One question I get asked all the time is “What’s your favorite country in Europe?”
I know some people might not want to play favorites and I can understand that.
But you know those people have a certain place that they always reflect back on.
I have that place and I often visit it in my head.
Switzerland was one of those places that I knew I was going to love even before I got there.
And it did not disappoint.
I was so excited to see Switzerland that I left Italy a day earlier than planned just to get there.
The next question I get once I say Switzerland is “Why?”
That question is a little harder to answer, but I’ll give it a try.
Sometimes there are places that just connect with you.
That was Switzerland for me.
Maybe it was all the mountains and blue glacier lakes.
I really don’t know.
But I’m sure the natural majestic beauty of Switzerland had to be a major reason.
I didn’t even explore the entire country either.
And maybe I should before I claim it as my favorite.
But the areas I did visit were enough for me to realize few countries were going to compete with this place.
The 2nd time I went to Switzerland I made it my sole purpose to try almost every extreme activity they had to offer.
Over a span of 8 days I went Skydiving, Hang Gliding, Paragliding, White Water Rafting, Glacier Climbing, and did a Canyon Swing.
I was in heaven while my mom was back home having a heart attack each day knowing what I was doing.
I made sure to send her “I’m Still Alive” messages everyday.
Besides the beauty and crazy activities that lie within this country, Switzerland has something else that I hold dear to my heart: CHOCOLATE!!!
You walk into a grocery store in Switzerland and they have a whole aisle dedicated to chocolate bars.
There were a few mornings where I was faced with the tough decision of what to have for breakfast.
I would solve that by going to the grocery store and buying the biggest chocolate bar I could find.
Not the healthiest choice I could have made.
But the 8-year-old in me had no care about that whatsoever.
I don’t remember eating much variety of other foods while I was there.
Some sausage, some cheese, and a pizza thrown in there as well.
But it was mostly a strict diet of Chocolate and Beer.
It Doesn’t Take Much To Make Me Happy.
So now you might be thinking “Wow! Switzerland is your favorite country because of the Nature, Extreme Activities, and Chocolate? That’s it?”
And all I can say is “YES.”
I’m sure I’ll come across other countries that will match or possibly beat Switzerland one day.
For instance, Croatia is my 2nd favorite European country and it’s mostly because of the Nature, Food, and Women(goddamn they’re gorgeous!!!)
So it seems like if the place has 3 really strong points I’m gonna love it(and yes, chocolate is a strong point).
I’m sure if I was in Switzerland longer I could find more things that’d I’d like.
But all I really needed were those Berner Oberland surroundings and it was Number 1 for me.
I also like that it is a small country that can be crossed in a matter of hours.
You’ll even hear about 5 different languages in the process.
I like their punctuality as well.
They are always on time with their transportation.
The one downfall I had with Switzerland is that it’s an expensive place.
But that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying somewhere.
London, England is my favorite city and it’s expensive there too.
Will Switzerland Ever Lose Its Number 1 Position?
I’m looking forward to discovering more countries that might be my favorite.
I seem to have a good sense about places before even arriving.
I predict that some strong runner-ups might be Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Brazil.
There might be a new Number 1 somewhere out there.
But as far as losing it’s top spot for favorite European country, I doubt it.
What is your favorite country in Europe?
Let me know in the comments below.
My name is Jeremiah and I'm a photographer from Arizona.
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