Switzerland is one of the most naturally beautiful countries in Europe, but, as a backpacker or budget traveler, it can be easy to spend your time worrying about how light your wallet is getting. Plan well and a trip to Switzerland -- while modestly more expensive than a visit to the country's European neighbors -- doesn't have to break the bank.
United Nations:The guided tour is a bit underwhelming and rushed, but one can't expect one of the most influential centers for foreign affairs and international politics to throw their doors wide open either. What is available to the public, though, is worth a visit. Tours lead visitors through a multitude of grandiose conference rooms including the newly restored "Room XX" by Miquel Barceló, complete with a multi-colored, stalagmite sculpture-covered ceiling.
Lake Geneva: There is technically no 'Lake Geneva" in Geneva, Switzerland. The lake's real name in English is actually Lake Leman. When asked for directions to Lake Geneva, though, some locals will simply sigh and point travelers in the right direction. While it is home to the world's tallest fountain, many flock to the area for the shopping. Indeed, it would appear that Lake Leman was home to the headquarters of just about every renown Swiss watch maker, including Rolex. As a backpacker, it's hard to find something affordable. However, if you know where to look, relatively inexpensive stores -- such as H&M -- are never far away and a good source of replacement clothes.
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