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Where to go when you travel to Switzerland   by Robbo Das
Switzerland is known for many things: its cold climate, mountainous terrain and its political neutrality, which is perhaps brought on by its topographical isolation and being one of the most mountainous countries in Europe. In fact, many Swiss people, especially those who live in the Swiss Alps still retain their culture, traditions and Alpine characteristics, largely unspoiled by the marks of the modern world. These people usually reside in villages near the Alps known as Laax.

Believe it or not, more than 70 percent of its land area is covered by the Swiss Alps, which is known for its jagged peaks and steep gorges. The Pennine Alps range, for example, has Switzerland's highest peak, the Dufourspitze of Monte Rosa, which stands at 15,203 feet. This is one of the ultimate travel spots in Switzerland. Of course, mountains there are not all so gigantic in height. The Jura, for instance, are smaller and lower. This is a popular travel destination in Switzerland because of its cross-country skiing.

Cathedral View from the Grand Pont, Vaud, Lausanne, Switzerland
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The Jura Mountains that Swiss watchmaking first began. The Matterhorn is another high peak in the Alps that travelers in Switzerland should not miss. At 14,688 feet, it towers above the state Valais Canton.

When traveling to Switzerland, one thing that any person should remember is that it's going to be really cold. Never forget to pack a winter coat especially when you are going in winter months or if you are going to the Alps, where it can be awfully cold. The resort of Château-d'Oex, which is nestled in a valley in the Alps is famous for its skiing, hiking and hot-air balloon activities.

Switzerland is also known for its picturesque views of lakes and streams. These bodies of water provide travelers with a nice view. The river Rhine is principal river in the country but there are other river systems that one should also look into, including Rhône, Ticino, and Inn. Lakes in the Alpine region are gorgeous and any traveler in Switzerland will instantly fall in love with its serene and glassy surface. Among those that they should visit are the Lake Geneva, Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore, where Switzerland's lowest point lies; Lake of Neuchâtel, and Lake of Lucerne.

Another lake that is worthy of note is Lake Geneva, whish is considered to be Central Europe's largest lake. Travelers in Switzerland should also not miss the Staubbach Falls in Bern.

One of the ultimate travel spots in Switzerland is the Gothic Cathedral designed by Matthäus Ensinger from Ulm. It is an example of 14th to 16th century architecture. Various international agencies can also be found in the capital city, including the Universal Postal Union.

Its second largest city, Zurich is purported to be the financial center of Switzerland as well as an important commercial and manufacturing center while the city of Basel is noted for its textile and clothing industry. Lausanne, on the other hand, is a city in the western part of Switzerland. It is home to such famous celebrities as Voltaire, Gibbon, and Rousseau as well as the center for Swizerland's iron industry. Though largely known for its watchmaking and jewelry industry, Geneva is also the world's diplomatic center. It is where the headquarters of the United Nations (UN). The International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) is also located there too.

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Alpha-Palmiers Lausanne
The Hotel Alpha-Palmiers, Lausanne, is a large, modern building with a glass lobby, located in the city's commercial district, 500 metres from the Place de la Palud. Guests' dining options at the Hotel Alpha-Palmiers include French cuisine at La Palmeraie Brasserie or Thai cuisine at the Jardin Thai, which has oriental-themed decor with tropical plants. Guests of the hotel in Lausanne can relax with a hot or cold drink in the bar, located in the open-plan lobby overlooking the Thai-style garden, which features a large space with coffee tables and seating. Health facilities include a gym, steam bath and sauna. Wireless Internet access is available in all areas of the hotel, and other practical amenities include a 24-hour front desk and nearby parking. Around the hotel are a variety of attractions including the Place de la Palud, just 450 metres away. The old Roman town of Pully is 2.5 kilometres from the hotel, and further afield there is also a castle at Morges, 10 kilometres distant. Geneva International Airport is 62 kilometres (39 miles) from the hotel, a 45-minute drive. 
Hotel Agora Lausanne
The Hotel Agora in Lausanne is a modern hotel located in a quiet, leafy area of the city, 500 metres to the train station. The Agora does not have its own restaurant, but there are several dining options within the surrounding area; Brasserie de Grancy and Le Milan are nearby. Staff on the 24- hour front desk can exchange currency and help with day's sightseeing or business guests can relax with a coffee in the lobby. There is complimentary, wireless Internet access and free parking. There is a lift. The hotel is a short walk from the beautiful Lake Geneva and only 500 metres from the Lausanne railway station. Hotel Agora, Lausanne, is near several attractions. The beautiful old Cathedral and Olympic Museum are both 2 kilometres from the hotel. Geneva Airport is 60 kilometres (40 miles), approximately 40 minutes by car. 
Hotel Crystal Lausanne
The Hotel Crystal is located in Lausanne, Switzerland, within 100 metres of the shopping district and old town. It is 500 metres from the cathedral, and Lausanne railway station is 1.5 kilometres distance. The hotel is situated on a quiet pedestrian street, and has a roof terrace overlooking the mountains and the old town's maze of ginnels and alleyways. Multilingual staff at the concierge desk can offer tour assistance, and there is also currency exchange. The Hotel Crystal offers a complimentary breakfast with cheeses, meats, breads and pastries. Its restaurant specialises in local Swiss dishes including fondue and raclette cheese. There is also a lounge bar. Wireless Internet access is offered throughout the hotel (surcharge).  Lausanne has a festival of the arts every July, as well as an Arts Cinema Festival and a Bach Festival. 
Hotel Residence Du Boulevard Lausanne
Hotel du Boulevard, built in 1895, is a neoclassical hotel located in Lausanne 500 metres from the train station. It is 1.5 kilometres from the historic city centre. Geneva International Airport is 60 kilometres away, a 45-minute drive. Guests can start the day in the bright breakfast room, and ask the concierge for advice on tourist attractions and to make restaurant reservations. Hotel Du Boulevard also offers complimentary Internet connections, an express check- in/check-out service, and laundry facilities. The 21 guestrooms, over four floors, feature light, modern decor with simple furnishings and include cable television, complimentary Internet connections, direct-dial phones, safes and hair dryers. Lausanne is known for its medieval Old Town, gothic cathedral and 19 museums. 
Lausanne Palace & Spa Lausanne
The elegant Lausanne Palace & Spa is located in the centre of Lausanne, Switzerland, in the main shopping district. Built in 1915, world leaders and royalty have passed the marble pillars into the Lausanne Palace & Spa. Minutes from Lausanne's designer shops, the hotel has views over Lake Geneva and the snow-capped Alps. There are boutique shops and a hair salon on site. The Michelin-starred La Table d'Edgard serves contemporary Spanish-influenced dishes and tapas, and features a lounge corner. Le Cote Jardin has health-conscious Mediterranean fare and a large open veranda, while La Brasserie du Grand-Chene serves Parisian-style food. There are two bars onsite, and the private Red Club nightclub. The hoteloffers a well-equipped 1500-square-metre spa with an array of treatments, including massages. The modern swimming pool is set in a pillared room with a hot tub and loungers. There's a fitness room with exercise and weights machines, onsite sauna and hammam.  The headquarters of the International Olympic Committee are located in Lausanne, and there is an Olympic Museum three kilometres from the hotel. 
Moevenpick Hotel Lausanne
The modern Hotel Movenpick offers views across the banks of Lake Geneva and is located two kilometres from Lausanne Cathedral and the city centre. Dining options at the hotel include La Brasserie, which offers a brasserie-style menu, an extensive wine list and a spectacular view of the Marina; Le Jardin, which serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner; La Pecherie serves seafood specialties and Mediterranean-style dishes and offers alfresco dining during the summer. The Hotel houses a large fitness centre where guests can enjoy a workout on the 20 modern cardio machines or relax in the sauna. Business guests are well catered for with fifteen meeting and conferencing rooms for 2 to 400 people; the business centre offers audio-visual equipment, computer rental and banquet facilities. Guests can unwind with a drink in the Tchin Tchin Bar alongside magnificent views over the lake, while those wishing to sightsee can plan their itinerary via the high-speed Internet terminal or seek tour assistance from multilingual staff.
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