SwitzerlandSwitzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation is a federal republic in Europe. While still named the "Swiss Confederation" for historical reasons, modern Switzerland is a federal directorial republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities.The city of Bernis the de facto capital of Switzerland, referred to by the Swiss as their (e.g. in German) Bundesstadt or "federal city".Genevais the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich).Zürichis the largest city in SwitzerlandLausanneis a city in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.The Rhineis a European river that begins in the Swiss canton of Graubünden in the southeastern Swiss Alps, forms part of the Swiss-Austrian, Swiss-Liechtenstein border, Swiss-German and then the Franco-German border, then flows through the Rhineland and eventually empties into the North Sea in the Netherlands.The Innis a river in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. It is a right tributary of the Danube and is 517 kilometres (321 mi) long.The Rhoneis one of the major rivers of Europe, rising in Switzerland, passing through Lake Geneva and running through southeastern France.Lake Neuchatelis a lake primarily in Romandy, Switzerland.Lake Zurichis a lake in Switzerland, extending southeast of the city of Zürich.Lake Constanceis a lake on the Rhine at the northern foot of the Alps, and consists of three bodies of water: the Obersee ("upper lake"), the Untersee ("lower lake"), and a connecting stretch of the Rhine, called the Seerhein.The Dufourspitzeis the highest peak of Monte Rosa, a huge ice-covered mountain massif in the Alps. Dufourspitze is the highest mountain peak of both Switzerland and the Pennine Alps and is also the second-highest mountain of the Alps and Europe outside the Caucasus.