From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"You have no need to have read Payne Knight, or Louis Viardot, or John Ruskin, to be able to understand Mont Blanc. The Grands Mulets and the Mer de Glace would interest the merest clodhopper. This is the reason why Switzerland is with travellers an universal favourite. You can’t wrangle about the conflict of styles in a precipice; the odium theologicum has nothing to lay hold of in an avalanche."--Rome and Venice: With Other Wanderings in Italy, in 1866-7 (1869) by George Augustus Sala
Switzerland is a sovereign country in south central Europe. It is bordered on the west by France, the east by Austria and Liechtenstein, the north by Germany, and the south by Italy. Official languages are German, French, Italian and Romansch. Official name: Swiss Confederation.