Switzerland is a year-round wonderland of astonishing beauty and one of the most multilingual countries in Europe. You can experience several different cultures encompassing four national languages - all within one neat little country. The German-speaking Swiss make up 65% percent of the population; French, 18 percent; Italian, 10 percent; and Romansch, 1 percent; and 70-plus dialects lend a special charisma to tiny villages and hamlets. And many Swiss can speak all four languages and English, too. The diversity doesn't end there. From majestic snowcapped mountains to languid palm-fringed lakes, from cowbells and yodeling to craftsmanship and incredible feats of railroad engineering, Switzerland is surprising. © 2009, The Globe Pequot Press, LaVerne Ferguson-Kosinski Information by Europe by Eurail
Lucerne Festival - This annual celebration of 20th and 21st century classical music has three installments: the Easter Festival, the Summer Festival, and the Piano Festival. Each event showcases the talent of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
White Turf - Visit St. Moritz and witness one of the most unique sporting events in the world, Skikjöring. In this exciting competition, jockeys on skis are pulled behind racing thoroughbreds around the frozen track at speeds of over 30 miles (50 kilometers) an hour.
Art Basel - Take part in what The New York Times has called "the Olympics of the art world" at the comprehensive collection of worldwide art. From sculpture to painting, photos to video, this art fair has it all. Visit Basel on the Rhine River during the festival and take part in the many other special events throughout the city that supplement the art fair.