- 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)
- Weather: either sunny and freezing cold or severe blizzard
- The valleys:
- Peaceful evergreen pastures with goats and/or cows
- Large, half-timbered houses
- Weather: either sunny and warm or romantic snowfall
- The Black Forest (which isn't part of any of the aforementioned regions)
- 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
- Long blond hair (usually in braids)
- Dirndl dresses (cf. Lederhosen for inaccurate geographical/cultural application)
- Often overweight and with Gag Boobs
- Tall and slender (if they're young) or short and stocky (if they're old)
- Bankers (Male)
- 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).
- Fondue (may be either chocolate or cheese)
- Beer (especially around Oktoberfest)
- Schnitzel, usually wienerschnitzel
- Dark rye bread
- Cows with big clanking bells
- Saint Bernard dogs (usually with brandy casks around their necks)
- Ibexes (always aggressive against whomever)
- Groundhogs (note that groundhogs are native to North America. There are marmots in the Alps, but they're a separate species.)
- Mountain wildflowers, especially edelweiss.
- 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
Never shown :
- 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.
- The warmest region in Switzerland; it's also the sunniest, wettest, and least snowfall in the country
- Bellinzona's Three Castles and Lakes Maggiore and Lugano.
- The Locarno International Film Festival, world-famous and influential film festival also notable for its giant open-air screen
- Speaks Italian.
- Switzerland's eventful military history
- Switzerland's major role in the Reformation
- Huldlrych Zwingli and John Calvin
- Any place in Lower Austria, including Vienna. Also Burgenland; home to a significant Hungarian and Croatian minority, this flat region was not even Austrian territory until the end of World War I.
- 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. And Austria had both a coast and a quite sizeable navy until 1918.
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- Often depicted in Ricola commercials. Which more of a kindo of Self-Deprecation, since Ricola is a Swiss product.
- 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.
- Toaster Strudel
Anime & Manga
- Axis Powers Hetalia — Japan was forced violently and hilariously out of his Heidi-inspired conception of the country, as its Anthropomorphic Personification is a Gunslinger Rich Son Of A Bitch. Which in some official pin-up art is depicted with soldier attire of yesteryear. You wanted to know how Switzerland managed to remain neutral in most of the most recent wars? Now you know.
- Said Rich Son of a Bitch's little sister, however, plays it more or less straight. She's gentle, polite, soft-spoken, and used to have long hair in braids. And the two are nigh inseparable.
- Cranked Up to Eleven in the anime. It has to be seen to be believed.
- Alluded again in recent sketches, which have Switzerland dressing up as Wilhem Tell and Liechtenstein posing as Tell's son
- Sound of the Sky, though weirdly enough, the setting's a post-apocalyptic Japan that takes its town, buildings and countryside from the Spanish town of Cuenca.
- Heidi, Girl of the Alps, and how. To be fair, it's based on a novel that thrives on Yodel Land (see below).
- Honoo No Alpen Rose, in which an amnesiac girl who once was the Sole Survivor of an accident travels through pre-World War II Switzerland with her boyfriend, both searching for her past and running away both from a Stalker With a Crush and Those Wacky Nazis. Alpen Rose is actually a lullaby that she has struck on her mind, apparently the only real proof of who she is.
- While probably one of the overall best depictions of Germany in any anime, Berlin in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex has a few streets that invoke a Yodel Land style. Even considering that in the timeline Berlin was destroyed and rebuild, it looks very out of place to anyone who actually has been to Berlin or northern Germany.
- Goofy as Wilhelm Tell. It was set in Yodel Land, and there were lederhosen, cheese, hats with feathers, an alpenhorn, and fondue. Donald Duck has also been 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."
- 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.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- The Third Man references this trope. And the Pinky and the Brain parody "The Third Mouse" does it, too.
- The Shirley Temple movie Heidi, and the distant sequel Courage Mountain with Noely Thornton and a very young Charlie Sheen.
- Moon Zero Two 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 (1963) 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:
- 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, and when people still remembered that mountaineering and downhill skiing had been pioneered by British tourists). 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.
- 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.
- Gustav Mahler composed many of his symphonies in various Alpine retreats in between long walks on mountain paths, and it shows. In one famous anecdote, Bruno Walter, visiting Mahler in Steinbach am Attersee while he was working on his third symphony, expressed his admiration of the mountain scenery, and Mahler's reply ran something along the lines of, "No need looking at that—I've already composed it all."
- Wilhelm Tell by Friedrich Schiller, one of the most quote-laden plays in German literature.
- The opera William Tell by Gioacchino Rossini, of the famous overture.
- 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.note 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.)
- According to Richard Wagner's stage directions, the beginning of Rheingold must be set in the Swiss Alps, not far from where Wagner lived when he wrote and composed the opera.
- At the Disney Theme Parks:
- It's a Small World has a scene for Switzerland that includes several giant clocks and dolls yodeling along to the tune of the infamous song.
- 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.
- "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.
- 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.
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. In the original he's German, in the German dub he's Swiss.
- 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.
- 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.