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Most Beautiful Villages in Switzerland

While reading another thread about favorite cities in Switzerland, it got me wondering why Switzerland doesn't have a sanctioned, tourist label, like France, called the Most Beautiful Villages in Switzerland.

When English-speaking potential tourists google "The Most Beautiful Villages in France", there is an official website and list describing the villages and the region.

When I google "most beautiful villages in Switzerland", this is what popped up first:
http://luxuryhotels.bleublog.lematin...9cc33c8c2.html

Just read it (if you can) and have a good laugh. The translation is beyond horrendous.

So, let's start something here so that potential visitors, and those of us who want to visit somewhere new inside this everywhere's-a-Kodak-moment of a country have a bit of a reference point.

I'll start, since it's my durned thread. Remember, we're trying to go for villages that are historic, picturesque, quintessentially Swiss and jaw-droppingly cute.

1. Gruyères, Fribourg
2. Epesses, Vaud
3. Grandvaux, Vaud
4. Zermatt, Valais
5. Lutry, Vaud
6. Ascona, Tessin
7. Morat/Murten, Fribourg
8. Gstaad, Berne

Those are my favorites so far, but I need to explore more up in the German-speaking part. Where do y'all take your guests when they want to see something "typically Swiss"?

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Re: Most Beautiful Villages in Switzerland

Romainmotiers (Vaud) and StUrsanne (Jura) are really worth a visit. Evolène and Les Haudères (Valais) too.
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Re: Most Beautiful Villages in Switzerland

Stein am Rhein (see Pic)

Gruyères, Murten, Chur, Locarno
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Re: Most Beautiful Villages in Switzerland

I've never heard of St. Ursanne. What is it like?
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Re: Most Beautiful Villages in Switzerland

Would typically Swiss-Italian work?

Gandria, TI (hike there and go back by boat)
Morcote, TI (have a cuppa on the square and hike to the vineyards/old church)
Vogorno, TI (the Verzasca Valley trail)
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I've never heard of St. Ursanne. What is it like?
Small, medieval, CAthedral and cloisters (with Chopin festival this Summer), right on the river Doubs with lovely bridges. Excellent restaurants and great antique shops.
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Re: Most Beautiful Villages in Switzerland

Bremgarten, AG is understated and very pleasant, I'd put Regensberg, ZH into the mix too.
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Where do y'all take your guests when they want to see something "typically Swiss"?
To the local pub, usually. With mountains all around no-one's looking at the buildings anyway

But Engelberg's pretty enough in its own right, I reckon. TBH most villages are. Stans, just down the road, has a very attractive little town square as well.
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While reading another thread about favorite cities in Switzerland, it got me wondering why Switzerland doesn't have a sanctioned, tourist label, like France, called the Most Beautiful Villages in Switzerland.

When English-speaking potential tourists google "The Most Beautiful Villages in France", there is an official website and list describing the villages and the region.

When I google "most beautiful villages in Switzerland", this is what popped up first:
http://luxuryhotels.bleublog.lematin...9cc33c8c2.html

Just read it (if you can) and have a good laugh. The translation is beyond horrendous.

So, let's start something here so that potential visitors, and those of us who want to visit somewhere new inside this everywhere's-a-Kodak-moment of a country have a bit of a reference point.

I'll start, since it's my durned thread. Remember, we're trying to go for villages that are historic, picturesque, quintessentially Swiss and jaw-droppingly cute.

1. Gruyères, Fribourg
2. Epesses, Vaud
3. Grandvaux, Vaud
4. Zermatt, Valais
5. Lutry, Vaud
6. Ascona, Tessin
7. Morat/Murten, Fribourg
8. Gstaad, Berne

Those are my favorites so far, but I need to explore more up in the German-speaking part. Where do y'all take your guests when they want to see something "typically Swiss"?
Great link, that translation is amazing!
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Re: Most Beautiful Villages in Switzerland

I have been to Bremgarten for the Antique Fair and it is really something special. Thanks for reminding me.

So far I have at least six new ideas for places to visit. How did I miss those three in Ticino/Tessin when I went to Ascona? Definitely have to go back this summer!

I forgot to add Wengen in the canton of Bern. We spent a weekend there hiking, drinking and eating. So, Wengen is my #9.
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While reading another thread about favorite cities in Switzerland, it got me wondering why Switzerland doesn't have a sanctioned, tourist label, like France, called the Most Beautiful Villages in Switzerland.

When English-speaking potential tourists google "The Most Beautiful Villages in France", there is an official website and list describing the villages and the region.

-droppingly cute.

1. Gruyères, Fribourg
2. Epesses, Vaud
3. Grandvaux, Vaud
4. Zermatt, Valais
5. Lutry, Vaud
6. Ascona, Tessin
7. Morat/Murten, Fribourg
8. Gstaad, Berne

Those are my favorites so far, but I need to explore more up in the German-speaking part. Where do y'all take your guests when they want to see something "typically Swiss"?
"like France " well this is Switzerland , everything is breathtaking , cant make up oure mind . I go for murten
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Re: Most Beautiful Villages in Switzerland

i always give the same answer for this one but imho this is by far the most precious village in ch- corippo- population=12. stunning area all around and just breathtaking...
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i always give the same answer for this one but imho this is by far the most precious village in ch- corippo- population=12. stunning area all around and just breathtaking...
Well, that's four beautiful village in Ticino/Tessin that I have missed. I'm wondering, with a population of only 12, was there anybody to wait on you when you stopped in for a wine/coffee?
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We have two lovers of the Val d'Hérens on EF

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My very favorite area in Switzerland.

The views from the villages are not noteworthy (views from Arolla at the upper end of the valley are more impressive, but not spectacular), but what distinguishes these villages is that the old culture is still alive and well. Some women wear traditional clothing regularly, and you can hear the unintelligible patois in the streets. It is probably the only area in Romandie where patois is spoken as regularly as Schweizerdeutsch is spoken on the other side of the röstigraben.
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When I google "most beautiful villages in Switzerland", this is what popped up first:
http://luxuryhotels.bleublog.lematin...9cc33c8c2.html
I checked out the list on your link, TheSpouse, and have to agree with Soglio being one of the most beautiful.

It's remote, and also one of those 'time-stood-still' places. There's excellent hiking there, but you could spend hours in the town exploring every nook and cranny as it's all so authentic. I'd go back again in a flash.

Here's a photo I took 2 years ago.
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Sadly changing fast- with a lot of new buildings going up - and most of the old cow cellars being abandonned or replaced by a garage or 'carnotzet' (sort of bar with fireplace). Only about a decade ago, most were still in use. Sad.

Very friendly B&B (Madeleine speaks excellent English as well as French and fluent Evolène patois), including a small apartment for a family of 4 with its own kitchen: La Grande Peur dans la Montagne (named after Ramuz's book- one of the best Romandie author).
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I've never heard of St. Ursanne. What is it like?


St Ursanne Jura.

The pic that belongs to the post from Odile.

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Agreed, but still has a lot more soul (though less views) than Zermatt or Mürren. Since I hike I do not need views from my window, and am happy to trade easy views for soul
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Where are y'all talking about that is "sadly changing fast"?
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Evolène/Val d'Hérens. Still really worth the trip though - and there are simple hotels with very very reasonable rates - and the Grande Peur dans la montagne, in the nearby hamlet of La Tour is great - with a garden, right by a waterfall.
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