Switzerland It is a country that boasts of being one of the most beautiful in Europe, something that can be affirmed based on its natural beauty. Its huge mountains are the main attraction for those who want to plan a getaway to go skiing, while its towns are the perfect refuge for strolling among houses that seem to be taken from Heidi, a cartoon character who lives in the Swiss Alps, very close from the Austrian border.
Next i'm going to talk to you about the most incredible towns from Switzerland, so take note and take a good look at the photos, as it is not a bad idea to plan a route away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
It will ring for your famous cheeses, but you probably don't know anything else about Gruyères. It is a medieval aesthetic town 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 highly visited place is the H. R. Giger Museum, where you can enjoy the fantastic work of a man who created the Alien. In fact, right next door is a bar inspired by the well-known science fiction movie.
Fewer 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 be devoted, who decorate their balconies with the most striking flowers you can imagine.
As its name suggests, it is located between two lakes. Those two lakes are Thun and Brienz, and best of all, the mountains witness the spectacle from high above. That makes the views spectacular wherever you look, especially if you decide to go up to the viewpoint with Panoramic views which is 1,322 meters high, which is easily accessible thanks to a funicular that takes you there.
It is located in the Canton of Graubünden, which is the easternmost in all of Switzerland. What does that mean? That there are spoken Italian, German and Romansh, which is recognized as a national language. It is a beautiful town surrounded by mountains with cobblestone streets and a church with a long history, that of San Lorenzo. The high-rise hedges and rose gardens are also striking, although the most recommended place of all is the Via Panoramica, as it draws a landscape with thousands of wild flowers.
Forget about getting to Wengen by car as it is only accessible with the Wengernalpbahn rack railway. It is very close to one of the highest peaks in Switzerland and the tourist who does 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 not difficult to find hotels of the time. The tourist can go hiking in the area, contemplate 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 definitely promote Ascona to the fullest. It is a town of about 5,000 inhabitants whose life revolves around its nice 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 neighboring Italy is.
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 Helvetians. It is on the banks of the Rhine River and stands out thanks to the excellent conservation of its buildings in the medieval times, almost all of them in the center. You will fall in love with Hohenklingen Castle and the Untertor Gate.
This town is in the Anniviers Valley and is one of the most beautiful in the country without a doubt. Everything is very well kept and you have the feeling of walking through a postcard town. The wood and the flowers (especially red geraniums) are the main protagonists of the place. I recommend that you visit Moiry Dam, as 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 highest town in Europe, which is said soon, which guarantees us to be at a point where the ski season is getting long. The Matterhorn mountain (3,883 meters) watches over us while we enjoy the atmosphere of a town that is not short of restaurants, hotels and inns to enjoy the day. Cars are prohibited from driving through Zermatt.
They say it is the most beautiful town that surrounds Lake Lugano, something that you will have to appreciate with your own eyes. It is the «Pearl of Ceresio«, The town that was chosen as 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.
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