There’s nothing like that feeling of finding yourself in a small town, surrounded by the Alps, with picturesque views, spectacular sights and flower-lined paths! No, it can’t be described with words, but you can at least imagine what I’m talking about. Switzerland is a country that has so many places to leave you speechless.
The Alps are amazing: they fascinate and they win your heart. The following Alpine towns that I’m going to guide you through will be love at a first sight. Mark my words!
Lucerne and Its Alpine Delight
Carefully guarded by the Swiss Alps, Lucerne is a splendid mountain town which never runs out of things to offer to its visitors. Medieval buildings, cobblestoned streets, a lovely bridge, a river and a lake are just some of the treasures waiting to be discovered.
Founded in the 19th century on the banks of the Lucerne Lake, the place features an old, tiny and stylish city center (Altstadt) with Renaissance architecture, museums, parks and plenty of opportunities for boat trips, hikes and railway rides. Besides the charming scenery, the main attractions to check out are the Chapel Bridge (built in the 14th century), the Museggmauer wall and the Weinmarkt Square.
Mount Pilatus (Pilatus Kulm) presides over the city and its surrounding lakes, providing some of the most striking panoramas in Switzerland. You can get there by the gondola (from Kriens), or by the train (from Alpnachstad). This train has the steepest climb in the world, with an average angle of 48 degrees. On top of the mountain you can find several restaurants, a plentiful number of tourist routes to be followed further, the longest sledge track in Switzerland, a hotel and some absolutely spectacular views.
So yes, if you’re looking for an unforgettable mountain panorama, Lucerne’s the place for you. A fresh, alpine vibe with a Renaissance touch and so many things to do! One of my favorite towns, no doubt!
St. Moritz – A View You Won’t Forget
The next suggestion is a town whose nearby attraction is known by many of us from the Heidi movie. Do you remember that girl who was living in a wonderful, small chalet in the heart of the mountains? Well, you have the chance of seeing that place right in front of your eyes! Heidi’s hut is the most famous spot in this area.
Located in the Upper Engadine Valley, in the Swiss canton Graubünden, St. Moritz is the cradle of Alpine tourism. This winter resort has attracted the world’s rich and famous since the mid 19th century, with its clear lake, imposing mountains and high forests. But hey, nowadays, not only these people come to enjoy the town, but everyone with an interest in jaw-dropping sights and winter sports.
The highest peak in the Eastern Alps, Bernina Piz, is just a few kilometers away from the resort: a great advantage for hikers, sport enthusiasts and those who, like me, are seeking breathtaking mountain sceneries.
Moreover, St. Moritz is the oldest winter resort in the world. Perched at an altitude of 1856 meters, the town offers its visitors a breath of fresh and clean air and some unforgettable panoramic views to stare at.
Check Out the Wonder Between Two Alpine Lakes
Located between two alpine lakes — Thun and Brienz – Interlaken is the place where mountainous landscapes walk hand in hand with elegant, Victorian buildings. Pretty amazing, isn’t it? The town lies along three charming mountains: Eiger, Monch and, the highest of them all, Jungfrau – that has a dizzying height of 4158 meters.
Hoheweg Boulevard is the resort’s main artery that crosses it from east to west. This town is proudly wearing its stories and mountain beauties. The boulevard meets many other adjacent streets that lead to different hotels, hostels and guest houses. Some of them even end up at the entrance of the mountains’ shady, thick forests. Fantastic! Wherever you are on Hoheweg, you’ll feel like the Alpine scenery is warmly hugging you. Interlaken is a small oasis of civilization situated in an outstandingly beautiful landscape.
An important tourist attraction is the Museum of Tourism, but I’ve also noticed a cable car and some bike renting centers for those of you who want to have a natural, entertaining good time.
And, if you’re into adrenaline-releasing activities, here is some good news for you: Interlaken was called the adventure capital of Switzerland. Indeed, the town has become a kind of Mecca for lovers of winter sports, paragliding or hang gliding. Talking about the variety of activities available over here, well, the sky is the limit – paragliding, bungee jumping, canyon tours, rafting, climbing, mountain biking, skydiving, skiing, snowboarding, sleigh rides, ice skating – they’re all here.
Leaving the town behind, I was happy I discovered another corner of paradise, a very special one.