Horizonville, Switzerland

Horizonville - Yann GrossThese days, we cannot get enough of Horizonville, Switzerland. This enclave in the Rhone Valley is located amidst popular sights but remains hidden from the view of tourists. As you can tell, Horizonville might as well be located in the heartland of the United States.

While most of its residents have never traveled abroad, they have created a world based on their imagination of how life in the United States might be.

In 2005, photographer Yann Gross set out to document this unique community. I am very glad to have discovered his true work of art and appreciate the exclusive opportunity to introduce it to the Newly Swissed community!

Horizonville by Yann GrossCan you believe that these pictures were taken in Switzerland? For more impressions or to buy the book "Horizonville", visit the website of Yann Gross.

Horizonville - Yann Gross
Horizonville - Yann Gross
Horizonville - Yann Gross

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dimitri Burkhard

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As the founder, editor and community manager of Newly Swissed, Dimitri owns the strategic vision. He is passionate about storytelling and is a member of the Swiss Travelwriters Club.

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14 replies
  1. Jack Freeh
    Jack Freeh says:

    Dimitri,

    I got a good laugh at the pictures. Seems like more of a western theme than a mid-west area. The gorilla slide is the best! I haven’t found one in Columbus yet, but will keep looking!

    Jack

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  2. Inderkum
    Inderkum says:

    It’s amazing how those people live and look like Americans. If I do remember correctly there are Swiss or Americans in the United States who live like in Switzerland with their specific food and traditions.
    The fascination appears to attract people and let them feel proud of their represented country.

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  3. FrankU
    FrankU says:

    Dimitri,
    Love the pics! Especially the guy sitting in a lawn chair, beer in hand, belt undone and pants open…looks just like me on a hor summer Saturday afternoon! But the guy on the “scooter-bike” would get the crap beat out of him if he parked at a biker bar though!

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  4. Mark Stehrenberger
    Mark Stehrenberger says:

    Yes, way cool! I live part-time in Montreux VD and go by Horizonville quite frequently. It’s a blast: everything is authenic (kind of), even the food at Roth’s Western Restaurant
    is crummy, just like in the goode olde US of A!

    I’m loving it! Git back on the hoss quick, pardner, and try it fer yoreself, y’hear?

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  5. step_2
    step_2 says:

    Where exactly can I find Horizonville? I am going to drive thgough the area in a few days and I am very curious to see!

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    • dimitri
      dimitri says:

      Horizonville objects are somewhere in the Rhone valley, possibly in the region near Sion. I was unable to make out a specific town where Yann Gross has discovered these artifacts… Good luck!

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