For being such a small country, Switzerland is big on jaw-dropping, picturesque scenery that is just as fun to explore as it is to see. And for postcard-perfect moments among gorgeous rugged mountains, a visit to these five charming Alpine villages is truly enchanting. Each is easy to access, thanks to the abundance of Swiss public transportation.
Situated in the heart of the Swiss Alps in a valley where eight mountain passes converge, Andermatt keeps visitors busy with activities such as hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, skiing and more. Enjoy the mountain air and picturesque views, as you stroll through the narrow cobblestone paths in this charming village. Admire the architecture and beauty reminiscent of the town’s golden age in the late 19th century. Or for truly panoramic views, take a ride on the Glacier Express, which gives you plenty of time to gawk at the epic mountain scenery, because it’s the slowest express train in the world.
Nature lovers will enjoy exploring stunning mountain lakes, glaciers and valleys, while ski lovers will appreciate the ski lifts that run from the village to Gemsstock and Nätschen.
For an off-the-beaten-path destination with breathtaking scenery and a slower-paced energy, travelers should seek out Gimmelwald.
The pedestrian Alpine village is perched high on a cliff’s edge halfway up a mountain and is one of the last car-free villages in Switzerland. Flower-decorated chalets, grazing cattle and spectacular waterfalls viewed from the aerial cable car make this reality a fairytale vision. Some say it’s among the most beautiful villages in Switzerland, and it’s only reachable by foot or cable car.