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Sils im Engadin/Segl

Sils im Engadin/Segl, Switzerland

Sample Extreme Solitude

“Philosophy, as I have so far understood and lived it, means living voluntarily among ice and high mountains—seeking out everything strange and questionable in existence...” Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, famously spent a long period of his life surrounded by ragged, snow-capped mountains of Sils-Maria, in the Upper Engadine region. Here, he claimed there to be “the best and mightiest” air to breathe in Europe. Indeed the region remains popular among visitors who come to see the house where Nietzsche stayed every summer from 1883-1888, and trek the very mountains with which he found such extreme isolation.