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Switzerland

Switzerland
If you want to travel somewhere unique, fly with Austrian Airlines to Switzerland and enjoy some Swiss hospitality. Although Switzerland has distinct regions of French, German and Italian customs, it defines and unifies itself by its history of political and cultural neutrality. In avoiding alliances and acting as a intermediary between other nations, it has become home to a large number of creative artists who took refuge here from other countries. There are over 1000 museums located in the country. The Locarno International Film Festival and the Montreax Jazz Festival are also held in Switzerland. Much of the country's identity comes from its Alpine region. The Swiss alps offers glaciers, waterfalls, and unique ecological flora and fauna. Enjoy one of the many historic hotels while hiking and skiing in Switzerland.

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Switzerland
  • Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)
  • Language: German, Italian, French, Rhaeto-Romanic
  • Capital: Bern
  • Austrian flight destination: BAsel, Geneva, Zurich

Shopping in Switzerland

Shopping in Switzerland
Steinhauer
Here comes our tip for a perfect day in Zurich: a visit to the Kunsthaus, a gourmet lunch at the Kronenhalle and if you are in the mood for gift shopping visit Steinhauer's around the corner. The store offers a wide variety of international gifts. The perfumed candles come from Paris, the towels from Japan and the leather bags from Vienna.   Steinhauer is equally popular for its wedding presents. And if you have been married before you know that one can always use silver cutlery - and salad servers and champagne glasses. What a shame when the serviettes are missing at your new home! That's why the wedding list by Steinhauer comes in so handy. The store offers individual complete packages for couples so that the relatives know what they should buy and the newly weds don't have ten toasters in the end.   But even if you don't want to get married you will find the right present for any occasion here. The garden furniture might be a bit bulky, and you might not be able to get all the china into the suitcase. But handkerchiefs and felt slippers will even fit into the hand luggage, for sure!
Pelikamo
Roma

Sights in Switzerland

Sights in Switzerland
Augustinergasse
On Augustinergasse you can be sure that you are on a street where everyone has been before you - and that every angle of it has been photographed already. Augustinergasse is a Swiss cliché only to be topped by Swiss pocket knives, watches, and chocolate.   But thousands of Japanese tourists are rightly transferred here and shown around and invited to come again: Augustinergasse is simply so beautiful. What you see here is the most exquisite of Medieval Switzerland: cobblestones, cosy oriels and houses that have been restored with loving detail. Once craftsmen lived here, followed by factory owners eager to own the most beautiful façades. Probably all of them won the first prize with their double-floor wooden oriels and the colourful ornaments.   If you have a photo of each house already, it pays off to make a small detour to the tiny boutiques and restaurants around. You should not miss them during summer time and you should book a table outside, order a coffee and watch the other tourists strolling by.
Kreislauf 4+5
GZ Schindlergut

Eat in Switzerland

Eat in Switzerland
Rigiblick
Rigiblick offers ample space for unfolding to its guests. Nobody suffers from claustrophobia here but you are spoilt for choice when it comes to the wine. If you are not an expert you should ask for advice, otherwise you might mix up the St. Laurent 2007 with the Pinot Noir - and that would be a faux pas. But if you still mess up the etiquette rules you need not fear an angry look from your neighbour: The tables are as far away from one another that you won't even hear high-pitched laughter from the other side. At this noble restaurant guests can concentrate on the essential, namely the food. The latter, while expensive, is pan-Asian and creative. Halibut is served with Malaysian vegetables, veal fillet comes with pineapple and duck liver comes even twice: fused with pumpernickel or with limes and rocket. What a feast! Also a feast (to the eyes) are the light-flooded rooms, the summer terrace with a terrific view of Zurich and the distance to your neighbour's table. It is understandable that gourmets feel at home here. And it is understandable that poor guys stay at home.
Tao´s
Tibits

Stay in Switzerland

Stay in Switzerland
Hotel Widder
Different styles behind each door: The Hotel Widder is the Omelette Surprise among the design hotels. And so you are spoilt for choice: Baroque wall painting or loft with metal balcony? In the mood for heavy wooden beams or Andy Warhol?   You'll find everything at the Hotel Widder: While the nine Medieval town houses feature different styles each, they have one thing in common: individualism. Minimal meets maximal here: You are offered heavy curtains, Biedermeier furniture and playful styles just as much as armatures sparkling with chromate, masculine leather sofas and pure lines. The restaurants feature a similar mix: The breakfast pavilion below a glass roof is so bright that you can see the yolk shimmering through your egg. While the Widder Restaurant is darker it is equally excellent (15 Gault Millau points). The Widder Bar features jazz in the evening. And with Hank Jones and Phil Woods you can easily round off the day over a single malt whisky. Double room from 550 Euros per night.
Seehof
Kindli

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