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Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a landlocked Alpine country in Central Europe. The country, which borders Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east, was historically a confederation, and has been a federation since 1848. Switzerland is a federation of relatively autonomous cantons, some of which have a history of confederacy that goes back more than 700 years, arguably putting them among the world's oldest surviving republics. With an area of 41,285 square kilometres, Switzerland is a relatively small country. Switzerland comprises three basic topographical areas namely the Swiss Alps, the Swiss plateau, and the Jura mountains. Switzerland has four official languages namely German, French, Italian and Romansh.
Locarno is a city situated on the northern tip of Lake Maggiore in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino, close to Ascona. It has a population of about 15,000. An important film festival, which is the Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Locarno, takes place every year in August in the Piazza Grande. The Locarno Treaties were negotiated here in 1925. In January 2004, the Italian historian Marino Vigano speculated that this city’s castle might have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
A city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, luxurious hotels and cottages, Locarno is one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers.

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