Switzerland can rightly be considered a fairly expensive country.
Switzerland is like one big art postcard.
Within its borders you will meet a gorgeous stormy landscapes, mountains, forests and small picturesque villages in the valleys. It is a Paradise for hikers in summer and skiers in the winter, but the best seats for Swiss is a small cozy town, which are the gateway to the Alpine resorts. Spend some time in these charming villages of Switzerland in front on their way to ski areas.
Heading to located in the wilderness of the Bernese Alps Gimmelwald forget about your car. To the village are no roads, and can only get here on foot, or by cable car. Gimmelwald is a quiet agricultural community, surrounded by fields and majestic mountains. The village is so tiny that there is not even school, and students go to study Lauterbrunnen. Home Gimmelwald is famous for its rocks on the roofs to protect from the strong winter winds from the Jungfrau.
The village Andermatt is located in the valley, where converge 8 Alpine passes. This is one of the most picturesque Swiss villages, reminiscent of a pearl. Located in the heart of the massif Gotthard the village is as picturesque as it can be in Switzerland. You can explore it using the steam railway or horse-drawn postal bus. But the best way is a walking tour, as everything is within quick availability. Andermatt is most famous for its winter sports. In winter it attracts thousands of skiers ascending the lifts to the peaks of Gemsstock and Netxen.
With a population of 34,000 people, Sion cannot be called a small town. Thus, it has a unique charm of Switzerland and the region of Valois. Sion is a gateway to many small villages of the Canton, opening the popular tourist attractions of Switzerland. The city is known for its sunshine, mountains and castles. Two of the most famous of them is the castle of Valeria and Tourbillon, located in the mountains with views of the oldest city of Switzerland. The old quarter of Sion is the place where you can peacefully relax in the cafes, tasting delicious local wine.
Located on the shores of lake Thun Spiez, surrounded by vineyards and forests. Spitz with twelve thousand inhabitants is primarily known for its medieval castles and the Romanesque Church, built over 1000 years ago. With the exception of the high stone towers of the castle could be mistaken for big white Chalet, which is now a Museum. Many people combine a visit to the castle with a cruise on lake Thun. After a tiring journey on foot, you can end your day with a glass of local wine in one of the restaurants or sit with a fishing rod on the shore of the lake.
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, How much should is another small Swiss village with stunning landscape. Summer on the hills are blooming millions of wild flowers, while the horizon filled with snow-covered mountains. Overlooking this beautiful scenery, the main attraction is, how much should the Church of San Lorenzo and its bell tower, overlooking the whole village. Narrow winding cobbled streets lead on to a garage how much should where today is located the hotel with a Mediterranean atmosphere and giant sequoias. This village allows you to enjoy the loneliness and peace of mind, especially if you are traveling on route Berges through the chestnut forest.
Morcote, like other small cities in Switzerland is absolutely picturesque. But this tiny town with 770 inhabitants goes one step forward. It is located on the shores of lake Lugano and became the most beautiful city in Switzerland in 2016. The village is known for its architecture with a gallery of Medieval times. You will also find buildings from the 16th century and the Church of Santa Maria del Sasso of the 13th century. Also worth a visit the Botanical Park and art Garden with its plants and paintings.
Interlaken – not only the gate of the mountain village in the Bernese Alps, but also an interesting place in itself. It has been a tourist destination since the early 1800s, when the landscape artists (including Franz Koenig) drew some inspiration for his paintings. Today visitors come here for Spa treatments and fresh mountain air. Interlaken is known for its music festivals. And since the city is located on the banks of lakes Thun and Brienz, you will want to enjoy a relaxing cruise on a paddle steamer on one of them.
The Jungfrau mountain in Central Switzerland has just 1300 permanent residents, but you will not be able to rest here crowds. In the summer its population increases at least up to 5000 people who come here for the sake of hundreds of kilometers of Hiking trails. And in the winter the population does grow to 10,000 fans of winter sports. Wengen is a popular venue for ski competitions. This resort has a number of historic buildings Dating from the Belle époque. Getting to the city by train, You will notice the climbers, trying to conquer the North face of the Eiger.
Stein am Rhein
Many visitors come to Stein am Rhein for the sake of the scenery, as it is located on the lake of Constanza, but actually it is also worth considering the unique architecture of the village. Wooden brick building in its well-preserved old centre with decorative colorful facades. The town was once a Roman fortress, but today is filled with wonderful buildings, which appeared much later. Here is the early Church of St. John the Baptist, the monastery of St. George and Museum, showing the life of the city in the 19th century.
If you’re a fan of James bond, you probably are familiar with the funicular to the revolving restaurant on the schilthorn summit. They appeared in one part of the legendary film, which filmed in Murren. If you like stories about Heidi, this traditional Alpine village to remind you of her house. Wherever You go to Murren, everywhere you will be accompanied by magnificent views of the mighty mount Eiger and Jungfrau mountains and flower-covered meadows.
Grindelwald and Grindelwald Gilbert can carry the same name, but that is where the similarities end. Gilbert Grindelwald – evil character in the film series about Harry Potter, while Grindelwald is a picturesque town in the Bernese Oberland. The scenery here is really fantastic, including stunning views of the Eiger mountain. Here is the largest ski resort in the Jungfrau region. The city was the main tourist attraction of the area Dating from the 18th century and you will find here a lot of good Hiking trails, including the trail of the Eiger.
Guarda – another small Swiss town, which is known for its historical architecture of the 18th century with colorful facades. The town is also called Schellenursli in honor of the fantastic character from a children’s book. There is even a Hiking trail under the same title, which is perfect for families with children. If you visit the city in winter, you can get acquainted with the local tradition, when the people call the small bells to chase away the cold. You can install on your smartphone a special application that will guide you along all the sights of the city and tell about its history.
This picturesque valley is home to 72 waterfalls flowing cascade on the slopes of the mountain. The most famous of these is the Staubbach waterfall, falling from a height of 300m, making it one of the highest waterfalls of Europe. The town itself is the starting point for excursions to the Jungfrau region, including tours of the valley to Murren. This tiny picturesque village among the mountains gave inspiration to many writers, including Goethe. Be sure to go for a walk along one of the walking routes, and if you want extreme, you can enjoy skydiving or paragliding.
Zermatt is one of the most famous ski resorts in Switzerland are also popular among climbers. This is easily explained, since the city is located at the foot of one of the highest peaks of the country – the peak of the Matterhorn. This is the place where you’ll find glitz and glamour and a lot of outdoor activities and entertainment. Despite the location near the Italian border, the locals speak mostly in German. You can take a cable car, which offers the most stunning views of the Matterhorn.
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