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Most of people speak German, then a bit speak French, and the extreme southern part speaks some Italian.
It is a small place surrounded by these other large countries.
A lot speak English of course! Most shopkeepers and restauranteurs in the larger cites, then in smaller towns, you are on your own. There is an Abbey on Lake Geneva where the Pope used to stop on his way from Rome to Brussells. It has been turned into a hotel and is right on the lake, a fabulous place to spend one night, pricey. Right next door to an equally fabulous restaurant.
Information is available in Michelin guide..
Google “Le Abbye” or The Abbey in
Switzerland to get more info on this place. A great staple meal in most restauraunts is steak and french fries, with a sauce of blue cheese that is mixed with the grease that the steak is cooking in, sounds fattening and unhealthy but IS, but get one. It is the national dish.
hi i’m swiss but i never heard of this “national dish”, sounds disgusting.
Hey, I never heard of this blue cheese sauce either. The national dish of Switzerland is Rösti, possibly Fondue in the french areas.
I stayed in Zermatt and the majority of locals there spoke four languages: German, French, English & the native language which i forget the name of.
As above, regarding food, i remember a lot of cold meats and fondue and Raclett (spelling?) also, which although i didn’t try i think is mainly cheese.
I love Raclette, which is a specific cheese, sliced, melted and poured over potatoes.
In fact, the four official languages are German, French, Italian and Rumantsch. However, many Swiss speak English quite well.
- German is by far the most used language. It’s spoken in the middle, the northern and and the eastern part of the country.
- French is spoken in the west, called “La Suisse Romande”.
- Italian is spoken only in the south. In Ticino.
- Rumantsch is only spoken in Graubuenden. But they also speak German and Italian. Some Graubuendeners don’t eben speak Rumantsch. It’s only spoken by 0.5% of the Swiss population.
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