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Mesmerizing Photos Depict Picturesque Switzerland Back in the 1920s

Ian Smith

Switzerland has existed as a state in its present form since the adoption of the Swiss Federal Constitution in 1848. The precursors of the modern country established a protective alliance at the end of the 13th century (1291), forming a loose confederation of states which persisted for centuries.

Switzerland is well known for the Alps in the south and south east. North of the Alps, the Swiss Plateau runs along the east-west axis of the country. Most of the population of Switzerland lives on the rolling hills and plains of the plateau. The smaller Jura Mountains are located on the north west side of the plateau. Much of the northern border with Germany follows the Rhine River, though the Rhine enters Switzerland near Schaffhausen. The eastern border with Germany and a portion of Austria is drawn through Lake Constance (German: Bodensee). A portion of the southwest border with France is drawn through Lake Geneva.

Famous for its idyllic landscapes. Here is an overview of the beauty of Switzerland from the 1920s.

View from Steinerberg, Canton of Schwyz, 25 July 1927

View from Steinerberg, Canton of Schwyz, 25 July 1927

 

The Tödi from the road Clausen, Canton of Uri, Switzerland, 26 July 1927

The Tödi from the road Clausen, Canton of Uri, Switzerland, 26 July 1927

 

 

The route of Clausen, Canton of Uri, Switzerland, 26 July 1927

The route of Clausen, Canton of Uri, Switzerland, 26 July 1927

 

The Rhône, Switzerland

The Rhône, Switzerland

 

The lake view from the terrace of Crans

The lake view from the terrace of Crans

 

The dock in Brunnen, July 1927

The dock in Brunnen, July 1927

 

The Diablerets, 27 July 1928

The Diablerets, 27 July 1928

During both world wars, Switzerland managed to keep a stance of armed neutrality, and was not involved militarily. However, precisely because of its neutral status, Switzerland was of considerable interest to all parties involved, as the scene for diplomacy, espionage, commerce, and as a safe haven for refugees.

One potential result of the first world war was an expansion of Switzerland itself during the Interwar Period. In a referendum held in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg on 11 May 1920 over 80% of those voting supported a proposal that the state join the Swiss Confederation. However, this was prevented by the opposition of the Austrian Government, the Allies, Swiss liberals, the Swiss-Italians and the Swiss-French.

 

Panorama from Michaelskreuz, Canton of Lucerne, 14 July 1927

Panorama from Michaelskreuz, Canton of Lucerne, 14 July 1927

 

Panorama from Michaelskreuz, Canton of Lucerne, 14 July 1927 II

Panorama from Michaelskreuz, Canton of Lucerne, 14 July 1927 II

 

Lullin path, Troinex, Switzerland

Lullin path, Troinex, Switzerland

 

Lake Zug in Arth, Schwyz, July 1927

Lake Zug in Arth, Schwyz, July 1927

 

La Belotte, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland

La Belotte, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland

 

La Belotte, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland.

La Belotte, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Küssnacht, July 1927

Küssnacht, July 1927

 

Klausen route, Canton of Uri, 26 July 1927

Klausen route, Canton of Uri, 26 July 1927

In 1934 the Swiss Banking Act was passed which granted Switzerland its other well-known feature: its banking privacy. This allowed for anonymous numbered bank accounts, in part to allow Germans (including Jews) to hide or protect their assets from seizure by the newly established “Third Reich”.

Klausen route, Canton of Uri, 26 July 1927 III

Klausen route, Canton of Uri, 26 July 1927 III

 

Klausen route, Canton of Uri, 26 July 1927 II

Klausen route, Canton of Uri, 26 July 1927

 

Klausen Pass, Canton of Uri, 26 July 1927

Klausen Pass, Canton of Uri, 26 July 1927

 

Klausen Pass, Canton of Uri, 26 July 1927 II

Klausen Pass, Canton of Uri, 26 July 1927

 

In Troinex, Geneve

In Troinex, Geneve

 

In Saconnex d'Arve, Geneve

In Saconnex d’Arve, Geneve

 

In Saconnex d'Arve, Geneve II

 

Geneve in the 1920s

Geneve in the 1920s

Geneve in the 1920s

Geneve in the 1920s

 

Geneve in the 1920s

Geneve in the 1920s

 

Gallery of the Axenstrasse, Canton of Uri, July 1927

Gallery of the Axenstrasse, Canton of Uri, July 1927

 

Farmer in Geneve, ca. 1920s

Farmer in Geneve, ca. 1920s

 

12 Pontverre path, Confignon

12 Pontverre path, Confignon

 

147 route d'Hermance, Collonge-Bellerive, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland

147 route d’Hermance, Collonge-Bellerive, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland

 

A view of the Axenstrasseand Fluelen in the background, July 1927

A view of the Axenstrasseand Fluelen in the background, July 1927

 

Anglais garden, Geneve, 1930

Anglais garden, Geneve, 1930

 

At the Lake Zug, July 1927

At the Lake Zug, July 1927

 

Axentrasse, Sisikon, Canton of Uri

Axentrasse, Sisikon, Canton of Uri

 

Church of Rothenthurm, Schwyz, 25 July 1927

Whether it be dairy cows, chocolate, watches, cuckoo clocks, bank accounts, neutrality cheese, rugged Alpine landscapes or beautiful mountain lakes, Switzerland keeps us fascinated and intrigued. There is no other country quite like it.

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From the western part where French is spoken, with its cultural center in Geneva, or the German-speaking central and Eastern areas centered around cities such as Zurich and Bern, to even the Italian-speaking south: Switzerland attracts with its natural beauty and unique cultural makeup.