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Geneva, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
When most people think of Switzerland, they think of the Alps -- but Switzerland's many freshwater lakes and rivers make it a premier summer destination, as well. Lake Geneva is one of the biggest and best-known lakes in Europe, formed by a former glacier into a half moon shape; at one end of the crescent is the capital city of Geneva, and at the other end is Chateau de Chillon, a medieval castle that is one of Switzerland's must-see sights. In Geneva, the Jet D'Eau fountain -- one of the city's landmarks -- shoots lake water 450 feet into the air, and numerous sailboats can be seen dotting the waters. Oyster's Pick for Where to Stay: Hotel President Wilson, Geneva

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