Switzerland, 10 destinations to visit
The must see to know when visiting the Switzerland here is the 10 experiences can not miss!
Switzerland Tourism has selected the sites easily accessible from Milan and visit at least once in their lifetime. A concrete suggestion to visitors of EXPO to extend their stay in Switzerland.
1) The Aletsch glacier, a UNESCO heritage site.
A 23 km long tongue of ice that ideally connects the Valais to the Jungfrau Region. It is the Aletsch glacier, the longest in the Alps and a UNESCO heritage site since 2001. It does not take climbers to admire the majestic beauty. Just visit the Aletsch plateau where there are villages, closed to traffic, Bettmeralp, Riederalp and Fiescheralp. Here cars are banned both in summer and winter, to the delight of families and those who want to escape the bustle of city life. You can only be reached by cable car from the valley stations of Mörel, Betten and Fiesch. The plateau, which is spread between 1,900 mei 2,200 m, opens a breathtaking view of the most striking Four of Switzerland. To the south, the Matterhorn towers majestically, nestled between Weisshorn and the Mischabel Group with the Sun From the vantage points Moosfluh, Bettmerhorn or Eggishorn offers an exceptional view to the north on the triad of the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau and glacier of ‘Aletsch.
2) Bernina Express from Tirano to St. Moritz on board the legendary red train.
A marvel of engineering station that travels over a century by connecting Tirano in Valtellina, the chic St. Moritz. The red train climbs up to 2,253 meters with sections up to 70 per thousand slope but without rack. Born to transport commuters, it is one of the most popular tourist railroads in the world for the beauty of the surrounding territory. Among the most exciting the viaduct in Brusio, Alp Grüm, White Lake and the curve of Montebello overlooking the Bernina Mountain Range and of the glacier. The track is an outstanding example and innovative, from the technical point of view, access to the Alpine landscape. For this line of Bernina (Tirano – St. Moritz) and Albula (St. Moritz – Thusis) were included in the UNESCO Heritage in 2008.
3) Engadin St. Moritz: where nature reigns.
Nature is the undisputed star of this valley at 1800 meters, famous for its thermal springs and the climate dry and crisp. With its lakes that glisten in the sun and the blue sky of the sky, with its breathtaking and unique light, the landscape of the Upper Engadine is a rare beauty that envelops everything: from chic St. Moritz traditional villages with houses decorated with sgraffito. Summer in the Engadin offers absolute quality for any budget, even in scintillating St. Moritz, which is once again talking about himself, with cultural and sports events of international appeal. Even for summer 2015 is on the offer “Ski lifts including” those who stay at least two nights in one of 100 hotel, joining the program, receives a pass for public transport and for the 13 lifts of ‘ Upper Engadine.
4) Martigny: art center and flavors.
Located at the mouth of the road away from the Great St. Bernard down to the Rhone Valley, the ancient Octodurus has had a strategic importance that could not remain indifferent to the Romans. The conquerors made it as an imperial city and, later, even the capital of the Province of Graie and Pennine Alps. In the centuries passed through here from invading hordes and armies, for the last of Napoleon, and became Octodurus Martigny, a quiet town nestled between the Valais Alps and the Rhone. Until 1978, when the inauguration of the Pierre Gianadda Foundation has transformed the town into a world center of high art, attracting artists, critics and audiences from around the world. More than 8 million visitors who admired the works of the masters of modern art hosted by the Foundation as Monet, Manet, Turner, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, Rodino, Klee, Modigliani and Chagall. Surrounded by vineyards and fruit trees, Martigny is also renowned for its gastronomy. Here it is located the largest producer of Swiss wines, Provins, and in the restaurants you can taste dishes prepared with ingredients to 0 km.
5) Zermatt: The car-free village at the foot of the Matterhorn.
The Matterhorn is the most photographed mountain in the world. The unique pyramid shape has become a symbol of mountaineering and Switzerland. The reputation of Zermatt, the car-free village at the foot of the Matterhorn, begins in 1865 when the Englishman Edward Whymper succeeds first to conquer the summit. Today Zermatt is one of the premier resorts in the Alps with excellent tourist facilities and a range of outdoor activities and really full of events. In summer, in addition to challenging climbs of 38 four thousand, you can choose between the 400 km of marked trails, including 100 km of trails for bikers or flow among the many excursions with the lifts that lead over the 3,000 meters. Not to mention sports snow: here you can ski 365 days a year. Zermatt is also the point of arrival or departure of the Glacier Express, the panoramic is 7 hours connecting the Valais to the Engadine. In 2015 continue the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, culminating in the reopening of the shelter Hornli.
6) From Lucerne on top of the Pilatus with the steepest cog railway in the world.
Conditioning time, the dragon throne, the land of the giants and grave of rulers. The names collected from Mount Pilatus over the centuries ennoble as one of the most legendary in the region of Lake Lucerne. In the nineteenth century, the engineer Eduard Locher had the crazy idea to build a railway to the summit of Pilatus. The June 4, 1889 the railway – steam until 1937 – made his first race on the well is 4’618 meters long, from Alpnachstad to the summit. With a gradient of 48%, it still boasts the title of the steepest in the world! The view from Pilatus has remained intact and has always attracted visitors from all over the world: there are 73 alpine peaks that can be seen from this natural viewpoint. In May 2010 the Hotel Pilatus-Kulm, opened in 1890, has reopened with a fresh look and a gastronomic high level, while retaining its charm Belle Epoque. The 27 rooms in modern Alpine guarantee deep sleep; Queen Victoria in the room or in the fireplace of dishes based on fresh, regional products will delight even the most discerning palates. In May 2011 it was inaugurated the viewing gallery that connects the Kulm Hotel Bellevue, built in the first place to ensure a fixed route in case of bad weather.
7) Ticino, a concentration of open-air festival.
The great music come together in Canton Ticino. Starting from Locarno on warm summer evenings turns into a temple of pop-rock music. During the festival “Moon and Stars” the big music world attract thousands of spectators who flock during the 10 evenings to enjoy great live music. Hundreds of hours of music for fans and connoisseurs and for the sojourner that surely will stop: the region becomes unmissable capital of European jazz. Lugano and Mendrisio summer in seven notes is called Estival Jazz, the biggest open air free in Europe! A cocktail of jazz, blues, rock and world music quench your thirst your thirst for music in the picturesque settings of the town squares. And then the atmosphere of Louisiana, the jazz that flows in the enchanted setting of Ascona. Close your eyes. Breathe the magic of New Orleans on the banks of harboring Verbano. In short, in the enchanting Ticino stages in the streets and in the lake they will exhibit international artists offering the best of jazz, blues and rock. But the region is able to satisfy the tastes and trends, and captivates with classical echoes in Bellinzona: high quality of programming and provides a stunning setting thanks to the uniqueness of the acoustics of concert halls exceptional: churches, castles and theaters suddenly they turn into sublime auditorium, where the music is transformed into celestial harmony. Because Dolce Vita Ticino is marked by many rhythms and different registers, never dissonant. Every August the Ticino proudly presents the most important cultural event in Switzerland: the Festival del film Locarno. The allure of celluloid intoxicates Locarno for ten unforgettable days of world cinema. The public, open and diverse, curious and ready for any kind of experience is reflected in the varied and audacious programming. This is where Locarno offers its visitors days full of films in theaters and in the magical setting of the Piazza Grande.
7) Ticino, UNESCO destination.
Ticino boasts two UNESCO heritage within 60 km: the castles of Bellinzona and Mount San Giorgio. The fortifications of Bellinzona are part of the most significant art of medieval defensive architecture in the Alps, and have been listed in the UNESCO World Heritage since 2000. The Castelgrande, the oldest and mightiest castles of Bellinzona, offers a beautiful view over the old town and its surroundings. A little museum in the Castelgrande documents the history of castles and the heart of the medieval city of Bellinzona. The Monte San Giorgio, with its modest 1100 meters above sea level in the sunny south of Ticino, from the nineteenth century is a true paradise for scholars of the fossils, and since 2003 is a UNESCO World Heritage. Here, paleontologists have found thousands of enthusiastic fossil fish and sea reptiles up to six meters long. This fact is easily explained: 245 to 230 million years ago, here was a sea basin 100 meters deep. Today, the Monte San Giorgio rises like a pyramid, at the southern end of Lake Lugano – enclosing in its bowels a treasure trove of fossils of all kinds. You can walk along the south side of this important green, through the vineyards of the area, the idyllic town of Meride, or you can stop food and wine in the grottos of the Mendrisiotto.
9) Basel cultural capital on the Rhine.
Basel is considered the cultural capital of Switzerland with 40 museums in 40 km2 – among which the Kunstmuseum, the Beyeler Foundation, Schaulager, the Museum Jean Tinguely and the Vitra Design Museum. Each year it becomes the mecca of contemporary art with Art Basel. Not to be missed are the town hall built in 1504, the Romanesque-Gothic cathedral and a historic and well-kept intact. However, Basel is not stagnated in the past; the visitor will offer interesting contrasts, both of modern architecture, such as the church of St. Anthony (Karl Moser), buildings of Mario Botta, Renzo Piano, Herzog & de Meuron, Richard Meier and Frank O. Gehry. But also in the streets, alleys and squares or the sides of buildings; Basel there is virtually no public space in which not s’incontri work of art, such as the playful fountain Tinguely or the tireless Hammering Man by Jonathan Borofsky. The extraordinary wealth of cultural generously satisfies the interests of all users: innumerable galleries, the city theater and many other small theaters, concerts of soloists and orchestras, big open-air concerts of rock and pop music.
10) Zurich, city living.
Zürich has much to offer: an active cultural scene with over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries, leading hotel and catering establishments, shopping facilities featuring international labels and sophisticated Zürich, as well as a pulsating nightlife. In the heart of the city are numerous beaches on the lake and the river, while the Uetliberg invites you to take long walks. It ‘a vibrant and ever changing. In Zürich West, the former industrial area, they have sprung shops, restaurants, trendy bars and homes where once were focused factories. Among the latest additions the museum complex on the Löwenbräu Areal, former brewery, which houses the Kunsthalle and the Museum of Contemporary Art.