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Travel Guide to Switzerland
Switzerland is known to be the land of the Alps, but snow-topped mountains, cows with large bells, cableways and ski-lifts are not all you can expect from a visit to this small country that has been a major tourist attraction since tourism was invented there.
Switzerland is a land of contrasts - you can sit under palms growing on the lake shores in the warm and sunny southern canton of Ticino and look at mountain peaks covered by eternal snow and ice. Canyons with wild waters and steep rocks are just one hour away from modern cities. But again: "modern cities" does not mean anonymous "deserts" of concrete, glass and steel, most Swiss cities do have a fairly-well preserved medieval (if not Roman) nucleus with cathedrals worth visiting and beautiful old houses. Lucerne, Bern and Geneva are just best known for this, other cities and towns are waiting to be discovered ...
While the alpine resorts are offering a beautiful landscape and
all kinds of activities (hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering,
river-rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping in summer,
skiing and snowboarding in winter), the majority of well-known landmarks
can be found in the cities:
Switzerland's cuisine has been influenced by all of its neighbours, but traditionally French influence has been dominating high class restaurants all over the country - also in the larger German speaking region. While one may find top-class restaurants in major cities, some of the best cooks run a restaurant in the countryside. In Switzerland, distances are small and therefore countryside does not mean that these locations are hours away from the cities by car, but it may be a bit more difficult to reach them by public transport.
For those not familiar with European food there are Chinese and Indian
restaurants in major Swiss cities and alpine tourist resorts.
Vegetarians will find a suitable menu in most restaurants and there
are even some completely vegetarian restaurants.
Many, though not all, Swiss food specialities include potatoes and/or
famous Swiss cheese. Restaurants on lake shores often specialize in
lake-fish dishes, but you may get meat there, too.
Low-priced and Fast Food
Those on budget may choose for lunch from self-service restaurants attached to supermarket chains and department stores offering traditional dishes including vegetables at reasonable prices, U.S. style hamburger restaurants, some cheap pizzerias (not all pizzerias are low-priced, however, depending on the service level), and snack bars selling sandwiches and Turkish specialities like Döner Kebab. Prices for dinner in restaurants are generally much higher than for lunch, so you may prefer to have a warm lunch and have some fast food for dinner.
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