Swiss Alps, banks and tourism

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No question, Switzerland is best known for the Alps and therefore for impressive glaciers and spectacular mountain worlds. There are also crystal-clear water, numerous natural spectacles, pristine regions and fairytale winter landscapes.

Switzerland is considered one of the wealthiest western countries in the world and is therefore one of the more popular immigration countries. In Switzerland, thanks to the free movement of people with the EU, it is possible for anyone to enter and live there. Working in Switzerland is also possible for everyone.

The eight largest cities and economic centres are Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Lausanne, Bern, Winterthur, Lucerne and St. Gallen.

Tourism has been an important economic sector in Switzerland for around 150 years. It was favoured by the Alps, the many lakes, the central location in Europe, stable politics, a safe society and a strong economy. The most popular destinations and most visited regions include Zurich, Lucerne, Graubünden, Bernese Oberland, Valais, Geneva, Vaud, Basel, Ticino, Eastern Switzerland and Bern.

The customs include various traditional forms of expression in music, dance, folk poetry, e.g. B. at the Basel carnival and in traditional crafts. This also includes various rites and religious festivals.

Typical Swiss dishes include cheese fondue, raclette, Älplermagronen and Rösti. This also defined the Röstigraben. East of this border, Rösti is one of the most popular national dishes, but not west of it. Birchermüesli, now known worldwide, was developed in Zurich around 1900 by a Swiss doctor, Maximilian Bircher-Benner.

Short stop at the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen

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Short stop at the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen

Our route to Zurich leads via Schaffhausen, so what could be more appropriate than to visit the Rhine Falls during the short drive from Rottweil. Short stop at the Swiss border with  purchasing of the obligatory vignette to use the roads of Switzerland without any penalty.

The City Church of Winterthur - seven main phases

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The City Church of Winterthur - seven main phases

Almost in the center of Winterthur is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city, the city church, whose building history can be divided into seven main phases between the early Middle Ages and the Reformation.

Winterthur – a Swiss city through the ages

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Winterthur – a Swiss city through the ages

A business appointment had brought us to the Swiss city of Winterthur for the first time, which, over the past 150 years, has undergone a major change from a formerly important industrial city to a metropolis known today as a service, education, culture and leisure center with 16 museums.

Once Roman settlement Vitudurum - today Winterthur

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Once Roman settlement Vitudurum - today Winterthur

When it was founded, Vitudurum was in the province of Gallia Belgica and during the Roman Empire it was in its successor province, Germania Superior, which existed from the year 90 to the end of the 3rd century. In late antiquity, the Vicus Vitudurum was in the province of Maxima Sequanorum, created by the administrative reform of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (284-305) around 297 AD.

Highly decorated - Zurich Airport in Switzerland

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Highly decorated - Zurich Airport in Switzerland

Zurich Airport (IATA code: ZRH, ICAO code: LSZH) is the largest and most important airport in Switzerland operated by the listed Flughafen Zürich AG.

Zurich: Europe’s Popular City and Doves of Lake Zurich

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Zurich City and Doves of Lake Zurich

Abroad tours for vacations that have become popular in recent years will be in great request also this year. If you do not like the tour packages and prefer to plan your own travel, Zurich will be my first suggestion for Europe destination.

The paddle steamer “Stadt Rapperswil” on Lake Zurich

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The paddle steamer “Stadt Rapperswil” on Lake Zurich

Further preparations as part of our project A Cultural Journey along Roman Roads will take us from Antalya to Zurich and thus to our friends Beat and Sebnem in Wädenswil.

Zurich's favorite markets – most beloved market Bürkliplatz

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Zurich's favorite markets – most beloved market Bürkliplatz

The most delicious products and specialties, the connoisseur, restaurant owner or amateur cook can buy at one of the countless weekly markets or in the farm shops in and around Zurich, this was announced by our friend Beat.

Walk along the Limmat river through downtown Zurich

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Walk along the Limmat river through downtown Zurich

The following two days we wanted to spend sightseeing in downtown Zurich and in this regard had searched for accommodation in the city center of Zurich in the relevant hotel booking machines.

Yverdon-les-Bains – holiday region on Lake Neuchâtel

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Yverdon-les-Bains – holiday region on Lake Neuchâtel

During our several-day stay at a campsite near Avenches and after the strenuous camping fair in Bern, we also circled Lake Neuchâtel and came across the primeval menhirs, which we have already reported on.

Aventicum - Amphitheatre and Roman Theatre awaiting us

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Aventicum - Amphitheatre and Roman Theatre awaiting us

At the time of the Roman Empire, Avenches, at the time called Aventicum, was the most important city on Swiss soil next to the trade route from the Rhone valley via Augusta Raurica to Germania.

After the BEA Bern - a walk to the rose garden

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After the BEA Bern - a walk to the rose garden

The rose garden above the old town is probably one of the most beautiful parks in the city of Bern which offers a unique view of the roof landscape of the historic old town, the cathedral and the Aare river.

Roman settlement Yverdon - alluvial soil of Lake Neuchâtel

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Roman settlement next to Yverdon - alluvial soil of Lake Neuchâtel

The Swiss town of Yverdon today stretches on the alluvial plain at the mouth of the river Zihl in Lake Neuchâtel at 435 m above sea level, about 30 km north of the canton's capital Lausanne.

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