In 2005, the Chirel und Fildrich rivers raged with abandon. But the wounds of the flooding have healed over, and the valley now presents every facet of its natural beauty for all to admire.
With a length of 375 kilometers, the Rhine is the longest river in Switzerland. Although the Rhine flows far to the east of the country, thanks to mighty tributaries it drains 80 per cent of Switzerland’s surface. Now it’s time to leave the water for a short while, because at Neuhausen the mightily grown river plunges at the Rhine Falls into the depth. In the summer about 700 cubic meters of water gush downwards per second, the record quantity, however, is twice as high. The fearless climb under the Rhine Falls into one of the boats that travel very close to the roaring waters.
Idyllic Lake Bannalp lies above the Engelberger valley. The eponymous alp can be comfortably reached by cable car. It is irresistible to summiteers as well as people searching for relaxation.
Ascona is Switzerland's lowest lying town. It is located at 196 meters above sea level on the northern shore of Lago Maggiore, also called Lake Langen. Ascona is famous for its mild climate, its Old Town and a lake promenade which is dotted with street cafés and boasts a Latin ambience.