Group Tour Consultant Vincent M. returned from his Switzerland Walking Tour with an impressive amount of stunning photos, thanks to the amazing scenery he encountered along the way. Here, he shares some of his favorite images and the history that goes along with them.
Bern, the capital of Switzerland, is a city bursting with history. As one of the world’s wealthier cities in the 18th and 19th centuries, Bern was able to not only able to implement a modern sewage system (as you can see from the rectangular hole in the street in the bottom of this picture) but also build an intricate astronomical clock in their market center, which can be seen in the background.
The Swiss have done a great job of keeping their wine regions a secret, thus far. Here, our group is walking through the Lavaux Wine Region, which is strategically placed so that the sun reflecting off of Lake Geneva creates a more intense heat for the grapes resulting in a sweeter grape—and a delicious wine that pairs well with some authentic Swiss cheese.
As we made out way from Zermat (which translates to ‘the meadow’) to Andermat (which translates to ‘the other meadow’), we experienced a truly breathtaking drive through the Swiss Alps. When we took a pit stop we found a typical Alpine lake, which was some of the clearest water that I have ever seen. And, like anywhere else in Switzerland, this pristine body of water was accompanied by snow capped mountains.
If you know anyone who has been to Switzerland, the chances are they’ve experienced Mount Pilatus. It was a favorite among our group due to the wide open views and fresh mountain air. Going up by cog rail and down in a cable car provided a plethora of different vantage points while still allowing everyone the chance to stretch their legs and walk around to the two peaks.
Switzerland is big on traditions. The Matterhorn, one of the last peaks on the Swiss Alps to be ascended, has traditionally been a major symbol associated with the country. The slate roof pictured here has long been the traditional roofing style due to its wide availability and the dependability it provides during the harsh alpine conditions.
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