Over the past few weeks you got to read many stories on my travels to Graubünden, Switzerland. Graubünden (English: Grisons) is the largest and easternmost canton of Switzerland. The canton shares borders with the cantons of Ticino, Uri, Glarus and St. Gallen and international borders with Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein. The name Graubünden translates as the “Grey Leagues,” referring to the canton’s origin in three local alliances, the League of God’s House, the Grey League, and the League of Ten Jurisdictions. Grisons is also home to three of Switzerland’s ethnic groups and the subsequent languages of Swiss German, Italian and Romansh are all native to the state. It is the only officially trilingual canton and the only canton where the Romansh language has official status.
Ain’t no mountain high enough: hiking myths
In Germany we sometimes humor people from Switzerland, since they claim to have invented almost anything. But it actually makes them even more loveable. However, I am pretty certain, they invented most of the hiking myths. Why do I think this? Well, let me tell you about my top four hiking experiences with a charming Swiss lady from Graubünden.
- “Later this afternoon we are going for a little walk”. Don’t you ever believe it. 😀 We actually took it quite literally and thought that we were going for a stroll. Ha, far from it. When someone who grew up in the Swiss Alps is talking about a stroll, he or she means nothing but a 3-hour hike.
- “There won’t be any steep slopes”. Haha – this one makes me laugh already. Well, for a person living in Graubünden a steep slope has quite a different meaning. For us, slopes with angles ranging between 30 and 45 degrees were pretty tough, even when it was only for a very short period of time. Our tour guide wasn’t even out of breath.
- “This one is the last slope”. Yeah, right. This just means that you managed hill number 5, but you still have to master at least ten more slopes.
- “We are almost there”. I never believed my parents when we went on a road trip during my childhood and you should not believe a lady from Switzerland, either. “Almost there” stands for – “hm, not sure. Maybe one, two or three hours.
Does this mean Swiss people lie? NO! I think it’s just their calmness, their serenity and their optimism. Thus, you are never really mad at them, even if you have to climb the steepest slopes, walk through rivers or run through a thunderstorm. You never stop smiling. <3
Davos – the city of optimism
Since this was my first time in Graubünden, I haven’t seen THAT much of the canton, yet, but I already fell in love with one destination: Davos. I personally LOVED the healthy high mountain air in conjunction with the healing mountain environment. Since I am suffering from a quite severe form of asthma, I suddenly felt like I am in paradise. I could breathe much deeper and experienced a whole new level of freedom and optimism. For me personally, this atmosphere in Davos is simply unforgettable.
For me personally, Davos stands for happiness and optimism and has become a magical spa town. You have an attractive range of leisure activities, accompanied by the urbanised centre, which has made Davos a trendsetter for leisure vacations in the mountains early on.
Yes, I fell in love with Switzerland and I no longer wonder why Switzerland has some of the happiest and healthiest citizens in the world.
photo credits: V’s World