Known as a summer and winter sports paradise (just look at those glistening white 4000m-plus Alpine peaks and glittering lakes), Switzerland is where people first skied for fun. Illustrious names evoke all the romance and glamorous drama of the mountain high life: ZermattSt. Moritz,Interlaken, Bern, Gstaad, the Jungfrau, Verbier and more. Cities like Geneva (the most cosmopolitan)Z├╝rich (the most outrageous), Basel and Lausanne heave with heady artistic activity and sometimes incendiary nightlife.

Roughly the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined, straddling the central ranges of the Alps, Switzerland boasts much more than snowy Alpine vistas and picturesque villages. This is a culture rich in history dating back to Charlemagne. Inhabited originally by the Helvetic Celts, the region fell under Roman rule in the first century B.C., which may help explain Switzerland's determination to hold itself above the turbulence of 20th-century Europe. The fabled secrecy of the nation's banks remains largely intact. Its cheeses and chocolates are among its gustatory marvels, but the full list is long indeed.

Switzerland is a federal republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. The country is situated in Western Europe, where it is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east.

Here is some pictures from Switzerland. Enjoy!

Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
Chateau d Aigle, Switzerland
Chateau de Chillon Lake, Geneva, Switzerland
Map Switzerland

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