Most tourists enter Switzerland from France by crossing the Alps. "The wild chaotic and terrible beauty of Alpine scenery made little appeal to the early eighteenth-century eye, trained as it was to appreciate the nice regularities of controlled forms, more responsive as it was to the pastoral scene than the reckless grandeur of the wilderness." The journey over the Alps is very dangerous, but once the tourist arrives in Switzerland there are few, but very intriguing and historical sites to see.

Switzerland is known for great accommodations in the major cities, specifically the Inn on the Col Di Tanda, and the inns in Chamoix, Grindelwald, and Lauterbrunnen. But outside these cities, it is difficult to find comfortable lodging.

A major complaint from the majority of tourists is the high price of goods, particularly in Geneva. "It was assumed that every English man must be rich and should be charged accordingly." Though Geneva attracts many tourists who aspire to gain a fluent understanding of the French language, the city is not a mecca for tourism. Yet, Geneva does offer an escape from the overwhelming European Roman Catholic presence. Geneva has a very pleasant and picturesque society, yet it is rumored to close its city gates at 5:00pm.

The largest and richest city in Switzerland, Basel, is the home of the famous philosopher, Rousseau. Another famous philosopher, author, Voltaire also resides in Switzerland, but does not like to be bothered, in Ferney. Ferney is an essential city for those persons traveling on the Grand Tour.

Another component of traveling in Switzerland is acquainting oneself with the Swiss cuisine. The Swiss are not known for their caliber of food. Yet, they specialize in foods such as fondues, cheese and fruits, and a variety of breads.


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