Mailbox design alpine style

On a walk today, I noticed cute house letterboxes encased in wood and covered with shingle roofs.

Upon our arrival in Switzerland, I had wanted to cover up our mailbox with a little house, like the ones I had seen in Maine. But a local warned me that letterboxes in Switzerland needed to be visible and remain uncovered.

So after the walk, I googled letterbox rules in Switzerland and learned that it is the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) that imposes requirements regarding location, design and minimum dimensions of house letterboxes. Here is a the fact sheet by the Swiss Post office (for those who can read in German). SO it is possible to encase them! So much for believing everything I hear!

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