Best Books to Read When Traveling in Switzerland

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If you’ve read the latest Where in the World Wednesday or follow me on instagram, you already know that I’m in beautiful Switzerland for the next week or so.

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I’m hiking through meadows, fields of cows, and snow-capped peaks every morning.

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In the evenings, I’m recuperating and reading in the garden of my hostel. With a view like this from my bedroom window, can you blame me?

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If you have plans to visit Switzerland soon, or just want to armchair travel alongside me, give these best books set in Switzerland a look for yourself.

Best Books Set in Switzerland to Read Before Traveling There

Swiss Watching: Inside the Land of Milk & Honey by Diccon Bewes Bewes paints a picture of the Switzerland that is more than just cheese and knives (though those things are great too). If you’re interested in seeing the Switzerland beyond fondue, give this one a read.

Bloomability by Sharon Creech When thirteen-year-old Dinnie’s aunt and uncle take her to Switzerland in search of opportunity, she isn’t so sure about their judgment. Enrolled in an international school in Switzerland, she sheds her old skin and discovers the beauty of nature and her place in the world.

There are a few classic books about Switzerland that shouldn’t be missed before traveling there either. 

Heidi by Johanna Spyri This is a children’s classic for a reason. The book follows Heidi as she is sent to live in the Swiss Alps with her grandfather. It’s a heartwarming choice for a trip to Switzerland, particularly if you’re going to appreciate the scenic mountainscapes. It makes me want to braid my hair and run through slopes of wildflowers.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley This isn’t exactly a heartwarming tale like Heidi is, but it is partly set in Geneva in the eastern part of Switzerland. There is a little debate whether or not Frankenstein should be considered a Swiss classic as the book is set before Geneva technically became a part of Switzerland, but we’ll roll with it for the sake of the gothic novel fans.

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss This one earns a place on my list for sentimentality. Growing up, I was simply obsessed with this tale of a Swiss family shipwrecked in the East Indies on their way to Australia. It’s an adventurous, lighthearted read to pair with your own adventure in Switzerland.

A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain Twain humorously recounts his walking tour through the Swiss Alps. This was originally written as part of a series of five non-fiction travel books documenting his journey through Europe. If you like this one, pick up The Innocents Abroad that’s considered a prequel to my recommendation.

If you enjoyed this list of the best books set in Switzerland, give me a shout in the comments below and consider saving it to your Pinterest board for later. Are there any books I should add to the list?

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