If one were to try and capture Switzerland, in one word, it would surely be the word diversity. It is rare to find a country encompassing such scope and variety in its national life and natural features. Switzerland is dominated by the central part of the Alps, two major rivers, the Rhine and the Rhone and numerous lakes.
Areas are identified with cultural heritage, German to the north and east, French in the southwest, Italian in the southeast and a small enclave of Romansch in the east. Churches, cathedrals, castles and old town centers reflect the diversity. Each region takes pride in their local music but alphorns and yodelers are recognized as symbolic Swiss music.
We will visit the rivers, mountains and several lakes. See the cultural changes from Geneva to Schaffhausen to Sargans, hear alphorns and yodelers at Ballenberg. Foods are representative of the varied cultures and are always good. Swiss wines are legendary. The transportation system may be the best and most spectacular in the world. By train, cog wheel, cable car, gondola, post bus, tram, ship and car – through tunnels, over mountains and across rivers and lakes, and always on time – and we’ll be there!
- Geneva – the U.N. City
- Lausanne – They Olympic City
- Basel – Rhein River Port to the Sea
- Stein-Am-Rhein – A museum of a city
- Schaffhausen – Historic walled city
- Rhein Falls- The highest in Europe
- St. Gallen – Swiss textile industry
- The Bernina – A train over the Alps
- Lucerne – Swiss army knives
- Mt. Pilatus – By cable, cog and boat
- Brienz – Wood carving capital
- Ballenberg – Flags, alphorns and yodelers
- Interlaken – City between the lakes
- Jungfrau – The top of Europe
- Sion – The Swiss California
- Kippel – Festival of God’s Soldiers
- Zermatt – The Matterhorn