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The Swiss are a nation of travellers, as can be seen in the works of great writers such as Blaise Cendrars, Ella Maillart, Herman Hesse and Nicolas Bouvier, who answer the call of the sea in order to talk about themselves as people. The success of Johann David Wyss’ novel The Swiss Family Robinson and Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s masterpiece Confessions prove that walking and travelling can be a great source of inspiration. Switzerland is a land of great explorers and even ‘learned explorers’ such as the Piccard family over the generations (Auguste, Jacques and Bertrand – their feats include high altitude ballooning, the bathyscaphe submarine and the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft). The country’s mountain ranges – the Alps and Jura – and mythical peaks such as the Matterhorn, Eiger, Jungfrau, Mönch, Mont Pilatus, Mont Rose, glaciers such as Aletsch Glacier, and lakes such as Lake Geneva, Lake Constance, Lake Neuchâtel, Lake Majeur, Lake Lucerne, Lake Zurich and Lake Lugano and the Rhine and Rhone Rivers, make it appealing to strollers, hikers and travellers who go on foot, by bike and rack railway to visit Switzerland’s top tourist attractions.