What comes in mind when you think about Switzerland? We have collected for you a stunning set of images representing the essence of rural Switzerland, mountains and all. And as a bonus you'll find an amazing misty mountains picture free for download.
The Alps are certainly amongst the most impressive features of Switzerland. Between the mighty mountains open ever new views of stunning valley landscapes and small alpine farms.
Traditional Swiss architecture on the countryside is very rustic, utilising stone and wood together with wood panelled facades. A typical Swiss farmhouse is heated by a large cockle stove made of handmade tiles and clay.
Numerous small and large rivulets run down the hills and mountains with incredibly clean and clear water. During spring the nature is watered by the snow melting on the mountain tops and causing gushing rivers.
The Swiss favourite leisure time activity is hiking during summer time and skiing during the winter season. One of the best reasons for getting outdoors is certainly the view opening from a great hike, such as this view over a valley and Lake Walen from Swiss favourite weekend getaway on Mount Flumsen.
On rural areas time seems to be standing still, as it is not uncommon to encounter old farming equipment, such as this wooden wheelbarrow.
Another Swiss wonder of nature are the magnificent alpine lakes located especially in the center of the country. Lake Ägeri in Canton Zug has the clearest and calmest waters, as from a fairy tale.
Mountain passages are a part of everyday life in Swiss everyday routine. The Gotthard passage is certainly amongst the most impressive passage roads, leading from central Switzerland over the Alps and climbing to 2107 meters high above the treeline.
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