The story has it, that when God was distributing the riches, Switzerland was at the end of the list of countries :-), and there was nothing left to receive… God looked around sheepishly, and said “And you will have a beautiful nature!” Well, at least that’s an official version. I think it was a little different: “And you will have a beautiful nature and many open air festivals!”, He'd say.
Summers in Switzerland are great. Even the drama of the global warming (it does get hotter all over) seems cheerful and non-dramatic. People simply line up on the banks of Reus, Aare, Rein, and Limmat; they switch from “kafi lutz” to white wine spritzers and iced coffees (I am having a caramel flavored one this very moment), and they wait till the sun goes down so they could move to the next of many open air events.
My next open air destination - Blue Balls festival in Luzern next Friday. From 18h to 20h in the Pavillon performs Peter Finc, Badener and my former neighbor. Here is a link to his music: http://www.peterfinc.com/