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At several train stations, you can rent a bike for an entire day (or just for half the day), but be sure to reserve one quickly! Biking is a very popular activity in Switzerland, and they go fast. This is a great activity for families, as children under sixteen get a bike rental discount.

The Château de Chillon is built upon an island in Lake Geneva, made famous by the poet Lord Byron. The true age of the castle may never be known, but it was most likely built around 1160 or so. Today, Château de Chillon is open to the public, with many of the rooms restored to their former glory. If you want to immerse yourself in the sheer age of the land, this Swiss destination is just ancient enough!

There are several festivals throughout the year in Switzerland, many of which take place in winter. The Vogel Gryff festival is held at the end of January and represents the symbolic end of winter in Kleinbasel. L'Escalade is Geneva's biggest festival and celebrates the defeat of the Savoy troops in 1602. This centuries-old custom also includes breaking marmites en chocolat, or chocolate cauldrons, and eating the broken pieces.

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