Photographer's Note

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.


The canton of Zurich, Switzerland's most populous canton , is situated north of the Alps. Its neighboring cantons are Schaffhausen to the north, Aargau to the west, the cantons of Zug and Schwyz to the south and the cantons of Thurgau and St. Gallen to the east. Most of the Lake Zurich is located within the canton. The capital city is Zurich.

I have taken this photo, which shows an old part of medieval town of Eglisau, from the bridge crossing the Rhine River.

You can see the part of the compact old town with its late-Gothic houses, most of which date from the 17th century, the Protestant church from 1716 with views of the Rhine River and a wine trail on the southern slopes high above the Rhine River.

Eglisau is located at the crossing point of two medieval traffic routes; it controlled shipping on the Rhine River, the Rhine River crossing on the north-south link between Klettgau and Zurich.
Eglisau was the seat of the Zurich’s provincial governor as well as a very important market town. Important sources of income were shipping and salt transport on the Rhine River.
The foundations of the old town in the centre are well preserved and still recognizable today. The building of the Rheinfelden hydro power station (80km downstream) in 1919 raised the Rhine River water level and a row of old houses and a 100-year-old wooden bridge had to be sacrificed.

Eglisau is located around 142km north-east from Bern and 30km north from Zurich.

You can see more photos from Switzerland on my website

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