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The story

“The most beautiful villages in Switzerland” is an independent association founded in 2015 with the aim of preserving, promoting and coordinating in a tourist circuit the municipalities that, meeting the criteria set out in the quality charter are classified as such

Since 2017, the association is part of the international federation of the “Most beautiful Villages on Earth”

Selection

As a certificate of quality, the classification (listed village) guarantees the public the beauty embodied by its registered trade mark. Its aim is to incite permanent action towards making each village a place of exception where harmony between site, architecture, heritage and landscape is source of emotion and enjoyment, whether one lives there or visits.

Find out more

Visit The most beautiful Villages in Switzerland website at www.beauxvillages.ch to find out more.
Road map, tourist guide, album…whether for practical or leisure purposes, the publications under the “Most beautiful Villages in Switzerland” brand are tools to help you prepare an escapade as much as they are an invitation to the simple pleasure of discovery.

THE VILLAGES

Ascona

The nicest spots to visit are the Catholic parish church of Saints Peter and Paul, the church of Santa Maria della Misericordia, the Papio college, Casa Serodine, the restored castle of San Materno with the chapel or enjoying a nice walk along the lake.

Avenches

Avenches is a medieval city, formerly Aventicum, the capital of Roman Helvetia. This little village boasts a unique heritage from Roman times. It is considered a jewel of La Broye on the shores of Lake Morat, and it is set in the canton of Vaud, near its border with Fribourg. The gentle rolling hills between the Lakes Morat and Neuchâtel, the vineyards and the nature reserves are ideal for walking and cycling.

 

 

Bergün-Bravuogn

Bergün-Bravuogn is a typical Engadine village. The Platzturm, originally a farm tower seems to overlook the roofs of the village from its Baroque dome since the 17th century.

Breil-Brigels

Breil-Brigels is a village located in the Surselva region in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Thanks to the Kisten pass, in the past it had important trade exchanges with the canton of Glarus. Its Chaplutta Son Sievi is listed as a Swiss heritage site of national significance.

Bremgarten

Bremgarten is a municipality in the Swiss canton of Aargau. Its medieval old town is listed as a heritage site of national significance. Bremgarten has a diverse cultural offer, combined with many sights from historical and urban development. The cultural activities are partly based on private initiative, but mostly on the institutional level (association activity).

Cabbio-Muggio

Cabbio is a municipality in the district of Breggia A nice village where you can visit the nevere e i caselli del latte, I roccoli and la graa.

Eglisau

Eglisau is a municipality in the district of Bülach in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.

Erlach

Erlach (French: Cerlier) is the capital municipality of the Seeland administrative district in the canton of Berne in Switzerland.

Ernen

Ernen is a municipality in the district of Goms in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. In 1979, the village was awarded the Wakker Prize for the preservation of its architectural heritage. Ernen offers many sports and entertainment options throughout the year. For instance, the Festival Musikdorf Ernen.

 

Evolène

Evolène village and the whole region is a dream destination for mountain lovers. Its landscape, traditions, nature and preserved heritage makes this destination in a charming place to relax. It is located in the district of Hérens in the canton of Valais in Switzerland, and it is popular not just for nature lovers and winter sports seekers, but also as a popular resort for writers and artists due to its tranquil settings.

 

Grandson

Grandson is a municipality in the district of Jura-Nord Vaudois in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is home to one or more prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements that are part of the Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps UNESCO World Heritage Site. The entire town of Grandson is part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.

Grimentz
Grimentz is a village located in the district of Sierre in the Swiss canton of Valais. It offers rich natural and cultural resources and varied activities: winter sports, mountain hikes, sporting events, visit of the Moiry dam, etc. Grimentz also proposes a travel to the Old Times and it is a perfect place for those who know how to be charmed by antique buildings.
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La Neuveville

La Neuveville (New city) is a municipality in the canton of Bern in Switzerland, located in the French-speaking Bernese Jura (Jura Bernois). It was founded in 1312. It is an almost square village, crossed by three parallel streets and a modern cross street.

Le Landeron

Le Landeron is a municipality in the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel. Landeron is a long, fortified market town, built between 1325 and 1344 by Rudolf IV of Neuchâtel. Main street is lined with houses and closed at the ends by a gate. The entire town of Le Landeron is part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.

Lichtensteig

Lichtensteig is a municipality in the Wahlkreis of Toggenburg in the canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Luthern

Luthern is a municipality in the district of Willisau in the canton of Lucerne in Switzerland.

Madulain

Madulain is a village on the banks of the river Inn, located at an altitude of 1700 meters. It is the smallest of the 11 municipalities of the Upper Engadine. Madulain has become a reference point for culture lovers in this part of the canton of Grisons.

Morcote

Not to be missed: The lake walk characterized by boat mooring, the characteristic alleys that thin out inside the village, the Catholic parish church of Santa Maria, Palazzo Paleari, an elegant noble residence built in 1483. In the facade stuccoes by Abbondio Paleari, The chapel of St. Anthony of Padua, The chapel of Sant’Antonio Abate, located at the foot of the church, an unusual building of medieval origin.

Moudon

In the geographical center of French-speaking Switzerland, ideally located at the junction of the Lake Geneva and Plateau, the city of Moudon has flourished in a green setting for nearly 2000 years. A tourist center of cantonal importance, the former capital of the Pays de Vaud can boast a wealth of built heritage.

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Poschiavo

Poschiavo is a municipality in the Bernina Region in the canton of Grisons in Switzerland.

Romainmôtier

Romainmôtier is a mediaeval town, considered a jewel of the Yverdon-les-Bains region. Its Cluniac abbey church, built by Cluny monks in the 10th century, is a must for culture and nature lovers. A place to meditate and regenerate, Romainmôtier offers a special sense of intimacy in this exceptional setting created with artistry and sensitivity.

Rougemont

Located at almost 1,000 meters above sea level, Rougemont (Red Mountain) seduces with the beauty of its architectural heritage. The village is home to several wooden 400 years old chalets, witnesses of the popular art of the region. Rougemont also has an exceptional historical heritage. Founded by monks from Cluny in 1080, the site includes an 11th century Romanesque church and a 16th century castle, both important cultural monuments.

Saillon

Saillon is a municipality in the district of Martigny in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Its fortifications and Bayard tower are listed as Swiss heritage site of national significance. The entire town of Saillon is part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites. Its museum of the fake currency (Musée de la Fausse Monnaie) shows the whole history of the –real and false– currency in Switzerland.

 

Saint-Saphorin

Saint-Saphorin is a small, wine-growing and sun-drenched village clinging to the steep Lavaux hillsides, between the vineyards and the lake and opposite the grandiose Alpine peaks. This little village is famous for its narrow alleyways and the unusual church tower, and can be traced back to Roman times. Saint-Saphorin is part of the terraced Lavaux vineyards, which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It lends its name to a wine of great finesse made from Chasselas grapes.

 

Saint-Ursanne

Saint-Ursanne is an old town and a former municipality of the district of Porrentruy in the canton of Jura, Switzerland which has preserved much of its medieval character. This picturesque village links its origins to the agglomeration that developed around the hermitage of the Irish monk Ursicinus.

Soglio

Soglio is a village and a former municipality in the district of Maloja in the Swiss canton of the Grisons close to the border with Italy. It is now part of the municipality of Bregaglia. Do not miss the evangelical church, the Palazzo Salis, the Gubert house, the Baptist house, Lo Stallazzo or The Max house.

Trogen

Trogen is a municipality in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden in Switzerland. The town is the seat of the canton’s judicial authorities.

Tschlin

Tschlin is a typical Engadine village, which overlooks the river Inn and the lower Engadine on the border of Austria. Of great interest is the late-Gothic hall church with a polygonal choir, built in 1515 by architect Bernardo di Poschiavo.

 

Valangin

Valangin is a village in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Valangin Castle and the Collégiale (Collegiate church) are listed as Swiss heritage site of national significance. The small city of Valangin is part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites. It is a village full of history, and it was place of passage for travelers.