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Eastern Switzerland & Liechtenstein: More Stunning Still!
For those who enjoy walking, Switzerland is a magnificent place for a holiday. The area of Eastern Switzerland has much to offer those who want to see the Swiss Alps or who have taken Swiss holidays before. Switzerland holidays can be taken in one of the many towns or cities, or in quieter areas of mountains and lakes. This part of the country, along with the tiny principality of Liechtenstein, may often be overlooked by tourists and mass tourism has passed this area by, which is perfect for those who are looking for tranquility.

When in Switzerland, walking is one of the main activities and the mountains and lakes are home to a huge variety of hiking trails. The region runs from the Lake Constance area to the Glarnerland walking area. One of the main attractions in the region is the Appenzellerland, which attracts thousands of ramblers and hikers each year. The pretty town of Appenzell is surrounded by countryside and hills with the mountain range beyond. It has over 750 miles of walking trails, all clearly marked and there are walks to suit all levels of fitness and experience. This range is home to Mt Saentis which is the highest peak in the area.

Between the Saentis mountain range and that of Churfirsten is the Swiss Alps walking area of Toggenburg. This part of the Switzerland mountains is home to nearly 200 miles of walking trails, but if you prefer a more lively holiday, Switzerland also has the Glanerland, which is picturesque and somewhat off the beaten track, but close to cosmopolitan cities such as Zurich. One of the main attractions in Glanerland is Lake Walensee, where you can find a village named Quinten, which is only accessible by boat or on foot.

The principality of Liechtenstein has a small population but you will always be made to feel welcome. Walkers will find more than 100 miles of hiking trails and there are many historic sites and monuments for you to see. The city of St Gallenā��s has an old town which is free of traffic and ideal for history enthusiasts. Its main attraction is the abbey, now a UNESCO heritage site.

Eastern Switzerland is well-known for keeping traditions alive and if you decide to take a Switzerland mountain holiday at the right time of year then you can watch the locals bring down the cows from the mountain. The cows wear bells and one in each herd sports a floral headdress. The herdsmen bring them down to the villages in a procession and then there are celebrations with dancing and drinking. Many people come to the area each year in the autumn to view this spectacle.

While it is well known by those who enjoy walking, Switzerland, and in particular this region, has much more to offer. The peace and quiet that can be found here means that many people come back year after year and it deserves its place at the top of their list of places to visit.
About the Author
Lena Seifert writes for TouchingNature.co.uk, a travel destination website with many useful tools to help you plan (or at least dream...) about your next walking holiday or hiking vacation in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Italian Dolomites and South Tyrol. Visit them online at www.touchingnature.co.uk.
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