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Enjoying The Swiss Bliss

A magnificent landlocked country is perhaps the best way to describe Switzerland. Surrounded by beautiful mountains that will make one's winter wonderland dreams come true, Switzerland is famous for its alps and ski resorts. However, the country also radiates its beauty in summer season. Visiting Switzerland during summer is going to be an unforgettable experience for travellers who are looking for different perspectives in seeing the beauty of this unique country.

BASEL

Travel Back in Time

Basel is located on Switzerland's border between Germany and France. Easily accessible, one can take a train to go to Basel from Zurich airport and it will only take one hour. Basel also famous for its rich history, making one feel like they have travelled back to old Europe when strolling around in the central city. Enjoy the old Europe at the picturesque Basel Old Town. In here, all the 15th century buildings complement internationally renowned modern architecture to create a dynamic yet harmonious cityscape. The narrow alleyways and the colourful windows in each building will constantly remind one of the set from Beauty and the Beast when the villagers sing about Belle in the opening scene. One can't avoid the beautiful Rhine river, from the Kleinbasel Rhine side, one will see a unique panoramic view of the Grossbasel district with the Cathedral and Pfalz of the Mittlere Brucke, the four ferries and baroque residence.

Kunstmuseum Basel

Designed by Basel-based architect, Rudolf Christ, together with Paul Bonatz from Stuttgart, Kunstmuseum Basel is the oldest publicly accessible art collection in the world. The focus of the museum is on paintings and graphic art by artists from Upper Rhine region from 1400 to 1600 and the art of the 19th to 21st centuries. Real paintings from famous painters such as Rembrandt, Harmensz, Van Rijn, Pablo Picasso as well as Piet Mondrian are also exhibited in the museum. Finding these famous paintings will be like finding treasures since the museum has a very big collection.

Vitra Design Museum

Even though it's located in Germany, it only takes about 15 to 20 minutes tram ride to go here from Basel. Vitra Design Museum's main building is designed by Frank Gehry and it's his first building in Europe. One can feel the touch of Gehry as the museum has curves, uniquely built just like his other designs. The museum is dedicated to the research and presentation of design, past and present, and examines design's relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture. Vitra Design museum currently has an exhibition entitled 'Night Fever' which will make its visitors see nightclubs in a different perspective. Showing floor plans, photos, sketches of nightclubs from all over the world, the exhibition presents nightclubs as spaces that merge architecture and interior design with sound, light, fashion, graphics, and visual effects to create a modern total work of art. The exhibition which is designed interactively and makes visitors experience the Nightclubs' vibes from different eras will run until Sept. 9.

LUCERNE

The Lovely Lucerne

Situated in the heart of Switzerland, Lucerne is a stronghold of culture. Famous for its lake and magnificent landscape characterised by mountains, Lucernce is probably one of the main destinations for tourists whenever visiting Switzerland. Lucerne offers travellers a lot of things to do whether it's in the city or in the nature.

A Hotel with a Hundred Stories

One of the unique five stars hotel at Lucerne which not only offers a comfortable accommodation with high quality service but also a hundred interesting stories is Schweizerhof Hotel. What makes it unique is every room has its own story written in a book telling about famous figures who have stayed in that particular room. Not only stories, guests can also see the belongings connected during their stay in the room. For example, Keanu Reeves, the Hollywood star who portrayed Neo in The Matrix trilogy, has once stayed in room 008. Therefore, in room 008, guests can read a whole story about Keanu Reeves told in a second person narrative, and to make the experience more personal, guests can see the display of the menu served to Keanu Reeves and his sister in the hotel's Restaurant Galerie on the occasion of their visit to Lucerne. Another famous figure who has stayed in this hotel was Mark Twain, the famous American author. He stayed at room 125 and tried the Rigi kirsch (eau-de-vie produced from cherries) and the hotel displays a case containing an original bottle of kirsch dating back to 1885. Famous figures who have stayed in this hotel include Queen Elizabeth II, Seal, Hans Christian Andersen, Roger Moore, Leo Tolstoy and more.

Enjoying The Lake Lucerne At Its Finest

It will be the most unforgettable moment in one's life when taking a boat trip on the Lake Lucerne. The lake is fascinating due to its picturesque landscape and historical sites. 20 boats enable one to take round trips and offer endless possibilities for excursions which can also be combined with mountain railways along the lake. Cruise from Lucerne to Flüelen through tremendous scenery, with the witnesses of the Art Nouveau era.

Fumetto Comic Festival

To the comic enthusiast, Lucerne is famous for its Fumetto Comic Festival. Held annually, there are 10 main exhibitions taking place all over the city. This year, the festival was held on Apr. 14 to 22 and people had to go around the city to see all the exhibitions which is a great concept to promote the city as well. The festival presents new trends and beloved treasures of a visual story telling in comic, illustration and neighbouring art fields. Fumetto is a platform for international comic artists as well as up and coming cartoonists from Switzerland.

NEUCHATEL

Livin' The Belle Epoque Life

As soon as one arrives in Neuchatel, the French-speaking part area of Switzerland, they will feel a very laid-back atmosphere. In summer, the sun shines and illuminates the town making it looks more beautiful. Neuchatel will enchant you with its La Belle Epoque experience. La Belle Epoque, meaning beautiful era in French, was a period between 1871 to 1941. It is the beginning of colonial empires, technological, scientific and cultural innovations. Considered as the Golden Era before the outbreak of World War I, La Belle Epoque is perhaps the historical era that people are dreaming of. A lot of movies, such as Midnight in Paris pictured the era in a very beautiful way, and it was the time when people were dressing up formally (men in full suit and women in long dresses) just to go out of the house. In Neuchatel, there are a lot of buildings that are considered the heritage of La Belle Epoque and was built during the era. Thanks to an initiative by the Swiss History and Archeology Society, Neuchatel was the third Swiss canton to introduce a law guaranteeing the protection of historical monuments which was ratified in 1902. Called Le Patrimone A La Belle Epoque, the buildings that are preserved includes Chateau et Collegiale (Castle and Collegiate Church), Palais DuPeyrou, Places des Halles and more.

The Majestic House of An Aristocrat

Palais DuPeyrou is set amongst beautiful French formal gardens and it's a magnificent Louis 16th style residence built by Erasmus Ritter for Pierre Alexandre DuPeyrou, completed in 1770. DuPeyrou was a very rich figure who derived his fortune from his timber and sugarcane plantations in Suriname. He built Palais DuPeyrou as a wedding gift for his wife and at that time the cost to build the house was CHF 1 million ($ 996,510). Today, Palais DuPeyrou houses a gourmet restaurant and it is also used as a function hall for ceremonial events.

LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS

The Town of Watchmakers

Ride through fields from the thousand year old city of Neuchatel and reach the old towns of La Chaux-de-Fonds where the urban area is bound up with the history of watchmaking. The city was also the birthplace of Le Corbusier, a Swiss-French architect who pioneered the modern architecture. The watchmaking centres of La Chaux-de-Fonds has been awarded World Heritage status by Unesco. At first glance the lengthy straight streets that characterise La Chaux-de-Fonds may seem boring. However, it has historical and architectural value. The street plan, the buildings and the factories that constitute the urban makeup were designed to answer the needs of a new industry that over time has come to symbolise the region.

Maison Blanche

The white house located at La Chaux-de-Fonds was built by Le Corbusier for his parents in 1912. Although it was built a long time ago, this house captures his visionary ideas of modern architecture. The house reflects his experiences in design and aesthetics he acquired in Paris and Germany as well as during his travel in the Orient. The house shows an astonishing command of space and light. The house was declared a historic monument of national interest in 1979 and now it is owned and has been restored by the Association Maison Blanche. The house was opened to the public in 2015.

Swiss in Your Hand

It is recommended to buy a Swiss Travel Pass during your visit. This Rail Pass affords you unlimited travel on the network of Swiss Travel System. It entitles you to unlimited travel on consecutive days throughout the rail, bus and boat. This pass also includes the Swiss Museum Pass, allowing you free entrance to 500 museums and exhibitions.