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Home Aletch Glacier Cabane Bertol Combes des Amburnex Dent de Vaulion Grand Dixance Euloi, Fully Glacier 3000 Grottes de Vallorbe La Dole Mont Tendre Orny & Trient Papiliorama Rochers de Naye Salanfe Saleina Source de l'Orbe Tanay and Grammont


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Nature of Switzerland is something very special. The Alps cover 3/5 of the territory. Less known, but very beautiful mountains of Jura stretched along on the North-West border. All what is in the middle is not flat either. Just look at the satellite photo an you will see it yourself.

Click to see a fill-sized picture (30325 bytes)It looks like the only definitely  flat surface in Switzerland is water surface. There are many beautiful lakes, large and small, high in the mountains and lower in valleys. Two of the three largest: Lake Geneva (locals never call it "Lac Genève", but always "Lac Léman") and Lake Neuchâtel are within reach from Lausanne. Strictly speaking, the entire Switzerland is well "within reach". Its size is about 350x180 km, less than a distance from my Moscow home to my dacha, where I go nearly every weekend during summer time.

Click to see a fill-sized picture (39704 bytes)Click to see a fill-sized picture (31549 bytes)When the weather is good, blue lakes surrounded by green meadows with white mountain peaks in a distance compose almost surrealistic pictures. Click to see a fill-sized picture (31517 bytes)Click to see a fill-sized picture (45443 bytes)

Click to see a fill-sized picture (40544 bytes)Click to see a fill-sized picture (40440 bytes)Motorist, watch the road and not the views! If you can't resist, better stop!

Click to see a fill-sized picture (20140 bytes)Swiss nature is carefully preserved by Swiss law: all of that can be seen, photographed, but not touched. Activities which do not impose significant pressure to the nature are advertised, organized and promoted: there are many hiking and biking routes, chalets, museums, viewpoints equipped with binoculars, and so on. However other activities, which demand something material from the nature, are either banned or are made difficult to perform. For example, fishing and mushrooming are allowed only in certain places (which are very few), require licensing and severe limitations to the actual results are imposed. It is quite difficult to find a location for a barbeque, or a picnic.

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