IN PICTURES: 12 photos that will get you excited about autumn in Switzerland

Autumn leaves seen from below in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo by Gabriel Garcia Marengo on Unsplash
Autumn leaves seen from below in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo by Gabriel Garcia Marengo on Unsplash
The Swiss summer is slowly drawing to a close but that's no reason to get depressed as these amazing autumnal images make clear.

1. Take a drive through the southwestern canton of Valais, where the orange autumn leaves contrast against the snowcapped mountains.

The Nufenen Pass (CH) in the canton of Valais

The Nufenen Pass (CH) in the canton of Valais. Photo by Joel & Jasmin Førestbird on Unsplash

2. Seventy-two waterfalls, dramatic cliff faces and mountain lakes: the Lauterbrunnen Valley in the canton of Bern is an Alpine classic.

3. Wild and remote, the Brunnital area in the canton of Uri is a great place to get off the beaten track.

4. After the summer swimming season ends, the Drei Weieren (Three Pools) above the city of St Gallen transform into a beautifully, calm oasis.

5. Remote Val Müstair is about as far from anywhere as it is possible to get in Switzerland: Both the Abbey of St. John and the surrounding landscape are Unesco-listed.

6. Medieval Gruyères is about more than just cheese. It is one of the most beautiful towns in Switzerland.

The town of Gruyères, in Switzerland, seen from afar on an autumn day.

The beautiful town of Gruyères, in Switzerland, seen from afar on an autumn day. Photo by Ryan KLAUS on Unsplash

7. The Verzasca Valley in the canton of Ticino is a great place to get a splash of autumn colour.

8. Olten is best known as a commuter town, which serves several larger Swiss cities like Zurich, Basel and Bern. Yes, the town of Olten is a transport hub and a hard-working city, but the charming old town is a bit of a neglected jewel.

Everything you need to know about Olten: Switzerland’s commuter city

The beautiful Swiss town of Olten. Photo by Alin Andersen on Unsplash

The beautiful Swiss town of Olten. Photo by Alin Andersen on Unsplash

9. You don’t need to get out of town to enjoy autumn in Switzerland as this picture of Geneva shows.

10. The Matterhorn stands out behind wooden homes in a Swiss village. 

Switzerland's Matterhorn is one of the most recognisable peaks in the world.

Switzerland’s Matterhorn is one of the most recognisable peaks in the world. Photo by Daniel Cox on Unsplash

11. Switzerland’s blue lagoon (no filters) in the canton of Valais. 

The "Blue Lake" surrounded by larch trees is seen on a warm autumn day on October 20, 2018 above Arolla, western Switzerland.

The “Blue Lake” surrounded by larch trees is seen on a warm autumn day above Arolla, western Switzerland. Image: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

12. You can’t spell Funicular without F-U-N. 

The Niesen Funicular in the canton of Bern, Switzerland.

The Niesen Funicular in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. Photo by Corinna Widmer from Pexels

Read also: In pics – Why autumn is the best time to visit Switzerland

All photos by Swiss Tourism or Instagram.

A version of the article originally appeared in The Local in 2018.