In keeping with my determination to find easy descriptions for every country I visit, here are my three words for Switzerland:
Breathtaking: Every inch of this country is stunning, but the high mountain villages in the Bernese Oberland are particularly beautiful. At one point I really had to laugh at myself because I pored over a map, trying to decide which side of the train to sit on to get the best views between Lucerne and Interlaken. I chose the right side of the train but then spent the entire trip craning my neck between the left and right sides because the scenery was so incredible from every direction. There’s no such thing as getting a seat with a bad view on a Swiss train.
Aloof: While the scenery is breathtaking, the people tend to be a bit cold, reserved, and aloof – to the point that I felt they really didn’t want me in their country, especially in Zurich. There were some notable exceptions – everyone in Lucerne seemed very nice, and the owners of the Gasthof Hirschen in Interlaken were wonderful, but by and large I found it difficult to get to know the Swiss. The worst culprits are the people working at the train stations, who seem put out when they have inquiries and will only give you as much information as you ask for, never volunteering anything in order to make your trip easier. Basically, I’d call them all sourpusses.
Expensive: Take your wallet out and empty it – but it’s worth it!
Hope you enjoyed my three words for Switzerland. Have you visited this wonderful alpine country? If so, do you have alternative words that you feel best describe Switzerland? If so, I’d love to hear them in your comments below.