Switzerland

By Reeti Nagayach Period 6 4/28/15

Climate/Weather

From July to August the daytime temperature range is 65°F - 82° F and from January to February the range is 28°F - 45° F. In spring and autumn, the daytime temperature range is 46° - 59° F. The highest precipitation is approximately 260 cm per year. Precipitation is always more in the western part of Switzerland where often clouds come in from the Atlantic coast. I would recommend visiting Switzerland in the autumn (from September to November), because the fruit ripens and the leaves of deciduous trees change color and the country is filled with radiant colors and the temperature isn't too bad either.
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Culture

Languages

  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Romansh


Christmas
  • The crystal globes represent the simplicity of light.
  • The snowflakes represent the four distinct regions of Switzerland.
  • The stars represent not only the light from heaven but also the guiding light and the joy of light.
  • The white candles made of traditional wax represent the pure white season of light.
  • Only real candles decorate the tree not electric ones.
  • The star treetop represents the star of Bethlehem.
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Current Information

  • Swiss Franc
  • 1 Swiss Franc=1.07 US Dollar
  • Formally a confederation but similar in structure to a federal republic
  • Federal President: Simonetta Sommaruga
  • Switzerland’s economic freedom score is 80.5, making its economy the 5th freest in the 2015 Index
  • Economy relies heavily on banking, precision manufacturing, metals, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and electronics
  • Exports: Pharmaceuticals, machines, engines, pumps, clocks, watches, gems, precious metals, coins, organic chemicals, medical & technical & electronic equipment, plastics, oil, iron & steel products

Cheese Fondue

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound imported Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 pound Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cherry brandy, such as kirsch
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Assorted dippers


Directions

In a small bowl, coat the cheeses with cornstarch and set aside. Rub the inside of the ceramic fondue pot with the garlic, then discard.

Over medium heat, add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a gentle simmer. Gradually stir the cheese into the simmering liquid. Melting the cheese gradually encourages a smooth fondue. Once smooth, stir in cherry brandy, mustard and nutmeg.

Arrange an assortment of bite-sized dipping foods on a lazy Susan around fondue pot. Serve with chunks of French and pumpernickel breads. Some other suggestions are Granny Smith apples and blanched vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and asparagus. Spear with fondue forks or wooden skewers, dip, swirl and enjoy!

Transportation & Lodging

Flight Information

  • $632.00 from Swiss airlines
  • From Chicago to Zurich

Hotel Information

  • Wellenberg Swiss Quality Hotel
  • $1,626.06 for 6 nights

In the heart of Zurich‘s historic center, Wellenberg Swiss Quality Hotel is just a 5-minute walk from the famous Bahnhofstrasse Shopping Street. It features free Wi-Fi, a fine restaurant, a bar and a 24-hour front desk. A rich buffet breakfast is available. All units are soundproof and include a private bathroom, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, a kettle, minibar and a safe.

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Itinerary

Landesmuseum- The Swiss National Museum (SNM) covers several locations and collections. The building which houses this prestigious art museum was constructed in 1898 according to the design of Gustav Gull. The building was inspired by French Renaissance Chateaus, castle-looking country homes.

Lindenhof Hill- A moraine hill which means it was formed thousands of years ago by glacially formed accumulation of soil and rock. Today it is the only public park within the city walls and a quaint shaded square.

Fraumunster- The Fraumunster church dates back to the 9th century when the abbey for women was established by Louis the German specifically for his daughter Hildegard. Here women were given refuge and were protected.

Grossmunster- Legend has it that this church stands on the site of three ancient graves. The graves were believed to belong to three 3rd century saints who refused to renounce their faith even after being tortured with boiling oil and being made to drink molten lead. Finally having still not renounced their faith they were beheaded on the site where the nearby Wasserkirche stands. Then the invincible saints picked up their heads and climbed a hill, dug their own graves and jumped in.

Kunsthaus- The art held in this modern art museum spans from the Middle Ages to contemporary art and comes from across the globe but with an emphasis on Swiss artists. The collection covers paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photography and video art.

Citations

Heritage.org. Heritage Foundation, n.d. Web. 3 May 2015. <http://www.heritage.org/index/country/switzerland>.

"Holiday Traditions." Museum of Science and Industry. Museum of Science and Industry, n.d. Web. 3 May 2015. <https://www.msichicago.org/scrapbook/scrapbook_exhibits/catw2004/traditions/countries/switzerland.html>.

Myswitzerland.com. Switzerland Tourism, n.d. Web. 3 May 2015. <http://www.myswitzerland.com/>.

"My Zurich in Three Days Top Attractions." visitacity. visitacity.com, n.d. Web. 3 May 2015. <http://www.visitacity.com/itineraries-user?id=cb0ad8f8-d535-40ef-9365-8064384a15c9&day=1>.