Destination Information for Switzerland
Switzerland is a country of striking scenery, fabulous skiing and hiking trails, and world-renowned chocolate! The Central European country is bordered by France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein, and is known for its picturesque mountainous regions, with the Alps in the South and Jura to the Northwest. Switzerland is a prosperous and peaceful country, having not been involved in any war or political conflict since 1815. Unemployment levels are less than half the average for the rest of Europe and investments here are seen as secure.
The capital of Switzerland is Bern, a pretty medieval city close to the Aare river. There are many other large, important and modern cities, including Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Interlaken and Lucerne. Switzerland’s cities are thriving centres of art, culture, entertainment, shopping, cuisine and business, with much to offer visitors keen to explore the cosmopolitan side of Swiss life.
Visitors to Switzerland are often drawn here by the country’s reputation for beautiful natural scenery, with excellent opportunities for adventure sports such as skiing, white water rafting, bungee jumping, hiking, mountain biking and much more. With the Rhine Falls - the largest falls in Europe, the famous mountain resort of Zermatt - the longest glacier in Europe, the Aletsch Glacier, Lake Lucerne and many, many other spectacular sights, Switzerland remains a firm favourite with travellers and tourists of all kinds.