Switzerland - Land to Live - Places to Visit - Beautiful Picnic Areas in Bern

Iseltwald, Berner Oberland

About Switzerland

Switzerland is located in Central Europe, a small country, known as Land of Alps with 17 Mountain Peaks above 4,000 m equivalent to 13,100 ft above sea level. Other mountains are between 2000 m - 4000 m with many plateaus and lakes. The total area is 41,293 sq km in which land is 39,773 sq km, water is 1,520 sq km. The population is  7,870,500.

Neighbour Countries are Germany, France, Italy and Austria.

The government is federal republic with far reaching cantonal autonomy. Switzerland has 26 Cantons the Federal States of Swiss Conferation. Bern is the capital city. The economic center is Zürich, the International City is Geneva, National Holiday is August 1 remembering the confederacy of 1291.

The money currency is Swiss Francs which is considered the most stable currency of the world. Switzerland has also a stable politics, social peace  and is one of the world's important financial centers.

Switzerland has excellent education system, well qualified workforce, high wages which corresponds to the high standard of living though labor cost is still lower compared to other countries. Switzerland is among the the top five of the most important economies.

Switzerland has four languages: German 74%, French21%, Italian 4% and Rumantsch 1%. The traditional religions are Catholic 42%, Protestant 35%, Jews 0.3%, without religion 15%.

About more than 20 % are immigrants of different nationalities. There are rarely Native Swiss people in some major cities like Geneva, Lucerne, Zurich, Bern, Basel. In some schools there are two or three per class with Swiss Nationality, the rest are multi cultural races, mix Swiss/foreigner generation.

Switzerland's Neutrality between European powers were defined at the Vienna Congress of 1815 ending the wars of Napoleon.

I am Living in Switzerland

I have been living and working in Switzerland since 1986. I got married in 1992. As a nurse i have a good well paid job. My family have been able to travel to many places, enjoy many social, health, security privileges, and have savings for the future. One has to adopt the swiss culture and mentality of swiss people. For the first two years, it is hard to adjust with the climate, languages, the environment, the ways of swiss life. For the moment after so many years we adopted the swiss culture although we still treasure our own tradition from where we came from, living with it day by day.

Switzerland is a nice place to live that i and my husband decided to settle down with our family. It is a peaceful country. Here has a high standard of living that mostly cope up having higher wages.

We became our Swiss nationality in the year 2004. We have 2 children, a dog, a house with a little garden. We are contented with our ways and status of living that we decided to remain in Switzerland until retirement and in the future spend some months in our homeland and the rest months here in Bern.

old wooden bridge in Lucerne
old wooden bridge in Lucerne | Source
Montreux lake promenade
Montreux lake promenade | Source
garden promenade by the lake in Montreux
garden promenade by the lake in Montreux | Source
Bern bear pit
Bern bear pit | Source
city of Bern shopping center - the covered passage a long way to all stores and botiques is convenient even on rainy days enjoying shopping.
city of Bern shopping center - the covered passage a long way to all stores and botiques is convenient even on rainy days enjoying shopping. | Source
Bern carnival parade
Bern carnival parade | Source
Saas Fe
Saas Fe | Source
Saas Almagel
Saas Almagel | Source
Zermatt
Zermatt | Source

Places to Visit In Switzerland

Begin your trip from the wonderful lakeside towns to the alpine magnificent scenery.

Lucerne

Chapel Bridge with Water Tower, the most ancient preserved wooden bridge in Europe, around 1300. Spreuer bridge with scenes from the Dance of Death, old downtown, Jesuit Church, Musegg Wall & Towers, Carnival (look over the calendar event)), Swiss Transport Museum, Cultural and Congress Center, Picasso Museum, Glacier Garden, Rosengart Collection, Mount Pilate, Glacier Garden, Steamboat ride on Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument.

Interlaken

Oldest Swiss tourist resort, governor's castle, Tell - Schiller's drama, folklore.

Lausanne

Cathedral Notre.Dame, town hall, St. Francois church.

Vevey

Food Museum, Camera Museum, School of Photography.

Montreux

Chilon Castle, Hotels in Riviera style (19th century), Lakeside promenade, Chatelard Castle (15th century), Jazz Festival in July.

Other Cities and Towns

Bern

Capital of Switzerland - Bundeshaus, old towm (UNESCO World Heritage site), eleven fountains, allegoric figures, Gothic Cathedral, clock tower- play of figures 4 minutes before the full hour, bear pit, open air rock festival in Gurten Hill.

Geneva

Water jet 130 m, botanical garden, town hall, Monument of Reformation, Headquarters of 130 international organizations, UNESCO / UNICEF headquarters.

If you have more time, visit more interesting towns and cities: Basel, Zurich, St. Gallen, Baden, Bellinzona, Biel/Bienne, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Chur, Locarno, Lugano, Neachàtel, Winterthur, Yverdon-les-Bains,

Prealpine & Alpine Resorts


Bad Ragaz - Thermal Spa.

Bernese Oberland Classical Alpine Region


Gstaad-Saanen - Hiking in summer, Swiss Open Tournament, winter sport resorts, St. Nicholas Gothic, Worthwile Village Museum in Saanen.

Interlaken - see above.

Grindelwald - Glacier village, Eiger north face, hiking and biking in summer, ski resorts for beginners and families.

Murren - Located on a terrace opposite to mounts Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

Wengen - At the feet of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

Davos - Largest alpine resort in Switzerland.

Engelberg - Gateway to Mt. Titlis, winter skiing or summer skiing in Titlis Glacier 3200 m.

Leukerbad - Thermalbad Spa.


Zermatt - Most famous mountain in Switzerland, Matterhorn.

St. Moritz - Very expensive place, lively nightlife, thermal spa, famous for Engadin Skimarathon with over 12'000 candidates, Engadin region is ideal for cross-country skiers.

Scoul/Schuls - Thermal Spa

Saas Fe - Winter sport, skiing resorts, summer hiking.

Pontresina - Outlet Bernina region, Morteratsch and Roseg glaciers, calm alternative to St. Moritz.

Klosters - Prince Charles place, small, quite, traditional village.



Black Lake - Senseland Frieburg - Switzerland

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Montreux - Riviera of Switzerland

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Hiking Excursions in Berner Oberland and Recreations

Bodensee ship tour
Bodensee ship tour
Bodensee
Bodensee
Apenzeller
Apenzeller
Apenzeller
Apenzeller
Apenzeller
Apenzeller

Lots of Beautiful Places to Visit - Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Saas Almagel
Saas Almagel | Source
Saas Almagel
Saas Almagel | Source
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Saas Fe
Saas Fe | Source
Saas Fe
Saas Fe | Source
Saas Fe
Saas Fe | Source
Saas Fe
Saas Fe | Source
Zermatt
Zermatt | Source
Zermatt
Zermatt | Source
Zermatt
Zermatt | Source
Zermatt
Zermatt | Source
Zermatt
Zermatt | Source
Zermatt
Zermatt | Source
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Glacier Berner Oberland
Glacier Berner Oberland
Excursions in Berner Oberland, Hiking and Picnic
Excursions in Berner Oberland, Hiking and Picnic | Source
Lake dam in the mountain
Lake dam in the mountain
Aareschlucht in Meiringen
Aareschlucht in Meiringen
Aareschlucht in Meiringen
Aareschlucht in Meiringen
Aareschlucht in Meiringen
Aareschlucht in Meiringen
lake Thun - Dragon ship tour
lake Thun - Dragon ship tour
Lke Thun
Lke Thun
Reichenbachfall - Sherlock Holmes death place accident.
Reichenbachfall - Sherlock Holmes death place accident.
Reichennbachfall
Reichennbachfall
Kreuzlingen - Bodensee
Kreuzlingen - Bodensee
Horsebackriding lessons during farm vacation
Horsebackriding lessons during farm vacation
Blue Lake in Bener Oberland - one can make fishing and picnic grill
Blue Lake in Bener Oberland - one can make fishing and picnic grill
Lugano, Locarno and other places - Italian speaking region of Switzerland
Lugano, Locarno and other places - Italian speaking region of Switzerland | Source
Biel/Bienne Lake
Biel/Bienne Lake
Swimmingpool by Biel Lake
Swimmingpool by Biel Lake
Thun Lake
Thun Lake
Susten Pass - Lake on the mountain
Susten Pass - Lake on the mountain
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne
carnival parade
carnival parade
carnival parade
carnival parade
Hasliberg
Hasliberg
Hasliberg
Hasliberg
Hasliberg
Hasliberg

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zanin 5 years ago from London, England

Very informative information. Thanks


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland Author

thanks zanin, i just added pictures to some places of Switzerland.


victor gaas 5 years ago

carol you are so blessed..hope one day we visit your place...


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Thanks for sharing. It´s really informative and you have a lot of beautiful photos. Regards..


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland Author

Thanks Victor, hope you could visit us. Switzerland is a beautiful land to visit.


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland Author

Thanks Thelma.


newlyswissed 5 years ago

Hats off to this nice summary of what not to miss in Switzerland, and to your beautiful pictures!


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland Author

Thanks newlyswissed for your comments.


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prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

beautiful pics and the place is awesome! Great experience..


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland Author

Thanks prettydarkhorse.


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland Author

added more photos...


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PirateFX 5 years ago

Hi Carol, this is a lovely hub. Never been to Switzerland before, but i may go there for my honeymoon =)

P.S - Nice photo's, i actually scrolled through all of them. What is the species of your dog BTW?


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland Author

Thanks for your comment PirateFX. Sure there are lots of beautiful and romatic places here ideal for your honeymoon.

My dog is an Eurasier - she is a breeding of German Wolfspitz, Chow chow and Samojed. She has a blue tongue. See her and learn more about Eurasier in my hub.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...another absolutely gorgeous and epic travel hub in which you are so famous for and I can tell by the text and the images your world class efforts here are truly a labor of love - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 6:39pm and I will be sending some travel buffs your way .......


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carolp 4 years ago from Switzerland Author

Thanks for your visit epigramman (a great poet)....my best wishes for you...from Bern, Switzerland...


Saeed 2 years ago

very informative and excellent pictures if you provide one month pleasure trip expenditure then it will be easy to decide.


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europewalker 2 years ago

Beautiful photos and hub, I wish I lived in Switzerland, it looks so beautiful there.


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carolp 2 years ago from Switzerland Author

Thanks for dropping by europewalker. Yes Switzerland is beautiful, peaceful place to live.

My best regards.


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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Carol. Really enjoyed the photos. We are thinking of a future trip to the Bernese Oberland region. I really want to take the train to the Jungfau. Have you ever done this? If so I would love to hear about it.


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carolp 2 years ago from Switzerland Author

Hi bdegiulio !

Jungfrau is one of the famous Tourist spot in Switzerland you don't have to miss. The highest railway station in Europe is located 3454 meters above the sea. It offers visitors a high-Alpine wonderworld of ice, snow and rock, which can be admired from vantage terraces, the Aletsch Glacier or in the Ice Palace. On fine days the views of the Vogesen Mountains to the Black Forest.

An experience is the train journey to the Jungfraujoch, which runs through the Eiger and the Mönch. In the intermediate stations Arctic Ocean and Eigerwand visitors can enjoy the wonderful view.

The Train ticket is a bit expensive but you might have a discount if you Combine it with some in your destinations in Switzerland.

Please visit the Jungfrau Website.

Enjoy your trip!!

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