For a selection of the most Beautiful Villages in Switzerland
Switzerland is home to some of the most beautiful villages in the world. With the inspiring swiss scenery and the alpine mountain backdrops, it is no surprise that many of the swiss villages are of such high beauty. Choosing your favourite is a personnal and sometimes difficult choice, so we have a large choice for you to browse through.
For a List of World Heritage Sights in Switzerland
UNESCO or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized organization of the UN. UNESCO’s aim is “to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information”.
The Swiss National Park
The Swiss National Park is the oldest in the Alps and was founded on the 1st August 1914, the national holiday of Switzerland. The Park covers an area of over 170 sq km of unspoilt nature and is situated in the canton of Graubünden in the Engadine valley in the east of Switzerland. The Park was the product of a group of dedicated conservationists from the Schweizerische Naturforschende Gesellschaft (Swiss Naturalist Society) whose aim it was to establish Europe’s first national park in Graubünden.
The Albula/Bernina route operated by the Rhaetian Railway constitutes one of the most spectacular Alpine crossings. Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, this route links north and south Europe completely without the use of cogwheel technology. A particular highlight is the peaks-to-palms trip by Bernina Expressas it passes through 55 tunnels and crosses 196 bridges on its way to Tirano in neighbouring Italy.
To see Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, France and Italy all at the same time – this can be accomplished from the 2,502-meter-high Säntis. The highest mountain of the Alpstein region is the starting point and destination for mountain tours, hikes and ski trips. Säntis (2,502 m) is a mountain in the Alpstein sub-range of the Appenzell Alps in Switzerland. It can be reached by aerial tramway from Schwägalp. The peak is the highest point of the cantons of Appenzell Innerrhoden and Appenzell Ausserrhoden, and is also shared by the Canton of St. Gallen.
Saint – Ursanne, the “pearl of the Jura”, is a small medieval town on the shores of the river Doubs with a remarkable history of which the collegiate church with its cloister dating from the 12th century is a witness. In summer, a large number of hiking and mountain bike trails invite to explore the surroundings.
Tangy Alpine air, a place in the sun at the Aletsch Glacierand a clear view of the most beautiful 4,000-meter peaks of Valais – welcome to the mountain summer in Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiesch-Eggishorn. Welcome to the Aletsch Arena.The trip by aerial cable car takes between seven and ten minutes from the easily accessible valley communities of Mörel, Betten, Talstation or Fiesch to the Aletsch Glacier plateau situated between 1,925-2,222 metres high in a car-free zone. A refreshing breeze of tangy Alpine air welcomes every visitor here. As an extra, there is the breathtaking view of the most beautiful 4,000 metre peaks in Switzerland.
Matterhorn and Zermatt. Zermatt is the most famous mountain village with the most photographed mountain in the world. Here, mountaineers, skiers, nature lovers and epicureans meet. The Matterhorn stands at 4,478m high and still attracts many mountaineers to climb this iconic mountain.
Gimmelwald, the small village in the Bernese Oberland on 1367 meter over sea (4485 foot), overlooking the UNESCO world heritage area Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn. The intact, pedestrian, Alpine village is located in the heart of the Swiss alps pereched high on the edge of a cliff and embraced by Mother Nature herself, ane one of the last car-free villages in Switzerland. Chalets decorated with flowers, a cheese storehouse in the middle of the village, cattle grazing all around: Gimmelwald is like something out of a fairy tale. The approach is spectacular, giving you butterflies in your tummy as the aerial cable car rises up from Stechelberg along the cliff walls as you pass magnificent waterfalls.
Lake Lucerne / Vierwaldstättersee, is a lake in central Switzerland and the fourth largest in the country. The lake has a complicated shape, with bends and arms reaching from the city of Lucerne into the mountains. It has a total area of 114 km² (44 sq mi), an elevation of 434 m (1,424 ft), and a maximum depth of 214 m (702 ft).
The magnificent Trümmelbach Fallsare a series of 10 waterfalls which alone drain the meltwater flowing down from the Eiger (3970 m), Mönch (3970 m) and Jungfrau (4158 m). The waters thunder through the inside of the mountain and are Europe’s largest subterranean waterfalls. The Trümmelbach Falls are situated in the Lauterbrunnen Valley which is known as the Valley of 72 waterfalls,
The world-famous Reichenbach Fallshas its origins in the Rosenlaui Glacier, which is located to the south of Meiringen in the canton of Bern. The Rosenlaui Glacier is relatively small but from it comes the Glacier Gorge Rosenlaui and the Reichenbach Falls. The melted waters from the glacier thunder through the revine and then flow onwards to the valley and become the Reichenbach brook. This seven-tiered waterfall is the famous Reichbach Falls.
Museums and Art Foundations
Switzerland is home to over 900 national, regional and local museums. There are also a host of museums and galleries which were founded by generous private art collectors, such as the Foundation Beyeler in Basel, the Zentrum Paul Klee in Berne and the Foundation Gianadda in Martigny. Some of the most popular museums include the Tinguely Museum in Basel, the Musée de l’art brut in Lausanne and the National Transport in Lucerne.
Mountain Passes are simply a route through a mountain range or over a ridge. The passes are not always the highest part of the mountain, or the Peak, the pass is the way to cross over the mountain using the easiest route. Mountains have been hard to get through or over for centuries, so over time these routes have been made by travellers. These routes have led to the creation of some of the most amazing driving roads in the worlds with the best scenery. Here we bring a selection of our favourites.
With its high peaks, deep clear lakes, and remote snaking valleys, the Heidiland holiday region offers fantastic panoramic views for both keen mountaineers and sun-lounger fans. Many viewpoints are comfortably and quickly reached by cable car and offer restaurant facilities. Visitors will be transported back in time in Heidi’s Village and on Heidi Alp, seeing the places where she may well have played with Peter, Klara and her grandfather. The Heidi Trails on the Pizol and in Maienfeld offer visitors the opportunity to relive the story of Heidi and to revel in childhood memories.
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