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Switzerland Flag The Swiss Confederation (French: Confédération suisse; German: Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft; Italian: Confederazione Svizzera) Romansh: Confederaziun svizra) is a landlocked country in western Europe. It is bordered by Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and Liechtenstein.

As of 2009, the estimated population of Switzerland was 7,782,900. Switzerland does not have a formal capital, but Bern acts as the "federal city", where many (but not all government institutions) are located. The largest city in Switzerland is Z¨rich, which had a population of 365,098 as of 2001. Other important cities in the country include Basel, Geneva, and Lausanne.

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Switzerland Country Details


Country Name Switzerland
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Central Europe
Flag Switzerland Flag
Principal Languages
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Romansh
  • Capital Bern


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    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Switzerland
    By DK

    DK Eyewitness Travel
    Released: 2015-06-02
    Paperback (320 pages)

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Switzerland
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    DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photography, and illustrations of any guide.

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Switzerland is your in-depth guide to the very best of Switzerland.

    Whether you're on the hunt for alpine scenery, folklore and music, or local festivals and markets, our DK Eyewitness Travel Guide will be your partner on an unforgettable visit to Switzerland. Take day trips around the countryside; enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, or snowboarding; or simply take in the idyllic countryside and stunning views of Lake Geneva. Packed with insider tips, our guide to Switzerland includes the best hotels for every budget and the most fun places to take children and experience the best that Switzerland has to offer.

    Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Switzerland

    • Detailed itineraries and "don't miss" destination highlights at a glance.
    • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
    • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
    • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
    • Area maps marked with sights.
    • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
    • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

    With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Switzerland truly shows you Switzerland as no one else can.

    Rick Steves Switzerland
    By Rick Steves

    Rick Steves
    Released: 2016-03-15
    Paperback (464 pages)

    Rick Steves Switzerland
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    You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when visiting Switzerland.

    This book guides you through bustling Zürich and charming Luzern its with flower-bedecked bridges. Crisscross the mountains on cable cars, trains, and hiking paths. Find an alpine retreat in the cliff-hanging village of Gimmelwald. Marvel at the Matterhorn, relax in Lugano, and take an unforgettable swim in Bern. Cruise Lake Geneva and savor the cozy small-town atmosphere of Appenzell. After a day of sightseeing and hiking the Alps, treat yourself to a glass of local wine, cheese fondue, and delicious Swiss chocolate.

    Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels, B&Bs, and restaurants in cities, villages, and resort towns. You'll learn how to plan scenic rail journeys, and which sights are worth your time and money. More than reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.
    Lonely Planet Switzerland (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Kerry Christiani & Sally O'Brien

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    Lonely Planet Switzerland (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Switzerland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ski through fresh powder in the Swiss Alps, listen to cowbells while enjoying a picnic in a mountain meadow, or feast on fondue in Gruyeres; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Switzerland and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet Switzerland Travel Guide:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, alpine villages, architecture, sports, landscapes, cuisine, wine, and more
    • Over 70 local maps
    • Covers Geneva, Lake Geneva, Vaud, Fribourg, Neuchatel, Jura, Basel, Aargau, Mittelland, Bernese Oberland, Valais, Central Switzerland, Zurich, Northeastern Switzerland, Ticino, Liechtenstein, Graubunden, and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Switzerland, our most comprehensive guide to Switzerland, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

    • Looking for a guide that focuses on Switzerland's highlights? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover Switzerland, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.
    • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Central Europe, a comprehensive guide to all the region has to offer.

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Nicola Williams, Kerry Christiani, Gregor Clark and Sally O'Brien.

    About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

    Fodor's Switzerland (Full-color Travel Guide)
    By Fodor's Travel Guides

    Fodor's
    Released: 2015-04-14
    Paperback (608 pages)

    Fodor s Switzerland (Full-color Travel Guide)
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    Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

    Switzerland, Europe's mountain playground, is a classic tourist draw. Fodor's Switzerland is the perfect guide for travelers seeking to ascend the slopes of the Alps and feel on top of the world. When they come down from the mountains, they find thriving, cosmopolitan cities steeped in history and culture.

    This travel guide includes:
    · Dozens of full-color maps 
    · Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
    · Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
    · In-depth breakout features on scenic train rides and drives, The Bernese Alps, and vineyards of Lavaux
    · Coverage of Zurich, Eastern Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Graubunden, Ticino, Luzern and Central Switzerland, Basel, Fribourg and Neuchatel, Bern, Berner Oberland, Valais, Vaud, and Geneva
    Lonely Planet Germany, Austria & Switzerland's Best Trips (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Kerry Christiani, Catherine Le Nevez, Sally O'Brien & Ryan Ver Berkmoes

    Lonely Planet
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Discover the freedom of open roads while touring with Lonely Planet Germany, Austria and Switzerland's Best Trips, your passport to uniquely encountering this region by car. Featuring 30 amazing road trips, from 2-day escapes to 2-week adventures on which you can experience awe inspiring views of the Swiss Alps or Austrian Tyrol or the picturesque towns and castles of Southern Germany's Romantic Road, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to Europe, rent a car, and hit the road!

    Inside Lonely Planet Germany, Austria and Switzerland's Best Trips:

    • Lavish colour and gorgeous photography throughout
    • Itineraries and planning advice to pick the right tailored routes for your needs and interests
    • Get around easily - easy-to-read, full-colour route maps, detailed directions
    • Insider tips to get around like a local, avoid trouble spots and be safe on the road - local driving rules, parking, toll roads
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Useful features - including Driving Problem Buster, Detours, and Link Your Trip
    • Covers Germany, Berlin, Munich, Dresden, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, the Rhine, Romantic Road, Lake Constance, Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Lake Geneva, Zurich, Geneva, Austria, Tyrol, Vienna, Salzburg and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Germany, Austria and Switzerland's Best Trips is perfect for exploring Germany, Austria and Switzerland via the road and discovering sights that are more accessible by car.

    • Planning a European trip sans a car? Lonely Planet's Germany, Austria or Switzerland guides, our most comprehensive country guides are perfect for exploring both top sights and lesser-known gems, or check out Discover Germany or Discover Switzerland, photo-rich guides to the countries' most popular attractions.
    • Looking for a guide focused on a specific German or Austrian city? Check out Lonely Planet's Berlin, Munich, Bavaria & the Black Forest or Vienna guides for a comprehensive look at all these cities have to offer, or Pocket Berlin, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

    There's More in Store for You:

    • See more of Europe's picturesque country sides and have a richer, more authentic experience by exploring Europe by car with Lonely Planet's Best Trips guides to France, Italy, Ireland and Spain & Portugal or Lonely Planet's Road Trips guides to Chateaux of the Loire Valley, Provence & Southeast France and Normandy & D-Day Beaches.

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet

    About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

    National Geographic Traveler: Switzerland
    By Teresa Fisher

    National Geographic
    Released: 2012-02-21
    Paperback (320 pages)

    National Geographic Traveler: Switzerland
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    From bustling Zurich to the Swiss capital of Bern, from the Matterhorn in Zermatt to the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino in the south, National Geographic Traveler: Switzerland guides you to the better- and lesser-known sights of this pristine European country. In between, you'll discover the cultural and natural treasures--including hundreds of museums, architectural masterpieces, parks, and lakes--Switzerland has to offer.

    Among the special features of National Geographic Traveler: Switzerland are sidebars detailing experiences throughout the country, to make sure that you get to know the culture, and the people, inside and out. You can learn about Swiss watchmaking in Biel, for example, make your own Swiss chocolate at a culinary workshop, and find the best local designers' clothing in Zurich. Insider tips, in addition, provided by an array of National Geographic experts--photographers, writers, and grantees who have spent significant time in Switzerland--direct you to favorite restaurants, festivals, and other information that only locals know. Guided walks and drives are always a popular feature in our guides, and in National Geographic Traveler: Switzerland, these include a drive across the famous Great St. Bernard Pass, a hike through Appenzellerland and the Lake Constance region, and a walk from Sugiez to Môtier through the countryside during grape harvest.

    To top it off, an extensive Travelwise section at the back of the guide provides hand-picked hotels and restaurants, tour recommendations, and a glossary that covers must-know words.
    Lonely Planet Discover Switzerland (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Kerry Christiani & Sally O'Brien

    Lonely Planet Publications
    Paperback (320 pages)

    Lonely Planet Discover Switzerland (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Discover Switzerland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ski through fresh powder in the Swiss Alps, listen to cowbells while enjoying a picnic in a mountain meadow, or feast on fondue in Gruyeres; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Switzerland and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet Discover Switzerland:

    • Full-colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, family travel, winter and summer travel, scenic transport, food and drink, spa resorts and treatments, language guide, films, books.
    • Over 38 colour maps
    • Covers Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Basel, Bernese Oberland, Valais, Zermatt, Zurich, Lake Constance, St Moritz, Graubunden, and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Discover Switzerland , our easy-to-use guide, filled with inspiring and colorful photos, focuses on Switzerland's most popular attractions for those looking for the best of the best.

    • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all the country has to offer? Check out our Lonely Planet Switzerland guide.

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Nicola Williams, Kerry Christiani, Gregor Clark and Sally O'Brien.

    About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

    Frommer's Shortcut Switzerland (Shortcut Guide)
    By Teresa Fisher & Donald Strachan

    FrommerMedia
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    Frommer s Shortcut Switzerland (Shortcut Guide)
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    For nearly 150 years, Switzerland has been a destination for immense numbers of tourists, who flock here to enjoy a nation of vacation riches. Though others may prefer to lie on a Spanish or French beach or tour a cultural capital like London or Paris, a steady multitude of other tourists go each year and in every season to experience the awesome views of the Swiss Alps, to ascend the mountains in funiculars or swoop down from them in skis, or to luxuriate in the superb amenities of Swiss resorts or to shop the boulevards of Swiss cities. Such names as Geneva, Zurich, Lucerne, Basel, Mont Blanc, Zermatt, set travelers to dreaming; and for them, our Shortcut Guide to Switzerland will prove a much-appreciated source of valuable information.

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