Switzerland is one great big picture postcard. The small country contains and exceptional amount of natural beauty and cultural diversity. You will find gorgeous rugged mountain views punctuated with picturesque villages hugging valley floors. It’s a paradise for hikers in the summer and skiers in the winter. Switzerland offers spectacular mountain scenery, flower-lined nature paths, lakefront beauty and picturesque historic centers. Switzerland has so much to offer for all types of travelers.
8 SCENIC SMALL TOWNS
The town is located on the shore of Lake Thun, surrounded by vineyards and forests. The town is best know for its 1,00-year-old medieval castle with the Early Romanesque church. Except for the tall stone tower, the castle also houses a museum. You can also take a cruise on Lake Thun. After a long day of hiking or fishing you can end your day with a glass of the local wine “Spiezer”.
Surrounding the small village is blossoms on the hills in the summer and snow-capped mountains in the winter. The chief landmark, the Church of San Lorenzo with its bell tower stands above the village overlooking the surrounding areas. Bask in the solitude this tiny village begets, especially if you are hiking the Bergell trail or through the chestnut forest.
The tiny town with a population with 771 is located on the shores of Lake Lugano and was named the most beautiful town in Switzerland in 2016. The village is famous for its architecture, with an arcade dating back to the Middle Ages, the 16th century houses and the 13th century church, Santa Maria del Sasso. The Botanical and Art Park displays various plants and artworks.
With only 1,300 permanent residents, the town soars during the summer months with 5,000 people who come to hike 310 miles of trails and during winter the 10,000 people who come for the skiing. The town is also a very popular venue for ski races. The holiday resort has historic homes dating to the Belle Epoque era. You can travel to Wengen by train.
5.STEIN AM RHEIN
On Lake Constance you can view the village’s unique architecture of half-timbered building in its well-preserved Old Town. The buildings are enhanced with ornately decorated and colorful facades. Once a Roman fortress, the village is filled with remarkable buildings that came afterward. You can also visit the St. John the Baptist, the monastery of St. Georgen and a museum that showcases Stein am Rhein life in the 19th century.
Home to the largest ski resort in the Jungfrau region, the town has been a top tourist destination sine the 18th century. The scenery here is fantastic and includes north face views of Eiger. There is plenty of good hiking in the summer, including the Eiger Trail.
Home to 72 falls that cascade down the mountains around the town, with the most famous of these is Staubbach Falls, which drops nearly a thousand feet, making it one of Europe’s highest waterfalls. This tiny picturesque village nestled among the mountains provided inspiration to many writers. Walking the valley is a must, though more adventurous souls may enjoy skydiving or paragliding.
The town is lies at the foot of one of the country’s highest mountains, the Matterhorn. As the most famous ski and mountaineering resort, it is the place to go if you’re seeking glitz and glamour with your outdoors activities. You can either hike or take a cable car to the top of the mountain to see the spectacular views of the famed Matterhorn.
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