Suggested Reading List
A Farewell to Arms
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Description: Set in snowy Switzerland and the rainy Italian Lake Country during World War I, this semi-autobiographical novel chronicles the romance between a British nurse and an American ambulance driver.
Birds of Europe
Author: Lars Svensson
Description: Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps.
Coming Out Swiss, In Search of Heidi, Chocolate, and My Other Life
Author: Anne Herrmann
Description: Part memoir, part history, part travelogue, Anne Hermann’s passionate celebration of what it means to be Swiss intertwines personal revelation with cultural fact.
Culture Smart! Switzerland
Author: Kendall Maycock
Description: A concise, no-nonsense guide to Switzerland's customs, etiquette and culture.
Eiger Dreams, Ventures Among Men and Mountains
Author: Jon Krakauer
Description: A collection of some of Krakauer's (Into Thin Air) best journalism, these stories and essays focus on the mindset and determination of world-class mountaineers, including Alpine and Himalayan climbers.
Hotel du Lac
Author: Anita Brookner
Description: Funny, stylish and spellbinding, Brookner's novel tracks the story of a romance novelist seeking evasive peace and quiet at the luxurious Hotel du Lac in Switzerland.
Insight Guide Switzerland
Author: Insight Guides
Description: This handsome guide gives a profusely illustrated overview of Switzerland, featuring concise essays by well-regarded authors on history, politics and culture, as well as hundreds of photos and maps and other practical information.
Killing Dragons, The Conquest of the Alps
Author: Fergus Fleming
Description: Fleming spins lively tales of man against nature in this entertaining history of the eccentrics, adventurers and publicity-hounds who sought to conquer the Alps, including Whymper and his first ascent of the Matterhorn (where four of the seven-man team perished).
La Place de la Concorde Suisse
Author: John McPhee
Description: McPhee deploys his usual insight and wonderful prose on the phenomenon of the Switzerland army to present an irreverent portrait of Switzerland and the Swiss mindset.
Scrambles Amongst the Alps: In the Years 1860-69
Author: Edward Whymper
Description: Edward Wymper's classic account of Victorian-era mountaineering captures the geography, beauty and allure of the Alps.
Slow Train to Switzerland, One Tour, Two Trips, 150 Years - and a World of Change Apart
Author: Diccon Bewes
Description: Bestselling author Diccon Bewes (Swiss Watching SWZ73) follows in the footsteps of an 1863 tour group who traveled from London to Lucerne, Switzerland. In his trademark breezy, intelligent prose, Bewes traces how tourism and time have caused a sea of change in Switzerland.
Swiss Watching, Inside Europe's Landlocked Island
Author: Diccon Bewes
Description: An international bestseller. Diccon Bewees, a neutral Brit, covers cheese, chocolate, William Tell, bureaucracy and banks, all with humor and thorough research. His cultural portrait of the one-of-a-kind nation includes tips on local customs, greetings and etiquette. Second edition.
Switzerland Adventure Map
Author: National Geographic Maps
Description: A waterproof, tear-resistant map of Switzerland at a scale of 1:500,000. Includes detailed elevations and the locations of natural attractions.
Author: Borch Maps
Description: A colorful, shaded relief map of Switzerland at a scale of 1:400,000.
Author: Susan Bernofsky (Translator), Robert Walser
Description: In this classic novella by the Swiss modernist, freshly translated, Walser writes that "it is on walks that the lore of nature and the lore of the country are revealed, charming and graceful, to the sense and eyes of the observant walker."
Wild Flowers of Britain & Northern Europe
Author: Andrew Cleave
Description: Featuring color photographs of commonly encountered species in the field and garden.
Xenophobe's Guide to the Swiss
Author: Paul Bilton
Description: This irreverent pocket guide to cultural awareness is both insightful and entertaining.