Geographically Switzerland is separated in three major areas Alps ("Alpen") occupy 60%, Middle land ("Mittelland") 30% and Jura 10%. It is situated in the Central European Time zone (CET). It runs one hour ahead of Greenwich Time.
Swiss land heights are popular for climbing, skiing, snowboarding, biking, hiking and other recreational activities. Rapid development in mountain areas includes trains, cog railways, aerial cable cars and other means of transportation. Well-known mountains include Monte Rosa, Dom, Weisshorn and Matterhorn.
Cultural life in this country is rich and varied like its countryside. There are basically four official languages and cultures which include German, French, Italian and Romansh.
It has unique mixture of traditional and contemporary elements and manages to keep a happy balance between preserving its cultural heritage and allowing new impulses to bring about change. In spite of being a small territory Switzerland offers an amazing variety of special exhibitions of international importance. It has world-class museums.
It is an ideal destination for family holidays. One can reach the places quickly and the journey to final destination is never long and exhausting. The duration of journey doesn't last for more than 4 to 5 hours and you can enjoy the gentle landscape, discover what it means to be free in a natural setting and enjoy the thrill of a family holiday together.
In many hill tops cave shaped buildings have been built to serve military purposes. They have arms and all necessary utilities required during crises. Each individual has to do military service which starts at the age of 20 and ends when we become 42.
The Rhone and the Ticino pour 18% into the Mediterranean Sea. The Inn pours 4% into the Black Sea. The major rivers: Rhein, Aare, Rhonev, Inn, Thur, Ticino.
Switzerland is situated in a transition zone. The west part is under strong influence of the Atlantic Ocean. The blowing winds bring moisture into Switzerland and cause rainfall. As compared to west in the east, there is an almost continental climate, with lower temperatures and less precipitation.
The temperature will drop rapidly in September or October, with the zero line around 2000 meter above sea level. It is cold and dry in winter. The temperature drops below Zero Degree Celsius everywhere in Switzerland, especially at night.
The highways in this country used to be named Nx, where N stood for "Nationalstrasse" i.e. national road and x a number, but they have been renamed to follow the common European naming schema. These names begin with the letter "A" for "Autobahn" in German tone. Highways of international have names opening with the letter "E", some highways have two names.
Names of the towns are used for guiding on the roads, rather than highway numbers. To use the highways here, a toll has to be paid. No toll booths are present a special sticker - known as the "Autobahn Vignette" is required. The sticker is applicable for one year, there is nothing like a one day or one week pass.
It worth's around CHF 40.00 and is available at the customs at the borders and at all gas stations and post offices throughout the country. The sticker must be attached to the windshield on cars and trucks. The rules for where it has to be placed on motorbikes are different.