Switzerland is not the destination most people have in mind when thinking of an exotic destination, especially Europeans. But it is all a question of perspective, as exotic means ‘of foreign origin or character’, so for people living in the Maldives for example, Switzerland would be a very exotic trip to make.
Switzerland is interesting for numerous reasons, having a rich history as a starter. It was inhabited by a tribe called the Helvetii at the time of the Roman Empire and Julius Caesar narrates in his majestic work ‘Commentarii de Bello Gallico’ about the Gallic Wars how they had decided to burn they country down and to wander erratically in what is now the south of France. Certainly a more civilized conduct followed in the next two millennium.
The Swiss are famous for their watches of course such as their Rolex Watches, their cheese and their ski resorts. What is quite unique among other European countries is the high altitude, as Switzerland sits on part of the Alps. This implies that the country has always been somehow isolated and this is one reason why they have maintained their neutrality in time of war for a very long time.
So if you are looking for nice sunny beaches, better look somewhere else to the south as they have no sea at all. But they have beautiful lakes such as Lake Léman. If you like mountains and culture, this is a country you will enjoy, either in the summer or the winter, depending if you prefer skying or hiking. They have also great food due to the influence of their French neighbors to the West and Italians to the South.
Last but not least they also have quite a few casinos, in fact this is the European country with the most casinos. Here again for historical reasons, as the wealthy people who used to do their private banking or their thermal spa vacation in Switzerland liked also to do some roulette during their leisure time. The history of casinos starts in Europe and such games where played by the nobility or the ultra rich. It is only recently that the Americans have made it a mass market, starting in Las Vegas. So high rollers are familiar with names such as Casino Geneva or Grand Casino Baden in Zurich.
Don’s miss a chance to visit Switzerland, this country has a lot to offer.