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Yodel Land
The Hollywood Atlas version of Switzerland, as well as Bavaria, Austria, Northern Italy, and other regions in or near the Alps — in fact, any place in Germany is also frequently part of Yodel Land in the Hollywood Atlas.

A quick guide:

Scenery:
  • The Alps:
    • The Matterhorn
    • High and unreachable sharp mountain peaks with dangerously narrow and unstable pathways
    • Expensive ski resorts
    • Edelweiss (makes up some 80-90% of all non-generic flowers in Yodel Land)
    • Avalanches
    • Weather: either sunny and freezing cold or severe blizzard
  • The valleys:
    • Peaceful evergreen pastures with goats and/or cows
    • Large, half-timbered houses
    • Avalanches
    • Weather: either sunny and warm or romantic snowfall
  • The Black Forest (which isn't part of any of the aforementioned regions)

Appearance:
  • Men:
    • Lederhosen (often inaccurately depicted in places where they have never been traditional, e.g. most of Germany and all of Switzerland)
    • Tyrolean hats (little green felt hats with a tuft of fur in the band) or Oktoberfest hats
    • Huge, twirly or funny-looking moustaches
    • Monocles or glasses
    • Gray beards (if they're past 55)
    • Brushy handlebar mustaches
  • Women:
    • Long blond hair (usually in braids)
    • Dirndl dresses (cf. Lederhosen for inaccurate geographical/cultural application)
    • Aprons
    • Often overweight and with Gag Boobs
  • General:
    • Tall and slender (if they're young) or short and stocky (if they're old)

Professions:
  • Bankers (Male)
    • GOLD
    • They're sometimes gnomes
  • Cheesemakers (Male)
  • Chocolatiers (Male)
  • Clock/watchmakers (Male)
  • Woodcarvers (Male)
  • Cow/goat/shepherds (Usually children; more often male than female, but females do appear occasionally.)
  • Alpinists (or guides) (Male)
  • Ski resort owners (Male)
  • Innkeepers (Male)
  • Beautiful blonde-braided girls in cleavaged Bavarian tavern wench dresses (like in Oktoberfest) (Female)
  • Waitresses (See above)
  • Spies (Badass if male, beautiful and seductive if female)
  • Hunters (or more commonly, poachers).

Cuisine:
  • Cheese
  • Chocolate
  • Fondue (may be either chocolate or cheese)
  • Brandy
  • Beer (especially around Oktoberfest)
  • Schnitzel, usually wienerschnitzel
  • Sausages
  • Dark rye bread
  • Strudel

Wildlife:
  • Goats
  • Cows with big clanking bells
  • Sheep
  • Saint Bernard dogs (usually with brandy casks around their necks)
  • Gulls
  • Ibexes (always aggressive against whomever)
  • Groundhogs
  • Mountain wildflowers, especially edelweiss.

Misc. culture:
  • Yodelling
  • Swiss army knives with 293,487,569,234,756 blades, including absurd/funny ones
  • Extremely precise Swiss watches
  • Cuckoo clocks, though they weren't in fact invented in Switzerland or anywhere else in the Alps.
    • Invented in the Black Forest, which is usually lumped together with Yodel Land, so it's not that a bad mistake.
  • Alphorns and the Ranz des Vaches
  • Rustic carved wooden bears
  • William Tell
  • Dancing the laendler

Cultural values:
  • Neutrality
  • Hospitality
  • Prosperity
  • Pedantism


Never shown :
  • Geneva
    • Headquarters of the WHO, the WTO and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
    • The CERN research institute and its Large Hadron Collider
    • Speaks French.
  • Switzerland's eventful military history
  • Switzerland's major role in the Reformation
    • Huldlrych Zwingli and John Calvin
  • Any place in Lower Austria, including Vienna.
  • The rivers and the traffic on them
    • Rhine (Rhein)- originates in Switzerland long before it reaches the Loreley. In centuries past, it could flood up to a third of the whole country of Liechtenstein.
    • Aare - surrounding the old part of Bern on three sides.
    • Danube (Donau) - The one mentioned in the title of The Blue Danube. (Originates in the Black Forest and flows through Austria, but neither through Switzerland nor through the Alps.)
    • Several others providing good opportunity for heavy ship traffic, both tourism and freight. While references to Switzerland and Austria having navies may seem jocular (neither has a coastline), both countries maintain a number of patrol boats on the rivers and larger lakes, kept by the army and police force respectively.

May overlap with Oktoberfest, given the German influence in the region, or with Norse by Norsewest due to confusing Switzerland with Sweden. The Spanish-speaking people make the latter confusion because in the language both countries names ("Suiza" and "Suecia" respectively) are way more similar. Same goes for Russians ("Shveytsariya" and "Shvetsiya").

See Switzerland for a more nuanced depiction. Also see William Telling.


Examples:

Advertising
  • Often depicted in Ricola commercials.
  • Invoked in this Heidi Klum photoshoot.
  • Any Milka commercial is situated there. Milka is Swiss, so that's reasonable.
    • Interestingly it was invented by a swiss chocolatier in Austria and is produced all over the world but not in Switzerland who prefer Lindt and Suchard with Germans in particular that love Milka.
  • St. Ives health-and-beauty products
  • Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix
  • Extremely frequent in milk or milk product commercials in the aforementioned countries.

Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • Goofy as Wilhelm Tell. It was set in Yodel Land, and there were lederhosen, cheese, hats with feathers, an alpenhorn, and fondue.
    • Some excerpts from it - in German, though [1] [2]
    • Also Donald Duck has been Wilhelm Tell once with the Beagle Boys as the enemy and Scrooge McDuck as a not-so-rich-anymore cheese sealer. The famous apple shoot is of course included, but is a bit unsual, since with three nephews there are also three apples to be shot at one time.
  • Astérix in Switzerland anachronistically depicts "Helvetia" with many Swiss stereotypes: fondue, cheese with holes, secret banking, a "United Tribes" building, yodeling over alphorns, the invention of the cuckoo clock, and a Flower from the Mountaintop. There is also a subverted attempt at William Telling.
  • The DCU's United Nations-chartered organization Checkmate is based in the Swiss Alps, in a medieval castle known only as "The Castle."

Fairy Tales
  • A fairy tale called "Hansi and the Nix" is about a young cowherd named Hansi, who likes yodelling. He encounters a water spirit or freshwater mermaid he calls Nixie. The two fall in love over the course of the summer, but then fall comes and Nixie doesn't want to come up to the surface anymore because it's too cold for her. So Hansi agrees to live with her...and starts to miss all the classic aspects of Yodel Land: his favorite dairy cow, the cheese he made from the cow's milk, mountain flowers, etc. To make him happy (and thus remove any motivation for leaving the lake), Nixie brings him one thing...and then he gets wistful for another. So one night, to put an end to that, she brings down Hansi's entire village. And they lived Happily Ever After under the lake.

Film
  • The Third Man references this trope.
  • The Shirley Temple movie Heidi, and the distant sequel Courage Mountain with Noely Thornton and a very young Charlie Sheen.
  • The So Bad, It's Good British sci-fi movie from 1969 Moon Zero Two (later seen on MST3K) had a scene where the villain's Bikini Girls were too busy playing with the whole-wall TV set to pay attention to the game of Monopoly they were supposed to be playing with their boss. One of them was setting the screens to show typical Swiss scenery, an alpine meadow filled with typically Swiss cows. The boss ordered them to turn the wall off...
    Girl: But I've never been to Switzerland!
    Boss: The only thing worth seeing there are the banks.
  • Many James Bond movies end up in Yodel Land:
    • Most of the action in On Her Majesty's Secret Service takes place in Switzerland, much of it at ski resorts.
    • A small part of Goldfinger also takes place in Switzerland (to which country he follows Goldfinger by car.) Much of the movie actually avoids this trope, however, taking place in Goldfinger's metallurgical plant, hardly part of the typical image.
    • Parts of For Your Eyes Only take place in Switzerland
    • In The Living Daylights, we see a very stereotypical Vienna.
    • In Quantum of Solace a performance of Tosca takes place in Austria.
  • Laurel and Hardy in Swiss Miss.
  • Most of the action in the original The Pink Panther takes place at a Swiss ski resort.
  • The Tim Burton version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory practically declares all of Germany Yodel Land by placing the city of Düsseldorf there.
  • Most of Feuer Eis Und Dosenbier (a German movie, mind you) takes place somewhere that's not quite clear whether it shall be Switzerland or Austria, although it's two hours of walking distance uphill from an infamous Austrian ski resort.
  • Partially subverted in the 1978 film Silver Bears. It's set in Lugano, in the Italian speaking part Switzerland (a fact noted by a character). But the plot revolves around banking and money laundering.
  • Many German or Austrian heimatfilme take place here, and is no less stereotypical and clichéd than non-German productions.
  • Invoked In-Universe by Ophelia's costume in Trading Places:
    Coleman: Let me see, you would be from Austria. Am I right?
    Ophelia: No, I am Inga from Sweden.
    Coleman: Sweden? ...but you're wearing Lederhosen.

Literature
  • In David Drake and S.M. Stirling's The General, the Halvardi are Swiss barbarian analogues.
    • "The Ambassadors of the Free Canton of the Halvardi!"
    • "the eastern mountain tribe"
    • "[their] hair was mostly blond, and both sexes wore it in long braids that fell to their waists on either side"
    • "A shaman capered before them, waving a ... ceremonial wooden house with a small jeweled bird within..."
    • Note: Halvardi = "Helvetia", which is very Swiss.
    • it's also a type of cheese.
  • Older Than Radio: Johanna Spyri's Heidi series, also because (or although) it is Swiss-made itself.
  • Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, harboured a genuine love for the Germanic parts of the Alps (and for winter sports, in a time when they were an elitist pastime reserved for the moneyed travelers.) Not only did the literary Bond visit the region on several occasions, he was a Yodel Lander himself, being half-Swiss! You Only Live Twice reveals that Bond's mother, Monique Delacroix, was Swiss, and that both parents died while mountain climbing in France.

Live-Action TV
  • The "Cliff Hangers" game on The Price Is Right invokes this trope, with a little man in lederhosen and a hat with a feather climbing a mountain to very yodel-y music.
  • In one episode of Covert Affairs, Annie is assigned as a courier to an agent in Switzerland only to have the mission go wrong and force her to go on the run from the police with Eyal Levin.

Theatre
  • The Sound of Music ventures into this area with the song "Edelweiss" and the yodeling-heavy marionette song about the lonely goatherd (which is also danced as a Ländler).
  • The city of Merano, South Tyrol (currently Italian, "used to be Austrian") sometimes is a setting in the musical Chess by Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Very reasonable, since the World Chess Championship match between Karpov and Korchnoi, that was part of the inspiration for the musical, was held in Merano in 1981). Sometimes Merano isn't included, because the musical seems to be so completely rewritten for each production that there's very little that's canon.
    "It's living your life in a show by Rodgers and Hammerstein!"
  • Music in the Air incorporates some elements of this, though there's hardly any mountain climbing and the middle of the show is set in the big city of Munich. (The failed 1951 revival relocated the show from Bavaria to Switzerland.)

Theme Parks
  • Disneyland literally built a replica of the Matterhorn as one of their attractions, the Matterhorn Bobsleds. In addition to a thrilling ride to meet the Abominable Snowman, climbers frequently scale the mountain's sides and yodelers will entertain guests below.

Video Games
  • "Switzerland" is a bonus in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Don't attack, take no damage.
  • The town of Spielburg in Quest for Glory I is very much this.
  • Hildegard von Krone from the Soul Series hails from the fictional European Kingdom of Wolfkrone, which is German-speaking (hence her name), has an Alpine look (complete with giant cuckoo-clock/carousel monument) and appears to be located between Germany and Switzerland, according to the artbook released for V.
  • Switzerland appears as one of the national rally championships in Rally Trophy. The trope is played more realistically than usual, but there's still some minor stereotypes involved, given the game's love for Affectionate Parody humour. Also, expect lots of Scenery Porn while rallying.
  • Agent Under Fire has an alpine base, which holds the original world leaders, who are about to be killed and replaced by clones.

Western Animation
  • In the Making Fiends episode "Toupee", Mr. Milk has a fantasy song sequence where he imagines being a Swiss Banker that mostly consists of this trope.
    I could...
    Count Swiss francs while I yodel
    Eat fondue with the locals
    Work with clients overseas
    Keep a safe filled up with cheese!
  • Uter from The Simpsons is a prime example of a Yodellander.
  • The Animaniacs sketch (and song) "Schitznelbank" is an example of this (overlapping with Oktoberfest).
  • Heinrich von Sugarbottom of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers fame is clearly a Yodel Lander. Up to and including chocolate in a fondue-style kettle.
  • In Ruby Gloom, the gang gets a visit from Yodellander twins Uta and Gunther in the episode "Ubergloom". German fans were quite upset, as they didn't expect this show to resort to such stereotypes.
  • The Disney animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs takes place in a medieval version of this.
    • Also, Pinocchio, despite the original story taking place in Italy, wears lederhosen and a Tyrolean hat.
  • "Hey look, Materhosen!"
  • Sven Hoek from The Ren & Stimpy Show. His name and accent, however, suggest Scandinavia.
  • The sausage cult (yes, really) in the Rocko's Modern Life episode "Schnit Heads" wears lederhosen and views any foodstuffs other than schnitzel (even pizza with sausage on it) as an abomination.


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