Switzerland is one of those countries whose peddled postcards showcasing incredible natural landscapes look too heavenly to be real. Once you arrive however, you'll see for yourself that those sweeping green valleys, tumbling waterfalls, dramatic glaciers and crystal-clear lakes are in fact – very much real. And the fact that Switzerland plays host to some of the world's most impressive scenic trains – like the Bernina Express, the Golden Pass Line, the Glacier Express, and the Wilhelm Tell Express – makes traveling through its glorious backdrops relaxing, pleasant and stress-free.
This land of lakes and mountains – which borders Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein – is understandably a paradise for travelers seeking the great "Alpine" outdoors. Activities like skiing, mountain climbing, hiking and biking attract not only visitors, but the Swiss themselves – almost every weekend. And courageous, thrill seekers travel to Interlaken, a town famed for its adventure-sport offerings. Interlaken also works as an ideal base to take the legendary Jungfrau Railway up, up and away to the Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station; this spectacular, glacial area forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site in the High Alps.
Switzerland is also home to two other World Heritage Natural Sites: the Monte San Giorgio and the marvelous Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, a mountainous stretch in the northeastern part of the country that contains seven peaks that rise above 9,800 feet. And while it is not a large country (slightly smaller than New Hampshire + Vermont combo); there is much to do and to appreciate while on vacation in Switzerland. Its largest cities are Zurich, Geneva and Basel. Its capital is Bern. Other popular Swiss cities, towns and resorts for tourists include Lucerne (a great base for visiting Mount Pilatus), Interlaken, Lausanne, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz and Mediterranean-like Lugano.
Most visited cities: Zurich, Geneva, Zermatt, Lausanne