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Lucerne

History:

"Due to travelling merchants, foreign (especially Italian) influence was particularly strong. Excellent accessability of natural monuments in Central Switzerland made Lucerne an important touristic destination."

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History:

"The majority of Switzerland's "native" population settled during the Germanic Migration of Nations that set an end to the Roman Empire in Western Europe at about 400 A.D."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"Switzerland has a square flag; the only other square country flag belongs to the Vatican."

Customs and Culture:

"Switzerland is a federation of twenty-six states called cantons (six are considered half cantons). There are four linguistic regions: German-speaking (in the north, center, and east), French-speaking (in the west), Italian-speaking (in the south), and Romansh-speaking (a small area in the southeast). This diversity makes the question of a national culture a recurring issue."

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  Quick Facts: Entry & Exit, Safety & Security  

Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations

Visas: Not required for a US citizen for a stay up to 90 days

What to Pack: "Switzerland's cities are pristine and elegant, so to fit in, leave your ripped jeans at home."

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Tourist Information Site: Plan Your Trip

Accommodation. Transport. Interests.

Enjoy a Little Switzerland from Home

When You Arrive

Water Safety: Water is safe to drink

Money: Currency: Swiss franc Exchange Rate

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Zurich

History:

"After the Romans had conquered the Alps, a military base was built at Lindenhof in 15 BC, marking the beginning of the Roman era in Zürich."

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Winterthur

History:

"Winterthur was founded about 1175 by the counts of Kyburg, who granted it a charter with extensive privileges. It was inherited in 1264 by the Habsburgs, who sold it to the city of Zürich in 1467."

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4 Days in Switzerland with a Roadtrip to Lichtenstein

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Appenzell

History:

"Appenzell became independent of the Abbey of Saint Gall in 1403 and entered a league with the Old Swiss Confederacy in 1411, becoming a full member in 1513. It has been divided since into Appenzell Innerrhoden and Appenzell Ausserrhoden since 1597 as a result of the Swiss Reformation."

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Schaffhausen

History:

"The site was first mentioned in 1045 as Villa Scafhusun. About 1049 Count Eberhard III of Nellenburg founded there the Benedictine monastery of All Saints, around which the community developed."

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4 Days in Switzerland with a Roadtrip to Lichtenstein

Stein am Rhein

History:

"The town has a well-preserved medieval centre, retaining the ancient street plan. The site of the city wall, and the city gates are preserved, though the former city wall now consists of houses. The medieval part of the town has been pedestrianised and many of the medieval buildings are painted with beautiful frescoes."

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Lugano

History:

"The 9th largest Swiss city, it is the largest in Ticino and largest with an Italian speaking majority outside Italy. The city lies on Lake Lugano, surrounded by the mountains of the Lugano Prealps."

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