"One of your shutters is hanging loose"

Many houses in Switzerland, both old-fashioned and modern, have window shutters. However, as may be seen from the pictures below, taken close to the period in which Heidi was written, the design of Swiss Alpine chalets was very varied.

 

Swiss Alpine chalets in Bernese Oberland (1890-1900)
Public DomainSwiss Alpine chalets in the Bernese Oberland (1890-1900) - Credit: U.S. Library of Congress
Swiss Alpince chalet in Bernese Oberland (1890-1900)
Public DomainSwiss Alpine chalet in the Bernese Oberland (1890-1900) - Credit: Library of Congress
Swiss Alpine chalets in Valais (1890-1910)
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSwiss Alpine chalets in Valais (1890-1910) - Credit: Snapshots of the Past