Orson Welles, as Harry Lime in the film 'The Third Man', was quoted as saying: 'In Switzerland they had brotherly love; they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock.'
Well, Harry Lime clearly did not realise that Switzerland is famous for much more than just cuckoo clocks (which they didn�t invent anyway). What about Swiss cheese and chocolate, yodelling, Swiss bank accounts, Heidi, the Jungfrau, the Matterhorn?
Switzerland is a breath of fresh, pure mountain air, and it is the mountains which bring most visitors to Switzerland.
The entire country occupies an area of only 16,000 square miles, and 60% of its land area is taken up by the Alps. The Matterhorn is one of the best-known mountains in the Alps, 14,692 feet (4,478 metres) high straddling the border between Switzerland and Italy.
The shimmering snow-topped Jungfrau mountain is actually 4158 metres high, and many visitors to Switzerland are mesmerised by the stunning views in the Jungfrau region which incorporates the contrast of beautiful green valleys against the snowy peaks. Adventure lovers come to this region to experience fantastic skiing, rock climbing, canyoning and even bungee jumping.
So as you can see, Switzerland is more than just a chocolate lover�s paradise. Once you come here, we guarantee that you will find it difficult to leave.
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