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Travel Information Switzerland, Europe

Switzerland is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east.

Switzerland is a federal republic consisting of 26 states called cantons. Berne is the seat of the federal authorities, while the country's economic centres are its three global cities, Geneva, Basel and especially Zürich. Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita gross domestic product. Zürich and Geneva have respectively been ranked as having the first and second highest quality of life in the world.


History of Switzerland

Switzerland Early History - the earliest known cultural tribes of the area were members of the Hallstatt and La Tène cultures. The La Tène culture developed and flourished during the late Iron Age from around 450 BC, possibly under some influence from the Greek and Etruscan civilizations. Read more about Switzerland Early History...

Old Swiss Confederacy - an alliance among the valley communities of the central Alps. The Confederacy facilitated management of common interests and ensured peace on the important mountain trade routes. Read more about Old Swiss Confederacy...

Switzerland Napoleonic Era - in 1798 the armies of the French Revolution conquered Switzerland and imposed a new unified constitution. This centralised the government of the country and effectively abolished the cantons. Read more about Switzerland Napoleonic Era...

Switzerland Federal State - restoration of the power to the patriciate was only temporary. After a period of unrest with repeated violent clashes such as the Züriputsch of 1839, civil war broke out between some of the Catholic and most of the other cantons in 1847. Read more about Switzerland Federal State...

Swiss Modern History - Switzerland was not invaded during either of the World Wars. During World War I, Switzerland was home to Vladimir Illych Ulyanov (Lenin) and he remained there until 1917. Read more about Switzerland Federal State...


Switzerland Famous Landmarks and Attractions


Water Fountain


Château de Coppet


Flower Clock


St. Pierre Cathedral


Schipfe


St Peter's Church


International Museum of the Reformation


Casino de Montbenon


Flussbad Oberer Letten


Grossmünster

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