Switzerland may be neutral but it is certainly not bland. The fusion of German, French and Italian ingredients has formed a robust national culture, and the country’s alpine landscapes have enough zing to reinvigorate the most jaded traveller. The mountains are mainly responsible for the variety of local and regional microclimates. Ticino in the South has a hot, Mediterranean climate, but most of the rest of the country has a central European climate, with summer temperatures typically in the low-to-mid 20’s (high 60’s-70’s) and between 1° C (36° F) and 6° C (42° F) in winter. Goethe summed up Switzerland as a combination of “the colossal and the well-ordered”.