Appenzell
Located in Northeastern Switzerland at the foot of the Alpstein Mountains, Appenzell is a rural paradise surrounded by lush rolling hills. The town is home to about 7000 people, is car-free, and is known for its traditional ways and folk festivals.
In Appenzell, stroll the pretty streets, check out the Appenzell museum, take a hike in the Alps, and eat all the locally-produced Appenzell cheese.
Lauterbrunnen
Set in the stunning Lauterbrunnen valley, one of the largest nature conservations in Switzerland, the town of Lauterbrunnen is a must for every nature lover. Gorgeous mountains tower over the village itself, and if you check out more of the area you'll find gorgeous meadows, tons of valleys, and waterfalls galore.
In Lauterbrunnen, take a stroll down the main street, go waterfall hunting and, if you're feeling adventurous, take a helicopter tour over the Alps - it'll be the best view!
Kandersteg
Kandersteg is a resort village in the Alps, and is one of my favorite locations in the Bernese-Oberland region. This peaceful town is perfect for outdoorsy-types, as there are so many natural wonders in the area.
In Kandersteg, be sure to get out to the glacier-fed Lake Oeschinensee, check out Lake Blausee, visit the Tropical House Frutigen, and go on one of the many hikes in the area.
Iseltwald
An old fishing village located on the southern shore of Lake Brienz, Iseltwald is a scenic place to go that’s just a ten minute drive from Interlaken. The town itself features traditional-style hotels, a small castle, a harbor, and a small island just offshore. Apart from water-based activities, Iseltwald is also a popular hiking spot, with several hiking trails in the region.
Zermatt
Set at the base of the Matterhorn, Zermatt is one of the most popular ski resorts in Europe, and consists of 54 mountain railways and chairlifts. If you’re not into hitting the slopes, the area is also full of soothing spas, hiking trails, great restaurants, and cable cars. The village itself is a car-free zone, so be prepared to set out on foot.
Grindelwald
Grindelwald, a valley and a village in the Jungfrau region, is a mountain resort that attracts skiers, rock climbers, and hikers alike. Popular activities in the area include going to the First Cliff Walk, hiking the Eiger Trail, journeying to Jungfraujoch, or exploring the Gletscherschlucht Ravine. The village of Grindelwald is small, easy to get around, and is full of quaint chalet-style houses, restaurants, and hotels.