City and country life are never far apart in Switzerland. The majority of Swiss cities are characterised by their medieval old town, picturesque rows of houses, narrow, cobbled streets and bustling waterfront promenades. No sooner have you finished shopping in the city, then you can sit enjoying the stunning views from a mountain restaurant in the heart of the countryside. Many places offer panoramic views of snow-capped Alpine peaks. Alpine trails past farms and little mountain villages, and through wildly romantic river valleys are popular with keen hikers. During your language study trip to Switzerland, lots of excursions can be combined with a round trip on one of the country's many lakes. The Alps are a veritable paradise for skiers and snowboarders during the winter.