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8 most charming villages in Switzerland

Switzerland is a land of awe-inspiring scenery and epic natural elegance. Home to some of the most attractive villages and towns in Europe, Swiss towns are the very definition of picture-perfect. It is a true bucket-list destination, from snow-capped mountains and pristine lakes to fairytale castles and flower meadows. Here are the eight most charming villages in Switzerland to discover on your next tour. Grindelwald Nestled in the heart of the Bernese Alps, the charming little town of Grindelwald is home to around 3,600 natives and attracts tourists from all over the world. With its clear skies and alpine elegance, the village is a pleasant break from the bustle of busy city life. Placed against some famous towering mountain summits, Grindelwald is one of Switzerland’s most beautiful tourist destinations. From the mt Jungfraujoch’s ice-covered areas to the natural lakes of Brienz and Bachalpsee, or the Canyon with its mammoth spider’s web, the draws in Grindelwald are too many to count. Apart from its iconic visitor draws, the village is best known for its outstanding activities and experiences, including skiing (winter), hiking, mountain carting, summer sledding, and Trotti biking. What makes it great?
  • First Summit
  • Sphinx Observatory Deck
  • Lake Bachalpsee
  • Glacier Canyon
Grindelwald Guarda Another small town praised for its historic architecture, Guarda, is another jewel in Switzerland’s crown. The village with 17th-century homes dotted with colorfully painted exteriors will surely blow your mind. The village is also named Schellernursli after a character in a novel for children. There is also a path called Schellenursli, where families go hiking to experience some peaceful family time together. Visitors can embark on a fantastic easy hike to Piz Buin during the summer months. In winter, the village appears with ice rinks, toboggan runs, and cross-country ski routes to entertain all of its visitors. If you wish to travel to Guarda entirely by yourself, download the particular app, which will help you navigate the place to experience it to the fullest. What makes it great?
  • Schellenursli Museum
  • Piz Buin
  • Church of Guarda
Guarda Morcote Located on the picturesque Lake Lugano, Morcote is an ancient fishing village with a lovely waterfront area. It is a place of great architectural importance, from the terraced cemetery and Santa Maria del Sasso’s church to the many different noble homes and lakeside houses with their elegant arcades. Stroll along the twisting cobblestone lanes and experience the different restaurants, cafes, and shops. This little town goes a step further with its beauty, previously voted as the most beautiful Swiss village. The Art Park and Botanical is a pleasure to walk with its pleasing displays of artworks and plants. Maximum of the town’s architectural wonders is registered in the Swiss heritage sites and are of national importance. What makes it great?
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria del Sasso
  • Monte San Salvatore
  • Parco Scherrer Borgo Antico
Morcote Gimmelwald Often confused for the more popular ‘Grindelwald,’ Gimmelwald is a small mountain village. A little-known gemstone in the Swiss Alps holds an exclusive location off the beaten track. Located on a cliff-top, the town offers unbeatable landscapes across towering peaks, alpine meadows, and beautiful valleys. One of the last car-free villages, Gimmelwald is an entirely pedestrianized village making it a perfect escape from urban life. It feels slightly living in the history with a tranquil charm and ancient buildings – imagine cozy timber homes and creaky hotels. What makes it great?
  • Sefinenfall & Trummelbach Fall
  • Tanzbodeli
  • Mt. Jungfraujoch
  • Aletsch Glacier
Grimmelwald Interlaken The long-fabled hills encircling the village have greeted visitors for over a hundred years, making Interlaken the most toured destination today. The unmatched dramatic beauty of the Swiss Alps, along with its vibrant culture, small-town vibe, make Interlaken a holiday-maker’s heaven. From its snow-capped mountains to azure lakes, Interlaken has plenty to offer! You can stroll through quirky cafes, old hotels, and chocolate-making workshops here. Just like the rest of the country, Interlaken also has an excellent quality of cheese that you must try. As far as culture is concerned, the small town has an abundance of it, including ancient musical instruments, local food, and colorful traditional dresses. If you are lucky, you might get a glimpse into all of these on tour through the town. What makes it great?
  • Harder Kulm
  • Höhematte Park
  • Beatus Cave and Waterfalls
  • Schynige Platte Trails
Interlaken - Lake Brienz Andermatt Settled in Alpine Switzerland’s heart, Andermatt is a pleasant, mythical ski village that surrounds the tremendous alpine lifestyle. It’s an excellent stop for outdoor fun, mainly in the winter, from hiking and cross-country skiing to ice skating and snowshoeing. You can explore this scenic spot through a five-horse-drawn post coach or on a steam railway or on your own two feet. Andermatt draws skiers looking for the freshest, fluffiest powder. There is a plethora of off-piste skiing, and the high elevation makes it an excellent snow-sure destination. Unfortunately, It’s not suitable for novice skiers. Sports aside, the village itself is a pretty setting. There is an abundance of traditional Swiss eateries to enjoy, with an awe-inspiring number of fondue choices. What makes it great?
  • Gotthard Tunnel
  • Andermatt-Sedrun Sports AG
  • Schöllenen Gorge
  • Teufelsbrücke
Andermatt Ski Slope Spiez Situated on the pristine Lake Thun, Spiez is a magnificent lakeside stop in a lovely bay. The village has a mild climate that gives it the ideal base for mountain explorations and water adventures. Adorned by mountain peaks and hillside vineyards, it’s an attractive town with breathtaking natural elegance. There is also an incredible culinary offering, excellent food, and the chance to taste the local wine. Dominated by the ancient castle with its Romanesque church, Spiez offers a magical environment and the ideal European getaway. What makes it great?
  • Spiez Castle
  • Lake Thun
  • Niesen
  • Oberhofen Castle
Spiez Wengen Close to the capital city of Bern, Wengen is a quintessential alpine town. It has the mountain Jungfrau range as a backdrop and awe-inspiring mountain views across the Bernese Alps. The village is famous with visitors but still maintains its beauty and relaxing feel with its car-free status. A year-round stop, there are several outdoor pursuits open in both the winter and summer months. Explore the different beautiful walks around the village and discover yourself winding through flower meadows or pine forests. In the winter periods, skiing is suitable for novices and intermediates. Or there’s tobogganing, snowshoeing, and sledding. You can go ziplining, hiking, or relax on a terrace in the summer while taking in the views. What makes it great?
  • Skiset Wangen
  • Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
  • Schilthorn Alps
  • Lauterbrunnen Falls
Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway A paradise for hikers in summer and skiers in winter, Switzerland and its lovely villages and hamlets are an ideal retreat for refreshing the soul. Do spend time in these beautiful small towns or Switzerland villages to make your vacation a great and thrilling experience. Wanhua Qiao is Managing Director of Venez Discover Switzerland. Venez Discover Switzerland by Tourismus Group crafts some of the finest private tours and multi-day journeys throughout Switzerland and has established itself as a leading tour operator in Switzerland. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. The beautiful scenery here reminds me of my hometown. It is very quiet and peaceful. The atmosphere here is soothing.

    1. I couldn’t agree with you more, those towns are the best way to explore the authenticity of Switzerland quietly and soothingly.

  2. I won’t want to spend too much time in towns and cities when I go away. I’m worried that a new variant might get round the vaccines. I’d much prefer to spend my time in a small village when I finally go on holiday.

    1. Luckily the cases in Switzerland as low, and the vaccination is gaining momentum. Visiting the small towns will certainly put the crowded weight off the usual touristic spots.

    1. Thank you, Michael, it was a great read! The correct add-on to this post.

  3. Having a summary of what makes a village great is useful though it does downplay the Swiss friendless, efficiency, tidiness and pride in their country. For me, it’s often these things that are the clincher when deciding where to go.

  4. Before COVID-19 I was a fairly frequent visitor to Switzerland and with scenery like in these pictures you can understand why. Another thing I like about Switzerland is that you get reliability. The Swiss really know how to look after people day in and day out.

    1. I’ve been living in Switzerland for nearly a decade, and you are absolutely right. Quality is set at the highest standard possible for everyone. This goes perfectly with our company’s policy.

  5. Let’s hope that Gimmelwald can hold out and stay car free. Those villages were built for people and horses, not cars.

    1. More and more towns are becoming car-free in Switzerland. That is a strong policy in protecting the nature of Switzerland.

  6. My number one reason for loving Switzerland is that it has really mesmerising sceneries. It’s like, everywhere you look is just a beautiful sight. The Swiss are also some of the warmest and welcoming people I’ve ever had the chance to meet in Europe. Looking forward to visiting the country again and maybe see Spiez.

    1. I couldn’t agree more! We love living here and providing tours throughout Switzerland. Spiez is a beautiful small town on the coast of Lake Thun. Certainly, the perfect place to retreat.

    1. Switzerland is an amazing place. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, we would love to show you all the country’s jewels!

  7. I was born in CH and went school in Interlaken. It’s unrecognizable from what it was and needs to be removed from your list. All there is now is a lot of ritch middle eastern (nothing against them) and that’s hardly a representation of Switzerland.

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