in April 2007. It is said that Basel Zoo is one of the most impressive zoos in Europe and, from my limited experience of European zoos, this is quite possibly true. It stands in impressive gardens and offers a large variety of wildlife to its visitors. I paid my 16 CHF for an adult ticket and joined...

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  • Parco Civico

    Lugano Things to Do

    This is a beautiful park north of the town centre. It spreads along the fronts of the lake, and it is a fantastic place. There are wonderful flowerbeds, and to see the colourful, bright flowers against the background of the green lake and the mountains is stunning. The plants are mostly mediterranean, and thus the atmosphere is just beautiful. The...

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  • Ouchy

    Lausanne Things to Do

    After walking around the Old Town we decided to visit Ouchy. Once a fishing village turned during 19th century into the port of Lausanne serving the Geneva lake (Lac Léman ). Getting out of the metro station we were surprised that the lake was just there in front of us with amazing background of the Alps. There are many café, bars and restaurants...

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  • Old Town

    Geneva Things to Do

    Vieille Ville (Old Town) was a pleasant surprise as the only image I had from Geneva was the lake and the International Organizations. Walking up into the Old Town was full of small surprise and made my day (which was grey due to dark clouds most of the time). There are some big attractions like the Saint Pierre’s Cathedral, many museums, the city...

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  • Lindenhof

    Zürich Things to Do

    Zurich old town is well really old I started at its oldest place Lindenhof hill, site of the former Roman castle and temple of Jupitor in the roman town in Raetia and this was no remote outpost either it was connected to Rome across the Alps over the Reschen Pass, by the Via Claudia Augusta the superhighway of its time. This all even further back...

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  • Old Town

    Lucerne Things to Do

    Lucerne's Altstadt is full of buildings with painted facades. Many (probably most) only date from the 1800s-early 1900s, although painting the front of your building was fashionable in much ealier centuries. I saw many mid-Medieval external frescoes in the 'painted city' of Clusone, Italy, for example.... Most of Lucerne's painted facades look...

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  • Thun

    Interlaken Things to Do

    Another recommendable activity for those that don't go climbing mountains is a boat cruise in either lakes Thun or Brienz. That's a great opportunity to watch the lanscape and tour the castles and churches around them. You can see http://www.bls.ch for more info, or http://www.thunersee.ch/en/som/aus_sch.asp, for anything concerning lake Thun.

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  • Matterhorn

    Zermatt Things to Do

    In good weather, with clear skies, one could spend ages just gazing at this magnificent mountain. I just wanted to share some of my photos taken from Gornergrat in the late afternoon of 28 January 2013. Hope you can agree that the Peak is iconic in representing the Alpine landscape and a textbook example of a glaciated mountain. See my other tip...

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  • Clock Tower

    Bern Things to Do

    The Zytglogge (or Zeitglockenturm) is a beautifully ornate clock tower in the city centre. It has become Bern's most prominent landmark and is a must-see on any visit to the Swiss capital. The clock tower features an astronomical clock with figures that move when the clock chimes. The clock tower dates back to the early 13th century and the...

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  • Tinguely Fountain

    Basel Things to Do

    Local boy and Dadaist Jean Tinguely built a great pool on the site of the stage from Basel's old theater. Inside the pool intricate sculptural machines, or kinetic art, clatter and flap and spray water around in a manner that represents the talking of the stage actors now residing in the new theater nearby. It's one of Basel's unique sights, and a...

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  • Chiesa Santa Maria degli Angeli

    Lugano Things to Do

    Santa Maria degli Angioli is Lugano's most famous church, and the one closest to the lake. From the outside, it looks pretty, but a little plain - however, once you enter, it takes your breath away. There is a huge fresco painted on the wall that is separating the two parts of the church. It was created by Bernardino Luini in the 16th century. This...

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  • Olympic Museum

    Lausanne Things to Do

    Located in the Olympic Park in Ouchy, the Olympic Museum was opened in 1993. It was architectonically designed and built not only considering its location near the lake, but also with some Greek heritage included (there are six colums before the entrance of the Museum, similar to those of Zeus temple). The Olympic Museum contains the history of the...

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  • Cathédrale Saint-Pierre

    Geneva Things to Do

    Once a catholic church St.Pierre Cathedral is the main place of worship of Geneva’s protestants since the advent of the Reformation in 1536. It was built between 1150 and 1230 with many roman and gothic elements. Of course it must have been changed through the next centuries under several additions, restorations including a monumental porch in...

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  • Uetliberg

    Zürich Things to Do

    That is, assuming the weather is reasonable. If you only want the views...and they are superb....I think there would be little point in going up Zurich's very own little mountain on a less-than-clear day. But if you want to walk, it's excellent in any sort of weather (barring torrential rain, I suppose). There are lots of potential trails and...

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  • Vierwaldstätter See - Lake Lucerne

    Lucerne Things to Do

    A visit to Lake Lucerne would not be complete without a cruise on beautiful Lake Lucerne. Here you can see houses of the rich and famous, A statute of Christ blessing the lake and a couple of castles.

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  • Walking

    Interlaken Things to Do

    Many people who pay a short visit to Interlaken take a walk on its main street, the Höheweg, they notice the many shops, the restaurants and cafes, the crowd of tourists, and come to the conclusion that they don't like Interlaken very much. A change of route would probably be enough to make them (or at least some of them) change their mind. For...

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  • St. Mauritius Church

    Zermatt Things to Do

    The Catholic church is situated in the main town square and dominates the skyline of Zermatt. I couldn't find out much about its history, but it was beautiful both on the inside and out. I loved hearing the bells ringing from my hotel room two blocks away.

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  • Markets and shopping

    Bern Things to Do

    Walking through the Old Town market we were attracted to the wonderful display of local cheese. Such a delight to see and would have loved to be able to buy some. Notice the garlic by the cheese, does garlic go with cheese? Maybe we should have purchased some to enjoy with a local wine.

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  • Spalentor City Gate

    Basel Things to Do

    Spalentor is the most richly decorated and most impressive of the three remaining city gates (out of formerly seven). It was built in the 15th century and remained in use as part of the defense structure when the city wall was torn down and the tower refurbished. Today, it has the status of a national heritage site and is well-known as a landmark...

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  • Lago di Lugano

    Lugano Things to Do

    There are several boat trips available from Lugano and we took the 'Tours in the Bay' trip. It's a short round trip of 60-70 minutes if you stay on board the whole time, but it makes a few stops where you can get off and take a return boat. It makes a stop at the Museum of Cultures, Gandria and the Swiss Customs Museum. Our chosen destination was...

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  • Collection de l'Art Brut

    Lausanne Things to Do

    Musée de l'Art Brut was a great choice, we loved every minute there! It is actually an art collection of mentally diseased people. It was inaugurated in 1976 by Jean Dubuffet that donated his collection to the city of Lausanne. It is housed at Chateau de Beaulieu and boasts over 63,000 works from 400 different creators. Although 700 works are...

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