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Swiss chocolate and pastries...the best!

One of the greatest joys of travel throughout Switzerland is the opportunity to visit literally thousands of great little chocolate and pastry shops. Nothing breaks up a drive better than a few minutes spent drinking hot chocolate and/or coffee, combined with a freshly-baked sweet roll. Never let a day in Switzerland pass without endulging in this simplest of pleasures.

Luzern....Touristy, but still worth visiting

The centrally located city of Luzern is one of the most frequented in Switzerland. Many, many tour groups slither through Luzern on their way north to Germany or south to Italy, seldom staying more than a day. Pity. This town is definitely worth 4 or 5 days, to insure time to explore the old city and the scenic wonders in the immediate vicinity.

Schaffhausen, obsure but interesting

When you consider destinations in Switzerland for travelers, Schaffhausen seldom comes up. But this moderately-sized city, positioned directly at the German frontier in central-north Switzerland, is an interesting stop for a couple of days.

The city center has many old and historic buildings, and there is a large number of church museums and edifices. One convent area has a very pleasing spice garden, which is a great place to sit and reflect.

Overlooking the city is the walled and turreted fortress, the Munot. Besides commanding a great view of Schaffhausen and the surrounding area, there is a large and explorable basement area under the fort.

Immediately abeam Schaffhausen, located only a few kilometers away, are the Rheinfalls, the largest waterfalls in continental Europe. While no Niagra or Iguassu Falls, these stormy waters have a brooding quality that led the poet Goethe to describe them as "The Mother of Oceans". They're especially dark and foreboding on a misty, cloudy day. Worth the trip!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The land of perfection. Everything is clean and tidy, just what you'd expect
  • Cons:Can be pricy
  • In a nutshell:Every continent has a best destination. IMHO, Europe's top spot is Switzerland
  • Last visit to Switzerland: Oct 1994
  • Intro Updated Apr 7, 2003
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  • Mar 16, 2009 at 8:47 AM

    Great picture: Cafe Adler, Appenzell, at the begin of the page. Switzerland is one of my favorite countries in Europe

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    A photographer can't go wrong here!beautiful pictures.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Beautiful country...you could take a zillion pictures there. Clean air, great food. Imagine skiers go wild for the place.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2006 at 3:39 AM

    Nice insights backed up with nice photos.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2006 at 3:28 PM

    Glad you had such a nice visit to Switzerland back in 1994. I was a student in Berne for two semesters, but that was a lo-o-o-o-ong time ago.

  • Feb 19, 2006 at 4:49 AM

    Hi Pete, nice reflections from your travels around this beautiful country. regards Martin

  • windsorgirl's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2005 at 7:27 AM

    It's been a long time since I was in Switzerland, I also loved Lucern. You have a great shot of Mt. Pilatus. Thanks for the walk down memory lane from one chocolate lover to another!

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2005 at 3:47 PM

    I must explore more of Swizerland, it looks beautiful. I thought Schaffhausen was a lovely town. Lovely page Pete, great travelogues too, thanks (~_~)

  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2005 at 12:29 PM

    I like your tip about staying IN Lucerne, close to the lake. I'd love to see a lot more of Switzerland - so far I've scarcely stuck my toe into this country.

  • Rhondaj's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2005 at 11:33 AM

    ah, another CH fan, or as they have it here on VT, SZ. i'm now in the mood for chocolate....


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