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Appenzellerland, Switzerland, the land of happy cows

In Appenzellerland in north-east Switzerland, cows graze quietly on rolling hills and get daily massages. And the beef dishes are excellent.

Published on Apr 27, 2014 6:19 PM

It took two whole days in Appenzellerland before I noticed the calming silence.

"How come the cows here don't moo?" I finally asked my guide Alfonso Llopert in the lush, beautiful, hilly region in north-east Switzerland.

"Because the cows have no complaints. They're all very happy here," he replied.

He is joking, of course, but it is not implausible.

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Getting there

Swiss International Air Lines and Singapore Airlines offer daily direct flights to Zurich.

From the train station at Zurich Airport, take a Swiss Railways train heading to Gossau. At Gossau, switch to an Appenzell Railways train in the direction of Wasserauen and alight at the town of Appenzell. The entire train journey is a picturesque 11/2-hour ride through stunning rolling hills and pretty little towns, costing around 37 Swiss francs (S$53).