Eye candy… the prettiest resorts in Switzerland
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, trying to put together a list of the prettiest resorts in the Switzerland was always going to be a tall order! However, we’ve done our best to whittle it down, and bring you our top picks for Swiss resorts that are unadulterated eye candy. Whether it’s glistening glaciated peaks, or chocolate-box pretty rustic alpine villages, these are all resorts that elicit descriptions dripping with superlatives. So if you’re looking for a winter holiday destination that is so good looking it’ll make your eyes hurt, read on…
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Saas-Fee is another beautiful alpine town to add to your bucket list. Its winding, car-free streets are flanked by traditional Swiss chalets and cowsheds and dwarfed by 13 4000m peaks. These summits and glaciers sit high above the town meaning snow-capped peaks year round, and this just adds to the photographic appeal of Saas-Fee.
Amidst native pine and larch woods, Chandolin nestles securely on the sunny side of the Val d’Anniviers and has retained all its authentic charm. This ancient village with its typical timber houses and situated at an altitude of 1936 m is among the highest, continuously inhabited settlements in Europe.
Kandersteg has the quieter and unhurried feel of a resort not yet on the skiing map. This scenic Alpine village has preserved its charm with traditional wooden chalets, set in a wide valley with the mountains dominating the skyline. And with romantic winter sleigh rides on offer in horse-drawn carriages, what more could you want?
Between the white forests heavily laden with snow, the frozen lakes and the glittery crystalized landscape, Arosa invites you to get lost in this winter wonderland and take a break from everyday life. The town is complete with classic chocolate-box ski in/ski out chalets and jingling horse drawn sleighs, and rumour has it that the sunsets are unbeatable.
Mürren might just be the prettiest spot in the entire Swiss Alps, situated on a plateau high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. During the winter months the village is buried in snow and inaccessible to vehicles so it’s perfect for families, couples and those who really want to get away from urban life. What’s more, the village is surrounded by a trio of enormous peaks – the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – which are iconic in their own right.
Even without the instantly recognisable peak of the Matterhorn, Zermatt would be a jaw-dropper. This world-famous resort is surrounded by another 37 peaks over 4000m, and combined with the Matterhorn is rumoured to be the most photographed group of mountains in the world. Some of Europe’s largest glaciers spill down the mountainsides towards the town, and you’re guaranteed to find tourists in Zermatt, no matter what month you visit.
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