Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria

Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria

Switzerland

Switzerland is located in Central Europe, where it borders Germany to the North, France to the West, Italy to the South and Austria and the Principality of Liechtenstein to the East.

Switzerland is a landlocked country whose territory is geographically divided between the Jura, the Swiss Plateau and the Alps. The Swiss population is approximately 7.8 million inhabitants and is mainly concentrated in the plateau, where the largest cities of the country are located. Among them are the two global cities and economic centers of Zurich and Geneva. Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world. Zurich and Geneva were ranked as the cities with the best quality of life in the world, being in second and third place respectively and Switzerland as the best country to be born in 2013.

The history of Switzerland begins before the Roman Empire: in 500 BCE. At that time, many Celtic tribes were located in the territories of the Center-North of Europe. The Romans controlled the Swiss territory until about 400 AD. Borders and fortresses were created north of the Rhine to contain barbarian invasions from Northern Europe.

 

Liechtenstein (Vaduz)


Vaduz’s most prominent landmark is Vaduz Castle, the home of the reigning prince of Liechtenstein and the princely family of Liechtenstein. The castle is visible from almost any locality in Vaduz, being perched upon a steep hill in the middle of the city. St. Florin Cathedral, Government House and Town Hall are also well-known landmarks, displaying the various styles and periods of architecture the city knows.

 

Austria (Feldkirch)


The beautiful medieval town, which remains well preserved to this day, was mentioned as a town for the first time in 1218, after Count von von Montfort built the “Schattenburg”, a castle that is still the main landmark of Feldkirch. Other sights of the city include the cathedral of St. Nikolaus of late Gothic period. Feldkirch was the birthplace of Rheticus, and is now home to the Catholic diocese of Feldkirch. From 1651-1773 and 1856-1979, Feldkirch was home to the Jesuit school Stella Matutina.

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Our Private Services available in the region:

  • Private guide in Portuguese on foot, public transportation (train, bus, cable car)
  • Day Tours with private guide in Portuguese to various cities in the region from Zurich and Lucerne

Some of the main attractions of the countries

  • Switzerland

In Zurich

  • Banhofstrasse – Shopping district
  • Lindenhof – highest point in the city, a very cool square to admire the view of the Old Town of Zurich and the Limmat River.
  • St. Peter’s Church – built from the Middle Ages until 1911, the church tower served as a point of observation for occurrences of fires in the region.
  • Augustinergasse, a famous narrow street with colorful houses
  • Fraumünster, church founded in the year 853.
  • Grossmünster – one of the Zurich postcards – from the top of the church tower you can have a 360 ° panoramic view of Zurich.
  • Lake Zurich and its clean waters, from where several boat trips depart

In Bern – Capital of Switzerland since 1848, Bern was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its beautiful historical center, with buildings dating back to the twelfth century (Middle Ages), and yet very well preserved. It is said that the city was founded in 1191 by Duke Berthold V. He named the village in honor of the animal that killed on his next hunt: in that case, the poor fellow ended up being a bear (Bär in German). Berthold V called the new settlement of Bärn.

  • Marktgasse, one of the many charming streets of the old town of Bern
    the medieval tower Käfigturm, originally built in 1256, demolished in the seventeenth century and rebuilt in the following years.
    The water fountains scattered throughout the city with the intriguing statues of Schützenbrunnen, the Kindlifresserbrunnen (a children’s ogre), Zähringerbrunnen.
    Kornhausplatz – Square with several nice restaurants
    Kramgasse – where are two of the main attractions of the city – The Zytglogge, the tower with the astronomical clock and the house where the German physicist Albert Einstein lived (number 49)
    Münsterplatz: the cathedral of Bern, whose construction began in 1421.
    BärenPark, or Bern Bears Park.
    Rosengarten, a beautiful park where Bernese people usually relax.

In Lucerne

  • Weinmarkt (old city squares) old buildings in the region with characteristic architecture
  • Chapel Bridge (Chapel Bridge), the main postcard of the city
  • Boat trips on Lake Lucerne
  • Lion Monument, Löwendenkmal, and the Hofkirche
  • Visit of Zurich to Engelberg and Mount Titlis (Panorama Terrace)
  • Glacier Park – Snow fun
  • IceFlyer – suspension seat tour with panoramic view, the highest suspension bridge in Europe, 3041m high
  • The Cliff Walk,
  • The Glacier Cave with ice sculptures.

In Zermatt – One of the most famous cities in Switzerland because of its tourist appeal, which combines good gastronomy, beautiful scenery, one of the best ski resorts in the world with excellent hotels and tourist infrastructure.

  • The most photographed mountain in Switzerland – the Matterhorn – symbol of Toblerone chocolate
  • The train ride of Gornergrat (Gornergrat Bahn),
  • The climb to the highest cable car in Europe (Glacier Paradise – Klein Matterhorn)
  • Sunnega and Rothorn cable car trips to mountain peaks of the same name
    train rack of Gornergrat going through the mountains
  • Liechtenstein (Vaduz) and Austria (Feldkirch) – The tiny country of Liechtenstein lies on the border between Switzerland and Austria in the Alps. Access to the two countries is super easy from Zurich, and you can go back and forth.

In Vaduz

  • National Museum of Liechtenstein
  • Landtag – the Parliament of Liechtenstein
  • Cathedral of Liechtenstein
  • Museum of the seal
  • Kunstmuseum
  • Castle of Vaduz (and its belvedere with a beautiful view of the city of Vaduz)
  • Red House

In Feldkirch

  • Castles and palaces


* Schattenburg: the castle of Schattenburg was the seat of the counts of Montfort until 1390. The first phase of construction began around 1230 under the command of Hugo I de Montfort, the founder of the city. Under the Count Friedrich von Toggenburg (1416-1436) and under the Vogt Hans de Königsegg, the extensions and transformations of Schattenburg Castle were built in the 15th century. After the Count’s departure, the castle was repeatedly expelled for auction, and in 1813 it was even demolished. Since 1825, the castle was owned by the town of Feldkirch, which at the time acquired it for 833 florins. The castle now served as barracks and then as accommodation for the poor. The castle owes its rescue and revitalization to the Museum and Homeland Security Association for Feldkirch and the surrounding area founded in 1912. In ground level rooms, the castle houses a castle, while the upper floors houses a museum of local history that draws near of 25 thousand guests annually [6].

* Tosters Ruins: the ruins of a hill castle on a slope part of Schellenberg in the Feldkirch district of Tosters in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg.

* Palais Liechtenstein: As of today, the house was built on Schlossergasse No. 8 after the fire of the city of 1697 as an office building for the prince Johann Adam Andreas, Liechtenstein, in Baroque style. In 1848, it became the property of Andreas Ritter, of Tschavoll, then mayor of Feldkirch. The city acquired the palace in 1967 and today, the building is used as an exhibition center, is home to the cultural council and also the headquarters of the city library, as well as the city archives.

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