is switzerland beautiful?

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Yes it certainly is.

We have only been here one week so far but have fallen head over heels for Switzerland. It seems that they may have missed summer this year, and will explain why we’ve had hit-and-miss weather. There’s been sunshine, cloud cover, rain, and we’ve even woken up one day with snow covering the mountaintops when we were in St Moritz.

But it doesn’t matter about the weather because it is a wonderful country regardless! It seems that every which way we turn there is something different to be in awe about. If it isn’t the scenery, it’s the history or the shopping or the restaurants. There is something here for everyone!

It amazes us how this small-in-size country, covering approximately 41 000 square metres, can have 4 official languages (German, French, Italian and Romansh) and everybody speaks at least one of these and English as well. It really is a melting pot of Central/Western Europe, being bordered by 5 countries; Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein.

Anyway, enough words from us for now as we don’t think any words are necessary to describe the natural beauty of Switzerland. We hope our photos (from our first week) speak for themselves and provide a glimpse into scenic Switzerland with its dramatic mountainous backdrops, lush green grass and expansive calm lakes!

Near Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Near Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Around Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Around Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Around Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Around Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
On Lake Walensee
On Lake Walensee
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the road from St Mortiz to Mustair
On the Bernina-Express to Tirano
On the Bernina-Express to Tirano
On the Bernina-Express to Tirano
On the Bernina-Express to Tirano
On the Bernina-Express to Tirano
On the Bernina-Express to Tirano
Crossing a bridge on the way Bellinzona
Crossing a bridge on the way Bellinzona

If you haven’t been to Switzerland, add it to your list!

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55 thoughts on “is switzerland beautiful?

    our second month in review « wise monkeys abroad said:
    September 14, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    […] in Switzerland and were very thrilled to be able to visit most of their UNESCO Heritage Sites. The scenery is just breathtaking and every day we seemed to be blown away by something different. There were many highlights in […]

    Vlad said:
    August 27, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! Yet another reason to add Switzerland on my list. I need more days of paid annual leave, haha! 😆

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 28, 2014 at 12:45 am

      Thanks Vlad!! Yes, make sure you get here one day 🙂 Simply amazing!! We all need to re-negoitate our work contracts for more paid annual leave 😉

    Savvy Kenya (@savvykenya) said:
    August 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Took my breath away!

    Taylor Hearts Travel said:
    August 26, 2014 at 5:34 am

    I agree. Switzerland is a natural stunner. I’ve been before and would love to go back. I’d recommend that anyone planning to go takes lots of memory cards – so many photo opportunities!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 26, 2014 at 5:45 am

      Absolutely!! That is a very valid point about the memory cards 🙂
      Switzerland is a small country in size but how grand is its beauty?! We can’t stop “oohing” and “aahing” 😉

    Sartenada said:
    August 25, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Very beautiful – according to Your gorgeous photos!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 26, 2014 at 2:12 am

      Thank you for your comment! Glad our photos helped answer the question for anyone who hasn’t been to Switzerland!!

    Diana said:
    August 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Just love your photos. We live only 7km from the swiss border (hee, hee,,,,,go there to get gas)…..it is an amazingly beautiful place…as your pics reflect!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 26, 2014 at 2:11 am

      Wow – you live that close!! Wow – we could’ve ducked on over and visited you, seeing as we got to go to Tirano and Lake Como (it was only for a day though). We are totally in love with Switzerland – with the beautiful scenery, cheese and chocolate – what is there to complain about, right?? Thanks for your comment! Hope you have been well.

        Diana said:
        August 26, 2014 at 2:19 am

        I KNOW! I was thinking that when I read your post…we are 20km from Como and as I mentioned right on the Swiss border….near Lugano. Anyway…glad you enjoyed your trip….yes…chocolate and cheese…..life is good!

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          August 26, 2014 at 2:24 am

          No way!!! We were in Lugarno!! Oh well, next time…. 😉 Yes, we cannot complain – life is good! Have a great week.

            Diana said:
            August 26, 2014 at 2:32 am

            WOW….big drag…gosh! They have a fabulous pool that we go to ALL the time…..three pools, a huge park, and a wonderful beach area….all complete with restaurant and bar…..would have been a fun meet up. Next time for sure! You have a good week too….:)

    thebritishberliner said:
    August 25, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Switzerland is amazing!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 26, 2014 at 2:09 am

      It certainly is, isn’t it? 🙂 Have so many good words to say about it!!

    Marina said:
    August 25, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Hey! Your photos are really beautiful 🙂
    And thanks for your lovely card! It’s in line to be published 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 26, 2014 at 2:02 am

      Hi Marina – You have a few more headed your way 😉 Glad it has arrived! And thanks for your lovely comment!

    ungiornonellavita.com said:
    August 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Beautiful! 🙂

    aBitofCulture said:
    August 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    And Zurich – how can a fairly big city be so clean?!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 25, 2014 at 2:35 am

      So very true! How does an entire country stay so clean? 😉

    MiaMusings said:
    August 24, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! So jealous of you guys right now…look forward to more pics!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 25, 2014 at 2:40 am

      Awww thanks Mia!! We are now halfway in the trip so will be on the home stretch now. How time flies 🙂 If you are on FB, you can like our FB page as we post different pictures there!! Hope you had a great weekend.

        MiaMusings said:
        August 25, 2014 at 2:45 am

        Ohh gee…is it time already? The end of a holiday is always so sad. But I am sure you have many more lined up 🙂 will visit ur fb page!!

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          August 25, 2014 at 2:53 am

          Well – we have 2 months left! So it is halfway… and feels like the home stretch! Got to head home, make some more money to go travelling 😉
          Look forward to seeing you over on FB too 🙂

    JunkChuck said:
    August 24, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    That’s a rhetorical question, right? If not, the answer is: yes.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 25, 2014 at 2:35 am

      LOL – definitely rhetorical 🙂 The answer is a no-brainer!!! How can anyone not love this place?? 🙂

    jacksonjc9 said:
    August 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Beautiful captures as always! What camera do you use if I may ask. Thank you.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 25, 2014 at 2:38 am

      Thank you! We use a Canon Powershot S120 (a compact camera) – we do have an SLR but we don’t bring it travelling all the time as the weight puts us off. The S120 is amazing and has a really fast shutter speed for a compact camera. 🙂

    Gypsy Bev said:
    August 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Switzerland has been on my dream list since i was a little girl and read Heidi. Enjoy the beautiful Alps.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you 🙂 We did get to pass through Heidiland a few days ago 😉

    Elizabeth said:
    August 24, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    It’s beautiful, I’ve been there in the winter, love it!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Ooh – we would love to see it in winter 🙂 But we are not very good in the cold!! So maybe when we are brave enough!!!

    kayrpea61 said:
    August 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Yep, we never tire of that scenery, and there are so few Swiss people to enjoy it, they need our help 😉 Just a note on expensive, we notice a sizeable difference between the Coop supermarkets and the restaurants – and that’s the same here and most other places too.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 24, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Yes – we have discovered Coop and Migros which help with lunches and quick dinners at times to try and keep to below our budget 🙂 It is manageable! We just need to remember that we don’t usually eat out both lunch and dinner every day when we are not travelling. 🙂

        kayrpea61 said:
        August 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm

        So true! We long for the simple home made sandwich after a couple of weeks 🙂

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          August 25, 2014 at 2:36 am

          We certainly do! Home-cooked meals and our own bed are usually the things we look forward to when we arrive back in Sydney (after hugging the family of course).

    Jaspa said:
    August 24, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Stunning!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 24, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      It is, isn’t it? Have you got a favourite place in Switzerland? Loving visiting all the different UNESCO sites 🙂

        Jaspa said:
        August 24, 2014 at 10:23 pm

        I mainly just love being in the mountains. Not sure if you caught this post a few months back: http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/fresh-summer-memories-from-the-swiss-alps/

        Will you make it to Liechtenstein? It’s really beautiful there.

        We did quite a few UNESCO sites on our recent trip too. Keep your eyes peeled from upcoming posts!

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          August 25, 2014 at 2:27 am

          Awesome!!! No – unfortunately, won’t be getting to Liechtenstein. Read so many different blogs – can’t remember if we have read your post. Will visit it now to read 🙂

    Yuna said:
    August 24, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Aw, really beautiful. ❤ ❤

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 24, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      We are so in awe with it here in every way 🙂

    ifollowislands said:
    August 24, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Such beautiful photos! I have been twice to Switzerland, to Zurich and Lake Lucerne. Both fantastic places 🙂 What’s the name of that lake on the way to Tirano?

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      We think its Lake Poschiavo – the colour of the water was so mesmerising! 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

    renxkyoko said:
    August 24, 2014 at 6:26 am

    been there ! ! it is beautiful ! ! So postcard pretty.

    Expat Eye said:
    August 24, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Wow, just wow! 🙂 Must visit some day! Is it as expensive as they say??

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 24, 2014 at 5:49 am

      It is expensive when we convert back to Australian dollars or Euros. But if we take it for “face-value” as we would back home, it is comparable (If that makes sense). It is all relative so if we don’t convert – it is rather similar to Australia. (But people say Australia is expensive so maybe we are not the best people to answer) 😉

        Expat Eye said:
        August 24, 2014 at 5:50 am

        Yeah, I’ve heard it’s quite expensive there now! I was there around 10 years ago and didn’t think it was so bad!

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          August 24, 2014 at 5:55 am

          It does depend on conversion rate of currency. Australia dollar was pretty weak back in 2006 so we felt Europe was so expensive and now we feel it isn’t actually that bad. Last time we were here, we were getting 56 Euro cents to every Aussie dollar now we are getting close 70 Euro cents. So it is all relative. When we travel, we actually try NOT to think about converting and comparing. We take it for face value in that country. We find it easier 😉

            Expat Eye said:
            August 24, 2014 at 6:01 am

            Yeah, I still compare Latvia to Ireland and think it’s cheap. But by local standards, it’s super expensive!

    megtraveling said:
    August 24, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Beautiful pictures! Switzerland is absolutely gorgeous… 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 24, 2014 at 4:44 am

      Thanks for your comment! It is sweeping us off our feet 🙂

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