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Balzers (FL)
This proud 13th-century castle was actually rebuilt stone by stone in the early 20th century by Egon Rheinberger, a Liechtenstein painter, sculptor and architect. It stands on a hill, accessible by a path through the vineyards and offers superb views.
Campione d´Italia (I)
A tiny piece of Italy tucked away in the Swiss canton of Ticino, Campione is a destination best known for its casino. The town doesn't have much charm, but the lakeside is superb, offering a wonderful view of Monte San Salvatore, which rises just across the lake.
Glarus, nestled in the spectacular landscape of the Linth Valley, was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1861 and rebuilt in a grid pattern with rather austere buildings. As a result, the town has little charm, although a few buildings stand out, such as the railway station.
La Dôle
La Dôle, the second highest peak in the Vaud Jura, rises to an altitude of 1,677 m and stands above Nyon. Many chamois can be seen on its slopes. The summit ball is an observatory that serves as a meteorological station and regulates traffic at Geneva-Cointrin international airport.
Laufenburg (CH/D)
Laufenburg is a strange little town on the Rhine River: the left bank is Swiss, the right bank German. The town has been split in two since 1802, following the Treaty of Lunéville, which granted the left bank of the Rhine to the French Republic. At the time, Switzerland had been invaded by Bonaparte's France and had become a short-lived Helvetic Republic under French rule. The bridge connecting the two banks is closed to traffic, but allows pedestrians to go freely from one country to the other.
With the numerous churches of the region and its Vitromuseum, Romont has become the Swiss capital of stained-glass windows. Perched on the top of a hill, the town boasts a long and distinguished history and is quite well preserved.
The hermitage is not easy to find. From Düdingen near Fribourg (Freiburg), follow small narrow roads towards Räsch, pass the hamlet, then the road passes over the motorway. Just after the bridge turn left and park at the shooting range. Continue on foot (the path is indicated).
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