Switzerland, Geneva – The Capital of Peace I
We remain in Europe this time. Our goal is Geneva which is nicknamed the capital of peace. Geneva is the second largest city after Zurich. It is known as the home of many international organizations (WHO, CERN, OSN etc.). One of its major landmarks is the famous Palace of the Nations (Palais des Nations). We will talk about it next time.
Geneva is a city that attracts rich and famous. Famous personas of the international stage beyond count own here or around houses. For instance, Audrey Hepburn, Freddie Mercury, or Charlie Chaplin were among them.
The most distinct place in Geneva is Jet d'Eau fountain. And it is real easy to spot. It spouts about 500 litres of water per second as high as 140 meters. Allegedly, it is visible from 10 kilometers of height. It even appeared in the 2008 UEFA logo when Geneva was the host city.
It wasn't supposed to be an aesthetic object (in 1886). It
just a safety valve for the hydroelectirc network. However,, the fountain was moved in 1891 to its present place. Thus, it became one of the most distinct landmarks in the city.
We recommend to go to Geneva downtown. Before we take a look at the aforementoned Palace of the Nations, let's see the Etnographic Museum. Over the century of its existence, a monumental collection of 80 thousand objects and 300 thousand documents were collected across five continents. Therefore, over 1500 world cultures can be learned about. Also, permanent exhibitions are for free. The Ethnographic museum sees today a temporary exhibition called Shaman the mind of the forest (till January 8, 2017). This exhibition introduces the Indians of the Amazon forests. There are also photographs scattered around the town linked to the theme of the exhibition.
The Museum of Art and History (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire) is measured by the vastness of its collections multiple times larger than the Ethnographic Museum. The building of this institution is situated on the place where city walls used to be. There are works of various European masters from the Middle-Ages till the 20th century. As for other historical exhibits, the museum displays everything starting with Byzantine icons, Medieval and renaissance weapons, cutlery, cloths or musical instruments.
To be continued...
GPS: (fountain) 46°12'26.1"N 6°09'21.6"E
Text: Maxim Kucer
Photos: Wikipedia.org: athos99, Rjshade, Moumou82, Thibaut120094, Zeke, Sanyam Bahga, Alexey M.
This time we visit a small European country whose immediate neighbors are Austria and Switzerland. If you think it is Liechtenstein, do you think it is right. This principality extends into the Rhine Valley, surrounded by the majestic Alps.
Once again, we visit sunny and beautiful France. We leave scenic town of Annecy and move 200 to the north to Departament Doubs and its capital of Besancon.
The Alpine Venice - truly fitting nickname for this small town in Haute-Savoie. Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote after he visited the town: „Now I have been happy. Now I have lived.“
Once we saw Geneva we move to another interesting Swiss city – Lucerne. It is situated in central Switzerland in the canton of the same name. About 300 thousand people live in the entire canton. So what are the most interesting places in the city on Lake Lucerne?
Last time, we made a brief note on the fact that Geneva is home to many international organizations and that there is the Palace of the Nations, the UN headquarters.
Switzerland's largest city – Zurich – offers many beautiful places to make walks to and to spend free tim at. ZOO Zurich is one of such places. It houses over 375 animals species.
Several kilometers southwest of Zurich (ca 30) there is the sixth largest Swiss city of Winterhur. Heavily based on service and technology economy, the city inspired us to visit it.
Today, we take a look at Zurich from bird's eye for we make a hike onto Üetliberg hill which belongs to the Albis mountains. The main train station in the town will be our point of start. Here we get on a train and take ride to the hill.
Last time, we concluded our article at Besancon cathedral. The city itself is home to over one hundred thousand people. However, add 23 thousand students of Université de Franche-Comté. Besancon has been its home since 1621. The university was founded earlier, however, in 1423.
Europe's highest mountain - Mont Blanc - is respected by climbers. There are many trails leading to the top, but one of them, the so-called normal, is the most commonly used. And I'm going to introduce it to you today. It is said that along this trail it is easy to reach the summit. But it can come with a price. But the truth is that this trail may be deadly. And I was really curious to see what the actual truth behind this is.
Today we make a beautiful family trip to enjoy some fantastic hiking. We will visit the amazing alpine resort of Stoos rising above Lake Lucerne.
So here she is, Lady Winter. The temperature is around 0 degrees Celsius, you can find snow even in lower attitudes, and on roads are snowdrifts. These things occur every single year. If you hadn’t thought where to spend your winter vacation yet, maybe toady you will search for some interesting ski vacation in the Alps.
Engelberg, Angel’s Peak, is a cozy alpine town located right in the center of Switzerland, in the Canton of Obwalden. Switzerland has 25 more cantons, or rather regions, that are autonomous.
We arrived in a great style – in a carriage - at a Benedictine monastery, in Titlis Valley, that stands there since 1120 stands there since. On a carriage there was a young Czech woman that tries to earn some money in Switzerland.
The capital of the Canton of Lucerne, a city that already in the middle-ages used to be called a city of bridges. Today it has the same nickname. Everything stayed same. During your first walk through the city it will come to your mind that the citizens have sufficient amount of bridges. Maybe you will think that this is the most beautiful city you have ever seen.
An equivalent for Swiss Verkerhaus could be perhaps the National Technical Museum in Prague but it is no competition for the larges museum of traffic in Europe that is located in Lucerne.
The town of Basel lies in northwestern part of Switzerland along the borders with France and Germany. I have visited it twice.
Basel is also a town of many museums. The most known is the Kunstmuseum (the Museum of Art). I love to remember walks on riverbank of the Rhine. Especially, after sundown we watched bridges, Minster monastery and other buildings in the city-center.
Zurich means for tourists primarily city of Limmat River and slightly high, but more beautiful historic centre. But for the Swiss is primarily of financial capital across the country. If Zurich fell down, and would fell the all Swiss economy, almost as famous as their watches.
Swiss Zurich is not only a very cosmopolitan city where everyone feels really like at home, but also an area that the history can touch you very intensively. This is true despite the fact that most sites you can see not in one day, but few hours. Despite this the people remains on their memory, which are hardly deletes from the head.
Engelberg resort town is a starting place to our trip. It is known for rich system of bike trails and hike trails. Also skiers will enjoy the place in winter. Engelberg, one can say, is in the center of Switzerland, in Obwalden canton at 1050 meters.
If you decide, visiting Switzerland, to travel to Jungfrau Peak, so, would you take in mind that you need favourable weather conditions and enough time for your trip. Let´s start our journey with Swiss Railways to the highest placed railway station of the Europe!
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