The one minute summary on Switzerland

This is it: one minute to the best info on Switzerland. This info alone will put you ahead of 99% of foreigners visiting Switzerland, garner the admiration of the locals who will instantly want to be your friends, and the envy of your fellow travelers. Read on. You’ll make friends faster that way, become a traveler instead of simply being a tourist, and also enjoy your travels a lot more.

The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499. A constitution of 1848, subsequently modified in 1874, replaced the confederation with a centralized federal government. Switzerland’s sovereignty and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two world wars.

The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland’s role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland’s ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

That was it. I promised one minute.

For other condensed info check also my other posts on local culture (don’t make the mistakes I made), local food or local drinks. And when you call your friends to tell them you were by far the most knowledgeable at the party, do that with confidence that you’ll not get hit with a 6.99 per minute bill. You’ll also pick the local food from the tray, and order a local drink with confidence.

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Now, cheers to the most Switzerland aware person at the cocktail party.

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The seven wonders The Castle of Chillon: near Montreux The Lavaux vineyards: on the shore of Lake Geneva The Castles of Bellinzona: in the southern canton of Ticino The Abbey of St. Gallen The Top of Europe and the Sphinx observatory: a “village” with a post office on the 3,500 metres high Jungfraujoch above Wengen The Grande Dixence: a 285 metres high dam, south of Sion The Landwasser viaduct: on the railway between Chur and St. Moritz The seven natural wonders The Matterhorn: from Schwarzsee, Gornergrat or simply from the village of Zermatt The northern walls of the Jungfrau and Eiger: two of the most celebrated mountains in the Alps, they can be seen from the valley of Lauterbrunnen or from one of the many summits that can be reached by train or cable car The Aletsch Glacier: the longest in Europe, the Aletsch wild Forest is located above the glacier, best seen from above Bettmeralp .

The lakes of the Upper Engadine: one of the highest inhabited valley in the Alps at the foot of Piz Bernina, they can be all seen from Muottas Muragl The Lake Lucerne: from the Pilatus above Lucerne The Oeschinensee: a mountain lake with no rivals above Kandersteg The Rhine Falls: the largest in Europe, take a boat to the rock in the middle of the falls Events The European Football Championships in 2008 was held in Austria and Switzerland. Basel, Berne, Geneva and Zurich were all hosting sites.

Plan The official “MySwitzerland” ipad app from Switzerland Tourism (the national tourism organisation) offers a wealth of useful information and inspiring ideas to help you plan your holiday – anything from a summer in the mountains to a city break. You will find tips for refreshing adventures on the water, breathtaking trips into nature, thrilling train journeys, cultural treats and top events, great accommodation offers – and much more.