Switzerland General Information

Switzerland (direct democratic federal republic) is located in the Alps and bordered by neighbors Germany (also of Lake Bodensee), France, Austria and Liechtenstein. The official languages in Switzerland are German, French, Italian and Romansh. The country is also known by its Latin name Confederatio Helvetica (CH). The capital Bern.

Switzerland is popular with winter sports enthusiasts, hikers, climbers and other bergsporters. Places are: the Bernese Oberland (with the Eiger and Jungfrau mountains) with Interlaken ski resort, Ticino, Zurich, Graubunden, Schaffhausen (with the largest waterfall in Europe), Lake Geneva, Fribourg and Jura (known places such as Montreux and Gstaad). The city of Bern has the longest covered winkelarcade (of over 6 miles) of Europe. In the canton of Zermatt, the famous Matterhorn mountain.