Travelling in Switzerland – Wangen a picturesque village
Wagen is a mix or rural and urban tiny village, where the most traditional cottage houses with colorful beams, fountains with fresh waters, horses, forests and green fields come together.
When travelling in Switzerland, you will come across amazing cities and villages. When I saw the old center of Wangen, during one of my walks I was amazed by how picturesque this place is. People are quite friendly here, always greeting me with a friendly: “Grüzi” (Swiss-German way to say Hello!). I don’t think tourists come here at all, so when I was walking around taking photos of every little thing, people were quite curious about me and their smiles seemed to double in size.
Wangen is a really tiny village, you can walk all the old center in just a few minutes, but it’s so beautiful.
Wangen is very well located, near Zurich, but far enough to have peace and tranquillity. The air is incredibly clean. From here it’s possible to move around by bike or the famous super punctual buses and trains that take you straight to Zurich.
Wangen is a mix of urban and rural, so it’s normal to see horse stables under the old houses. Some are now converted into garages or storage places, but you still see horses around here. This is an interesting combination, quite similar to what we find in the extreme north of Portugal, although the architecture is radically different.
The Yards are a lot of fun here. People decorate them with animals, “gnomes”, and other creatures. Since Christmas was not a long a long time ago, there are still some remains of the colorful decorations around.
Before I came to Switzerland I had this funny stereotype of what the country should look like, and I have to admit that architecture wise, I’m pretty pleased to be surrounded by these unique old cottage houses. They’re very colorful and picturesque.
I specially like the fountain bellow, which is one of many around town. I believe most of them are meant to be for the horses, since the shape is identical to the old Portuguese drinking spots for equines. This one though, represents the strong agricultural roots of Wangen with the statue of the peasant woman and the child.