Switzerland

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Switzerland

Switzerland

When to Go: Early fall

Why: People tend to think of Switzerland during the summer, when the country's green hills are at their lushest, or the winter, when ski resorts in the Alps such as St. Moritz and Gstaad draw the rich and famous to their slopes. But the weather is still perfect in September, particularly in the southern canton of Ticino, which offers a taste of Italy in its food, wine and even language (the locals speak Italian rather than French or German). Several Swiss towns throughout the country also conduct an Alpabzug, when farmers herd their cows, bedecked in flowers and ribbons, down from the mountain in a celebratory march through the village.

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