I LOVED SWITZERLAND. This is no exaggeration, I wish I could live there…except for the crippling cost of living. But it’s so beautiful and clean and absolutely dreamy! I love it when a country takes hold of me right from the start, and Switzerland certainly did that. Here are 10 things I love about Switzerland, all of which contribute to my love affair with this mountainous country. (And in case you didn’t believe my enthusiasm on the subject, there is my youtube video describing the 10 things I love about Switzerland at the bottom of this post!)
10 Things I LOVE about Switzerland!
1 | They care about the environment
It’s amazing what can be achieved when an entire country gets behind environmental protection. The Swiss have an impeccably clean country, both in the cities and the mountains. As an example, in Zermatt there are no cars allowed, only these funny-looking electric cars that don’t pollute the air. And when you go hiking on the trails, even the most popular ones, there isn’t any rubbish to be found. They respect the natural treasures of their country, and we all benefit from that.
2 | Everyone hikes
There was a survey that found that the vast majority of the population in Switzerland goes hiking on a regular basis. That’s a bit crazy. But then again once you see the mountains here, it makes absolute sense! In fact it makes you wonder how the other folks here manage to not go hiking! Everyone hikes, no matter how old they are. I saw people who had lived through the better part of a century still going up into the mountains for a hike. It all goes to show that if you make it a habit, you can keep active for a very long time!
3 | It’s so safe here
It’s so safe here that it feels like an alternate universe. This is one of the things I love about Switzerland the most, and something that makes it a very desirable destination for solo female travelers. People have a great degree of respect for other people here, and I never once felt a twinge of discomfort or danger in Switzerland.
4 | Over 65,000km of hiking trails
That’s enough to stretch around the earth one and a half times! It’s amazing to think that all of those hiking trails could fit into this small country, but that’s the benefit of having the Swiss Alps in your backyard. As if this wasn’t enough, all of these trails are well marked and well worn. They’re easy to navigate on a map and on the mountain. And they’re all easy to access by train. Switzerland is doing hiking right.
5 | It’s beautiful everywhere
A lot of places you can travel to will be beautiful at certain destinations within the country but then other parts of the country are less desirable. Not so in Switzerland. It’s beautiful everywhere here! It’s an incredible feat, and it means that as a traveler you can go anywhere an have a splendid time of it. You could almost go so far as to throw a dart at a map of Switzerland, go to wherever it lands, and find yourself in one of the most beautiful places you’ve ever been.
6 | Honesty is the policy
As a population, the Swiss are amazing. They’re kind and respectful and neutral, and they’re also honest. Only about half of the time was my ticket ever checked on the trains here, and yet everyone always bought a ticket. They would all buy a ticket and validate it before getting on the train. And when I dropped my wallet on the ground, someone picked it up and called after me to give it back. Honesty is the policy around here, and it feels really right.
7 | Flowers everywhere
I think the flowers love the environment here because they grow everywhere! And people do a really nice job of decorating their homes with flower boxes overflowing with flowers. It makes the cities and towns look really beautiful and inviting!
8 | Age is but a number
I’ve been so impressed with how people here don’t seem as old as they are. I’ve seen people who are very mature in years throwing on a hiking pack and hitting the trails. They ride their bikes around to get wherever they’re going. And they’ll stay in hostels to save money on their trip. I’m talking about folks old enough to have earned their gray hairs, who are acting like they’re fresh out of school. It’s so refreshing and encouraging to see. Their sense of youth and vitality no matter their age gives me hope that we could all stay active into old age!
9 | Chocolate heaven!
The chocolate here is amazing, as to be expected. Switzerland is home to some of the world’s finest chocolatier’s, like Lindt and Cailler. I think I’ve had chocolate every day that I’ve been in Switzerland! And why not, when it’s this delicious and accessible. Besides the chocolate, the food is so delicious and it feels like cozy comfort food. For example the cheese fondue is a classic Swiss dinner, and it’s so yummy and fun to eat!
10 | Happiest place in the world
Switzerland is consistently ranked among the happiest countries in the world and it’s obvious why! For all the reasons I’ve discussed and of course for so many more, it’s a really happy place to be. When you’re here you feel that happiness and it rubs off on you, so I have felt really extra happy while I’m here. It’s such a great place, I hope you have a chance to visit too!