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This series of photographs is offering a short journey around Switzerland, a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, bordering with France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Italy.
Switzerland (the Swiss Confederation) consists of following 20 cantons (states) and 6 half-cantons: Aargau, Appenzell Ausserhoden*, Appenzell Innerhoden*, Basel Landschaft*, Basel Stadt*, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Glarus, Graubünden, Jura, Lucerne, Neuchatel, Nidwalden*, Obwalden*, Schaffhausen, Schwyz, Solothurn, St. Gallen, Thurgau, Ticino, Uri, Valais, Vaud, Zug and Zurich (*=half-canton).
From each canton I’ll post 2 photos and from each half-canton 1 photo, total 46 photographs.

Fribourg

The canton of Fribourg is located in the western part of Switzerland. It is bounded to the west by the Lake of Neuchâtel.

The canton lies on the elevated Swiss Plateau. In the west the lands are flat, but towards the south east of the canton, the lands rise to a hilly region. This region is commonly called pre-Alps but is part of the Bernese Alps.

The Canton of Fribourg borders the canton of Vaud and Bern. There are two enclaves within Vaud and one within the canton of Bern, as well as a large exclave on the lake. The capital city is Fribourg.

I’ve taken this photo of alphorn (alpine horn) musicians in small town of Gruyeres. Alphorn is a brass instrument consisting of a wooden natural horn of conical bore, having a wooden cup-shaped mouthpiece, used by mountain dwellers in Switzerland and elsewhere. Similar wooden horns were used for communication in most mountainous regions of Europe, from the French Alps to the Carpathians.

The medieval town of Gruyeres is an important tourist location in the upper valley of the Saane river, and gives its name to the well-known high quality Gruyere cheese. It is located 186km southwest from Zurich and 65km south from Bern.

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