The Swiss canton challenge

December 20, 2010, 4 Comments

How well do you know your cantons? The 26 names maybe but their shapes and places on the Swiss map? I thought that this blog should have something to challenge all its readers and thanks to the lovely HowdyHeidi I discovered this great canton puzzle. Just click on the image or here to play the game.

All you have to do is drag and drop the 26 cantons into their correct places on the map of Switzerland. You’re helped a little bit by the two-letter code for each canton appearing as you move the mouse over its outline – for example, BS is Basel Stadt and VD is Vaud, despite what you might think to the contrary. Note that there’s a little blue canton counter at the bottom (currently saying 0/26), just in case you miss one. Oh, and it’s all against the clock.

Before you get stuck in, take a moment to look at how convoluted some of the cantonal borders are. Hardly a straight line to be seen, with Canton Solothurn getting my award for the wiggliest one around – it’s the green one at the bottom, to the right of Kinderclick.

Now it’s time for the challenge. My best time from three attempts was under two minutes, mainly because I got my Ob- and Nidwaldens muddled up. I’m sure someone out there can beat that, (no cheating though!). So how fast are you?

4 Comments on "The Swiss canton challenge"

  1. Kathy Monday December 20th, 2010 at 09:06 AM · Reply

    Fun! But I seem to be missing the Nidwalden piece.

    • swisswatching Monday December 20th, 2010 at 09:09 AM · Reply

      NW is the small green one at the top, sandwiched between big blue Bern and big green Graubünden.

  2. jofurniss Tuesday December 21st, 2010 at 07:42 PM · Reply

    Oh shame – 353 Sekunden… I think a lot of Kinder can Klick faster than me!

  3. Louis Wednesday December 29th, 2010 at 10:38 PM · Reply

    First try 180 seconds, then 102 seconds, then 85 seconds.

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