Switzerland lies in west-central Europe with more than half its area in the Alps. Its magnificent landscape of mountains and plateaux, rivers and lakes, make it an ideal choice for those who enjoy outdoor activity. Whether you visit in summer or winter, there are great sporting opportunities.If you are looking for a city break, choose from Lucerne, Geneva, Lausanne, Basel or Zurich. These cities, apart from Basel, lie on the shores of great lakes and all have historic and cultural centres. The country has three main official languages namely German, French and Italian. German is the most widely spoken, followed by French, and with less than ten percent of the poulation speaking Italian.