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Switzerland and France Travel Adventure- Zurich, CERN Chamonix Mont-Blanc and the Matterhorn

Zurich is the largest city of Switzerland and capital of the canton of Zürich.

Zurich is ranked second for the highest quality of living in the world.

As of January 2019, the population of Zürich is about 400,000 people. The urban agglomeration has 1.3 million and the Zürich metropolitan area 1.8 million.

The most widespread dialect in the city is Swiss German, although most of the locals are also fluent in Italian, French and English.

The University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are two of the city’s most famous schools. The former trained 20 Nobel Prize winners, the latter – as many as seven. For two years, the city was also home to the Soviet exile and Nobel Prize laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Albert Einstein lived, studied and worked as a professor in Zurich.

Marc Chagall's Church Windows at the Fraumünster Church

In the 1970s, Belarussian-born Marc Chagall created a five-part stained-glass window series and a rosette for the chancel of the Fraumünster church in Zurich. Marc Chagall remained true to his motto “When I create something from my heart, almost everything goes well” throughout his whole life. He created the windows at a very advanced age and he enjoyed excellent health right up to his death in 1985, just before his 98th birthday.

Oskar Reinhart Museum Winterthur Switzerland

ʻAm Römerholz̕ was built from 1915 to 1918 on a hillside site at the edge of woods for the Winterthur industrialist Jakob Heinrich Ziegler-Sulzer (1859-1930). The architect, Maurice Turrettini (1878-1932) of Geneva, based his design on the kind of urban villa developed in Europe in the second half of the nineteenth century to reflect the status of traders and bankers who had become wealthy as a result of industrialisation.

Oskar Reinhart acquired the villa in 1924 to house the Reinhart Collection.

Zurich Zoo

The zoo on the Zürichberg is home to more than 340 animal species in near-natural habitats. About 4,000 animals serve as ambassadors for their fellows in the wild. A nature conservation centre involved in international breeding programmes and resettlement projects – that's what Zurich Zoo is all about.

The zoo's international efforts to protect endangered species is another high point for animal lovers.

Tours at CERN

What are the great questions of contemporary physics? What is the Higgs Boson and what does it tell us about the origins of the Universe? What is the role of CERN, its focus and objectives? What are the experiments conducted on its premises?

CERN invites the public to discover the mysteries of the Universe and the work of the world's biggest physics laboratory through free of charge guided tours and permanent exhibitions.

Globe of Science

27 metres high and 40 metres in diameter, it's about the size of the dome of Saint Peter's in Rome! A unique visual landmark by day and by night, the Globe of Science and Innovation is a symbol of Planet Earth. It is CERN's outreach tool for its work in the fields of science, particle physics, leading-edge technologies and their applications in everyday life.

On the ground floor of the Globe, the "Universe of Particles" exhibition takes the visitor on a journey deep into the world of particles and back to the Big Bang.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc France

From Chamonix take the famous rack and pinion railway to the Montenvers site at 1913 meters for a . panorama of the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grands Jorasses.

Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France.

It was the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924.

Matterhorn: The Jewel of the Swiss Alps

Take the Glacier Express from Zurich to Zermatt and view the Matterhorn

Zermatt is a mountain resort in Switzerland renowned for skiing, climbing and hiking.

(14,692 ft) high, making it one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe

On July 22, 1871 the Englishwoman Lucy Walker (1836-1916) become the first woman to climb the Matterhorn – wearing a long flannel skirt as was appropriate for a Victorian lady.

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