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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.

Auvernier, the site of one of the most significant prehistoric finds in Switzerland, is a traditional winemaking village on the shore of Lake Neuchâtel. Switzerland Tourism, Grand Tour, Heritage Site, Prehistoric, Garden Landscaping, Beautiful Places, Tours, Traditional, Landscape

The Swiss village of Auvernier

Auvernier, the site of one of the most significant prehistoric finds in Switzerland, is a traditional winemaking village on the shore of Lake Neuchâtel.

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. Places In Switzerland, Switzerland Tourism, Grand Tour, Heritage Site, Small Towns, Deco, Beautiful Places, Landscape, World

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 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. Places In Switzerland, Switzerland Tourism, Pilgrims, Grand Tour, Heritage Site, City Photo, Beautiful Places, Middle, Tours

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.

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. San Bernardino Pass, Switzerland Tourism, Mountain Village, North South, Grand Tour, Heritage Site, Wander, Beautiful Places, Tours

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, 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. Switzerland Tourism, Grand Tour, Heritage Site, Big Ben, Mountain, The Incredibles, Tours, Mansions, Sherlock Holmes

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.

The winegrowing village and former marketplace of Malans is located in the Bündner Herrschaft area, the only continuous winegrowing region in the canton of Graubünden. Switzerland Tourism, Grand Tour, Heritage Site, Places To Go, Beautiful Places, Tours, City, Travel, Summer

The Swiss village of Malans

The winegrowing village and former marketplace of Malans is located in the Bündner Herrschaft area, the only continuous winegrowing region in the canton of Graubünden.

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'). Switzerland Tourism, Grand Tour, Heritage Site, The Locals, Squares, Beautiful Places, Places To Visit, The Incredibles, Houses

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 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. Switzerland Tourism, Most Beautiful, Beautiful Places, Agricultural Land, Grand Tour, Heritage Site, Fountain, Buildings, The Incredibles

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 Andelfingen lies above the Thur river and is nestled amid the unspoilt landscape of the Zürcher Weinland winegrowing region. Switzerland Tourism, Grand Tour, Heritage Site, Beautiful Places, The Incredibles, Tours, Mansions, Landscape, House Styles

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.