Yes, there really is a Swiss Knife Valley.

And we took the very winding, often narrow, looooooong-tunnelled route between Brienz and Brunnen, the home of the Victorinox museum and the heart of Swiss Knife Valley. The lure of assembling one’s very own, monogrammed original Swiss Army Knife was too great to stay away. We did need an appointment, which was easily made in English by phone the day before.

Brunnen, home of the Victorinox museum.

Brunnen, home of the Victorinox museum.

The instructor there in the middle, explaining to Stoney and Theo the parts they are putting together.

The instructor there in the middle, explaining to Stoney and Theo the parts they are putting together.

The truly handy end results, accompanied by all kinds of new trivia.

The truly handy end results, accompanied by all kinds of new trivia.

But Brunnen was more than just a knife museum. It also had a stunning view…

I think Switzerland must have as many lakes as they have mountains.

I think Switzerland must have as many lakes as they have mountains.

Th everpresent haze over the mountains and lake. I am going to have fun playing with these effects in paint!

Th everpresent haze over the mountains and lake. I am going to have fun playing with these effects in paint!

And, although not the most picturesque Swiss town we visited, it had an irresistible miniature golf course. We succumbed.

Theo, displaying his laissez-faire form. He actually really golfs, so you can see he considers this total play.

Theo, displaying his laissez-faire form. He actually really golfs, so you can see he considers this total play.

The statuary throughout this little course was amazing. Half of why I chose to play was just to get closer to the forms. It certainly wasn’t my high likelihood of dominating at this game. Ahem.

See the peacock in the distance behind the lion?

See the peacock in the distance behind the lion?

An eagle.

An eagle.

A giant mantid.

A giant mantid.

A wof.

A wolf.

I think Brunnen is a great place to take kids. It was very engaging and kid-accessible. And we have wonderful souvenirs!  I even have a pair of Victorinox steak knives now, just not with my name engraved.

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