Travel Guide Thursdays: Switzerland

Planning a summer vacation? Perhaps you will find a Rampage player on your next trip. The Rampage has seen 293 players from all around the globe who have played with the Rampage at some point in the team’s nine-year history. Each Thursday throughout the offseason, sarampage.com will feature a location in which Rampage players call home.  The Rampage has had 188 players from Canada, 40 from Europe/other places around the world and 65 from the U.S. This week’s featured location is Switzerland in which two players call home.

Capital: Bern
Government: Federal public with directional system and direct democracy
Leaders: President – Micheline Calmy-Rey; Vice President – Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf; Federal Chancellor – Corina Casanova
Population: 7,866,500
Area: 15,940 square miles
Language: German, French, Italian, Romansh
Currency: Swiss franc
Climate (in capital city): Winter average high - 44; Summer average high – 67

Top places to visit in Bern:
Zytglogge (Time Bell)
Bern Cathedral
Munster Kirche (Gothic Cathedral)
Barengraben (bear pit)
Bundeshaus (Federal Palace)
Einsteinhaus (home of Albert Einstein)
Rosengarten (Garden of Roses)
Altstadt (Old Town)
Swiss Alpine Museum
Lenzburg Castle
Emmental Show Dairy – Holes in the Cheese

Top places to visit in Geneva:
Lake Geneva
Rousseau Island
Cathedral de St. Pierre
Jet d’Eau (fountain)
United Nations
Reformation Wall
Place Neauve (Central Square)
Plainpalais Cemetery
Russian Church
Hotel de Ville

Top sights in Zurich:
Zurich Zoo
Rhine Falls
Swiss National Museum
Guild Houses

Around Switzerland:
Matterhorn (Zermatt, located in Swiss Alps)
Chapel Bridge (Lucerne)
Wasserturm (Lucerne)
Spreuerbrucke (Lucerne)
Kapellbrucke (Lucerne)
Church of St. Leodegar (Lucerne)
Lion Monument (Lucerne)
Swiss Transport Museum (Lucerne)
Schollenen Gorge (Lucerne)
Benedictine Monastery (Lucerne)
Olympic Museum (Lausanne)
Town of Interlaken
Town of St. Moritz
Town of Gstaad
Maienfeld (Graubunden)
Mogno -Mario Botta’s Mountain Church (Maggia Valley)
Augusta Raurica –Roman City (Augst)
Aventicum – Helvetians and Romans (Avenches)
Castles of Bellinzona (Bellinzona)
Stockalper Castle (Brig)
Ruinalta – Swiss Grand Canyon (Flims)
Gruyeres Castle (Gruyeres)
Chillon Castle (Montreux-Veytaux)
Oberhofen Castle (Oberhofen)
Ice Pavillion – view from inside a glacier (Saas Fee)
Santis – view across six countries (Santis-Schwagalp)
Cathedral of St. Ursus (Solothurn)
Town of St. Ursanne
Munot Fortress (Schaffhausen)

Rampage players from Switzerland (by city):
Fribourg, Switzerland – David Aebischer
Zug, Switzerland – Patrick Fischer

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