Switzerland, one of the perpetually popular travel destinations in Europe, has bewitched and charmed American travelers for a long time. If the promotional veneer hyped by tourist-brochures is peeled back, the Swiss turns out to be a beautiful, multi-faceted destination that exceeds expectations. The Swiss provides a world of beautiful experiences that more sophisticated travelers can relish. So if you really want to relish the beauty of the Swiss then do not forget to visit the following destinations.
Lucerne is the essence of the Swiss to many travelers. This gateway to the central part of Switzerland is set below an unbroken view of the Alps, sitting picture-perfect on Lake Lucerne. Lucerne is also perpetually popular because this scenic setting has a car-free old town, charming town squares, historic houses and a medieval bridge in its center. However, Lucerne has also become reputable for its innovative design. One of the architectural highlights of Lucerne includes the futuristic Culture and Convention Centre. The top of the mountains nearby Lucerne offer beautiful views, and there a beautiful lake you can cruise along in a steamship. If you want to take an excursion about central Switzerland, Lucerne is a good starting point.
Bern, Switzerland’s capital city, is probably the most immediately fascinating and lovely.
Crammed in a crook of the rapidly-flowing River Aare onto a steep-sided peninsula, Bern’s cobbled, quiet lanes are lined with buildings lined with sandstone that have remained the same for the past 500 years. The only exception is perhaps that modern shop signs have been added and an odd car or tram rattles past them occasionally. The steep banks of the river and the surrounding hills are still heavily wooded. Bern is an old town with four miles of arcades because of which it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area offers beautiful views, especially of the grand Alps on the horizon and the clustered roofs of the Old Town.
The Mediterranean region of the Swiss seems to start in Ticino on the southern side of the Alps. You will feel like it is Italy there because of the citrus and palm trees scattered about, and streets that wind down to little piazzas. This is the only Italian-speaking canton in Switzerland and the Swiss people there share a love of Italian food, la dolce vita and wine. Bellinzona, the capital city of the canton, and the Upper Ticino valleys are beautiful and home to fascinating art, rich gastronomy and wide stretches of unspoiled nature. There are three castles in Bellinzona, with a defensive wall and the old market town’s ramparts, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Switzerland is a landlocked European country. It offers a pleasant climate in summer for outdoor pursuits like biking, climbing, hiking, etc. The blooming Swiss countryside can be explored in spring. The yellow orange green trees can be enjoyed in autumn. Snowshoeing and snow kiting are the main highlights in winter. If you are already living in Switzerland and relishing the beauty of the Swiss, but you want to see what beauty is hidden within the United States. Then your Swiss passport will be eligible for the ESTA Visa Waiver Program, which will allow you to travel to the U.S. without a visa. The United States may not be as beautiful as the Swiss, but there are still plenty of beautiful destinations there that are worth visiting.