With rolling green hills, eternal snow and more varieties of cheeses than you can name, it’s no surprise that Switzerland is a country that’s often at the top of everyone’s bucket list! From the moment I booked my plane ticket, there was one question on my mind: ‘ Is Switzerland the most beautiful country in the World ?’
As soon as I stepped off the plane, I knew thaI was going to fall in love with Switzerland! If I’m honest, all it took was around 1.35 seconds. Already I could see the iconic snow-capped mountains and evergreen forests stretching out into the distance and over the horizon…
So Is Switzerland the Most Beautiful Country in the World ?? Well, here are a few factors for consideration…
Swiss Architecture is not only stunning but unique. It is nothing like the architecture of other European cities like London or Paris (although with all that water surrounding the towns, I started thinking of Amsterdam)! Although the first thing you may think of when you hear the words “swiss house” is a chalet, high up in snow covered mountains, this is definitely not the case!
Perhaps one of the most attractive qualities of Swiss Architecture is that each town, city and village has its own unique vibe and feel. While Zurich has successfully blended new and old, Luzern (Lucerne) has got an older, more romantic feel.
From the amount of water in Switzerland, you’d never guess that this was a landlocked country! And that’s because all major towns and cities are built around lakes…
Perhaps what surprised me the most was how clear all of the lakes were. Despite the freezing temperatures and the surprising number of boats, you could see to the bottom of almost every single lake we visited!
There is not one or two, or even three official languages, in Switzerland… but four! This means that a visit to Switzerland is the perfect opportunity for any budding (or accomplished) linguist. If you don’t speak any other language, a large percentage of the population also speak at least a little bit of English. French, German, Italian and Romansh are all spoken in various regions throughout the country.
Although the former three are spoken widely throughout Europe, Romansh is a bit like Breton in that very few native speakers of the language remain. Also known as Romansch or Romanche, the language is mainly found in the South-eastern part of Switzerland. Sadly, mainly due to globalisation, today, there are under 40,000 native speakers of this rapidly declining language.
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Trains wind through the picturesque mountains, skiing being a very popular past time!
For a country that is just over 40,000km squared, there are an awful lot of mountains in Switzerland (over 450). I mean, the state of California in the USA is 10 times larger than Switzerland. This should give you an idea of how mountainous the country really is!
The most famous mountain in Switzerland is most definitely the Matterhorn. A large mountain in the alps, it sits on the border between Switzerland and Italy.
Home to fondue; both chocolate and cheese varieties taste like heaven on a plate- albeit, not together! Switzerland is also known for its luxury chocolate and cheeses. Many regions of the country produce wine and other alcoholic beverages include absinthe and brandy.
Although a large proportion of Swiss dishes were created in Switzerland itself, others have been inspired by Switzerland’s close neighbours. Influence on Swiss Cuisine predominantly comes from its nearest neighbours; France, Germany and Italy. This means that the food in Switzerland is a unique infusion of various cultures and traditions…
From bikini sunbathing weather in the summer to full on winter Narnia dreamscapes in the Winter, Swiss weather really does have it all. The vast temperature differences between Summer and Winter also contribute to making Switzerland one of the best places to see Autumn in the World. Think: burnt umber oranges and amber reds dotting the misty landscape…
Now who wants to go to Switzerland? I know that I already want to return!
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