Loading ...

Panoramic photo by Markus Mammoliti Taken 05:05, 09/09/2012 - Views loading...



The World > Europe > Switzerland

  • Like / unlike
  • thumbs up
  • thumbs down

Niederbauen Chulm, Seelisberg, Vierwaldstätter See, Urner See,

comments powered by Disqus

Nearby images in Switzerland


A: Isleten

by Roland Herger, 4.3 km away


B: 2010 Cliff Diving competition in Sisikon, Switzerland

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 4.8 km away

This picture shows the 2010 cliffdiving competition which took place on August 28th in Sisikon, Switz...

2010 Cliff Diving competition in Sisikon, Switzerland

C: steamengine on Lake Luzern

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 5.0 km away

On lake Luzerne (Lucerne) in Switzerland, beautiful passenger ships that are more than 100 years old ...

steamengine on Lake Luzern

D: Switzerland Brunnen Axenstrasse Wolfssprung

by Markus Kaeppeli, 6.0 km away

The Axenstrasse along the east side of the southern end of Lake Lucerne (Urnersee) was for a long tim...

Switzerland Brunnen Axenstrasse Wolfssprung

E: Brunnen sunset

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 6.2 km away

The last few rays of sunshine hit the mountains during sunset on August 1st in Brunnen, Switzerland. ...

Brunnen sunset

F: Klewenalp view

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 6.2 km away

Beautiful view from a lookout point on top of Klewenalp-Stockhütte where you have clear views over La...

Klewenalp view

G: Klewenalp Lookout

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 6.2 km away

Beautiful view from a lookout point on top of Klewenalp-Stockhütte. On the one side, you can see the ...

Klewenalp Lookout

H: Klewenkappelle

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 6.2 km away

Panorama taken in front of a chappen on Klewenalp-Stockhütte in Central Switzerland. The region offer...


I: Brunnen Fireworks

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 6.3 km away

Every year on August 1st, Switzerland celebrates its national day with festivities around the country...

Brunnen Fireworks

J: dusk in brunnen

by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt, 6.3 km away

Dusk over lake Lucerne (also known as Vierwaldstättersee),  a beautiful lake in Central Switzerland. ...

dusk in brunnen

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

Share this panorama