Switzerland

A Trio of Tripoints

A tripoint is a geographical location where three borders meet – most notably those of different countries, but also (to a lesser extent) counties, states, provinces, etc. While many of the world’s 157 national tripoints are located in the middle…

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Wednesday, 12th August 2009

World’s Longest Staircase

The longest staircase in the world can be found on the slopes of Mount Niesen in the Swiss Alps. The 11,674 steps run alongside the Niesenbahn funicular which travels from the side of the Kander river in Mülenen (altitude 693m)…

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Friday, 30th January 2009

Grande Dixence Dam

Completed all the way back in 1935, this is the Grande Dixence Dam which holds back the Lac des Dix, a 4 km long lake in the Val d’Hérens, Switzerland. The water mainly comes from the summer melt of glaciers,…

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Friday, 12th October 2007

Image Update February ’07

While we were busy scouring the brand new Australia Day images, we failed to notice that Google have also unleashed an absolute wealth of new imagery for the rest of the world! Here’s what’s been updated: The entire country of…

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Thursday, 1st March 2007

Swiss Flag

Just to the West of the Swiss town of Morges we find the biggest Swiss flag in the world (probably). It’s about 80 metres square and has been painted on a roof. Out faithful reader ChrisW (who suggested this sight)…

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Wednesday, 29th November 2006

Particle Accelerator Megapost

The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in California is funded by the US Department of Energy but operated by Stanford University. The SLAC has a 3km long underground linear accelerator which is the longest linear accelerator in the world and…

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Wednesday, 17th May 2006
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