Switzerland is a land of contrasts – you can sit under palms growing on the lake shores in the warm and sunny southern canton of Ticino and look at mountain peaks covered by eternal snow and ice. Canyons with wild waters and steep rocks are just one hour away from modern cities. But again: “modern cities” does not mean anonymous “deserts” of concrete, glass and steel, most Swiss cities do have a fairly-well preserved medieval (if not Roman) nucleus with cathedrals worth visiting and beautiful old houses. Lucerne, Bern and Geneva are just best known for this, other cities and towns are waiting to be discovered …

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