|Language: German, French, Italian, Romansh||Packlist|
|Currency: Swiss Franc(CHF)||Eco-Lodges|
|Size: 41,285 km² / 15,940 mi²||Favorite Restaurants|
|Landscape: forest, glaciers, mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers|
|Activities: hiking, wildlife watching, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, biking|
Landlocked in the center of Europe, Switzerland’s four main linguistic and cultural regions make Switzerland rich in traditions and customs. A long history of armed neutrality allowed its population to become the richest in the world, which makes it a popular place to live and work, although citizenship is hard to get. The landscape is a mix of fairytale Alpine charm and flatlands, which attract hikers and bikers as well as winter sports enthusiasts from all over the world.
TOP SPOTS IN SWITZERLAND
Home to Switzerland’s most iconic mountain, the famous Matterhorn, Zermatt is a great location to visit year round. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy seemingly endless biking and hiking through the valleys and peaks in summer, and skiers and snowboarders will enjoy fantastic trails and stupendous views here in winter. The great thing about the town itself is that no cars are allowed. Visitors have to use one of the many cute little electric taxis and buses, making the town quiet and very pedestrian friendly. As the Swiss love to preserve their heritage, the villages in this region look much like they have for centuries — old, alpine style huts and chalets huddled around beautiful iconic churches. Known for great mountain cheeses and other local delights, the food just tastes better in the Alps. And if you fancy a plate of pasta and a chianti, you can actually ski across the border to Italy.
- The Matterhorn is Switzerland's iconic peak
- The wooden houses in the tiny village of Findeln are a typical sight for this region of Switzerland
- Beautiful windows of an old, wooden hut in Findeln
- When skiing in Zermatt, skiers can visit both the Swiss and the Italien ski resorts, which are connected
- It's easy to border hop between Italy and Switzerland in the Matterhorn region and visit an Italian ski hut
- Zermatt has no exhaust fumes and traffic jams thanks to public ebuses