Feel the Rhythm! Feel the Rhyme! It's Swiss Photo Gallery Time!

 
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Surrounded by other peaks of the Pennine Alps, the Matterhorn's stark pyramid commands the horizon.  
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Perhaps the beauty of Lake Geneva inspired Stravinsky to create The Rite of Spring—the composer wrote the piece in Montreux, on the east side of the lake. Today, the city hosts one of world's most famous jazz festivals.  
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The tongues of three bordering countries compose Switzerland's official languages. To accommodate the varying speech, everything from TV manuals to grocery ingredients is printed in German, French, and Italian. Pictured is the Mittlere Bridge in Basel, Switzerland.  
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Grindelwald's population has merely doubled since 1799 when the valley recorded 1,985 permanent residents. Today that number is about 3,800, but nearly 10,000 beds in local hotels, apartments, and campsites welcome visitors.  
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estic mountains constitute more than 60 percent of Switzerland's terrain —it's no wonder that one-third of Switzerland's residents take to skis.  
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Although founded in 1191, Bern was rebuilt out of sandstone after a fire destroyed most of the city in 1405.  
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The sheer, vertical cliff of the north face of Switzerland’s Mount Eiger is a challenge for the most accomplished mountaineer. It isn’t a surprise considering its name means “ogre” in German.  
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Situated on a rocky island, Chillon Castle on Switzerland's Lake Geneva is surrounded by the peaks of the Alps, a beautiful view for a former prison. The tour is famous for showcasing Lord Byron’s signature carved into a stone pillar.  
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For every child reading a storybook with fairytale castles, cobbled streets, and covered bridges, there’s Lucerne, Switzerland. Today the city’s biggest draw is its central Swiss Alp location between Zurich and Bern. But with the old, warm charm of William Tell (remember the boy with the apple on his head?) and the Robinsons, and the class of the fairest in the land, Lucerne is worth a visit in its own right.  
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