Swiss Villages and Resorts (F-O)
Is this bucolic village really off the beaten path?
Grande Dixence Dam
The world's highest concrete dam is also a high-altitude tourist attraction,
with a cablecar and a hotel beneath the dam's face. It's located in the Dix
Valley, above the Val d'Hérens and the historic
Valais town of Sion.
Europe's longest gondola lift serves tourists, hikers, and skiers. The upper
station offers spectacular mountain views.
Tour the world's oldest salt mine above Austria's prettiest lakeside village.
Excerpts from Joel Cook's Switzerland: Picturesque and Descriptive, with
photos, excursion tips, and Web links.
The Harder Kulm viewing platform and restaurant offer great views of
Interlaken and the Jungfrau Massif. Best of all, you can get there easily (and
inexpensively) by funicular from the outskirts of Interlaken.
Interlaken: White-Water Rafting
Even a weekend adventurer can enjoy a white-knuckle experience on white water.
Jungfraujoch: Ice Palace
Explore a tourist attraction carved inside Europe's longest glacier, which is
near Grindelwald and Wengen. (It's free to passengers
of the Jungfraujoch Railway.)
Tour one of Switzerland's most celebrated and scenic wine districts by rail,
car, bicycle, or on foot. Also see our article on
Maison de la Crausaz,
a winegrower's caveau overlooking Lac Léman.
The valley setting is beautiful, and there are 72 waterfalls--including the
Trümmelbach Falls, which you view by descending deep into a mountain gorge by
Visit this fashionable Swiss resort above the Rhône Valley and take the
This sunny resort on Lac Léman has classic resort
hotels, a lakefront promenade, a casino, and other attractions that have drawn
royals and celebrity-watchers since the days of the Tsars.
This 90-year-old funicular leads to spectacular views, hikes, and a mountain inn
overlooking Lake Thun in the Bernese Oberland.
There are no cars here--just plenty of great skiing near Interlaken and the Jungfrau,
including the world's longest downhill race for amateur skiers. A Winter
Henri Nestlé and Charlie Chaplin are among the
residents and visitors who have found happiness in this cosmopolitan lakeside
resort, which is also the gateway to the Lavaux
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