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The conclusion of  the Internet Serbia Travel News team about Switzerland, after a tourism visit, is briefly - the country to which tourists come from the whole world, the country of  the most precise watches, since everything works in a minute, the finest cheese types, the most delicious and highest quality chocolate, the country in which perfect order and piece rule, discipline and calmness, simply the country of happy people. We got the impression every city in Switzerland has got its own lake or river, surrounded by mountains, perfectly preserved the old part of the city, much greenery and many rows of trees, rows of buildings in pastel colors, banks and pastry shops. Boring? Not at all, especially if you come from the region, where the tourism is "Wild Beauty". Simply - different. And Switzerland, not large by the area it takes, has got annually at the average about 20 million tourist nights. We provided our contribution visiting Zürich, Bern and Lucerne.


ZÜRICH is the largest city in Switzerland, with about 360,000 inhabitants, 30 kilometers far from the Alps. It is located at the lake with the same name. Prehistorical trails of the settlement were found at its banks. The research showed a pre-Roman settlement was also near the geographic center of the city - Lindenhof Hill.

Zürich, one of the leading financial, research and University centers of Europe, with the seats of great banks and institutions, a mixture of cultures and a charming old town, with narrow streets and preserved city houses at the banks of the river Limmat, is on the top of the list of the cities with the highest living quality. It is settled by the inhabitants from the whole world, who follow by both soul and body the rhythm of the Swiss business capital.

 If you are not in Zürich for business, but as a tourist, then it is understood to visit theCity Hall Rathaus, the Churches Grossmünster (the best known one in the city, with its two towers), Fraumünster (decorated by Chagall vitrages) and St. Peterskirche (the oldest one in the city), National Museum, Le Corbissieurs House (designed by the famous Swiss architect) and first of all the ship cruising in the canal Schanzengraben with the entry into the Zürchersee (Lake Zurich). In Zürich, you do not have to visit fountains especially, they are everywhere, more than a 1,000 of them. Due to its geographic position, the city is rich in water and, unlike the most European metropolises, the water from the household taps may be drunk freely, as well as the one at the public ones. Of course, shopping is understood, as well, especially in the street Bahnhofstrasse, one of the most expensive ones in the world, since there is no brand that takes care of its name and does not have its shop in this street. On one side are  Gucci, Prada and Chanel, on the other one Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bentley. If you will just look at it or look and buy, depends upon your pocket depth. The vicinity of the banking and business world leaves its trail.

The Swiss even found the way to manufacture fabrics from plastic bottles, very well sold, from which sweaters are made and the rest is used once more in the industry. And they also found the way to enjoy the work free rest of the business day with gastronomic specialties, walks by the lake or the several centuries long tradition of the liberal opinion. The last one is witnessed by the fact many famous personalities from the world of science and arts lived there, such as  Carl Gustav Jung, James Joyce, Thomas Mann and others. And this tradition is continued at present, as well.





Bern is the capital of Swiss Confederation, the seat of the most important public institutions, with the picturesque city center and the streets with covered pavements. It was constructed on a rock, surrounded on three sides by the Aare river. Bern sights are St. Vincent Münster (Cathedral), the highest one in Switzerland, Bern's Clock Tower (Zytglogge), fountains from the 16th century, the shopping street Kramgasse. The old part of the city, extremely nice arranged and well preserved, with the houses and shops from the 17th and 18th centuries, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Bern has got excellent museums, as well, a green market at Bundesplatz with the view on the elegant building of the Parliament (Bundeshaus) in the Renaissance style. The city itself was founded in 1191 by Berthold V, having called it by the bear (Bär in German language), he killed there. The town advanced fast and already in 1353, it joined the newly established Swiss Confederation and soon after it became its most important town and in 1848, also the capital of the modern Switzerland. Symbolically, there are two bears at the city entrance, which napped in the spring sun at the time of our visit. 

The enchanting Lucerne, the most touristic city of Switzerland, is located just in the center of the country, at the expansion made by the Reuss river. It is famous for the legendary national hero Wilhelm Tell, whose figure is on the five Swiss Francs coin, and whose legend was perpetuated also by Friedrich Schiller in his drama Wilhelm Tell.

Lucerne comes out to the large lake under the same name, while above it there are high and inaccessible peaks of Pilatus and Rigi mountains. The most impressive picture is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe - Chapel Bridge from the 14th century, that used to connect once the fortresses at the banks and at present, it is the favorite tourism attraction. In the 17th century, the Bridge got innovations in the form of paintings showing the scenes from the Swiss history, especially the figures of St. Leodegar and St. Maurice, considered as the City Protectors. Lucerne is also famous for three towers: Schirmer, Männli and Zyt, where the oldest city clock is situated, built by Hans Luter in 1535.


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