Think of Switzerland and what comes to mind are mountains, pastures and lakes, but islands? Not really. Yet Swiss Heritage’s latest addition to its “Switzerland’s Loveliest” brochure collection introduces 33 islands — both big and small, natural and man-made — that dot the country’s lakes and waterways and traverse national borders.
Islands capture our deepest fantasies
In the human imagination, islands represent many things, from exile to paradise, adventure to escape, survival as well as peaceful retreat and the islands featured in the new booklet conjur those ideas and many more.
Geneva residents will appreciate the cultural significance of the city’s “Île de Genève” with its “Halles de l’île” art-and-architecture bookstore and the nearby “Île Rousseau” featuring a statue of the famous philosopher and former resident, while residents of Vaud will instantly recognize the historical and touristic value of the magnificent Château de Chillon water fortress located between Montreux and Villeneuve on the Swiss Riviera.
Other islands offer the chance for gourmet food, nature discovery (walks, herb and flower gardens), and enjoying fun and fitness with a bathing suit a “must” accessory. Whatever takes your fancy, this booklet will serve as an introduction and a guide to help you plan your perfect island outing.
Order online in the Swiss Heritage shop
The handy A6-format, 84-page booklet (D/F) features photographs, a description and a legend with symbols describing what you will find at each location and how to access the islands (though detailed travel info is left to you to look up). The cost is CHF16.– for non-members and CHF8.– for members of Swiss Heritage and the booklet can be ordered online together with all the other booklets in the “Switzerland’s Loveliest” collection.♠
All photos by Felix Jungo for the Swiss Heritage Society.