Category Archives: Switzerland

Around Lake Lucerne

Around Lake Lucerne

Although we’ve taken lots of great excursions, most of our time in Switzerland has been spent around Lake Lucerne, the beautiful body of water that we see out our windows every day. Our little village of Merlischachen, with its handful of old chalet-style houses, is always a good place for a stroll. The benches down… Read More

Adventures in the Bernese Oberland and Unterwalden

Adventures in the Bernese Oberland and Unterwalden

In most U.S. guides to Switzerland, Interlaken and the central two valleys of the Bernese Oberland region (the villages of Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Murren) get all the love. So Americans and countless other tourists flock to Interlaken and Grindelwald to gape at mountains like the Eiger and the Jungfrau. That area is beautiful, but it’s… Read More

In the Heartland of Switzerland: Schwyz and Uri

In the Heartland of Switzerland: Schwyz and Uri

Switzerland is divided into 26 cantons, roughly equivalent to U.S. states but much smaller. (The biggest is only slightly larger than Delaware.) The village on Lake Lucerne where we’re housesitting this summer is located just barely (by about a mile) in the canton of Schwyz. It’s also within an hour by train from at least… Read More

Our Best House Sit Yet

Our Best House Sit Yet

We’ve looked after people’s homes and pets in some wonderful places over the years. Rome, Italy; Penang, Malaysia; Burlington, Vermont; and Charleston, South Carolina come to mind. But this summer’s five-week house sit in central Switzerland may be the best one we’ve ever had. We’re in the village of Merlischachen on the shore of Lake… Read More