Swiss & Paris
In Central Europe, Switzerland is a mountainous country, hosting many lakes, hamlets and high mountain peaks. Its cities have medieval districts with landmarks like the Zytglogge, Bern’s clock tower and Lucerne’s stone chapel bridge. Also known are the country’s alpine spots and walking trails.
Engelberg is a main Switzerland mountain city. In the middle is the Engelberg Monastery, a monastery from the 12th century. Trails navigate Mt. Titlis and ski runs zigzag down while the ascent of the Titlis Rotair gondola leads to the top, the floating bridge of Titlis Cliff Walk and a natural park. Nearby resides Trübsee, a glacial lake. The high slope of the Rigidalstock mountain is packed with ferratas in the northeast.The Rhine River was compelled into a fresh riverbed more than 15,000 years earlier due to tectonic shifts in the Ice Age. At the transition point where tough chalk transformed into smooth gravel, the Rhine Falls fell into being. A few hundred cubic meters of water flow into the waters at a speed of 23 meters per second over a width of 150 meters.
In the center of it all lies a powerful rock that for a thousand years has resisted the components. On a linear journey of the Rhine Falls you can reach the rock, during which you can watch the unique experience from near up. Virtually in the center of the waterfall, tourists are standing on boards that jut out over the Rhine to some extent. You can reach the castles of Wörth and Laufen by river boat, and very daring visitors can rent canoes.
The Schloss Laufen complex has sported an added sparkle since March 2010. In addition to the new visitors’ centre, a children’s playground and the “Historama” (interactive exhibition about the Rhine Falls) have been opened. The new adventure trail with its dual lift system and the Belvedere Trail make for easy access to the magnificent Rhine Falls.
The Jungfrau train has been traveling to the highest altitude train base in Europe at 3454 meters above sea level for more than 100 years–straight in the core of the UNESCO legacy area “Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch.” The cog railway goes steeply up through a tunnel from Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfraujoch all year round.
The tunnel leading up from the station Eigergletscher is seven kilometres in length and was built between 1896 and 1912. One stop within the tunnel offers spectacular views onto the glacier world outside through windows in the Eiger North Face. On the summit, visitors are greeted by a high-Alpine wonder world made of ice, snow and rocks. All of this can be marvelled at from the viewing platforms “Sphinx” and “Plateau” on the Aletsch glacier or from the “Ice Palace”.