10 Places That Show Switzerland Has the Best Scenery on Earth
It's no secret Switzerland has some of the most beautiful scenery on the globe, covered in towering mountains from the Alps, with dramatic sloping valleys and quaint wood-built towns. Even pictures don't do this paradise of nature justice compared to standing and gazing upon the marvels of earth with your own eyes. With the whole country dotted with incredible scenery at every turn, it's hard to choose the creme a la creme but these places consistently stun onlookers every time someone visits.
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One of the most romantic spots in the country, it's hard not to fall in love with the beauty of Lugano. Nestled in the south of the country as part of the Italian speaking region, Lake Lugano is surrounded by dramatic rising peaks and quaint hillside Swiss towns.
A perfect example of the beautiful Swiss towns dotted around the valleys of the Alps, Lauterbrunnen is a lovely village nestled between huge cliffs and incredible waterfalls. Surrounded by the mountains of the Alps, the town makes a wonderful stop for hiking and trekking through the nearby area, with some of the most picturesque scenery in all of Europe. Despite its seemingly remote location, the town is actually quite easy to get to, with a train station which has regular trains from Interlaken.
Often referred to as the 'Top of Europe' the world's scenery doesn't get much more dramatic than the jagged peaks of Jungfraujoch. The area is also surprisingly easy to reach with a railway that climbs up 3,454 meters to Jungfraujoch Station. From there you can take an elevator which takes you up to the summit of the Sphinx, a peak with a viewing platform that offers incredible views over the mountain scenery below.
Another of Switzerland's many idyllic lakeside towns, Lucerne sits right at the heart of Switzerland, the perfect spot for exploring this stunningly beautiful country. It's one of the most popular spots in the country for the picturesque and colorful old town with its charming architecture and historic fortifications. While Lucerne is visited by a large amount of tourists, don't let that put you off, this quaint lakeside setting is incredibly beautiful and unmissable while visiting the region.
Sitting on the banks of Lake Geneva, Lavaux is Switzerland's most prominent wine region with its beautiful terraced vineyards climbing up the vertical slopes surrounding the lake. If you're an advocate of wine then head there in Summer or Autumn for wine tasting for some cool yet sun-soaked weather as you sip on glasses of local produce. However the best season for Lavaux's stunning scenery is during the winter when the terraced vineyards are covered in a thick blanket of powdery snow.
Not a place as such but a journey through some of the most spectacular scenery on earth. The Albula Railway is less about the destination and all about the ride itself as it passes along the incredible mountain landscape in the country's South-east. The railway links up the Hinterrhein to the beautiful spa resort town of St. Moritz.
Another of Lake Geneva's picturesque gems, the impressive Chillon Castle started as a Roman outpost guarding one of the most important trade routes in Europe. The beauty isn't just restricted to the outside either, inside you'll find the impressive stone crypts along with its beautiful Grand Hall and over rooms.
Europe's most iconic peak towers over the surrounding area, distinctive for its four flat faces that each point to the four cardinal directions. While the mountain itself is a difficult climb that should only be attempted by the accomplished climbers, the mountain can be seen from numerous places in the valleys below and adjacent peaks. One of the the best place to get a picturesque view of this peak is from the Gornergrat Observatory in Zermatt.
This beautiful glacial lake is a relatively easy hike from the quaint Swiss town of Grindelwald. The picturesque clear water here makes for some incredible pictures when the lake becomes still and holds the reflection from the dramatic surrounding peaks.
Looking to stay in a traditional wooden Swiss house in the beautiful mountains here? Why not take it one step further and stay literally in a mountain itself. It doesn't get more iconically Swiss than the Berggasthaus Aescher, jutting out of the side of the Ebenalp Mountain in the Appenzell region to the east of the country. You can either choose to hike up the mountain to reach it or it's a short walk from the cable car station at Ebenalp.
If mountains are your thing, there's no better place than Switzerland. The country is a natural paradise during all seasons throughout the year. With an extensive array of incredible hikes throughout the country and its iconic picturesque traditional wooden huts to stay in, Switzerland is perfect for escaping to nature. If you're not feeling like a lengthy hike, many of the country's iconic peaks and views are even connected by cable cars and scenic train rides.