Panoramic and scenic pictures from Central Switzerland.
About Central Switzerland
Central Switzerland is located, as the name suggest, right in the center of Switzerland, north of the Gotthard Mountains. Because a major European traffic route, the Gotthard route, crosses through Central Switzerland, it relatively easy to reach from the north and south by train as well as by car.
Central Switzerland is a transition region where the the flat Swiss Plateau and the Alps meet. It features two main lakes: Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) and Lake Zug. A bit special is the landscape in the upper Reuss-Valley where river, highway and rail-Tracks squeeze in the narrow valley.
Points of Interest
Central Switzerland is famous for the more than 700 year old Chapel Bridge in Lucern. Apart of this city, the region is visited mostly because of the landscape. Mountain railways give easy access to places with stunning views. Some examples are: Rigi, Mount Pilatus or Titlis. The little church of Wassen can be seen several times "while passing by" in a train on the old Gotthard-Line. The rail-tracks loop around the church a few times while winding up into the mountains.
Colonisation by the Helvetics, a celtic group. -> Confoederatio Helvetica (CH), the latin name and car-sign of Switzeland are derivated of that
after 58. B.C.
Roman province. -> Capital Aventicum (Avenches)
after 400 A.D.
Immigration of the "Allemannen" a german group (-> german speaking part) and the Burgunds (->french speaking part)
after 500 A.D.
Central Switzerland is part of the frankish realm, later on of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (Heiliges römischer Reich deutscher Nation).
Switzerland is founded with the legendary oath at the Rütli.
Battle of Morgarten. The Swiss Confederacy wins against Habsburg.
Lucerne joins Switzerland.
Zug joins Switzerland.
Victory against Habsburg-Austia at the Battle of Sempach.
Battles between the catholic and the reformed cantons of Switzerland
The Swiss Confederation declares independence from the German Empire.
Civil war. The "Sonderbund", mostly consisting of the Cantons of Central Switzerland, is defeated.
Creation of the modern Swiss Confederation with Bern as capital city.