For some inspirational Switzerland Books for reading, we’ve produced the following list rated the best in their categories. These are recommended books all set in Switzerland, or about Switzerland such a travel guide. Some of these are suitable for those who plan to move to the country, else for those who simply want to enjoy a book based in Switzerland.
Swiss Book List
Lonely Planet Switzerland (Travel Guide)
The latest release dated 13 May 2022 from the Lonely Planet guides about Switzerland is perfect for those looking to learn a little more about the country, especially if they are planning to travel within Switzerland. There are many chapters relating to some of the most beautiful and unique spots in the country. It also includes very practical information for travellers and those who plan to move to the country soon.
A Castle In The Clouds – Kerstin Gier
For a bit of romance, grab a copy of the Castle In the Clouds for a cute story of the main character called Sophie. After dropping out of school, she finds herself as an intern at a hotel up in the Swiss mountains. Excitement starts when the New Years Eve Ball takes place with visitors from all over, but Sophie’s thoughts are torn between the hotelier’s son and a very mysterious guy.
Switzerland – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
Released 4 March 2021, This Culture Smart book is perfect to learning all about the Swiss customs and culture. The book focuses firstly on the history with lots of background information, leading up to up-to-date information for those who want to understand the culture best. The book is perfect for those who will be moving to the country, as it gives the reader a good impression on what to expect based on their own culture vs Swiss culture.
A Tramp Abroad – Mark Twain
Originally published back in 1980s, A Tramp Abroad follows the life of a tramp travelling through Southern and Eastern Europe, which includes of course Switzerland. The book is rather comical, being fictional and autobiographical at the same time. For the parts about Switzerland, the locations of Interlaken, Lucerne and the Alps are highlighted.
Heidi – Johanna Spyri
For a classic children’s story, the book of Heidi can win your heart over. It’s about a little orphaned girl who comes to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. The grandfather is a social outcast, however this little girl wins him over because she’s so delightful. The book follows her adventures such as meeting new friends, including a blind village woman, a local goatherd, and a wealthy child.
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Yep, thats right! Frankenstein was set in Switzerland. The story unfolds from Geneva where Victor creates a creature from a tragic science experiment that becomes out of control. The lonely creature ends up learning true human capabilities to fit in, but is constantly shunned from society. Ultimately, Frankenstein decides to take revenge on his maker Victor and tormentors. A true classic in our Switzerland books list!
Hotel Du Lac – Anita Brookner
Following the footsteps of Edith Hope, she ends up at Hotel Du Lac on Lake Geneva who escapes London, UK after an embarrassing moment with friends. As a romance writer, she ends up stumbling into a Mr Neville along the way, who may enlighten her in the right direction of love. It’s an easy, pleasant and thought-provoking read.
Swiss History in a Nutshell – Grégoire Nappey
This cartoon illustrated book shares fascinating moments about the rich and colourful history of Switzerland. The book highlights the military power within Europe, the many cultural differences and how the Swiss politics and industrial relations were achieved. Great for those wanting to learn more about the history of Switzerland.
Swiss Life: 30 Things I Wish I’d Known – Chantal Panozzo
Written by an American who moved to Zurich, this expat book is all about the author adapting her lifestyle for the delicious Swiss chocolate, hiking in the mountains and the glamorous city life. It is an amusing and insightful story sharing how she struggles to fit in, to the difficulty of the languages, to falling in love and having a baby. For those moving to Switzerland, you will likely be able to relate to a few points she mentions!
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