Situated in North-Central Switzerland, Lucerne is one of the 26 cantons in Switzerland. The capital of the canton is Lucerne and the official language of the canton is German. The canton is divided into 5 districts, and covers an area of 1500 sq.km. Lucerne is actually considered a gateway to Central Switzerland. The city of Lucerne and the canton, of course, get their name from Lake Lucerne that is located in the canton. With scenic mountains in all directions, this is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the country. But, there is a lot of trivia about the canton that is not common knowledge. If you live in or are visiting Lucerne, you will find these fun facts really interesting.
On the eastern side of Switzerland, on the canton of St. Gallen, lies the beautiful Amden. Located on a terrace, on the northern shore of Lake Walensee, Amden has a combination of tourist and alpine villages. It is famous for holding a unique geographical location, one that lies “behind the mountains”.
In the Swiss canton of Valais, lies the picturesque little village of Grimentz. In January 2009, it merged with several other nearby places to form the district of Anniviers. If you are visiting this place, you would be charmed by its beauty. The village is lined with small black wooden houses where hundreds of geraniums grow in little pots.
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Schwyz, the capital of the canton with the same name, one of the three oldest founders of the Swiss Confederation, is a mini world inside Switzerland: a very-very old, historically crucial and with true Swiss character and traditions. It’s no exaggeration that it may be considered as the world – with breathtaking nature adorned by the mountains of Hochstuckli, Kleiner Mythen, Grosser Mythen, Rotenflue and Furggelenstock and the river Muota that flows out of these mountains and through the municipality on its way to Lake Lucerne, it’s just so full and vast, despite its rather modest area, so diverse, “other-dimensional” and off the beaten track, while simultaneously being painstakingly traditional and predictable in a good sense; so enchanting, luring and mesmerizing, that millions of tourists that have set a foot there would take a chance to visit it again in a blink of an eye.
Located near Lake Melchsee, Melchsee-Frutt is a mountain resort village situated in the municipality of Kerns. The place is at a height of 1,920 meters above sea level and is known for various attractions like alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, rock climbing, paragliding, sledding, hiking, biking, and fishing.
Leytron, a municipality in the district of Martigny, lies in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. The municipality was first mentioned as Leitrun, in the year 1219. This delightful village that is set in the plain owes its “Grand Cru” label to Humagne Blanche. The distinguishing wine variety of Leytron is truly celebrated each year in the month of November. The Wine Trail that runs through the vineyard of the town is sure to appeal your soul, while a visit to the local wine restaurants and cellars will delight your taste buds.
Schaffhausen, a wine-growing region near the German border, is a Swiss town on the upper Rhine River. Decorative buildings with bay windows and baroque facades mark this beautiful medieval old town, which is dominated by the 16th-century Munot Fortress. The High Gothic church of St. Johann, which is located nearby Schaffhausen, is known for its acoustics. A former Benedictine monastery Kloster Allerheiligen, includes a Romanesque cathedral.
Nidau, a municipality in the Biel administrative district, lies in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. The city can be located in the city limits of Biel and both the cities have grown entwined. Since the time of the Jura water connections, a good portion of the Nidau city, as well as the medieval center, are now located on an island, which is created by the Nidau Canal, the Lake Biel’s shore and the river Thielle in French. With a total area of 1.52-kilometer square, 0.06-kilometer square of Nidau is forested. None of the lands was used for agricultural purposes, as of 2012.
The town of Altdorf and the canton of Uri, whose capital it is, lying in the very heart of Switzerland, essentially reflect the very core of the traditional Swiss Alpine culture and dwelling.