When I was 10 years old, my father brought home a glossy calendar featuring the breathtaking Swiss Alps. The fairytale view of the snow-capped mountains stuck in my mind for years. 

When I was in college, I began searching where in the world the dreamy Alpine region is located and it was then that I learned about Switzerland and all those stunning emerald lakes, skiing resorts, and scenic villages. 

I started writing a long bucket list of exploring Europe - Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Austria, Scotland, and The Netherlands. Two decades later, this bucket list remains a list of dreams ­čśó

City of Bern, the capital of Switzerland

But I am very optimistic. I am confident one day this travel dream could still come true. It also serves as my inspiration to work hard, to continue hoping for betting things, and to always believe in dreams.

So here, I am listing down some of the most beautiful villages in Switzerland to visit, hoping that one day, I could tick these out of my travel bucket list. 

Switzerland is so dreamy!

Switzerland offers breathtaking natural wonders, from picturesque villages, incredible Swiss Alps, stunning emerald lakes, and medieval towns.

Zurich, Switzerland's largest city. Photo: Daily Express UK

With the lofty snow-capped mountains of the Alps, lush valleys, sparkling green lakes, historic cities, great food, and captivating views of ski chalets, Switzerland is truly a nation of myriad dreams.

Over the years, I have gathered information from travel magazines, blogs, and videos about visiting Switzerland, and apart from the cities of Bern, Zurich, Lucerne, Geneva, and St. Moritz, the following are the most captivating Swiss destinations to explore.

1. Interlaken - Interlaken is a picturesque Swiss town and municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern. 

Interlaken

It lies in the Bernese Oberland, between two lakes, Brienz to the east and Thun to the west, and alongside the river Aare, which flows between them. 

Interlaken is a popular tourist destination in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps, and the main transport gateway to the mountains and lakes of that region.

It is located near the mountain resorts and Alpine peaks of Eiger, M├Ânch, and Jungfrau, and is often dubbed as one of the most beautiful villages in Europe. More about Interlaken HERE

2. Iseltwald - Not far from Interlaken is this bewitching village of Iseltwald. It is a small Swiss fishing village located on the edge of the spectacular Lake Brienz, famous for its emerald waters. 


Iseltwald is part of the Jungfrau Region in Bernese Oberland which offers a terrific view of the Swiss Alps. It hugs by an idyllic fairytale view of the romantic Swiss cottages, lakeside caf├ęs and restaurants, and the snow-capped mountains.

The famous landing stage in Lake Brienz

One of the most popular spots in Iseltwald is this area of the landing stage. It can be found right in front of the private residences of Seepark Iseltwald and next to the boat’s stop Harbor Iseltwald. 

Schorren is another area in this beautiful village worthy to explore. It is one of the most scenic walking trails in Iseltwald. A great place to take an afternoon walk while enjoying the view of Lake Brienz and the nearby Iseltwald Castle.

3. Grindelwald - Grindelwald is one of the most popular mountain resorts in Switzerland. Famous for its stunning scenery of the impressive mountains, it has a direct view of the imposing Bernese Alps.

Grindelwald. Getty Images

A variety of outdoor activities in all seasons are offered in Grindelwald. The main landmark in the area is Jungfraujoch, Known as “The Top of Europe", the first natural heritage of the Alps, with its enchanting blanket of ice and the dizzying view of the majestic alpine!

Jungfraujoch, Known as “The Top of Europe". Credit: Jungfrau

Grindelwald is a popular gateway for the Jungfrau Region, with skiing in winter and hiking in summer. It's also a base for mountain-climbing ascents up the iconic north face of Eiger Mountain. Gletscherschlucht, a glacial gorge just outside Grindelwald, features paths with interpretive signage, waterfalls, and striated limestone walls.

4. Lauterbrunnen - A charming village and municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. 

Lauterbrunnen. Getty Images

It is located at the foot of the Bernese Alps and overlooked by the Eiger, M├Ânch, Jungfrau, and many other high peaks. 

Similar to Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen is set in one of the most impressive valleys in the Alps. with dramatic rocky cliffs and the famous 300-meter-high Staubbach Falls. 

A quaint Alpine village that one must not missed when visiting Switzerland. If your type of travel is exploring scenic views, Lauterbrunnen is a great place to add to your travel bucket list.

5. Zermatt - Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn, the jewel of the Swiss Alps. Matterhorn famously appeared in the packaging of the Toblerone chocolate brand, manufactured in Bern, Switzerland's capital city.

The town of Zermatt. Getty Images

Zermatt is located in southern Switzerland's Valais canton, at the foot of the Matterhorn. Its location in the middle of an enormous hiking and ski region makes Zermatt one of the world's most attractive vacation villages. 

The region called "Matterhorn Glacier Paradise" is Europe's largest and highest-lying summer skiing region. Truly, a place of bewitching charm for all adventure junkies!

Zermatt ski resort with Matterhorn in the background 

What makes this Swiss city more attractive is that it is a car-free zone, which aims to preserve its natural beauty and centuries-old charm. 

The region is legendary among hikers and skiers: the Haute Route, a challenging international route that takes several days to complete, leads from Mont Blanc to Zermatt. 

Matterhorn mountain that overlooks the village of Zermatt

At 4,478 meters, the majestic Matterhorn looms over the breathtaking Alpine panorama. This Switzerland landmark is at the border of the western Swiss canton of Valais between Zermatt and the Italian resort of Breuil-Cervinia and offers a paradise for all nature lovers looking for a quiet oasis.

6. Klosters - But if there's one Swiss ski village that has a storied link to the British royal family it's Klosters. It is a beautiful village in the Pr├Ąttigau in the municipality of Klosters-Serneus.

It belongs to the political district Pr├Ąttigau/Davos in the canton of Graub├╝nden. It is 10 km north of Davos and part of its extended ski area.

Prince Charles with his young sons, William and Harry, at Klosters ski resort in 2000
Prince Charles and his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry holidaying in Klosters, in 2004.

It has been the favorite ski resort of the British royal family. When he was still the Prince of Wales, King Charles III, often spent his winter holiday break in Klosters. In 1987, he had an avalanche experience in Klosters that killed his close friend, Major Hugh Lindsay. 

He was skiing with his then-wife, Diana, the Princess of Wales, younger brother, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, when the incident happened.

During happy times: The Prince and Princess of Wales, and the Duke and Duchess of York in Klosters. 

It was one winter break in 2004 when Prince William and Kate Middleton were pictured together for the first time. And revealed their relationship when they were photographed kissing on the slope of the mountain. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton pictured together for the first time in 2004, Klosters 

Nestling in what has remained the rural part of the Pr├Ąttigau, Klosters, with its romantic village-like atmosphere, stands in stark contrast to the nearby Alpine metropolis of Davos. 

During the winter season, the Gotschnabahn cable car carries winter sports fans up into the Davos ski arena. Cross-country skiers will find long trails immediately near Klosters.

Klosters, Switzerland. Getty Images

For travelers who are non-skiers but seeking another thrill of adventure, you can avail of winter walking paths, horse-drawn sled rides, toboggan runs, and snow-shoe trekking – as well as a wide range of apr├Ęs-ski activities and nightlife venues in Klosters, and especially in nearby Davos.

YES! Claiming that someday, this Swiss dream tour can come true. Manifesting and affirming! ­čÖĆ✌️ Pllaning to travel to Switzerland? And no idea what are the travel requirements?

How to Enter Switzerland

Switzerland is in Western Europe. If you are a resident outside the European Union, then you will need a visa to enter Switzerland. It is called Schengen Visa.

Schengen Visa is defined as the world's largest visa-free zone. It signifies a zone where 26 European countries, abolished their internal borders, for the free and unrestricted movement of people.

Schengen Area covers most of the EU countries, except Ireland. And the countries that are soon to be part of the Schengen Area: Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Croatia

The 26 EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

More information how to apply a Schengen visa for each of the EU countries HERE. You can also check Here the list of the non-EU countries where you can enter with a Schengen visa. 

Check details How To Apply for a Schengen Visa. If you are visiting Switzerland only, Check How To Enter Switzerland and entry requirements HERE

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