It’s no secret that tourists flock to Switzerland for the country’s majestic scenery. When people picture Switzerland, most conjure up images of rugged snow-capped mountains, crystal blue lakes, and towering waterfalls. The five towns below certainly meet those standards, but the natural beauty captured in these photos is beyond even the dreamiest imagination.
Located in one of the most breathtaking valleys of the Swiss Alps, when you set foot in Lauterbrunnen your jaw will drop. The charming Swiss town lies along a river with steep mountain peaks on all sides. The massive cascading waterfall in the middle of town seems unreal and is just one of over 70 falls in the surrounding area. Only a 90-minute train ride away from Bern, visiting this town will leave a permanent mark in your memory.
Nestled in the mountains on the Italian border, Soglio is off the beaten path but well worth a trip. A sleepy little town that has been around since prehistoric times, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the massive mountains surrounding you and the panoramic valley views. Meandering through the cobblestone streets will give you an idea of just how old this place is and how it seems like time hasn’t touched it. It’s no wonder many people call it the most picturesque town in Switzerland!
On the shores of Lake Lugano just a few miles from the city of Lugano lies the dreamy village of Morcote. This former fishing village is perched in a picturesque spot just above the water. Only an hour’s drive from Milan, Italy, there’s a blend of Mediterranean and Swiss culture that gives this town a unique character. If you want to experience the beauty of Lake Lugano in a peaceful setting, Morcote is the perfect destination.
Situated high up in the Alps, the cozy ski town of Arosa is an ideal place to experience Swiss culture. Visiting in the winter will be busier, but you can experience the top-rated ski slopes and hike through the winter wonderland. In the spring and summer, crowds die down and the area's many lakes and blooming valleys make it just as pretty. Whether you’re a skier, hiker, or mountain biking enthusiast, Arosa is an ideal vacationland.
An incredibly scenic train ride from Zurich will take you to the stunning town of Zermatt. Rising high above the town is the famous Matterhorn peak. Closed to cars, it’s a perfect place to stroll around and lose yourself walking through the timber-lined streets and alleys. Like Arosa, in the winter it’s a bustling ski town blanketed by snow, but in the warmer months it’s full of bright colors and snow-capped peaks in the distance. Because it’s a more well-known ski resort, it also has a good selection of top-notch restaurants and range of boutique shops. If you’re looking for a more energetic Alpine town with unparalleled beauty, it’s hard to beat Zermatt.
So which town is at the top of your list? (If you can even choose!)