Schwyz

Overview

Introduction

Schwyz (pronounced shfeetz) is a very typical Swiss town near Lucerne in central Switzerland, 20 mi/35 km east of Lucerne. The surrounding canton, also called Schwyz, was one of three founding members of the Swiss Confederation and gave its name to the rest of the country (Switzerland is called "die Schweiz" in German). The foundation document of Switzerland, the Bundesbrief from 1291, is kept there.

The Victorinox factory, where the original Swiss Army knives are made, is in nearby Brunnen—and it has a shop and visitors center. Taking the rack railway up to the resort town of Stoos is also worthwhile.

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