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Civilised Switzerland: much more than just chocolate and watches.

It may be a small country, but eleven places in Switzerland have UNESCO heritage status, and it’s not hard to see why. All the medieval centre of its capital, Berne, is a world heritage site with its perfectly preserved Gothic Cathedral of St Vincent, the Bundeshaus or Federal Parliament and its Clock Tower. In contrast, the city is also home to the avant-garde Zentrum Paul Klee Cultural Centre. From Berne you can visit the frozen peak of the Jungfrau and the Aletsch Glacier, the largest in the Alps.

Zurich, nestling against a backdrop of the spectacular Alps, is renowned for having the best quality of life in the world, although it doesn’t come cheap. Head for the Bahnhofstrasse and ogle at the plush boutiques and swanky jewellery stores but then get real in the old quarter with the 13th century church of St Peter, the Fraumünster with its beautiful stained glass windows and the twin towers of the Grossmünster.

Lucerne, on the Lake of the Four Cantons, is a picture postcard town with wooden bridges across the River Reuss, fountains and fabulous mansion houses and Lausanne boasts a Gothic Cathedral and Renaissance Town Hall in its characteristic old centre. Lesser known gems are the frescoes of Müstair or the abbey complex of St Gallen, both World Heritage sites.

Easy Jet flies to Basel, Geneva and Zurich, so book a cheap flight and enjoy excellent Swiss cuisine - a fusion of French, Italian and German, great scenery and historic towns with an Alpine backdrop!

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