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Awe inspiring Switzerland

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Awe inspiring Switzerland

Over 105,000 Australians visited in 2012, with travellers delighting in the majestic snow clad alpine terrain. It is also one of the Old Continent's most mature countries, with the formal alliance of the Swiss Confederacy dating back to 1291.

The history can be experienced in the quaint villages that cling to the mountainsides and dot the nation's 1500 lakes, which are estimated to contain 6% of Europe's fresh water stocks.

Such a varied and wild environment has led Lonely Planet to dub Switzerland - better known for its clocks, chocs and cheese - as a winter and summer sports paradise. That's hardly a shock, given it is home to the iconic Matterhorn, St Moritz and Zermatt.

Further afield, the cities of Zurich, Geneva and Basel have some of the highest standards of living in the world according to the Mercer Quality of Living Index, not to mention immaculate avenues full of designer shops and a cosmopolitan cafe culture.

For those wanting to sample all the destination has to offer, Insight Vacations has a 14-day Country Roads of Switzerland itinerary starting from $4165 per person.