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April 28, 2020

Wonderful Life of Switzerland in 1980 Through an American Traveler's Lens

These amazing photos were taken by Richard Melton that documented everyday life of Switzerland during his trip to Europe from September 16 to October 1 in 1980.

Switzerland. Café Du Chemin De Fer near Lausanne, 1980

Scene from a train window near the border of Germany and Switzerland traveling between Heidelberg and Basel

Switzerland. A cable car up to the Piz Gloria on top of the Schilthorn near Mürren in the Bernese Oberland, 1980

Switzerland. A man and a bird stare down from the Piz Gloria on the Schilthorn, 1980

Switzerland. A menu display at a McDonald's in Lausanne, 1980

Switzerland. A passage way between old town Bellinzona, 1980

Switzerland. A section of the old part of Luzern, Switzerland beside the old Spreuerbrücke bridge across the Reuss River, 1980

Switzerland. A ship leaving Tell's Chapel on Lake Luzern near Sisikon, 1980

Switzerland. A small village on a stop of a lake steamer ship between Alpnachstad and Luzern, 1980

Switzerland. A street market in front of the National Capitol of Switzerland in Bern, 1980

Switzerland. A view from the top of Mount Pilatus near Luzern, 1980

Switzerland. A view of the Eiger and Jungfrau mountain peaks from Mürren, 1980

Switzerland. A walk at sunset near Mount Säntis, 1980

Switzerland. A waterfall in the Gotthard Pass, 1980

Switzerland. Ageless view, Luzern, 1980

Switzerland. An old stairway that is off limits to visitors at Chillon Castle near Montreux, 1980

Switzerland. At the main train station in Zürich, 1980

Switzerland. By the lake, 1980

Switzerland. Chillon Castle near Montreux, 1980

Switzerland. Coming down Mount Pilatus on the world's steepest cogwheel railway near Alpnachstad, 1980

Switzerland. Fast flowing stream through Andermatt, 1980

Switzerland. Lake Léman in Lausanne, 1980

Switzerland. Luzern night, 1980

Switzerland. Luzern street scenes, 1980

Switzerland. Mürren garden, 1980

Switzerland. Mürren street scenes, 1980

Switzerland. Nice Swiss house, 1980

Switzerland. On the top of the Schilthorn, 1980

Switzerland. Outside Luzern, 1980

Switzerland. Rails across the Oberalp Pass, 1980

Switzerland. Riding up the Schilthorn cable car looking back down at Mürren, 1980

Switzerland. Steps between two buildings on the main road through Alpnachstad, 1980

Switzerland. The cable car terminal on top of Mount Pilatus near Luzern, 1980

Switzerland. The main concourse hall at the Luzern train station, 1980

Switzerland. The station for the Pilatus cogwheel train in Alpnachstad, 1980

Switzerland. View from a hotel room in Hotel Restaurant zum Goldenen Kopf in Bülach, 1980

Switzerland. View from a lake steamer on one of the many stops between Alpnachstad and Luzern, 1980

Switzerland. View from a room at the Hotel Bären in Luzern, 1980

Switzerland. View from Chapel Bridge, Luzern, 1980

Switzerland. View through a train window traveling somewhere in the Canton of Valais, 1980




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