From fondue vending machines to flag tossing competitions, there are certain things that only exist in Switzerland.
While living abroad, I used to have nostalgic feelings for everything from roadside chicken vendors to neatly stacked fire wood. So over the years, I have collected many photographs that basically scream Only in Switzerland! Due to popular demand and just in time for Swiss National Day, I am sharing some more photographs that have "Switzerland" written all over them:
A typical Swiss home might look as charming as this building in Bergün:
Or as NSA-headquarter-ish as this apartment near Zürich:
In order to gear up for winter, it is common in Switzerland to stack firewood in every nook and cranny.
At least 6000 corporations call a PO box in Zug their headquarters.
Yet just down the street in Zug's old town, a rock on a wire holds down a resident's mail!
Speaking of rocks, I am always fascinated by the sheer precision with which they lay cobblestones:
And speaking of precision, have you ever been to a flag tossing competition in Switzerland? They never drop it, no matter how high they hurl that flag in the air!
Another pastime of the Swiss is playing the alphorn.
(Courtesy Dominik Gehl)
One time, I screamed "Only in Switzerland!" when I came across an alphorn while window shopping in Zürich!
Meanwhile, I got used to those 24/7 cheese fondue vending machines:
(Courtesy Kristine Strazdina)
Poultry in motion: the Güggelimaa is a staple in Switzerland, selling roasted chickens by the roadside.
Another staple, at least in my household: classic ice-cream popsicles from Migros!
Everyone in Switzerland has a dishwasher with fondue and raclette cleaning programs, no?
(Photograph courtesy Greg Enriquez/Facebook)
The Swiss cross sometimes shows up in unusual places...
... and unusual things show up in the middle of Zürich at the farmer's market!