Switzerland has long been known for its breathtaking scenery, delicious cuisine, and the majestic beauty of the Alps. Though small compared to its neighboring countries, Switzerland has so much to offer for all types of travelers. The best way for visitors who are seeking an authentic Swiss experience, getting to know the locals and enjoying the awe-inspiring nature that the country is known for, should seek out the tiny villages, nestled high in the mountains. At RoutePerfect, we have compiled a list of the 10 most charming Swiss villages and towns. So, what are you waiting for? Head off the beaten path to these lesser known destinations, you’ll be glad you did.
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Gimmelwald – Nestled high in the Alps overlooking the Lauterbrunnen Valley, this postcard-perfect town is the quintessential Swiss Alpine village. This tiny car-free village is only reachable by hiking or cable car. Gimmelwald simply feels like another world, a simpler, slower paced life, surrounded by the most breathtaking scenery in the world. The only bad thing about Gimmelwald is how difficult it will be to leave.
Wengen – Situated at the foot of the Jungfrau Mountain, this traditional car-free resort town boasts breathtaking views, warm locals, delicious food, and access to some of the country’s most wonderful nature. Hike through the green hills in the spring, admire the valley ablaze in the warm colors of autumn, or enjoy skiing and other sports in the winter, this picture-perfect town is an amazing holiday destination all year round.
Interlaken – Situated between two clear blue lakes, Interlaken is the perfect place for visitors on a relaxing vacation, as well as the thrill seekers among us. You can spend your time in Interlaken admiring the stunning scenery, the elegant architecture of the grand hotels, and taking leisurely walks through the village and around the lakes. With an Adventure Park, rafting, water sports, paragliding, and more, Interlaken is also a refuge for adrenaline junkies to enjoy extreme sports, set among majestic Alps, blue lakes, and some of the most beautiful nature in the world.
Lauterbrunnen – This picturesque village is nestled in a breathtaking lush valley, boasting 72 spectacular waterfalls. This place is what paradise must look like!
Spiez – Known for its iconic medieval castle, breathtaking scenery, and picturesque vineyards, Spiez overlooks Lake Thun and boasts views of the surrounding Alps. Hike through the hills, take a boat ride on the blue lake, and sample some of the freshest fish, you will instantly fall in love with Spiez.
Crans-Montana – Two neighboring towns, Crans and Montana, are often referred to together, and they form one of the biggest and most popular resorts in the Valais Alps. From this sunny plateau, visitors admire views of the surrounding mountains, including the iconic Mont Blanc. With several lakes for swimming, hiking trails, an 18-hole golf course, all surrounded by incredible views in the fresh mountain air.
Andermatt – Popular among both skiing and hiking enthusiasts, Andermatt’s cable cars shuttle visitors up the mountain to wild mountains and awe-inspiring nature. Stroll through the charming town center, admiring the traditional architecture, set against the backdrop of the Alps, enjoying the perfect peacefulness of the mountain air.
Leukerbad – Home to 10 thermal baths, world renowned spa facilities, all surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, Leukerbad is a peaceful refuge in a dramatic setting. Used since the Roman times, the thermal springs are believed to have healing powers. So follow in the footsteps of history and come take a soak, surrounded by breathtaking cliffs, soaking in the minerals as well as the views.
Grindelwald – One of Switzerland’s oldest resort towns, Grindelwald has been receiving tourists since the 19th Century. Surrounded by famous mountains and glaciers, you truly need to see it to believe it. From the fresh clear air, to the towering cliffs, to the sound of the chirping birds and ringing cow-bells, Grindelwald’s majesty cannot be captured in a photo – you need to experience it for yourself.
Murren – Situated at the foot of the Schilthorn mountain, made famous by the James Bond films, this sweet village has retained is cozy small town charm. Murren is a great base for summer hikes and treks, with over 200km of trails beginning here. Truly get to know the region, learning about the history of mountaineering and the unique plants found here.