The next stop on Norman’s trot was Switzerland. The country is situated in Western and Central Europe, where it is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura. Norman was amazed by the natural beauty of the country and took a visit to the Swiss Natural Park which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
The Swiss National Park, founded in 1914, is the oldest in the Alps. Thanks to the strict conservation of nature the park offers life to ibexes, chamois, marmots, northern hares, lizards and numerous wild birds. Here Norman felt at home. The peace and tranquility was mesmerising and he was delighted to rest his weary legs after his long journey.
Norman visits the Zug museum for Prehistory
After a short break Norman travelled to Zug a place with an extremely long history. The oldest human traces date back to the time of around 14,000 BC. There have been Paleolithic finds on the north bank of Lake Zug, which come from nomadic hunters and gatherers. The well-known, researched and interesting lake-shore village, ‘Sumpf’ (the swamp), dates from the late Bronze Age (up until 850 BC). These rich finds result in a quite differentiated picture of life in former times, attractively represented in the Zug Museum for Prehistory. In addition, many traces from the Iron Age (850-50 BC) and the Roman and Celtic-Roman time (from 50 BC) have been discovered.
Norman took advantage of the Zug museum for Prehistory and examined the tools and equipment people used from many years ago. Here he met a garden gnome who was so delighted to make his acquaintance that he spontaneously decided to give him a lift in his push cart to his place of rest. Norman considered himself lucky and on the way home dreamt of the luscious valleys and rolling mountains of Switzerland.