My first few impressions of bordering town Thayngen

Thayngen (pronounced: Tie-in-gen) is in the Schaffhausen canton here in Switzerland (the same canton where I live) and sits right on the border to Germany. Although these photos aren’t very new, I’ve been to Thayngen a number of times, mostly to go to my current veterinarian. I almost lived here and I wonder if maybe I’d prefer it to my little village. The grass is always greener on the other side, right? Although, it seems very quiet and not too busy for a town of this size.

According to Wikipedia, as of December 2009, Thayngen had a population of almost 5,000 people. There are a variety of shops including the two major Swiss chain supermarkets Coop and Migros. Just a little further from the shops, you’ll be back in the countryside. A balance of half and half.

I wanted to share Thayngen with all of you mostly to show you what a normal town looks like in Switzerland. Villages like the one I live in are quite popular, but I imagine towns like this are even more so. Now just imagine a few places like my village, Thayngen, Schaffhausen (which you’ll hopefully see soon!), Zürich, and you may just have an almost-perfect image of Switzerland.

I love how there are patches of grass with cows and sheep right between houses in the middle of neighborhoods.

Can you spot the horse in the middle there?

Take a look to the very right, that’s Migros.


Brandi {not your average ordinary}
26 August 2011 - 1:57 am

Eva, it’s all so beautiful — and so very different from what I’m used to here in the States. I can imagine how lovely it would be to live in a little town, though I have to admit, I wouldn’t be able to do it for long. New York City is in my blood.

26 August 2011 - 3:26 am

Your photos are so beautiful. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of what life is like there. So many small towns in the rural USA are just vanishing. My home town is almost gone now. So wonderful to see these towns flourishing as they have done for hundreds of years. I would love living there!

Kayla @ Exquisite Banana
27 August 2011 - 2:52 am

absolutely beautiful. every time you share glimpses of your life and the land in Switzerland, my heart swells. one day, I will visit you and we will run through those fields under the setting sun.

Erin Moline (@_InThisWorld_)
27 August 2011 - 2:59 am

Just found your sweet blog, love it!

27 August 2011 - 1:46 pm

Love the photos. You really catch the Switzerland as it is. Those old houses with wooden windows, nice.

29 August 2011 - 12:32 pm

Brandi – Even the big cities here are nothing compared to NYC or London. It’s a very different atmosphere, but I’m not complaining. I like a little bit of both at different times. I wonder if I’ll ever settle down, ha!

Diane – I know what you mean, the town where I lived in the States was doing everything possible to become so much bigger.

Kayla – By the time we’d be able to do that, I think I’ll be long gone from here! Perhaps in the place I’ll be at the time we could do just that or come back and visit. : )

Thank you Erin and Kimberly!

Misty :)
16 September 2011 - 6:03 pm

I love these pictures! I just love the architecture in Switzerland. The homes and buildings are so beautiful! It makes me wish America had architecture that amazing! And I love how you included the picture of the cow! He was so cute!!! What are the tags on his ears for though???

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