If you’ve ever planned a trip to Switzerland, you’ve probably heard the big names: Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Bern… Lucerne, Lausanne, Interlaken, Zermatt, Gruyères, and Gstaad may have made the list, too.
I’d like to propose some places that let you experience Switzerland off the beaten path.
Near the German border:
Rhein Fall (ok, this one doesn’t qualify as “quiet”…) + Schaffhausen
Near the French border:
Creux du Van + Neuchâtel
Etang de la Gruère + Goumois
In the heart of the Alps:
All of Graubünden canton, especially St. Mauritz and the Swiss National Park
All of Ticino canton, especially Val Verzasca
Hérens Valley, especially Evolène and the Grande Dixence Dam
Panoramic train through Andermatt
Rossinière (near Château-d’Oex)