Switzerland & Austria:
Swiss Cities and Towns (F-O)
French Switzerland's largest airport is only six minutes from downtown Geneva,
with direct railway connections to Lausanne, the Rhône Valley, and Italy.
Watch a 17th Century parade, smash chocolate soup pots,
and give coins to costumed children during Geneva's annual celebration of a
failed military invasion in early December.
With a height of 130m (425 feet), this is still Europe's tallest fountain after
Geneva and Zürich Restaurant Trams
In Switzerland, streetcars aren't just for transportation--you can also enjoy a
meal with beer or wine while touring by public transit.
The home town of Le Corbusier was built by watchmakers, and it's a treasure
trove of modern and Art Nouveau architecture. (Also see our related articles on
the Tour Espacité,
La Maison Blanche,
La Villa Turque, and the
Théâtre de l'Heure bleu.)
Canton Vaud's capital has a picturesque old town, a lively waterfront, and a
wealth of museums and culture.
Olympic Museum Lausanne
You've seen the medals and torches on TV, and now you can see them in
person--along with sporting equipment, costumes, 3D movies, on-demand video
clips, and other items at the International Olympic Committee's modern museum.
Bridges of Lucerne
This lakeside city is famous for its medieval Kapellbrücke and Spreuerbrücke,
one of which was rebuilt after a 1993 fire.
Lake Lucerne by Steamer
Cruise 3-1/2 hours to Fluelen, or combine shorter segments with train
transportation as you explore Switzerland's most popular lake.
Before Louis XVI lost his head, 726 Swiss Guards lost their lives on his
Take a vintage steamboat to Alpnachstad, then ride the world's
steepest cogwheel railroad to the top of Mt. Pilatus. On the way down by
cablecar, you can sample an aerial rope course and Switzerland's longest summer
toboggan run before returning to Lucerne.
Swiss Transportation Museum
Lucerne's lakefront museum complex has it all: trains, planes, automobiles,
boats, a planetarium, a 360° panoramic movie tour of Switzerland, and more.
This sunny resort on Lac Léman has classic resort
hotels, a lakefront promenade, a casino, and other attractions that have drawn
royals and celebrity-watchers since the days of the Tsars.
Castle of Chillon
Lord Byron made this château famous with his poem, The Prisoner of Chillon,
and its dungeons have been chilling the hearts of tourists ever since.
The capital of Canton Neuchâtel is also the gateway to "Watch Valley." Its
medieval old town overlooks the biggest lake within Switzerland's borders. (Also
see our article on the Hôtel Palafitte,
the only European luxury hotel built over water.)
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