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Swiss Alps

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Swiss Alps is a region in Switzerland.

Regions

The view of the Eiger and Jungfrau from Gimmelwald.
View of the Matterhorn from town during the summer


Cities

Other destinations

Understand

Talk

Switzerland is very unusual because it has four official languages: German (the most used, in 2/3 the country), French, Italian, and Romansch. Expect those languages spoken mostly near the borders of those countries and Switzerland, except Romansch, an isolated language used in Graubunden (Grisons) in eastern Switzerland (southeastern Swiss canton, close to Italy and Austria). Romansh is a descendant of the spoken Latin language of the Roman Empire, which replaced the Celtic and Raetic languages previously spoken in the area by the 5th century AD.

Map of languages spoken in Switzerland

Get in

Trains run to the three biggest cities: Geneva, Berne, and Zurich many times a day from big cities in neighboring countries (Paris, Milan, Venice, Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna)

Highways go in through twisting mountain passes, from those countries as well.

Get around

Rail is probably the best way to get around. With the awesome scenery, you'll probably rather concentrate on it rather than driving, but driving will work fine too, but prepare for some steep roads and tight curves in some areas. Road conditions are, however, excellent and signposting of potential dangerous road stretches are common. Be aware that in winter manz mountain passes close and roads can be icy and partially covered in snow.

See

  • The above-mentioned cities
  • Lovely, scenic alpine villages, such as Wengen and Saas Fee, which maintain a cozy aesthetic amid stunning mountain views.

Itineraries

Do

Eat

  • Traditional fondue

Drink

Stay safe

Get out


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