Switzerland – Contemporary, Cultured & Adventures

Switzerland – Contemporary, Cultured & Adventures

Switzerland showcases three of Europe’s most distinct cultures. To the northeast is the clean and correct, 8-to-5-working, more stiff Swiss-German-speaking Switzerland; to the southwest you find the wine drinking and laissez-faire style known from the French; in the southeast, south of the Alps, the sun warms cappuccino-sippers loitering in Italian-style piazzas; and in the center: classic Swiss alphorns and mountain landscapes.

In Switzerland, they have different language, communities eat different things and have different traditions and customs. The Swiss have nothing in common except there passports.

Switzerland’s ravishing landscapes demand immediate action – grab boots, leap on board, toot bike bell and let spirits rip. Skiing and snowboarding in Graubünden, Bernese Oberland and Central Switzerland are winter choices. Whereas when pastures turn green, hiking and biking trails abound in glacier-encrusted mountain areas and lower down along lost valleys.

Alpine tradition is rooted in the agricultural calendar and soaring mountains are a dime a dozen. Travels are mapped by villages with timber granaries built on stilts to keep the rats out and chalet farmsteads brightened with red geranium blossoms. The Alpine summer begins when farmers take their cows up to Alpine pastures in May and June. Midway through summer open-air celebrations and dances are organized on the Alps.

Switzerland can be a glorious whirlwind trip whether you’ve packed your hiking boots, snowboard, or just a good book and a pair of sunglasses.