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20 Must-See Places in Switzerland

Here are the destinations you can’t miss

Switzerland's Engadine Valley seen from the slopes of Muottas Muragl in the resort town of St. Moritz (CaptureLight / iStock)
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Switzerland is a land of abundant contrasts. Bordered by Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy and France, the country is home to four national languages, and its landscape alternates between lush valleys, turquoise lakes and dramatic mountain peaks. One day you might be rafting down a river through Europe's 'Grand Canyon'; the next, on a train to the continent’s highest mountain station. In the remote alpine village of Appenzell, ties to traditional crafts are strong and the modern world feels far away. Yet in French-speaking Geneva, a center of international business marked by a 12th-century cathedral, old and new coexist. Ranging from remote villages to bustling cities, from snow-covered landscapes to tropical climates, here are 20 places you must see in Switzerland.

Bern

Located in the heart of the Bernese Mittelland on the Aare River in northern Switzerland, Bern is Switzerland's captial and home to some of the most impressive examples of medieval town architecture found anywhere in Europe. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 and is often referred to as the “City of Fountains" for the more than 100 fountains that grace its streets and squares. Eleven, dating back to the 16th century, are particularly impressive. They depict a range of historical figures and are routinely repainted to preserve their original appearance. Other landmarks include the city clock tower, whose whimsical figurines dance on the hour, and a bear park, which celebrates Bern's symbol, the bear.

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