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Fairy Tale Switzerland Begins One Hour Outside Zurich

May 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM | by | ()

When this writer stepped off the train yesterday in Appenzell, the scenery I encountered was exactly what I had always pictured Switzerland to look like in the spring: Rolling hills of dairy farms, a small charming village, a couple cows, and the color green. It looked more like a fairy tale come to life than reality, something that brought an unstoppable smile to my face.

It's my first time in Switzerland, and one of my favorite parts of travel is seeing the expectations unfold one way or another. When I landed in Zurich, I was reminded of many of the other European cities I have visited. But as the train left the city limits, the scenery changed drastically as I entered the Swiss Prealps you see in the distance from Zurich.

Via train rides as short as an hour, you can easily access this side of Switzerland from Zurich, making the greater region just as fit for a day trip as it is a multi-day itinerary. This week and next, we'll begin to investigate the culture and tourism appeal of these small villages, including St. Gallen, Appenzell, Einsiedeln, and Rapperswil.

For now, wish you were here!

[Photo: Will McGough]

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