From Tuscany, we headed due north to Switzerland to hike in the beloved Alps. Every European we met beforehand said the exact same thing, but in about 10 different accents -- "WHY you go there?? It's quieeet, it's borrrriiing." Coming from Spain, France, and Italy where everyone is out in the streets loudly enjoying life - yes, totally quiet. Boring, not a chance!! We hiked in the Jungfrau Region up on the Murren-Schilthorn trails (2970 m up!) and explored the Trummelbach waterfalls inside a mountain. That part of the country really is near-silent, but in the most lovely and peaceful way. It is also an absolutely amazing creation to play in and marvel at!
Once we got into Swizterland, Austria, and Germany we left wine and turned to beer. Locally-brewed cold beer after hiking hard in the Alps .... yes please!!!