20 hidden gems listed in the Swiss Heritage Inventory
As well as taking in 45 top attractions, the Grand Tour of Switzerland passes by a multitude of hidden gems – such as many places listed in the Federal Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites (ISOS). We’ve picked a selection of 20 villages to whet your appetite. You can learn more about these fascinating places here.
The fine farming village Erlenbach in Switzerland
The fine farming village and service centre of Erlenbach is nestled among the delightful Simmental landscape in the foothills of the Alps at the feet of the Stockhorn, from where you can enjoy an impressive view of 200 mountain peaks.
Giornico, a beautiful Swiss village
Giornico is located in the middle of the Leventina region. The village was once an important waypoint for pilgrims and travellers negotiating the historic Gotthard route.
Soazza in the Swiss canton of Graubünden
The village of Soazza in the canton of Graubünden is situated on a sloped terrace amid steep, densely forested, craggy mountain slopes in the Italian-speaking Valle Mesolcina, a north-south oriented valley between Bellinzona and the San Bernardino Pass.
Trogen, a traditional and impressive village in Switzerland
Trogen, one of the most impressive villages in Appenzellerland, enjoys an idyllic setting on the crest of a hill at the foot of the mountain of Gäbris. The village has become well-known for its Pestalozzi Children's Village, among other things.
Hallau, a traditional Swiss village
The impressive winegrowing village of Hallau, with its beautifully maintained appearance, is nestled among the extensive vineyards of Klettgau, which the locals often refer to as “Weinfass und Kornkammer” (“Wine cask and granary').
The Swiss village of Lessoc in the Alpine foothills.
The village of Lessoc in the Alpine foothills is located on the right bank of the Saane river in the Gruyère region. This small village is nestled in the well-maintained agricultural land of the Intyamon Valley, at the foot of the peak of Les Millets.
The historical bridging point of the Swiss village Andelfingen
The historical bridging point of Andelfingen lies above the Thur river and is nestled amid the unspoilt landscape of the Zürcher Weinland winegrowing region.