1700. The Heart of Every Swiss Town

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A little way up the slopes on yonder side is Tamins. Here you get that cozy Swiss Alpine feel once again. In Swiss Alpine villages, the epicenter of the village is not a church, plaza or war memorial (war?! What\'s that?) Instead, it\'s a tall sign with arrows pointing in many directions. Each arrow is a hiking, biking, or skiing trail, and it shows the distance and approximate time to reach each destination. And—of course—a detailed trail map of the entire region. This is the \"heart\" of a Swiss mountain village.

And what about the church? Unlike all the rest of Europe, where the church is right in the center of the town, easily accessible. Swiss churches, however, are often up on whatever hill is nearest to the village! Even when going to church the Swiss apparently like to challenge themselves physically!

The Traveler follows a gently sloping trail heading east, with a view of the Rhine far below to the right and a mix of wooded and rock cliffs to the left—and plenty of friendly \"Gruezis\" from fellow hikers and cyclists along the way. It\'s inspiring to see that, not only is this country beautiful, but it\'s people are enjoying and appreciating its beauty.

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