Why is Switzerland called the playground of Europe?
#64815. Asked by xyz123abc. (Apr 20 06 2:45 AM)
Apr 20 06, 4:41 AM
I'd say it'd have more to do with the plethora of ski-resorts and the fact it is bordered by 5 European communities. (Switzerland borders Germany in the north, Austria and the Principality of Liechtenstein in the east, Italy in the south and France in the west.)
Most of these countries would see Switzerland as their 'backyard' just as we Australians use the same terminology regarding the beach resorts of Bali and Indonesia.
Apr 20 06, 6:30 AM
It comes from the title of a book written in 1870 by Leslie Stephen (father of Virginia Woolf) detailing his exploits of mountain climbing (not skiing) of which sport he was one of the pioneers and trekking or walking.
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