Switzerland isn’t just beautiful—it’s actually outrageously so.
I guess it’s what I always expected. Switzerland, with its glacial lakes, the Alps and all the nature, it’s all very stunning. This past weekend, visiting Lausanne in the French-speaking western half of Switzerland, wasn’t my first time in Switzerland. I’d been once before on a Eurotrip, traveling through on a train from Germany to Italy. I still remember the Instagram photos. Vast landscapes, mountains piercing the clouds and deep, deep valleys.
When I returned to Switzerland this weekend, for a peaceful getaway to Lausanne, I was expecting more of the same. Lausanne is situated along Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman), just a 30-minute train ride away from Geneva. And the lakeside city is just as pretty as expected. The river Flon runs through the city (under it, really), which has created several valleys, or gorges, throughout the city. Walking through the picturesque city center, you’re constantly moving up and down among different hills and valleys. This elevation from the lake down below provides expansive panoramic views out over Switzerland, and into France across the lake.
This kind of natural beauty in Switzerland is calming and cool. Despite the famous red color and cross of the Swiss flag, the only color that comes to mind for Switzerland is honestly and truly blue. The sky seems to be a constant shade of blue: bold and beautiful when the sun is out, and gloomy & grey under the clouds. The water, so fresh and readily available in the country, runs clear and reflects the blues in the sky. The glacial lakes shimmer. This country is blue. And it’s beautiful.
My most recent visit to Switzerland was made possible with the support of Lausanne Tourism.