Switzerland is a country that claims to be one of the most beautiful in Europe, something that can be affirmed by attending to its natural beauty. Its huge mountains are the main attraction for those who want to plan a skiing getaway, while its villages are the perfect refuge for strolling among small houses that seem to be taken from Heidi, a cartoon character who lives in the Swiss Alps, very close of the border with Austria.
Then I will tell you about the most incredible villages in Switzerland, so take note and look carefully at the photos, since it is not a bad idea to plan a route away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
It will sound good for its famous cheeses, but you probably do not know anything else about Gruyères. It is a town of medieval aesthetics that is located on a hill. Its imposing 13th-century castle has become a must-see museum for the history and culture that it hides inside. Another place visited is the HR Giger Museum, where you can enjoy the fantastic work of a man who created the Aliens. In fact, right next door there is a bar inspired by the well-known science fiction movie.
Less than 1,000 inhabitants await you in Rougemont next to a beautiful church and a castle, both declared national monument . You will be surprised by the beauty of the place, especially thanks to the kind of competition to which the neighbors seem to give themselves, decorating their balconies with the most striking flowers you can imagine.
As its name suggests, it is situated between two lakes. Those two lakes are the Thun and the Brienz, and best of all is that the mountains witness the show from the top. That makes the views spectacular where you look, especially if you decide to climb the lookout with panoramic views that are 1,322 meters high, which can be easily accessed thanks to a funicular that takes you there.
It is located in the Canton of Grisons, which is the easternmost of all Switzerland. What does that mean? That Italian, German and Romansh are spoken there, enjoying the recognition of a national language. It is a beautiful town surrounded by mountains with cobbled streets and a church with a lot of history, that of San Lorenzo. The high-altitude hedges and the rose gardens are also striking, although the most recommended place of all is the Panoramic Route since it draws a landscape with thousands of wildflowers.
Forget about getting to Wengen by car, as it can only be accessed with the Wengernalpbahn cogwheel train. It is very close to one of the highest peaks in Switzerland and tourists who do not want to walk can only get on a few electric taxis that circulate without emitting carbon dioxide. It was one of the first tourist destinations in the country and that makes it difficult to find hotels of the time. The tourist can go hiking in the area, enjoy privileged views of the surroundings or opt for adventure sports such as rafting.
If the Swiss wanted to sell themselves as a Mediterranean country, they should undoubtedly promote Ascona to the fullest. It is a town of about 5,000 inhabitants whose life revolves around its beautiful port, which is guarded by an extensive row of houses that do not go unnoticed thanks to the color of their facades. The church of Santa María della Misericordia and the Collegio Papio give us clues about how close Italy is to neighboring Italy.
Stein am Rhein
It is a town located in the north of Switzerland that we could describe as the typical town that we all have in mind when they talk about the Swiss. It is on the banks of the River Rhine and stands out thanks to the excellent conservation of its medieval buildings, almost all of them in the center. The Hohenklingen Castle and the Untertor Gate will make you fall in love.
This town is in the Valley of Anniviers and is one of the most beautiful in the country without a doubt. Everything is very well taken care of and you have the feeling of being walking through a postcard town. The wood and flowers (especially red geraniums) are the major players in place. I recommend you visit the dam of Moiry since you will see a blue lake from another planet. Of course, keep in mind that to get there you will have to go through a road with very sharp curves.
We are talking about the highest town in Europe, which is said soon, which guarantees us to be at a point where the ski season lengthens a lot. The Matterhorn mountain (3,883 meters) watches over us while we enjoy the atmosphere of a town that does not lack restaurants, hotels, and inns to enjoy the day. Cars are prohibited from driving through Zermatt.
They say that it is the most beautiful town that surrounds Lake Lugano, something that you will have to value with your own eyes. It is the " Perla del Ceresio ", the town that was voted the most beautiful in Switzerland in a popular vote held in 2016. What can we highlight? Its castle and the church of Santa María del Sasso. That and its streets, where you can breathe a certain Italian aroma.