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Swiss Villages and Resorts

  • Andermatt
    This quiet resort in Central Switzerland caters to serious skiers, has a long snow season, and is only two hours from Zürich by train. (It's also a training base for Swiss alpine troops.) A Winter Resort Report.

  • Appenzell
    This traditional town in Eastern Switzerland is loaded with charm, and the surrounding hills are a great hiking area for those who prefer grassy slopes to icy glaciers.

  • Beatenberg
    On a mountainside just minutes from Interlaken, you'll find an unspoiled paradise for hikers and skiers.

  • Biel/Bienne
    A 16th Century old town and a bilingual culture enliven a city of watchmakers.

  • Brienz
    This town near Interlaken has woodcarvers, a steam cogwheel railway, and the Swiss Open-Air Museum.

  • Erlenbach im Simmental: Stockhornbahn
    Ride a cable car, hike a nature path, or try a 100m bungee on mountain slopes above Lake Thun.

  • Gimmelwald
    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.

  • Grindelwald: Firstbahnen
    Europe's longest gondola lift serves tourists, hikers, and skiers. The upper station offers spectacular mountain views.

  • Interlaken
    The premier resort of the Bernese Oberland is also the gateway to nearby mountains and Alpine villages.

  • Interlaken: Harder Kulm
    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.)

  • Lavaux Vineyards
    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.

  • Lauterbrunnen
    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 funicular.

  • Montreux
    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.

  • Mülenen: Niesenbahn
    This 90-year-old funicular leads to spectacular views, hikes, and a mountain inn overlooking Lake Thun in the Bernese Oberland.

  • Mürren
    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 Resort Report.

  • Ringgenberg
    Interlaken's lakeside neighbor is just minutes away by train, bus, car, footpath, or lake steamer.

  • St. Moritz
    You don't need a fortune or a title to enjoy Switzerland's oldest ski resort; a platinum card will do. A Winter Resort Report.

  • Vevey
    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 winegrowing district.

  • Verbier
    This resort in French Switzerland offers 400 km of slopes, 100 lifts, and plenty of thrills (or spills) for advanced skiers. A Winter Resort Report.

  • Wengen
    You won't find any cars at this Bernese Oberland resort, but you will find the Jungfrau, the Eiger, and some of the best hiking in the Swiss Alps.

  • Zermatt
    Zermatt's lifts include a cogwheel railroad, a subway inside an Alp, and the highest aerial cablecar in Europe--yet the resort manages to retain a village atmosphere. A Winter Resort Report.

  • Zermatt: Gornergrat Bahn
    Zermatt's GGB takes you to Matterhorn views and mountain hotels.

  • Zermatt: Matterhorn
    If you suffer from acrophobia or can't afford the SF700+ guide fee, enjoy a view of Zermatt's mountain icon from the nearby Gornergrat. (You can reach the latter by cogwheel railroad.)