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5 Little Known Facts About Switzerland

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Traveling to Switzerland? Here are a few fun facts that you should know about the country:

1. Lake Geneva is not called Lake Geneva.

The proper name for Lake Geneva is Lac Leman, and the Swiss cringe to hear it called Lake Geneva. It sure is beautiful though, whatever you call it. Don’t you think?

2. Chocolate fondue is NOT a traditional Swiss dish.

For some reason I thought anything that goes into a fondue pot is naturally a Swiss specialty. Apparently not! Although delicious, chocolate fondue is not a traditional Swiss dish. Cheese and beef fondues are both delicious and authentic though… mmmmmm. Another tradition: if your piece of bread falls into the fondue pot, you pay for the meal!

3. Aliens have landed in Switzerland.

Ok, not really. But if you visit the HR Giger museum in Gruyeres, you can learn all about the creator of the Aliens movie series. Or settle down in the futuristic alien-spined chairs have a drink in the bar next door.

4. A must-try in Gruyeres: a Coupe Chalet.

This crazy dessert is made with generous scoops of vanilla ice cream, meringues (another Swiss specialty!), vin cuit (a syrupy sweet reduction made by cooking wine, sometimes with fruit juice), and topped with Gruyere creme. Absolutely delicious!

5. Freddie Mercury lives on in Montreux.

The famous lead singer of Queen spent time in Montreux towards the end of his life, and a festival is held there the first weekend of September each year in his honor. There’s a statue of him on the main lakeside area of the town, where fans can pose for a picture or pay homage to the King of Queen.

Photo of Freddy Mercury statue in Montreux Switzerland originally posted by Lucia45

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Malia Yoshioka is a freelance writer and aspiring full-time vagabond based in Honolulu, Hawaii. She's currently attempting to finish her "bucket list" before her 30th birthday on April 1, 2010. You can follow her adventures at

11 responses to “5 Little Known Facts About Switzerland”

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  1. Mom says:
    October 12th, 2008 at 20:35

    Good job on the article and loved your bio too:)…Mom

  2. Haifa says:
    October 12th, 2008 at 21:05

    You are freakin’ awesome, my friend. I am definitely looking forward to seeing more of your writing… =)

  3. christy says:
    October 12th, 2008 at 22:49

    awesome post! :)

  4. Santa Radar says:
    October 13th, 2008 at 13:23

    I love this post is great Thank you.

  5. Kimi Werner says:
    October 13th, 2008 at 20:04

    Awesome facts! I’m now hungry! :)

  6. Brianne says:
    October 13th, 2008 at 21:04

    Very cool Malia!!!

  7. Haifa says:
    October 15th, 2008 at 01:14

    Can I add a 6th little known fact about Switzerland? You can see Russia from its highest peak. In fact, you can see Russia from your front door. You can see Russia from EVERYWHERE!

    =) Heeeh. Ok, I’m finished.

  8. wendy says:
    October 16th, 2008 at 19:29

    this is fun to read! i love the author’s description, too.

  9. Dmitry says:
    May 12th, 2010 at 22:47

    Never thought that Freddie Mercury lived here before dying. After i visited Switzerland i could also say that it is very complicated to find place better than Swiss!

  10. :D :D says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 19:47

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  11. yuna says:
    February 16th, 2013 at 19:21

    wow! i like this info. may i use it for my article?

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