Maienfeld in the distinctive Bündner Herrschaft region of Graubünden inspired the poetess Johanna Spyri to write her novel Heidi. In the Heidi village, the story of this cheerful, nature-loving little orphan girl comes to life at the original locales of the story.
In 1839 a German pharmacist moved to Vevey in the French part of Switzerland and changed his name from Heinrich Nestle to Henri Nestlé. His company, which is known the world over today, founded the Alimentarium, a museum of nutrition.
Swissminiature is Switzerland on a smaller scale. There are 130 models of houses, castles and monuments in the open air, distributed throughout the 14,000 square meter park. The models have been recreated authentically - with great attention to detail - and are surrounded by thousands of plants and flowers.