Surprising facts about Switzerland
Switzerland might be small in size but we are big when it comes to having the highest, longest, or steepest of something. Here are some interesting facts that may make you think of Switzerland in a different way.
Swiss wine – too good to export. Lavaux, vineyard terraces
Wine in Switzerland is so good that the Swiss prefer to drink it themselves. Only 1% is exported, and with the Lavaux (UNESCO World Heritage), Switzerland has probably the most beautiful wine region in the world.
Europe’s highest-altitude railway station. Jungfraujoch, Bern Region
Europe's largest subterranean lake. St-Léonard, Valais
The world’s longest staircase. Mount Niesen
In Switzerland, not too far from Bern, there is a mountain named the Niesen (2,363 meters a.s.l.) which houses the world’s longest staircase. The staircase runs parallel to the Niesen train that runs up the mountains steep flanks and counts 11’674 steps.
The world's first bridge between two mountain peaks. Les Diablerets, Lake Geneva Region
On Glacier 3000 you can find the first and only suspension bridge in the world that connects two mountain peaks. From the 107m long bridge you can even see the Matterhorn, the Mont Blanc massif and the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.
The tallest gravity dam is located in the Swiss Alps. Grande Dixence Dam, Valais
Around 6% of Europe's drinking water resources are located in Switzerland. Basel
Swiss Railways – 90% hydropowered. Public transport
The Internet was invented in Switzerland.
Last but not least: quick facts.
Number of lakes in Switzerland
Number of kilometers of marked bike routes
Amount of mountains above 4,000 m.a.s.l.
Number of kilometers of ski slopes
highest town in Europe (1,560 m.a.s.l.)
Number of cableways
Amount of cheese dairies in Switzerland
- 60% Percentage of surface the Alps cover
Number of kilometers of marked hiking trails
180,000 tonnes per year
Amount of chocolate production of 17 chocolate manufacturers in Switzerland
- 12 Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Switzerland