Known as the “gay capital” of Switzerland, Zurich is hosting the 40th annual EuroPride celebration this spring. The event runs from early May through June 7. Full details can be found online at: www.europride09.eu.
How about some tips for getting to know the locals?
Zurich is a very busy place, so the best time to meet the locals is when they?re off-duty. At high noon on a sunny day at the lake they are relaxed, easygoing, and ready for small talk. Or try after work -- when they go for their ?beer o?clock.?
For travelers who have more time to spend in Switzerland -- where should they go?
Switzerland has a lot of interesting, beautiful and totally different places. My top picks would be:
Geneva has a special French touch. See the famous United Nations building, enjoy Lake Geneva or watch the clock chime in the Passage Malbuisson.
Ride the metro, which is the steepest in the world with an altitude difference of 1,100 feet.
Visit Chillon Castle on the shores of Lake Geneva. You will surely fall under its charm.
Old town feelings guaranteed, here. Check out the old wooden Chapel Bridge or take a hike on Mount Rigi and admire the view of Lake Lucerne.
If you?re into hiking, you should go to Zermatt, where our famous triangle-shaped Mount Matterhorn is.
Basel has great architecture.
This is the place where you meet kings and queens, famous stars and the richest of the rich. Also a great place for all outdoor sports.
Savour the moment with an Italian-style mentality.
As you can see, Switzerland has a lot of different faces and possibilities. I?ve just named a few, but there is something for every taste. It?s worth visiting my lovely little country -- I bet you will say the same. I hope to see you soon!