Swiss Watching: Inside Europe's Landlocked Island

  • 5h 19m
  • Diccon Bewes
  • Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • 2010

Swiss Watching is a light-hearted yet revealing journey around Europe's most individual country. From seeking Heidi and finding the best chocolate to reliving a bloody past and exploring an uncertain future, Swiss Watching proves that there's more to Switzerland than banks, skis, francs and cheese. One country, four languages, 26 cantons, and 7.5 million people (only 80% of whom are Swiss): there's nowhere else in Europe like it. Switzerland may be surrounded by land, but it is an island at the center of Europe. Welcome to the landlocked island.

About the Author

Diccon Bewes is an experienced travel writer who has lived in Switzerland for four years. He is currently manager of the Stauffacher English Bookshop in Bern. As well as grappling with German, re-learning to cross the road properly and overcoming his innate desire to form an orderly queue, he has spent the last four years exploring the bits of the country he'd never heard of before and eating lots of chocolate.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • The Landlocked Island
  • Stepping Back through Time
  • In the Land of Cocks and Crosses
  • Ask the Audience
  • Wealthy, Healthy and Wise?
  • War and Peace
  • Made in Switzerland
  • The Hole Truth
  • Where the Chocolate Comes From
  • Climb Every Mountain
  • Seeking Heidi