Towns in The Swiss Alps: 15 Heaven on Earth Destinations

Nothing compares to a place where there are scenic mountains at our sight, green grass beneath our feet, and fresh air inside our lungs. It is a place where people gain unprecedented peace of mind and awe – two of the best things we can earn from traveling.

If you’re (like me) looking for that place, then you are on the right page. Because in this blog post, you will find the towns in the Swiss Alps – the places on earth where you can have the best retreat of your life!

Towns in Swiss Alps, Switzerland

And if you want adventure and you’re looking for unique things to do in the towns in the Swiss Alps, this post is good for you too. You will find the following information for each place that’s included in this post:

  • A brief introduction – To make it even “MORE” compelling to visit, a bit of the town’s history or some interesting facts.
  • Nearby cities – I know that you will explore Switzerland’s beautiful cities too after visiting these towns. This section will give you ideas about what city is to visit next. (section: Where is <town name>?)
  • Nearby towns in the Swiss Alps – You know, some towns are just a few minutes away from each other. That means you can visit several others in a day and do a “town hopping”! I added this section to help you plan your “town hopping” in case you want to. But please note that I only mentioned towns included in this list. (Section: Where to go next after <town name>?)
  • Unique Things to do – May the unique things to do for each town help you decide which town is to visit next. I no longer mention usual things to do like hiking, skiing, and etc. We all know that these activities are “common” in these towns.  (Section: Unique Things to do in <town name>?) 

I want to sort this list of towns in the Swiss Alps according to the level of beauty. I’ve watched videos and browsed hundreds of photos all day just to decide which comes first and last.

But I realized it’s not reasonable to rank them. Because, in the first place, I haven’t been to all of them. And if I were, it’s just impossible to compare one to another. Each just has its unique appeal.

So, the towns are sorted alphabetically:

Bettmeralp

Bettmeralp is a village of 450 people, one of the most unspoiled countryside towns in the Swiss Alps. There are no cars in Bettmeralp, and people come here only through a large cable car. That’s one of the reasons why this town stays immaculate – a perfect place to visit.

Bettmeralp, Valais, Switzerland
Bettmeralp

Bettmeralp is beautiful whatever season it may be. This town boasts 300 sunny days a year. You won’t have to worry much about staying indoors frustrated by bad weather or spending a day seeing nothing but fog.

Two good reasons why you should come to Bettmeralp are:

  • Bettmeralp is the doorway to the impressive Aletsch Glacier. The biggest glacier in Europe and the first UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Alps. Aletsch Glacier is a 23-kilometer long glacier near the Bettmerhorn (2643m) and Eggishorn (2926m). Together with the peaks, they create an indescribable spectacle seen from the site’s vantage point.
  • Not only Bettmeralp has good weather, but it also an excellent family destination. That title was given by the Swiss Tourism Federation to Bettmeralp for the enjoyable activities for kids it offers. It even has pushchair-friendly hiking trails perfect if you want a vacation in the mountains together with your toddler.

Here are the Google Map Coordinates if you want to create your own shot similar to the image above once you visit Bettmeralp. During summer, at that point, you’ll see these beautiful houses and hotels facing the stunning mountains:

I got curious how Aletsch Glacier looks like from space. So I searched it from Google Earth. Here is how Bettmeralp from outer space:

Bettmeralp, Switzerland, Google Earth
Bettmeralp and the biggest glacier in Europe

INCREDIBLE! Can you see the beautiful glacier that crawls out of the ice-capped mountains to the vicinity of Bettmeralp?

Where is Bettmeralp?

The village of Bettmeralp is located in the district of Raron in the canton of Valais. The closest larger town to Bettmeralp is Brig, known for thermal baths and 17th-century Stockalper Castle.

Bettmeralp is situated northeast of Brig. According to Google Maps, the total travel time between Bettmeralp and Brig is more or less 40 minutes. Learn more about Brig from my other post things to do in Brig

To go to Bettmeralp from Brig, You will need to catch a train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Betten Talstation. From Betten Talstation, you can hop on a cable car ride that will bring you to Bettmeralp

Unique things to do in Bettmeralp

Here are the most unique things to do in Bettmeralp (aside from hiking and snow activities): 

  • Pumptrack Bettmeralp. Check out the currently the highest asphalt pump track in the world! Situated at 1,970 meters above sea level, you can glide with your rollers on banked curves while enjoying the sights of the stunning mountains.
  • Indoor pool Bachtla. Take a rest after hiking or climbing, avail yourself of Shiatsu and craniosacral therapy! There is also a swimming pool, whirlpool, dry and steam sauna here. They can be your alternative activity if bad weather strikes.
  • Aspi-Titter suspension bridge. Get a thrilling trekking experience on the 160-meter long Aspi-Titter suspension bridge over the 120-meter deep Weisswasser gorge.
  • Aletsch Glacier. See Europe’s largest glacier that’s 23-kilometer long! You can either use the vantage point from the town to see this or hike Bettmerhorn to Eggishorn trail for really stunning sceneries.

Where to go next after Bettmeralp?

There are three beautiful alpine towns you can visit after Bettmeralp:

  • Ernen is the nearest. It is situated at the east of the Bettmeralp, with 47 minutes of travel in between. 
  • Leukerbad. Positioned to the west of Bettmeralp, passing Brig, Visp, all the way to Rhone Valley. Traveling to Leukerbad from Bettmeralp takes about 1 hour and 50 minutes or 2 hours and 20 minutes depending on the train you’ll use.
  • Saas-Fee. Located to the southwest of Bettmeralp near the Swiss-Italian border. Travel time from Bettmeralp to Saas-Fee is about approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Champery

Champery is one of the oldest tourist destinations in Switzerland. It is the town in the Swiss Alps, a destination of the early alpinists dating back to the beginning of the 20th-century.

Champery, Switzerland
Champery

It is here in Champery we can find one of the last bell-foundries production businesses in Switzerland. This old industry is matched with numerous charming traditional chalets with carved balconies along Champery’s street – making the stroll in the town a bit special.

Champery has an excellent destination for winter and summer. Here are my best two reasons why you should visit Champery regardless of the season:

  • During winter, you can go to Portes du Soleil recreational area to try playing with the snow in one of the world’s largest international ski areas.
  • Champery a town between two majestic peaks Dents-du-Midi and Dents Blanches.
Dents-du-Midi, Champery, Switzerland
Dents-du-Midi

Here’s the view of Champery after a cable ride to Croix de Culet peak from the town center. Up there, we can see the rugged summits of Dents-du-Midi. It’s no wonder why the first Alpinist loved hiking from Champery.

Where is Champery?

We can find Champery at the foot of the Dents Blanches and Dents-du-Midi in the Chablais region. It is one of the westernmost towns in the canton of Valais, near the Swiss-French border.

The nearest bigger town to Champery is Monthey, the capital of the district of Monthey in the canton of Valais. However, there’s nothing much to do in Monthey. I think it’s much better if you explore other cities or towns in the alps.

I suggest you go and check Sion, the capital of the canton of Valais. It’s only a 2-hour train ride (1 line transfer) from Champery. Aside from the fact that it is closer to other mountain towns in the Swiss Alps, Sion has throwback-to-medieval-age vibe destinations. You must see its two hilltop castles and basilica, they’re really historical.

Champery is also near Montreux. In the outskirts of Montreux, you can find one of the most visited castles in Switzerland. Here are the 10 reasons why you should visit Montreux.

Unique things to do in Champery

Here are the most unique things to do in Bettmeralp (aside from hiking and snow activities):

  • Escape Room. It is an indoor activity best to do with your friends and family. Here, you will solve puzzles and escape gripping scenarios under a ticking clock to escape the self-contained world and get back to reality.
  • Organic Adventure Park. Bond with your friends and family with an outdoor park with zip lines, a suspension bridge, etc. Climbing nets and walking over tree trails are a part of their 5 courses with different levels of difficulties.
  • La Petite Cavagne. Buy yourself and your friends with homemade jams created by the local farmers. There are also authentic Swiss cheese and fresh-cut dried meat to get for dinner.
  • Champéry-Morgins bikepark. Seek adventure aside from hiking! Try the different level downhill tracks and test your cycling skills. There are 1 green, 1 blue, 7 red, and 2 black level tracks to select from.

Where to go next after Champery?

There are two beautiful alpine towns you can visit after Champery:

  • Verbier. It is the nearest beautiful mountain town to Champery, situated southeast. Traveling to Verbier could take 3 hours and ~10 minutes of travel with three stops and transfers. See this Google Map Route for reference.
  • Leukerbad. It may be farther than Verbier, but it can be reached within 3 hours and ~10 minutes (according to Google Maps) as well. You will have 2 transfers to Leukerbad. You may check this Google Map Route for reference.

Ernen

Ernen is a town in the Swiss Alps with ~500 people located in the district of goms, in the canton of Valais. It is a well-known musical village where international artists come to join the annual musical festival.

Ernen, Valais, Switzerland
Ernen

Another recognition Ernen gain throughout the years is the Henry-Louis-Wakker Prize, an award given to the town for the superb upkeeping of its landscape and architectural heritage. The preservation is evident in the houses and the village square at the center of the Ernen. Here we can see structures that were constructed as early as the 15th-century.

The appearances of the charming houses in Ernen are complemented by their location, overlooking the Fiesch valley basin. There are also lush gardens that surround the settlement that adds to the overall beauty of the town.

Aside from the architecture and natural spectacle, here are the historical gems or the reason why you should visit Ernen:

  • Tellenhaus (Tell House). It is one of the oldest houses in Switzerland, which the Swiss people remember their national hero William Tell. You can find it in the village square together with other prominent buildings.
  • Church of Saint George. It is the iconic structure of Ernen that was built in the early years of the 16th-century. It must be the first structure that everyone can notice by the time they arrive in Ernen because of its elevated position. Inside, we can find a series of late Gothic statues, as well as the winged altarpiece called Nothelferaltar.
  • Hanging Bridge. Do not forget to check out the lengthy suspension footbridges! It’s a breathtaking experience hanging above deep gorges near Ernen.
Ernen, Hanging Bridge, Switzerland
Hanging Bridge in Ernen

Check how does it feel to be in one of Ernen’s hotels. Look at the view! Isn’t that fantastic?

Unique things to do in Ernen

Here are the unique things to do in Ernen (aside from hiking during summer and skiing during winter):

  • Goms Bridge. Conquer the longest suspension footbridges in the canton of Valais. Goms Bridge has 280 meters, hanging 92 meters over the Lama gorge, Rhone river, and some century-old trees.
  • Trusera. Discover Trusera, one of the Bisses, the historic irrigation channels in Valais. You can find it run through the shady forest to the gardens with blooming helleborine, a native orchid plant.

Where is Ernen?

Ernen is located in the district of Goms, left side and above Fiesch in the canton of Valais. It is situated 1200 meters above sea level, overlooking nearby other towns and villages.

Similar to Bettmeralp, Brig is the nearest larger town to Ernen. The traveling time between these two places is about 45 minutes if you’ll take the faster train.

Coming to Ernen from Brig, you’ll need to stop over Fiesch for a transfer. Here’s the route (fastest) summary to guide you: Take an R train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Fiesch Feriendorf. From Fiesch, take bus #652 to take you to Ernen.

Where to go next after Ernen?

After Ernen, you can visit the town to its west and another to its east:

  • Bettmeralp is the nearest town west of Ernen. Traveling to Bettmeralp from Ernen will require you to have three rides: bus #652, train (R), and cable car (PB). Using the fastest route, you can arrive at Bettmeralp in less than 50 minutes.
  • Obergoms is the next beautiful town in the Swiss Alps located to the east of Ernen. The travel time to this town could only last for an hour with lesser transport transfer. From Ernen, take bus #652 to Fiesch, then a train ride (R) to Obergoms.

Gimmelwald 

Gimmelwald, a village in the Swiss Alps of 100 inhabitants, is a part of the inventory of Swiss heritage recognized for its exceptional townscape. It is a preserved mountain farming village, where all you can mostly hear are the sound of the cowbells and the breeze of fresh air.

Gimmelwald, Bern, Switzerland
Gimmelwald

Gimmelwald also has chalets decorated with flowers with breathtaking views of the Jungfrau mountains. Since it can only be reached by foot or cable car, no cars roam around the village. Because of that, strolling in Gimmelwald will really be peaceful, idyllic like heaven on earth.

Considering Gimmelwald is only a tiny village, we can expect there are only simple things we can do here. Like, strolling and sightseeing all day. But in Gimmelwald, they are the activities that we should never underestimate – actually, they are the reasons why we would want to visit this place.

Just look at this view! Even if I don’t stroll around, I can already make my day complete on the balcony of my hotel in Gimmelwald. I just can stare at the mountains forever while drinking hot tea or coffee. ( I sound very old, right? But Nah, I’m still under 30! Haha)

Unique things to do in Gimmelwald

Aside from strolling and hiking in Gimmelwald, here are the other simple but fun and thoughtful activities you can do here:

  • Schwarzmonch beer. Try the specialty beer available in the Mountain Hostel and Pension Gimmelwald.
  • Shop in Honesty Shop. Experience the incredible trust of the Gimmelwald people. Here, you buy things without a cashier. You get your goods and put the money in the cash register by yourself.
  • Historic sawmill Gimmelwald. Discover how a 150-year-old sawmill can cut three trunks without using electricity but by water power only. 

Where is Gimmelwald?

Gimmelwald is a village located in the Bernese Oberland in the Canton of Bern, situated at an altitude of 1363 meters on the hillside of Lauterbrunnen Valley. It is the town very near to Jungfrau-Aletsch Protected Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We can only reach Gimmelwald by foot or cable car from Murren or a cable car from Stechelberg, at the bottom of the valley. Either way, the closest large town/city to Gimmelwald is Thun.

There is an hour and 40 minutes between Thun and Gimmelwald. If you’re coming from Gimmelwald to Thun, have to ride on a cable car to Stechelberg, then bus #141 to Lauterbrunnen, and a train ride (R) to Interlaken. At Interlaken, you take the train (IC) to Thun.

However, from Thun to Gimmelwald, we just reverse the route. Here is the Google Map Route for your reference.

Where to go next after Gimmelwald?

If Gimmelwald is your first destination in Lauterbrunnen Valley, you must visit Murren, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen. They are just neighboring villages. Coming to these places from Gimmelwald won’t take longer than an hour:

  • Gimmelwald to Murren – 11 minutes (cable car) BEST PICK!
  • Gimmelwald to Lauterbrunnen – 26 minutes (PB cable car to Stechelberg + #141 Bus to Lauterbrunnen)
  • Gimmelwald to Wengen – 47 minutes ( PB cable car to Stechelberg + #141 Bus to Lauterbrunnen + CC cable car to Wengen)

However, if you’ve visited all these three places before Gimmelwald, I suggest that you try other towns in the Swiss Alps:

  • Kandersteg (2 to 3 hours away)
  • Grindelwald (1.5 to 2 hours away)
  • Interlaken ( 1 hour away)

Here is the Google Map Route for Kandersteg from GimmelwaldInterlaken from Gimmelwald and Grindelwald from Gimmelwald.

Grindelwald

Grindelwald is one of the most famous alpine mountain towns in the Swiss Alps and destinations in Switzerland. It is known for a plethora of activities to do regardless of the season.

Grindelwald, Bern, Switzerland
Grindelwald

The town of Grindelwald is blessed with the majestic mountains that surround it. Two of the notable peaks observed from Grindelwald are the Eiger north face and the Wetterhorn. The views of these mountains alone are enough to complete your day.

Here are the three best reasons why Grindelwald is really worth a visit:

  • Fun outdoor activities. The developed tourism industry in Grindelwald allows tourists to enjoy fun outdoor activities with a view of the stunning mountains. Some of the best adventures that you can do in Grindelwald are the First Cliff Walk, First Flieger, First Glider, First Mountain Cart, and Trottibike.
  • Thrilling outdoor activities. If you are looking for a life-changing adventure, Grindelwald has something for you. Try the 50-meter free-fall canyon swing and let your adrenaline flood our system.
  • Grindelwald Glacier Canyon. If you want just a relaxed experience in the canyon, there is something for that too. You can trek the kilometer-long walkway inside the ravine and see impressive tunnels and rock galleries carved by million-year erosion.

Here are the 360-degree views of Grindelwald to give you an idea of how amazing it is to be there. Here’s what it looks like when you’re just walking in the town. Imagine the view in person… the mountain and the lush green fields really complement each other, right?

Then, after you take the cable car to First, here is the view that you’ll see. You can observe the same scenery as you come to the start of the First Sky Walk.

Where is Grindelwald?

Grindelwald belongs in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern. It is situated at an elevation of 1034 meters above sea level, surrounded by several mountains. Some of these mountains are Mannlichen, Lauberhorn, Schwarzhorn, Wellhorn, Faulhorn, Monch, Eiger, Wetterhorn, and other more.

The nearest large town/city from Grindelwald is Thun. Traveling to and from Thun would take about an hour and 30 minutes. The shortest route includes 2 train rides, with a train transfer in Interlaken. You may use this Google Map Route as your guide.

Unique things to do in Grindelwald

There are a lot of things to do in Grindelwald. But these are the most unique activities you avail in Grindelwald:

  • Jungfraujoch Ice Palace. Walk inside a tunnel of ice under a glacier. There are several ice chambers with ice sculptures to see. It is an excellent thing to do, especially if you have your family with you.
  • Grindelwald museum. Discover the artifacts inside a wooden house Talhhaus near the church. The museum is an initiative of the locals themselves, wanting to collect and preserve their heritage. We can find stuff they use for alpine farming, mountaineering, mountain railways, and old photographs.
  • Explore the First. As stated in the introduction of Grindelwald, there are lots of fun and adventurous things to do here. Conquer your fears and scream your fright away! Live the life you deserve 😀
  • Glacier Canyon Walk. Exploring the canyon is like going into another world. See the rock formations shaped by the retreating glacier and other works of a creative nature. 

Where to go next after Grindelwald?

Grindelwald is very near to other best scenic mountain towns in Switzerland you can reach in an hour or less:

  • Interlaken. Located northwest of Grindelwald and only takes one train ride (R) from Grindelwald. The travel time lasts 45 minutes.
  • Wengen. From Grindelwald, you can take two cable car rides to Wengen (GB then PB). The other route involves train rides, but I think it’s much better to use the cable car – for more scenic sights. The cable car rides travel time takes approximately 1 hour before you reach Wengen.
  • Lauterbrunnen. Going to Lauterbrunnen from Grindelwald takes about 55 minutes. The trip will involve two train rides (R) with a train transfer in Zweilütschinen. 

Interlaken

Interlaken is a well-known tourist destination and a town in the Swiss Alps, the gateway to more stunning towns and villages further into the Bernese Alps. Though there are other beautiful mountain towns ahead, it does not mean that we should skip Interlaken.

Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland
Interlaken

In Interlaken, you can see a different alpine landscape comparing the rest of the towns in the Swiss Alps listed in this post. With the lakes in the east and west of Interlaken, Lake Thun, and Lake Brienz, you can expect to see a lot more stunning sceneries.

The three majestic peaks, Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau that we can see from Interlaken, blends beautifully with the lakes on both sides of the town. This makes a good reason why you should stop in Interlaken and spend a day here. Aside from that, here’s why you should visit Interlaken:

  • Castles. Interlaken is the crossroads of everything you might be looking for in Switzerland, including the historic and beautiful structures. Interlaken has tours that will bring you to magnificent Oberhofen Castle.
  • Landscape. You won’t only see lakes, rivers, and mountains. There is also a cave that can be accessed from Interlaken (St. Beatus caves) – a natural wonder to behold.
  • Water sports. Unlike other towns in the Swiss Alps, Interlaken offers the most watersports you can enjoy! When it’s time for a break after splashing around, you can sit back and relax while looking at the majestic mountains nearby.
  • Lakes Lakes Lakes. Interlaken is the best spot to watch sunrise and sunset. Just imagine the glittering lake turned to gold by the setting sun (with spectacular mountains in the backdrop). Besides, there are also cruise and boat rides from Interlaken – for a very romantic date. 

Use the 360-degree-image above as your inspiration to visit Interlaken. Isn’t it lovely and super relaxing just to stare at this lake? The sound of the softly crashing water to the shore will make the moment sightseeing even more pleasing.

Where is Interlaken?

We can find Interlaken in between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in a flat alluvial land called Bodeli. It is almost in the middle of Switzerland, belonging to the canton of Bern.

The closest larger settlement to Interlaken is Thun, home of 40-thousand residents, situated at the northern shores of Lake Thun. Thun is a great place to visit it has castles and very historic streets. You can read more about Thun and the destinations in that town here.

Interlaken is very near to Thun. It is only a bus ride (#21) away that could take more or less 51 minutes.

Unique things to do in Interlaken

Here are the most unique activities to do I found in Interlaken (aside from hiking and snow sports):

  • Have a journey to Interlaken farms. See the everyday life in the countryside in Interlaken by visiting the local farms. Here you will get interesting insights about life on the farm, learn facts about milk, meat, and cheese making.
  • See Kunsthaus Interlaken. See works of art and attend musical performances in Interlaken. There will be bands playing different genres starting from jazz to folk to blues to reggae! 
  • Visit the castles. Discover the story and the exquisite beauty of these Swiss castles around Lake Thun. Take a cruise to get to one of each castle in a more romantic way. You can enjoy the scenic mountains from afar as you travel on water.

Where to go next after Interlaken?

If you want to see another town/village in the Swiss Alps, you can visit these towns. They are located in Lauterbrunnen Valley, deep further into the Bernese Alps:

These towns are literally the gateway to the most epic locations and sights in the whole Swiss Alps.

But if you have been to those towns, you can try visiting Kandersteg, located in the other valley to the west. Going to Kandersteg from Interlaken takes only about an hour and 20 minutes and two train rides:

  1. IC or RE train from Interlaken to Spiez
  2. RE train from Spiez to Kandersteg

Kandersteg

Kandersteg is the town in the Swiss Alps in Switzerland where we can find a mountain coaster – a super fun ride that lets us slide the sled over a concave track down the hill. It is a must-do activity to add to your bucket list! If you are not yet familiar with a mountain coaster, here’s a sample video:

I discovered this slide when it got viral on Facebook. Who would not get excited with this? LOL. Sliding the sled down the track with sights of the beautiful mountains is so fun to do! This is the reason why you should visit Kandersteg.

But maybe before we hop on the mountain coaster, we explore first the town center of Kandersteg. There we can find wooden chalets, cozy restaurants, and our ever-desired view of the alpine meadows and ice-capped mountains.

Kandersteg, Valais, Switzerland
Kandersteg

This traditional yet modern town is also the gateway to Lake Oeschinensee, one of the most beautiful lakes in the whole Swiss alpine world! Going to this lake without a camera would feel like a grave sin to yourself for missing to photograph one of the scenic places in the Bernese Alps.

Oeschinensee, Kandersteg, Valais, Switzerland
Oeschinensee in Kandersteg

Where Is Kandersteg?

Kandersteg is located in the Kandervalley in the Bernese Oberland region, canton of Bern. It is surrounded by towering mountains that are more than 3000 meters in height:

  • Balmhorn – 3,698 m or 12,133 ft (south)
  • Bluemlisalp – 3,663 m or 12,018 ft (east)
  • Gross Lohner – 3,049 or m 10,003 ft (west)

These mountains give Kandersteg a 360-degree spectacular view you can see wherever you are in the town.

Spiez is the nearest larger town, gateway to Kander Valley. But if you are looking for a more historic, livelier, and populated town, you got to check out Thun. From April to October, there are fun events that are happening in Thun. Check out my article about Thun to learn more.

Going to Thun from Kandersteg is only an hour of travel. It involves 1 train ride (RE) from Kandersteg to Spiez and a bus ride (#1) from Spiez to Thun. Vice versa, you can reach Kandersteg from Thun.

Unique things to do in Kandersteg

I learned that there are many things to do in Kandersteg. But here are the unique ones that I’ve discovered:

  • Mountain Coasting with Panorama. Sliding the sled down a 750-meter track gives you a 150-meter elevation difference and an unforgettable experience, suitable for all ages. 
  • Enjoying the lake. Row the boat, catch a fish, and make barbeques. Lake Oeschinensee in Kandersteg will allow you to have a quality moment with your family together with the stunning views of the lake mountains.  
  • UNESCO-Ice Walk (Winter). Explore the mountains and walk over the frozen Lake Oeschinensee. The trails are groomed before the site opens. You won’t have to worry about trekking on deep snow.
  • Mountain Tubing (Summer). Get another adrenaline-pumping activity after Mountain Coasting! Ride on a tube and slide down the smoothened path down the hill.

Where to go next after Kandersteg?

If you start your “town hopping” in the Swiss Alps in Kandersteg, you must visit the next valley to the east, Lauterbrunnen Valley. It is the deepest valley in the Alpine chain and has several “extremely” picturesque towns.

  • You can explore these towns starting in Lauterbrunnen. Travel time could range from 1 hour and 40 minutes to 2 hours and 10 minutes, depending on the train you’ll be riding. See this Kandesteg to Lauterbrunnen route from Google Maps as a reference.
  • If you want more water sports and another scenic mountain-lake view, visit Interlaken. It is an hour and 12 minutes away from Kandersteg and involves 1 bus ride and 2 train rides. Check out this Google Maps route from Kandersteg to Lauterbrunnen for more info.
  • If you want to have a break from adventure and want to have just a relaxing time, try the scenic and carless town of Bettmeralp. The fastest route takes about 1 hour and 46 minutes and includes 1 train, 1 bus, and 1 cable car ride. See this Route to Bettmeralp from Kandersteg to learn more.

Lauterbrunnen

Legends say Lauterbrunnen is the town in the Swiss Alps in Switzerland where the book/movie The Lord of the Rings got its inspiration. With the snow-capped mountains, towering cliffs, and magnificent waterfalls in Lauterbrunnen, no wonder why the Lord of the Rings turned out so beautiful to watch.

Lauterbrunnen, Bern, Switzerland
Lauterbrunnen

Look at this Streetview of Lauterbrunnen. See how beautiful the Staubbach Waterfall glow with the sun?

Lauterbrunnen’s name means “many fountains,” derived from the natural landscape of the town. There are just 72 waterfalls found here, and the most notable one is called Staubbach Falls.

Staubbach Falls is the falls that you can immediately see soon after you enter the vicinity of Lauterbrunnen. Its waters fall from a nearly 300-meter tall cliff, one of the highest in Europe, and one of the most beautiful that you can see, especially on a sunny day.

Lauterbrunnen, Bern, Switzerland
Lauterbrunnen

The falls plus sceneries of the vibrant meadows, wooden houses, and ice-capped mountains are just some of the heavenly things you can find in Lauterbrunnen. These are just a few of the reasons why you should come and visit Lauterbrunnen. Here are the rest:

  • Waterfalls. Aside from Staubbach and Spissbach Falls, you can visit the roaring Trummelbach Falls in the Black Monk Mountain, a gem hidden in the rock faces. It is a waterfall that dumps 20 thousand liters of water every second from a 200-meter cliff – a true spectacle to see. 
  • Gateway to the most epic places and places in the Swiss Alps. When you come to Lauterbrunnen, you gain access to cable cars and train rides that can bring you instantly and directly to the most beautiful locations in the Alps:
    • Sphinx Observatory – located in the Jungfraujoch, the top of Europe
    • Piz Gloria – gives you a 360-degree view of the mountains of the Bernese Alps.

Here’s a quick glimpse of what’s inside one of the observatories you can access from Lauterbrunnen:

Where is Lauterbrunnen?

Lauterbrunnen is located in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern. It is surrounded by towering peaks such as:

  • Schilthorn
  • Bietenhorn
  • Schwarzmonch
  • Silberhorn

Lauterbrunnen is a municipality that comprises several villages:

  • Lauterbrunnen
  • Wengen
  • Murren
  • Gimmelwald
  • Stechelberg 
  • Isenfluh

And other smaller hamlets. You can find four of them on this list I created.

The closest larger town to Lauterbrunnen is Thun, which is only an hour and 10 minutes away. You can refer to Lauterbrunnen to Thun Google Maps Route for more information.

Unique things to do in Lauterbrunnen

There are so many things to do in Lauterbrunnen. But here are the unique ones that you would want to try (aside from hiking and skiing):

  • Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe. Enjoy the jaw-dropping sight of the mountain peaks from Sphinx viewing building or feel awe by visiting the Ice palace and the eternal snow plateau.
  • Piz Gloria. Dine-in at one of the highest restaurants in Europe. There, you can eat while enjoying the 360 panoramic views of the Alps.
  • Birg. See a panoramic view of Eiger & Jungfrau peaks in a Steep, glass-floored sightseeing path around a cliff.

Where to go next after Lauterbrunnen?

Lauterbrunnen is only the start of the endless sights and adventures in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. You can visit the nearby villages to see more alpine wonders:

  • Wengen – 20 minutes travel time, includes a funicular/train ride 
  • Murren – takes 30 to 40 minutes travel time. That includes 1 bus ride, 2 cable car rides or 1 cable car, 1 train ride.
  • Gimmelwald – 30 minutes travel time. The route includes 1 bus ride and 1 cable car ride.

If you want to see the nearby town in the Swiss alps, not in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, you can try:

  • Interlaken – 30 minutes travel time, 1 train ride away
  • Grindelwald – 55 minutes travel time, 2 train rides away
  • Kandersteg – around 2 hours travel time, uses multiple means of transportation. Check this Google Maps Route to Kandersteg for more information.

Leukerbad

Leukerbad is the best town in the Swiss Alps to visit if you seek therapeutic warmth after hiking or having outdoor activities in the mountains. There are 65 thermal hot springs in this mountain spa town resort, which were used even by the ancient Romans who sought relief after a day of work.

Leukerbad, Valais, Switzerland
Leukerbad

The discovery of these hot springs led to the development of tourism in Leukerbad. Now they are utilized in many wellness resorts and spas in the town. It attracted many tourists who desire the three-in-one package Leukerbad offers: awe, adventure, and wellness.

Look at one of the resorts here in Leukerbad. Warm water + beautiful mountains = perfect!

With the hot springs in town, strolling around the beautiful Leukerbad or climbing the stunning mountains won’t end in painful joints and muscles anymore. It is a good reason why we should visit Leukerbad, but here’s more:

  • There are gorges to explore. Visit Gala Gorge and learn “interesting” facts about the thermal waters in Leukerbad.
  • Leukerbad has services and facilities promoting wellness. There’s just a wide range of spas to visit in Leukerbad. Some offer a super delicious and nutritious breakfast in the spa hot springs! Feel healthy!
  • Leukerbad has epic viewing platforms and adventures. Leukerbad brings you the opportunities to enjoy nature at its best, from awe-inspiring mountain views to thrilling adventures!

Where is Leukerbad?

Leukerbad is located in the district of Leuk in the canton of Valais. It is situated between the famous Gemmi Pass and Torrenthorn.

Sion is the nearest larger town from Leukerbad. It is located southwest of Leukerbad, the capital of the canton of Valais. Learn the places you can see in Sion from my other post.

Coming to Sion from Leukerbad takes about an hour of travel time. You have to take the bus (#471) to Leuk then a train (R) to Sion.

Unique things to do in Leukerbad

There are many things to do in Leukerbad. Here are the unique activities I think we can do in Leukerbad:

  • Dala Gorge. Explore Dala Gorge using the 600-meter footbridge situated 4 meters above the river bed. Discover things about the thermal waters in Leukerbad that took 40 years to reach the earth’s surface.
  • Viewing platform Gemmi. Dine-in Wildstrubel Restaurant located in the Gemmi Pass and come to the viewing platform next to the restaurant. It is an excellent place to observe the mountains and the town of Leukerbad from the sky.
  • Adventure via ferrata. Test your climbing skills with a range of rope courses. There are challenges to give you goosebumps, like the twisting 20-meter-high ladder that turns 540 degrees!

Where to go next after Leukerbad?

Here are the towns in the Swiss Alps near Leukerbad that you might want to visit next (arranged from west to east):

  • Verbier is located on the other side of the Rhone Valley in Bagnes, takes about three hours to reach. The route includes 3 bus rides and 1 train ride. Check this Google Maps Route to Verbier for reference. Verbier is the gateway to the 4 Vallées ski area.
  • Zermatt can be found on the other side of the Rhone Valley, a town famous for viewing Matterhorn. It takes 2 hours and 30 minutes and requires you to take 2 train rides and 1 bus ride to reach. See this Leukerbad to Matterhorn Route in Google Maps.
  • Saas-Fee is the town near the 4-Thousanders or the mountains with a height that’s more than 4000 meters. Reaching Saas-Fee from Leukerbad takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes. The route to Saas-Fee requires 2 bus rides and 1 train ride (sometimes 2).
  • Bettmeralp is the town where you can go to a spot to see the largest glacier in Europe. Travel time takes about 2 hours and 9 minutes with 2 bus rides, 1 train ride, and 1 cable car ride. See this route to Bettmeralp from Leukerbad in Google Maps.

Murren

Murren, a village of not more than 500 inhabitants, is a charming town in the Swiss Alps, free of cars. It offers stunning alpine scenery as well as mountain culture for us to discover. Murren is kinda the larger version of Gimmelwald, where you can really enjoy the natural beauty of Switzerland.

Murren, Bern, Switzerland
Murren

Murren sits over a flat clifftop in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, facing the spectacular Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountains to the east. It has authentic wooden and flower-bedecked chalets that really match the views of the mountains from afar. Without the presence of cars, strolling in Murren should feel really idyllic, heavenly.

Look at a drone shot from Murren. The view is stunning! It seems I would be able to stroll all day in Murren with that! Or I can just lay down on the grass and stare at the mountain for a day.

Aside from the heavenly atmosphere of Murren, here are some other reasons why Murren is worth visiting:

  • When you are in Murren, you have easy access to Birg and Schilthorn (Piz Gloria) through cable cars. They are one of the places where you can see the entire Bernese Alps in one spot.
  • It is also near a playground/funicular called Allmendhubel-Bahn with a stunning view of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau.
  • There are also other “cool” outdoor activities such as Tobogganing or exploring Trummelbach falls.

Where is Murren?

Murren sits on the west clifftop in the Lauterbrunnen Valley overlooking the village of Stechelberg below. It is in between the Schilthorn peak and the Jungfrau mountain range.

The nearest larger town/city near Murren is Thun, which is 1 hour and 40 minutes away from Murren. The route Murren to Thun, vice versa, involves 3 train rides and 1 cable car ride. You can check more information from Google Maps.

Unique things to do in Murren

Murren is a small village but never underestimate it for its size. Here are the unique things that you can do when you are in Murren:

  • Piz Gloria. Go to the peak of Schilthorn and eat your snacks in Piz Gloria. It may not be as high as the neighboring peaks, but the spot will let you see jaw-dropping sceneries of other mountains.
  • Almendhubel. If you have your kids with you, bring them to Almendhubel. It is a playground with scenic views of the Jungfrau mountain range.
  • Birg. See a panoramic view of Eiger & Jungfrau peaks in a Steep, glass-floored sightseeing path around a cliff.

Where to go next after Murren?

Murren and other beautiful towns in Lauterbrunnen Valley are just neighbors. If you haven’t explored Gimmelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen, I recommend that you visit them. They’re less than an hour away from Murren:

  • Murren to Gimmelwald – 11 minutes (cable car), 27 minutes by walking.
  • Murren to Lauterbrunnen – 25 minutes (PB cable car to Gimmelwald + PB cable car to Stechelberg + Bus #141 to Lauterbrunnen)
  • Murren to Wengen – 50 minutes (R train ride to Grütschalp + PB cable car to Lauterbrunnen + CC train to Wengen)

However, if you’ve visited all these three places before Murren, I suggest that you try other towns in the Swiss Alps:

Obergoms

Obergoms, a quiet town in the Swiss Alps of not more than 1000 inhabitants, is home to chapels and churches with slim white spires and Valaisian style wooden houses. Like the other villages in the Swiss Alps, The chalets and landscape in Obergoms deeply captivate the heart of travelers.

Obergoms, Valais, Switzerland
Obergoms

Obergoms is also the place where we can find some of the most scenic passes in Switzerland. Not only that, the iconic Belverede Hotel and the nostalgic steam train are here as well!

If you’re looking for natural wonders, Obergoms got something for you. You can find the Rhone Glacier, the birthplace of the Rhone river at the northeastern portion of Obergoms, up to the mountains. It has an Ice Cave which you can enter and explore!

Obergoms, Train, Valais, Switzerland
Obergoms Nostalgic Train

By knowing these, I think we now know the reason why we should visit Obergoms.

Where is Obergoms?

Obergoms is located at the easternmost reach of the Rhone Valley, where the Rhone Glacier feeds the Rhone River. It is also the easternmost municipality/town in the canton of Valais, surrounded by towering 3000+ meter mountains.

Brig is the nearest more populated town from Obergoms. It is known for its thermal baths and 17th-century Stockalper Castle in its center. The travel time from Obergoms to Brig vice versa lasts for 1 hour and 10 minutes. The route involves only one (R) train ride.

Unique things to do in Obergoms

I found many things to do in Obergoms. Here are the unique activities that I found (aside from hiking and skiing):

  • Burli-Schiirli. Enter a charming rustic food shop that sells local delicacies of Obergoms. They also sell homemade bread and typical farm cuisine.
  • Furka Pass. Come and see one of the most scenic passes in Switzerland and the third-highest pass in the country. It is where we can see the iconic and most photographed hotel, Belverede Hotel.
  • Ice cave in the Rhone glacier. Enter a 100-meter long ice cave with all blue chambers and tunnels – all inside the Rhone Glacier. You can also hike to the Rhone Glacier to see what it’s like from above.
  • Steam Railway via Furka. Join the daily trip of an early 20th-century nostalgic train, starting from Realp to the Furka crest tunnel to Gletsch in the Upper Goms.

Where to go next after Obergoms?

Obergoms, when you look on the map, it kinda looks like a dead end at the very corner of the Rhone Valley. There are just mountains and small settlements. Well, you can go to Andermatt, it is only 25 minutes away from Oberwald, Obergoms.

But I suggest you go west and visit other towns instead. You can check:

  • Ernen. It is a town with the Wakker Prize for the preservation of its architectural heritage. It is only an hour away from Obergoms (Oberwald), and you will only have to ride 1 bus #652 and 1 train (R) to reach Ernen. Check out Obergoms to Ernen Google Maps route for more information.
  • Bettmeralp. The town nearest to the largest glacier in Europe. Going to Bettmeralp, you only need to get one train ride and one cable car ride. The travel time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. See this Obergoms to Bettmeralp route for reference.

Saas-Fee

Saas-Fee, a village in the Swiss Alps with ~2000 people, is the one that we call “Die Perle der Alpen” (The Pearl of the Alps) because of its location surrounded by 4000-meter mountains in the Alps.

Saas-Fee, Valais, Switzerland
Saas-Fee

Saas-Fee is a village characterized by well preserved Swiss wood architecture, lush meadows, and stunning mountain ranges. The overall scenery plus the car-free environment makes Saas-Fee a very idyllic place to visit.

Check out how beautiful your stroll in Saas-Fee can be:

The village features lots of things to do, from dining to indoor activities and to outdoor fun. Saas-Fee always has something to offer you. But above all, there are the best reasons why you should visit Saas-Fee:

  • Highest Funicular Railway. A check to your bucket list. Ride the highest funicular railway in the world. It leads you to the skiing area and to another item on your bucket list, the highest revolving restaurant in the world.
  • Highest revolving restaurant. Located in 3500 meters or 11500 feet above sea level, “threes!xty” on the Mittel-Allalin, is Switzerland’s highest restaurant AND the world’s highest revolving restaurant. 

Where is Saas-Fee?

Saas-Fee is located in the district of Visp in the canton of Valais, near the Swiss-Italian border. Its location is close to famous hiking peaks like Weissmies, Nadelhorn, and Lenspitze. Saas-Fee is also close to Dom and Allinhorn Glaciers, allowing visitors to play winter sports all year round.

The nearest more populated town or city from Saas-Fee is Visp and Brig. But I suggest that you visit Sion if you like visiting castles built on a hill.

Traveling from Saas-Fee to Visp (vice versa) takes about 50 minutes with only a single bus ride (#511). If you want to go to Sion, you shall spend 1 hour and 42 minutes traveling on 1 bus ride (#511) and 1 train ride (R).

Unique things to do in Saas-Fee

There are so many things to do in Saas-Fee, especially during winter. But here are unique ones we can try:

  • Manage a hotel. Try a unique experience with your friends. In Panoramahotel Alphubel, they will let you manage a hotel. Don’t worry about screwing up… The hotelier couple will always be there to help! 😀
  • Allalinhorn. Though this might require hiking, the experience of standing over a 4000-meter peak is once in a lifetime. Enjoy the panoramic views from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn to the Jungfrau massif.
  • Ice Pavilion. At 3500 meters above sea level in Fee Glacier, enter an ice-frozen grotto. There are glowing ice sculptures inside to behold. There is also an avalanche simulation here to add to your adventure experience.
  • The Hannig show dairy. See the goats in the Hannig alpine goat pasture. There is also goat cheese to try as well!

Where to go next after Saas-Fee?

Here are the nearby towns in the Swiss Alps that you must visit after Saas-Fee:

  • Zermatt. Best place to see the famous Matterhorn. It is only one bus (#511) and one train (R) ride away from Saas-Fee. Travel time is 1 hour and 44 minutes. See the route to Zermatt From Saas-Fee in Google Maps. 
  • Leukerbad. Improve your wellness with thermal baths in the mountains. Leukerbad is 2 hours and 10 minutes away from Saas-Fee. The route involves 2 bus rides and 1 train ride. Check out this route from Saas-Fee to Leukerbad for more info. 
  • Bettmeralp. See the biggest glacier in Europe. Bettmeralp is 2 hours away from Saas-Fee. Going there involves 1 bus ride (#511), 1 train ride (R), and a cable car ride (PB). See this route to Bettmeralp from Saas-Fee for more information.

Verbier

Verbier is an enchanting town in the Swiss Alps with slate-roofed chalets in a spectacular mountainous environment. It is situated on a sunny, south-facing plateau at 1,500m with a beautiful view of the Massif des Combins.

Verbier, Valais, Switzerland
Verbier

It is also a holiday resort nestled in the skiing region, regarded as one of the world’s top backcountry ski destinations. The high elevation areas near Verbier are fully blanketed in snow throughout the year – giving winter sports enthusiasts enjoyment regardless of the season.

Travelers and winter sports enthusiasts call Verbier the gateway to the 4 Vallées ski area. Skiers are the luckiest as Verbier features vibrant resort culture, steep slopes, and fantastic weather.

Before you go to the skiing area, don’t forget to enjoy the pleasant Verbier village with beautiful meadows, charming houses, and stunning mountains. See this 360-degree view of the town:

Where is Verbier?

Verbier is perched on a plateau in the western part of the canton of Valais. It is in the vicinity of Mount Fort, which on the top, gives you the views of Mont Blanc and Matterhorn.

The nearest town to Verbier is Sion, located in the Rhone Valley below the Verbier. It has enthralling castles and ruins you must see. Check my article about Sion.

Going to Sion takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes to more than 2 hours of travel time, depending on your preferred route. The fastest course involves 2 bus rides (#251 then B) and a train ride (IR90 or R). Check this route to Sion From Verbier for more information.

Unique things to do in Verbier

There are wellness, indoor, and sports activities to do in Verbier. Here are the unique activities I found in Verbier (Aside from hiking and skiing):

  • Equestrian sports. Discover Verbier and surrounding villages while horseback riding. There are lessons and courses to try! 
  • Golf. Verbier offers you not only winter sports but also golf. Here, a newbie or a pro is welcomed. Take a swing and then relax with the views of the beautiful alpine sceneries.
  • Have a thermal bath and other wellness activities. There are many relaxing things to do in Verbier, perfect to have after a day of hiking and other sports.

Where to go next after Verbier?

There are three towns in the Swiss Alps near Verbier I recommend you to visit. There is a town in the west, north, and east:

  • Champery. Situated on the east of Verbier, the destination of the early alpinists. It is 2 hours and 47 minutes away from Verbier and needs 2 bus rides and 2 train rides to reach. Check out the way to Champery from Verbier from this Google Map route
  • Leukerbad. Situated on the northeast of Verbier. Go here if you want to visit Therapeutic thermal baths with beautiful sceneries of the mountain. It is 2 hours and 25 minutes away from Verbier and would require you to hop on 3 buses and 1 train ride. Check out the route to Leukerbad from Verbier here. 
  • Zermatt. Visit the town where you can closely see the famous Matterhorn. From Verbier, it takes 3 hours and 35 minutes to reach Zermatt. The route involves 2 bus rides and 2 train rides. See Google Maps route from Verbier to Zermatt here

Wengen

Wengen is another scenic town in the Swiss Alps of 1,300 inhabitants in Lauterbrunnen Valley that will take your breath away. It was an alpine farming settlement two centuries ago until tourism skyrocketed and transformed this village into an idyllic heavenly mountain resort town.

Wengen, Bern, Switzerland
Wengen

Wengen is a car-free village with nostalgic timber houses and flower-decked chalets. These, together with the lush meadows, and stunning mountain views, create an image of heaven – a place on earth we all desire to see.

Wengen is the perfect viewing spot of the Lauterbrunnen town down the valley. This is a shot of Lauterbrunnen town taken from Wengen on a perfect sunny morning:

View of Lauterbrunnen from Wengen, Wengen, Switzerland
View of Lauterbrunnen from Wengen

This picture-perfect mountain village is also the gateway to the many epic mountain destinations like Kleine Scheidegg, Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe, and Mannlichen. All of these are the reasons why you should visit and never skip Wengen when you visit Switzerland.

Here is the 360-view in Mannlichen. It’s just heaven, isn’t it?

Where Is Wengen?

Wengen is perched on a flat clifftop at the foot of Jungfrau, 400 meters above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Located southeast of Wengen is the three giant mountains, Jungfrau, Eiger, and Monch.

The closest more populated town/city to Wengen is Thun, located north of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The travel time between Thun and Wengen is 1 hour and 20 minutes. The journey will involve 3 train rides.

See this Google Maps Route for more information. 

Unique things to do in Wengen

The things to do in other villages in the Lauterbrunnen Valley can also be easily accessed from Wengen. They’re very close to each other. Regardless, here are the unique things to do in Wengen (aside from hiking and skiing):

  • Maanlichen Royal Walk. Go to the Instagrammable crown-like viewing point in Maanlichen’s peak. Enjoy the sights of the Swiss Alps!
  • Sphinx Observatory. Take a cable car ride to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe and visit the Sphinx Observatory. There, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains without obstruction.
  • Ice Palace. Just beside the Observatory, explore the Ice Palace. Walk into the blue tunnels and check some cute and marvelous ice sculptures. 

Where to go next after Wengen?

Wengen is less than an hour away from other towns in Lauterbrunnen Valley. If your first destination in the Valley is Wengen, I recommend that you visit Gimmelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Murren:

  • Wengen to Lauterbrunnen – 21 minutes (cable car)
  • Wengen to Murren – 53 minutes ( CC train to Lauterbrunnen + PB cable car to Grutschalp + R train to Murren)
  • Wengen to Gimmelwald – 53 minutes ( CC train to Lauterbrunnen + Bus #141 to Stechelberg + PB cable car to Gimmelwald) 

However, if you’ve visited all these three places before Murren, I suggest that you try other towns in the Swiss Alps:

Zermatt

Zermatt is a mountaineering town in the Swiss Alps and ski resort in the canton of Valais, known for the views of the picture-perfect Matterhorn. This town isn’t only for adults, but for the whole family. Zermatt is labeled by the Swiss Tourism Federation as one of the Family Destinations in Switzerland.

Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland
Zermatt

Zermatt is one of the towns in Switzerland that enjoys fair weather all year round, boasting 300 days of sun. It is also a car-free town, so you can expect absolutely fresh air all the time.

The village is a mixture of old and new. Despite the newly constructed hotels built after the tourism boom, Zermatt never loses its traditional touch.

We can still see up until now ~30 buildings in Zermatt built with the style of the original Walser residents. There are also barns and grain stores that reveal the daily life of the mountain farmers who lived in this village. 

Here’s the view of Matterhorn from the town center of Zermatt:

Aside from the beautiful village and marvelous mountains near Zermatt, here are the other reasons why you should visit Zermatt:

  • Matterhorn. See the ultimate icon of Switzerland.
  • Photogenic Lakes. You can hike to several lakes that reflect Matterhorn. They create spectacular sceneries to behold.
  • Zermatt gives a slash to your bucket list. You can get a ride on the highest cable car station in Europe (3,883 m) from Zermatt.
  • Culture. During summer, you can watch the procession of the goats or folklore with music.

And many others…

Where is Zermatt?

The village of Zermatt is located at the southernmost portion of Matter Valley in the canton of Valais. It is surrounded by 4000-m peaks like Dufourspitze, Dom, Liskamm, and Matterhorn.

The nearest more populated town/city from Zermatt is Visp and Brig. Traveling from Zermatt to Visp/Brig is only a train ride away (1-hour traveling time).

However, I suggest that you go to Sion instead. Traveling to Sion takes an hour and 40 minutes with 2 train rides. You can check out my guide to Sion to learn more about it. Here is the Google Maps Route from Zermatt to Sion.

Unique things to do in Zermatt

Zermatt is a well-developed tourist destination, and it offers many things to do. From everything that I saw, here are the most unique activities I think we can have (aside from hiking and skiing):

  • Explore Zermatt Village. For an hour or two, you can already make a loop within the village. Don’t forget to see the portion of Zermatt where the centuries-old houses are.
  • Glacier Palace. See and explore the highest natural glacier palace in the world. Walk inside the tunnel that’s 15 meters below the surface of the glacier. Inside, you’ll see hidden lighting and ethereal sounds – a surreal place to be.
  • Zermatt Bier. Taste Zermatt’s special beer brewed on the slopes of Monte Rosa and Matterhorn. It is a soft, balanced amber beer identified by its fruity and sweet character. 
  • Matterhorn glacier paradise. Ride the highest cable car ride in Europe and get the best views of the Swiss Alps. It stretches 25 kilometers from Matterhorn glacier paradise station to Zermatt.
  • Gorner Gorge. See a natural wonder, a ravine eroded by the Gornervispe River after the last Ice Age. Discover rocks that are already Hundred of millions of years old! 

Where to go next after Zermatt?

If you want to visit other towns in the Alps after Zermatt, here’s what I can recommend and also the nearest:

  • Leukerbad. Best place to have a wellness-focused part of the vacation in Switzerland after hiking or outdoor sports. Going to Leukerbad takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes, with 1 train ride, 1 bus ride, and 1 cable car ride. See this route to Leukerbad from Zermatt for exact details.
  • Saas-Fee. Get your meals at the highest revolving restaurant in the world. Enjoy eating with the views of the surrounding mountains in the Alps. The route to Saas-Fee from Zermatt involves 1 train ride and 1 bus ride, and the travel time only lasts for 2 hours. Check out this Google Maps route from Zermatt to Saas-Fee.

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Towns in the Swiss Alps
Towns in the Swiss Alps

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