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The Best Switzerland Quotes & Switzerland Instagram Captions
Here are my favorite quotes about Switzerland, including inspiration from poems, literature, pop culture, and quotes by famous Swiss authors!
Swiss Cities Quotes
Geneva has the sleepy tidiness of a man who combs his hair while yet in his pajamas. -Lewis Mumford
In an ideal world, I’d spend every weekend at my home in Zermatt in Switzerland. -Vanessa Mae
In Switzerland, on a high mountain, not far from Lucerne, there is a lake they call Pilate’s Pond, which the Devil has fixed upon as one of the chief residences of his evil spirits. -Martin Luther
To be an artist at all is like living in Switzerland during a world war. To be an artist in Zurich, in 1917, implies a degree of self-absorption that would have glazed over the eyes of Narcissus. -Tom Stoppard
In 1958, I decided that I was going to live in Europe permanently. So in 1959, I moved to Lugano, Switzerland. -Norman Granz
So often was Zürich ranked as one of the world’s best cities. She thought about that, then conceded that if she hadn’t been so sad the last nine years she might have seen it. –
I love the region around Lake Geneva. The landscape is beautiful, very peaceful, and such a nice place to relax and spend time outdoors. It’s always a pleasure to come back home. -Stan Wawrinka
Switzerland Travel Quotes
But before I die, I want to visit heaven on Earth: Switzerland. -Govind Maheshwari
Switzerland is a country where very few things begin, but many things end. -F. Scott Fitzgerald
In a war everybody always knows all about Switzerland, in peace times it is just Switzerland but in wartime, it is the only country that everybody has confidence in, everybody. -Gertrude Stein
If I go to someplace like Switzerland, I find a lot of uptight people because they’re living amongst so much beauty; there’s no urgency in trying to find the beauty within themselves. -George Harrison
I’ve been to a lot of places while touring, but I’d have to say Switzerland was my favorite. -Drake Bell
It’s the change of rhythm which I think is what keeps me alive. In Spain, I hear so much noise from my window that I can’t stand it. In Switzerland, it’s the lack of noise that drives me crazy. -Geraldine Chaplin
My rank is the highest known in Switzerland: I’m a free citizen. -George Bernard Shaw
We tried to sleep up in the banks of snow but soon discovered it was far too cold so we then retreated into town to find a place where there was level ground.
oh call home. Oh oh Switzerland. -The Last Bison
In a country where peace prevails in every corner, everything looks prettier, calmer, and wiser! –
Every country has its cocktail-party question. A simple one-sentence query, the answer to which unlocks a motherlode of information about the person you just met.
In Switzerland, it is, Where are you from? That is all you need to know about someone. -Eric Weiner
I see the cliffs, glaciers, torrents, valleys of Switzerland – I mark the long winters and the isolation. -James Joyce
I grew up in Switzerland, in this kind of rigidity. It was Protestant, and I was rather shy. That influenced me a lot. -Rene Burri
Switzerland is the world capital of dealing in stolen goods. -Jean Ziegler
Well, see, there’s this cave in Switzerland I really need to find. -Ally Carter
The outbreak of the war found my wife and me in Switzerland, where we were taking a cure. -Fritz Kreisler
She thought about Switzerland. Where a smile will give you away as an American. Where what isn’t taboo is de rigueur.
Cold, efficient Switzerland. where the woman are comely and the men are well-groomed and everyone wears a determined face. Switzerland.
The roof of Europe. Glacier carved. Most beautiful where it is most uninhabitable. Switzerland with its twenty-six shipshape cantons. Industrious Switzerland. Novartis. Rolex. Nestlé. Swatch. –
After a summer trip to Switzerland, which was rich in experiences, I started writing. In the beginning, I aimed at descriptions of nature and folklife until, as the years passed, the description of man became my chief interest. -Henrik Pontoppidan
Neutral men are the devil’s allies. –Edwin Hubbel Chapin
This is a strange, little, complacent country, in many ways a USA in miniature but of course nearer the center of disturbance! -Eleanor Roosevelt
One time a long time ago on a mountain in Switzerland, there lived a fair young maiden, lovely but lonely. -Roger Miller
I’ve always considered the French-speaking part of Switzerland as a province of France. -Jean-Luc Godard
The Swiss have perfected the negative mental attitude so that it works positively. They have the happy knack of seeing the downside of any situation. -Paul Bilton
Elk have not been seen in Switzerland for many a year. In the interests of scientific accuracy, please strike the idea of elk from your mind.
If you must, think of ibexes instead, a fierce and agile type of goat with great spiraling horns. Marmots will also do in a pinch, but under no circumstances should you think of elk. No. Elk.
The elkless among you may now proceed. -Maryrose Wood
Thinking ahead is highly valued in Swiss everyday life, whether you are making plans, or catching a bus. -Margaret Oertig-Davidson
I left Britain because I fell in love with someone who lived in Switzerland – that was the main thing. -Phil Collins
Jacob wrote that the true poet ‘is like a man who is happy anywhere, in endless measure, if he is allowed to look at leaves and grass, to see the sun rise and set.
The false poet travels abroad in strange countries and hopes to be uplifted by the mountains of Switzerland, the sky and sea of Italy.
He comes to them and is dissatisfied. He is not as happy as the man who stays at home and sees the apple trees flower in spring and hears the small birds singing among the branches -Jacob Grimm
When you’re dealing with Switzerland, Mr. Allon, it’s best to keep one thing in mind. Switzerland is not a real country.
It’s a business, and it’s run like a business. It’s a business that is constantly in a defensive posture. It’s been that way for seven hundred years. –
Funny Quotes about Switzerland
I’ve always wanted to go to Switzerland to see what the army does with those wee red knives. -Billy Connolly
The first time I passed through the country I had the impression it was swept down with a broom from one end to the other every morning by housewives who dumped all the dirt in Italy. -Ernesto Sabato
Switzerland is my favorite place now, because it’s so – nothing. There is absolutely nothing to do. -Andy Warhol
I don’t like Switzerland; it has produced nothing but theologians and waiters. -Oscar Wilde
Switzerland is only bearable covered with snow…like some people are only bearable under a sheet. -Graham Greene
Switzerland is a place where they don’t like to fight, so they get people to do their fighting for them while they ski and eat chocolate. -Larry David
Switzerland is a curst, selfish, swinish country of brutes, placed in the most romantic region of the world. -Lord Byron
I look upon Switzerland as an inferior sort of Scotland. -Sydney Smith
Switzerland is simply a large, lumpy, solid rock with a thin skin of grass stretched over it. -Mark Twain
I keep my opinions to myself. I’m neutral – like Switzerland. -Sistine Stallone
There was the joke about Switzerland being an island surrounded by land. This was never true. -Samuel Schmid
They may be big in Switzerland, but so are yodellers. -David Haye
Landlocked Switzerland: They’re Nice and Neutral Only Because They’re Tiny. –
Switzerland still has a huge share of the watch market, all advertised at the airport on illuminated hoardings. Gosh, they are ugly. -Simon Hoggart
The Swiss will never be the wild child of Europe; you only have to look at their lovingly tended vegetable patches to see that.
But whether they are boring or not most likely depends on the eye of the beholder. –
I’m tellin’ ya I get no respect. When I was in Switzerland, I got an obscene yodel. -Rodney Dangerfield
When all the world is socialist, Switzerland will have to remain capitalist, so that it can tell us the price of everything. -Nikita Khrushchev
Why I moved to Switzerland? To buy Keith Richards used blood. -Luca Tramontin
No one really likes Switzerland, except those who prefer cleanliness to life. -Trevanian
Switzerland would me a mighty big place if it were ironed flat. -Mark Twain
Swiss cities remind me of the kid at high school who’s great at sports, has perfect hair, the best girlfriend, and the teachers all love him. He’s just too perfect. -Rick Steves
I never left France for Hollywood nor stashed my money in Switzerland. -Brigitte Bardot
For our purposes you can consider it a small country between Germany and France.” “But there isn’t anything between Germany and France. Except Switzerland.” “Precisely,” said Jace. -Cassandra Clare
It is the middle of December now, and we are about to travel to Switzerland – where we plan to ski a little, relax a little, and shoot a Dutch politician a little. -Hugh Laurie
I am Switzerland. I refuse to be affected by territorial disputes between mythical creatures. -Stephenie Meyer
I am convinced that when Nietzsche came to Switzerland and went insane, it was not because of venereal disease, though he did have this disease.
Rather, it was because he understood that insanity was the only philosophic answer if the infinite-personal God does not exist. -Francis Schaeffer
Even in Switzerland, your memory came through, where can I go without you? -Mel Torme
Switzerland Food Quotes
The seasons had always been a part of the way I cooked and ate in Switzerland. -Daniel Humm
We are delightfully trapped by our memories. I can’t drink a bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieux Telegraphe without revisiting a hotel bistro in Luzerne, Switzerland, where I ate a large bowl of a peppery Basque baby goat stew.
A sip and a bite. A bite and sip.
Goosebumps come with the divine conjunction of food and wine. -Jim Harrison
For a while, fondue seemed to have gone the way of leisure suits, bellbottoms, hot pants, and other staples of the 1970s.
But (thankfully), unlike fondue’s sartorial counterparts, the Swiss-inspired dining experience seems poised for a comeback.
Why not? Fondue affords an easy, fun, and inexpensive night in, whether you’re planning a fondue party with ten of your closes friends or a quiet romantic dinner for two. -Adams Medi
I have fond memories from growing up in Switzerland and drinking a glass of warm milk with a spoonful of honey before bed. -Daniel Humm
I’m Switzerland; neutral as can be, and also with great chocolate. -Neal Shusterman
Ever present in Swiss breadboxes and on the Sunday breakfast table is the plaited golden Zof, Tress, Treccia, whose name literally means ‘braid’ in German, French and Italian.
Braided breads have a long history. In some ancient societies, if a married man died, it was the duty of his wife to follow him to the grave and to be buried at his side.
Later, the actual wife was replaced with a braid of her hair, which eventually became a loaf of braided bread. -Andie Pilot
A U.N. study claims the happiest country in the world is Switzerland. When asked why they’re so happy, Swiss people couldn’t answer because their hands were counting money and their mouths were full of chocolate. -Conan O’Brien
I’m from Switzerland, so I grew up with great chocolate. -Daniel Humm
The Swiss have a healthy belief that whatever originates in their own country, and preferably their own area, is the best, particularly the people.
Thus, if the supermarket offers Italian strawberries at half-price, the Swiss will still buy locally-grown ones in the firm belief that theirs are vastly superior. -Paul Bilton
Swiss Alps Quotes
There is nothing quite like climbing to the top of the Alps and looking down upon the earth. Everything in the world suddenly makes sense. -Unknown
Internationally, I love going to Switzerland. I went there many times for shooting and loved the Alps, the tranquility, cleanliness, the greenery, and the warmth of the people there. -Chiranjeevi
I moved to Switzerland when I was 8, and during our breaks, we’d go to snowboard, and he’d take me to the mountains; we’d take a train.
It was kind of crazy, you know. When I think about it, I wake up at 4, take a train to the mountains, sleep in the train and then go snowboard, and then come back. It was quite a mission. -Chloe Kim
But every day she grew unhappier on the mountain in Switzerland. -Roger Miller
The Swiss franc is a better bet than gold and the Swiss economy more solid than the granite face of the Matterhorn. -Paul Bilton
Switzerland Cuckoo Clock Quotes
In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock! -Graham Greene
Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture. -Ernest Hemingway
Since Switzerland has nothing else to identify it and since both its national products, snow and chocolate, melt, the cuckoo clock was invented solely in order to give tourists something solid to remember it by. -Alan Coren
Switzerland’s been weird since they unplugged the clocks. -Carly Simon
I get all my ideas in Switzerland near the Forka Pass. There is a little town called Gletch, and two thousand feet up above Gletch there is a smaller hamlet called Über Gletch. I go there on the fourth of August every summer to get my cuckoo clock fixed.
While the cuckoo is in the hospital, I wander around and talk to the people in the streets. They are very strange people, and I get my ideas from them. -Dr. Seuss
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5 Things to Pack for Your Trip to Switzerland
The Lonely Planet Switzerland guidebook for your trip. It can be hard to find big, international guidebooks once you land (or they’ll be way overpriced). Get yours ahead of time, either a hard copy or on a Kindle.
An Unlocked Cell Phone so that you can use a Swiss sim card while here to help navigate public transportation and when you’re on the road.
Backup Charging Bank for your cell phone since you’ll be using it as a camera, GPS, and general travel genie.
A Great Day Bag so you can carry what you need with you (like your camera, snacks, water, sunscreen, cash, etc).
My current favorite is the Pacsafe Citysafe, which is especially great for Swiss cities because it has many anti-theft features designed to deter pickpockets.
It also transitions to a night bag more easily and won’t embarrass you if you go to dinner directly after sightseeing all day.
More Switzerland Travel Resources
Many people combine a trip to Switzerland with a stop in Germany or Austria. If you’re planning on combining countries, check out:
Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!
Before you leave for Switzerland make sure you have a valid Travel Insurance Policy because accidents happen on the road. I pay for World Nomads, and I happily recommend them. It’s especially important to get travel insurance if you’ll be hanging enjoying time in big cities where travelers can attract pickpockets.
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