- Posted June 24, 2012 by
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The central part of Switzerland is the original heart of Switerland. Switzerland finds it's origins in a pact between four cantons(states), these four are located around lake Lucerne. Photo 1 is a photo from the Berggasthaus Ratzi looking south. Ratzi is a community in the Schaechental in Uri, the Schaechental is where William Tell comes from.
Photo 2 I made walking from Ratzi to the Klausenpass. There are lots of little farming communities in that area, some of them have little restaurants serving small meals using products from their own farms.
Switzerland's dairy products are great. Those small alpine restaurants sometimes serve their own yoghurt and cheese which always are delicious. Photo 3 is a milk can waiting to be transported down to the valley.
When you meet a Swiss cow - and if you're on an alpine walking trip you're bound to go right through a cow pasture - they just seem so much happier than the other cows you've seen. Photo 4 I made in the Klontal in Schwyz.
Walking in Switzerland is extremely well marked and utterly tourist friendly. Walking paths sometimes lead past someones front door or through their backyard or farm and the owner never complaines. Photo 5 is a photo of the ubiquitous yellow markers that point you in the right direction.
Switzerland's public transportation is well organized and highly efficient. Trains connect with local buses and in the off chance you're delayed the connecting bus or train will wait. Photo 6 is a regional train arriving at the train station of Schwyz.
Another part of Switzerland which should not be overlooked is the lakes, Switzerland has some beautiful lakes. My favorite is lake Lucerne. Photo 7 is the boat Uri on lake Lucerne, this boat is part of Switzerland's public transportation system.
When in the Alps you'll see that every community that has more than 10 houses has it's little church. I thought this church (photo's 8&9) was especially noteworthy, it's little porch was decorated with images some of which are a couple hundred years old.
Switzerland is full of old hotels often having stayed in the same family for 300 years. Photo 10 is Gasthaus Zum Adler in Burglen in the Schaechental which is more than 400 years old.
Switzerland has lots of cultural and natural heritage. Whatever you're interests are you are bound to find a perfect place to go.