The Queen in Switzerland
2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s visit to Switzerland. The British Queen spent five weeks in Switzerland from 7 August to 9 September 1868. After the death of her husband Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1861, the queen had largely withdrawn from public life and could no longer escape her grief. She also embarked on the journey in memory of her husband, who was enthusiastic about Switzerland. She was to make a significant contribution to her recovery. Although she only travelled with a small court and incognito, half of Europe knew about the trip. From Lucerne she visited the well-known destinations such as the Rigi and the Pilatus, a highlight was the three-day excursion to the Furka and the Rhone glacier. She kept a daily diary and recorded her impressions in watercolours. The journey of the most powerful woman in the world at the time marks the beginning of booming tourism in Central Switzerland.