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Switzerland is a relatively small country but has a wealth of diversity be it geographically or culturally. The country is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura. It is made up of four main linguistic and cultural regions, German, French, Italian and the Romansh-speaking.  The Swiss, although predominantly German-speaking, do not form a nation in the sense of a common ethnic or linguistic identity which adds to the flavour of the country on Switzerland vacations. Binding it all together is a distinct Swiss mentality.

About Switzerland's Alps

Switzerland is known for its mountains with the Alps in the south and the Jura in north west. It also has a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes. Despite its rugged mountainous terrain, Switzerland has managed to construct one of the best public transport networks in the world. Even the remotest corners of the country can be reached with relative ease on trips to Switzerland. 

The Alps make up about 60% of the country's total area. The majority of the Swiss population lives in the Swiss Plateau. Switzerland has more than 1500 lakes which together with glaciers, cover about 6% of the country’s terrain. The largest lake is Lake Geneva in western Switzerland shared with France. Lake Constance is the second largest Swiss lake and borders Austria and Germany. Other important lakes are Lake Lucerne and Lake Maggiore on Switzerland tours. 

Forty eight of Switzerland's mountains are 4,000 metres/13,000 feet above sea in altitude or higher.  The best known are the Matterhorn (4,478 metres/ 14,692 feet), the Jungfrau (4,158 metres/13,642 feet) the Eiger and the Monch. Because of Switzerland’s climate in the mountainous regions, it is home to some of the most excellent skiing in the world with the well known ski resorts  of St. Moritz, Davos, Klosters, Zermatt, Andermatt, Gstaad and Adelboden to name just a few of the many ski centres to be found on Switzerland vacations.

As skiing is to winter, perhaps the Swiss lakes are to summer due to their beauty, mountain backdrops and charming lakeside resorts.  Some of the major lakes are the mirror-like Lake Geneva, Europe’s largest lake, Lake Lucerne with its background of majestic peaks, Lake Constance with its mild climate, flowers, gardens and palm trees, Lake Thun with the lovely resort of  Interlaken as its gem and Lake Lugano with its Italian influences, all to be enjoyed on Switzerland tours. 

Switzerland is home to many notable contributors to literature, art, architecture, music and the sciences. Among the most important cultural performances held annually are the Lucerne Music Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival] and the Locarno International Film Festival.

What are the top cities to visit in Switzerland?

Zurich is Switzerland’s principal city although not its capital. It has been regarded as being among the most desirable cities in the world to live in. it boasts not only many museums, theatres and concert halls, but a multitude of bars, nightclubs and discos. The Bahnhofstrasse is one of Switzerland's prime shopping streets. 

Geneva is Switzerland's second largest city on Switzerland vacations. It lies in the south west, near the border with France, at the western end of Lake Geneva where the Rhone flows out of the lake. A number of international organizations have their headquarters in Geneva. These include the European headquarters of the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and, the World Health Organization.   Geneva is also well known for its Car Fair, Inventors' Fair and Book Fair. 

Basle or Basel is in north west Switzerland, at the point where the Rhine bends northwards. It is an important European rail hub as it borders on France and Germany. It has a lively arts scene with a good selection of art galleries and museums one can visit on trips to Switzerland.

Lausanne is Switzerland's fifth largest city situated on Lake Geneva. It houses the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) plus is the base for a number of international sport federations.  The city is characterized by its steep streets and a gorge runs through the centre. 

Lucerne is the economic and cultural centre of central Switzerland. With its lake location and mountain backdrop, it is an attractive resort  with an old town centre and an excellent starting point for excursions into the neighbouring countryside on Switzerland tours . 

Berne is the capital of the country. And because of its unique infrastructure and narrow cobbled streets, it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Two of the highlights here are the Berne Bears and the 30 metre/100 feet tall Cathedral tower.

Lugano is the most important city in Southern Switzerland and part of the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. Lake Lugano is surrounded by hills and mountains.  Know for centuries to artists, writers and poets for its exceptionally mild climate, its wonderful views and its colorful vegetation, it is a popular stopover point. 

Interlaken is the captivating capital of Switzerland's beautiful Bernese Oberland and is a delightful resort surrounded by the crystal-clear lakes of Thun and Brienz and close to Eiger, Monch & Jungfrau mountain range. It is also one of the best locations in the country for souvenirs and watch purchases  while on Switzerland vacations.

 

 "Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

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Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Switzerland vacations at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Switzerland.

 

 

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  • Grand Train Tour of Switzerland: Zurich to Lucerne

    With routes that traverse the entire country, a Swiss journey by rail is an invitation to relax, enjoy and really take in all the splendors of Switzerland.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,825
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  • Best of Switzerland: Train & Aerial Cable Cars

    Experience the thrill of exceptional panoramic views of the Central Alpine Range from the peaks of some of Switzerland's highest mountains. Enjoy stays in the beautiful cities of Lucerne and Interlaken; explore the part of the area using scenic train rides and aerial cable cars.
    Duration:
    5 Days
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    AU$ 1,140
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  • Captivating Rhine: Amsterdam to Basel by River Cruise

    Explore canals, museums and vintage shops in Amsterdam including the famous Heineken Experience. Then, enjoy an 8-day Ama Waterways river cruise, discovering fascinating and beautiful cities along the Rhine river including Cologne, Strasbourg, Heidelberg, and Basel.
    Duration:
    12 Days
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    AU$ 5,283
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  • Chocolate & Cheese Switzerland: Self Drive

    Sample the visual and culinary delights of the Alps on this delicious Switzerland tour. Arrive in Zurich, then explore the charming cities of Bern and Lucerne, and spend most of your time at picturesque Interlaken, in the heart of the Alps.
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    8 Days
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    AU$ 2,114
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  • Christmas Markets in Three Countries: Basel to Basel

    Celebrate the holidays with a trip to three iconic Christmas markets in three different countries of Western Europe. Heading to Basel, Freidburg, and Colmar, you’ll savour Christmas treats and explore medieval old towns as you get into the holiday spirit in Switzerland, Germany, and France.
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    4 Days
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    AU$ 980
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  • Classic European Vistas: Cities, Mountains & Lakes: Paris to Milan

    Follow in the footsteps of the Grand Tour, travelling from Paris to Milan on this sublime Europe vacation. Take in the sights and culture of some of the world’s great cities, and the spectacular natural beauty of the Alps.
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    13 Days
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    AU$ 4,884
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  • Classic Rhine Cruise: Basel to Amsterdam

    A leisurely way to explore mainly Germany and Holland cruising along the scenic Rhine River. Visit historic Strasbourg in France home of the European Parliament, charming Heidelberg, picturesque Rudesheim, romantic Koblenz, the cathedral city of Cologne and the fishing village of Volendam before arriving Amsterdam.
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    8 Days
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  • Classic Switzerland Private Tour: Zurich to Zurich

    Discover the iconic cities, beautiful lakes, and towering peaks of Switzerland on this week-long journey through the country. Heading from the banking centre Zurich to tranquil Interlaken to the capital of Bern, you’ll experience the best cities and landscapes that Switzerland has to offer.
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    7 Days
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    AU$ 7,864
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  • Classic Switzerland Self Drive: Zurich to Zurich

    Discover the nature, history, and culture of Switzerland on this weeklong self-drive tour through the country. Heading from the banking centre of Zurich to tranquil Interlaken to the capital Bern, you’ll experience the best that Switzerland has to offer.
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    7 Days
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  • Cruise the Rhine: Basel to Amsterdam

    Enjoy travelling from Basel to Amsterdam along the famous Rhine river. Relax as you tour the region from the comfort of your vessel. Enjoy fantastic wine and food as you watch the world pass buy from the comfort of your vessel.
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    9 Days
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  • E- Grand Tour of Switzerland in a Tesla Model S

    Enjoy a grand tour of Switzerland on this incredible self-drive vacation. Starting and ending in Zurich, you’ll explore medieval old towns, summit mountains, cruise across picturesque alpine lakes, and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Swiss countryside.
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    9 Days
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    AU$ 4,023
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  • Enchanting Rhine: Basel to Amsterdam by River Cruise

    Take an enchanting journey on the Rhine river as you discover medieval houses, narrow lanes, and villages packed with history. Board your 7-night Ama Waterways river cruise in Basel, Switzerland. Enjoy gourmet meals and daily excursions, then end your trip in exciting Amsterdam.
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    12 Days
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    AU$ 4,585
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    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Fascinating Switzerland Private Tour: Zurich to Zurich

    Discover the many sides of Switzerland on this picturesque journey through the nation. Beginning in Zurich, you’ll head to Montreux, Zermatt, and Lugano to stroll along the banks of Lake Geneva, gaze upon the Matterhorn, and explore the Italian-speaking region of Ticino.
    Duration:
    7 Days
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    AU$ 7,502
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  • Fascinating Switzerland Self Drive: Zurich to Zurich

    Discover the many sides of Switzerland on this picturesque self-drive across the nation. Beginning in Zurich, you’ll drive to Montreux, Zermatt, and Lugano to stroll along the banks of Lake Geneva, gaze upon the Matterhorn, and explore the Italian-speaking region of Ticino.
    Duration:
    7 Days
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    AU$ 2,835
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  • Geneva: Stopover, City Break

    Though it sometimes struggles to compete with the resort towns for tourist traffic, Geneva is the centre of French Switzerland, and one of the most socially and historically significant cities in Europe.
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    4 Days
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  • Highlights of Interlaken

    In the heart of the Swiss Alps lies beautiful Interlaken. Known for its outdoor beauty, explore this region at any time of the year. Jet boat or hike in summer or ski in the winter. There is something here for everyone to do.
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    3 Days
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    AU$ 865
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  • Highlights of Lucerne

    This first-class package will leave you wanting to spend more time in the beautiful Swiss Alps. Walk your steps as you explore by foot and reap the rewards of learning about one of Switzerland's most famous foods in a chocolate tasting after touring the chocolate making facilities.
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    3 Days
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    AU$ 1,267
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  • Lucerne: Mountain Exploration

    Visit the roof of Europe on this spectacular short vacation in Switzerland. Staying in Lucerne, one of the country’s favourite resort towns, visit Mount Pilatus, Mount Titlis, and Jungfraujoch, the mountain known as The Top of Europe.
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    4 Days
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    AU$ 2,036
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  • Magical Switzerland

    Experience the beauty and culture of Switzerland on this journey across the nation. Heading from Zurich to Interlaken, Lake Geneva, and Zermatt, you’ll take in the mountain air, stroll alongside world-famous lakes, and learn about the history of this alpine nation.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 3,962
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  • Mountain Valleys, Lakes & Back Roads of Switzerland: Zurich to Zurich

    Discover Switzerland’s unique natural treasures, its unparalleled mountains and lakes, on this extended journey through the Swiss Alps also taking in a part of Bavaria and a sojourn in Liechtenstein. Experience charming old cities and towns plus breathtaking views.
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    9 Days
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    AU$ 5,558
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  • Swiss Mountains & Golden Pass Line: Zurich to Zurich

    Enjoy breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps and explore enchanting towns on this journey through Switzerland. Heading from Zurich to Lucerne, Interlaken, and Monteux, you’ll explore picturesque resort towns, ascend towering mountains, and ride along one of the most famous rail lines in the world.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 2,814
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  • Switzerland by Glacier Express 3 Days: Zurich to Zurich

    Ride the Glacier Express to journey between two gorgeous alpine resorts in the Swiss Alps, St. Moritz and Zermatt. Peer out of the panoramic windows to admire the breathtaking landscape of mountains and forests, and explore the picturesque centres of these charming resort towns.
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    3 Days
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    AU$ 1,609
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  • Switzerland by Glacier Express 5 Days: Zurich to Zurich

    Board the Glacier Express for an unforgettable train ride through the picturesque Swiss Alps. On this journey, you’ll travel from dazzling St. Moritz to sophisticated Zermatt, enjoy a stay in magical Interlaken, and visit Jungfrau, the highest train station in Europe and one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps.
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    5 Days
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    AU$ 2,379
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    Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Switzerland Deluxe (Luxury Tour) includes Rail

    This first class luxury Switzerland tour takes you to many of the country’s most beloved and picturesque destinations, including St Moritz, Bern, and Zermatt, home to the iconic Matterhorn. Includes Glacier Express ride.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 5,195
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    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Switzerland for Families: Self Drive

    Explore the alpine nation of Switzerland alongside your kids on this incredible family-friendly adventure. Passing from Zurich to Lucerne to Grindelwald, you’ll visit Switzerland’s largest theme park, see the village of Heidi, and summit incredible mountains to enjoy spectacular alpine views.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 2,423
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Self-Drives, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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