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Switzerland is like a gigantic picture frame. Beautiful rocky mountain views that stretch from border to border are interspersed with charming towns embracing valley levels. Both summer and winter hikers and skiers will find it to be a pleasure. The ideal places to visit in Switzerland are its little towns, which serve as entrance points to this alpine haven. But before departing for uncharted territory, take some time to explore these delightful Swiss settlements.

1. Spiez

Spiez
Spiez

The town of Spiez is situated on Lake Thun’s shoreline, encircled by forests and vineyards. Spiez, a town of 12,000, is most renowned for its 1,000-year-old Early Romanesque church and its medieval castle.

The castle, which now serves as a museum, would be mistaken for a massive white cottage if not for the great stone tower. A lake sail and a trip to the castle are frequently combined. Enjoy a glass of Spiezer, the regional wine, to cap off a day of trekking or fishing.

2. Soglio

Soglio
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Soglio

Another tiny Swiss town with a stunning landscape is Soglio. In the summer, wildflowers bloom on slopes as snow-capped mountains dominate the horizon. The main feature of Soglio, the Church of San Lorenzo, which towers above the settlement and has a bell tower, looks out over this breathtaking landscape.

Explore the hotel-turned-palazzo Solis’s winding cobblestone alleys to find its Mediterranean decor and massive sequoia trees. Take advantage of the quiet that this tiny community fosters by going for a walk through the chestnut forest or along the Bergell trail.

3. Morcote

Morcote
Morcote

Like other little villages in Switzerland, Morcote is charming. But this small community of 771 people goes a step further. Morcote, a town on the banks of Lake Lugano, won the title of Switzerland’s most picturesque town in 2016.

The community is well-known for its architecture, which includes a medieval arcade. The Santa Maria del Sasso church, which dates to the 13th century, as well as 16th-century homes, are also present. The Botanical and Art Park, which features exhibits of plants and artwork, is well worthwhile visiting.

4. Interlaken

Interlaken
Interlaken

Although Interlaken serves as a starting point for trips to the Bernese Alps alpine villages, it also merits a trip on its own. Since the early 1800s, when landscape painters like Franz Konig gave inspiration through their paintings, it has been a popular tourist destination.

At that time, people came for the spa services and the refreshing mountain air. The music festivals held in Interlaken are well known. You should take a leisurely paddleboat tour on one (or both) of Lakes Thun and Brienz since it is situated on those bodies of water.

5. Wengen

Wengen
Wengen

Only 1,300 people call Wengen, Switzerland, their permanent home, yet judging by the throng, you wouldn’t know it. Ten thousand people come for skiing in the winter, while 5,000 people come in the summer to hike the 310 miles of trails.

Ski competitions are frequently held in Wengen. Historic residences from the Belle Epoque period can be found at this resort. Watch out for climbers attempting to ascend the north face of the Eiger mountain as you take the train to Wengen.

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6. Stein am Rhein

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Stein-am-Rhein

While tourists may visit Stein am Rhein to take in the landscape (it’s on Lake Constance), many come to see the distinctive architecture of the community. The Old Town’s well-preserved half-timbered buildings are complemented by their colorful and ornately adorned facades.

Although Stein am Rhein was formerly a Roman fortification, the community is now home to several impressive post-Roman structures. There is a historic church honoring St. John the Baptist, the St. Georgen monastery, and a museum that depicts 19th-century life in Stein am Rhein.

7. Murren

Murren
Murren

It’s likely that you are familiar with the cable car and a rotating restaurant on Schilthorn if you are a James Bond enthusiast. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which was shot at Murren, featured them.

Or if you grew up reading Heidi stories, this authentic Alpine village will bring back memories of your own childhood. Murren offers breathtaking vistas everywhere you turn, from towering peaks like the Eiger and Jungfrau to flower-filled meadows.

8. Grindelwald

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Grindelwald and Gilbert Grindelwald may bear the same name, but there the resemblance ends. Gilbert Grindelwald is a dark character in the Harry Potter series, while Grindelwald is a picturesque town in the Bernese Alps.

The scenery from here is fantastic and includes north-face views of Eiger. Home to the largest ski resort in the Jungfrau region, Grindelwald has been a top tourist destination since the 18th century. There’s plenty of good hiking in the summer, including the Eiger Trail.

9. Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen

In Lauterbrunnen, there are 72 waterfalls that stream down the mountains in this magnificent valley. The most well-known of these is Staubbach Falls, one of Europe’s tallest waterfalls, with a plunge of almost a thousand feet.

For excursions into the Jungfrau region, including trips across the valley to Murren, the town itself serves as a starting point. Many authors, including Goethe, were inspired by this modest, charming community situated among the mountains. The valley must be explored on foot, while those with greater courage might prefer skydiving or paragliding.

10. Zermatt

Zermatt
Zermatt

Due to its location at the base of the Matterhorn, one of Switzerland’s tallest mountains, Zermatt is a well-known ski and climbing destination. If you want some bling and glamour with your outdoor pursuits, head to Zermatt.

Despite being near the Italian border, German is more frequently spoken by Zermatt locals. For breathtaking views of the renowned Matterhorn, you can trek or take a cable car into the mountains.

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