A cruise to Switzerland will take you to a fascinating country that’s as world-famous for its independence and neutrality as it is for its chocolate and cheese, and as renowned for its astonishingly beautiful scenery as for its cleanliness, clockwork efficiency and welcoming, friendly, hospitable people. With four official languages, some of Switzerland’s cities are ranked among the very highest in the world for their quality of life. The country is also the home of many international and highly respected institutions including the Red Cross, the United Nations, and the World Trade Organization. But Switzerland is, of course, synonymous too with its towering Alps and mighty glaciers – from which major rivers including the Rhine and Rhône flow through deep valleys and lush meadows into more than 1500 lakes that contain 6% of Europe’s freshwater. And it’s perhaps this sensitive ecology that makes Switzerland so careful and protective of its precious environment, with high scores in public health and virtually carbon-free electricity generation.