1. Take a drive through the southwestern canton of Valais, where the orange autumn leaves contrast against the snowcapped mountains.
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.
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.
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. Photo by Daniel Cox on Unsplash
11. Switzerland’s blue lagoon (no filters) in the canton of Valais.
12. You can’t spell Funicular without F-U-N.
All photos by Swiss Tourism or Instagram.
A version of the article originally appeared in The Local in 2018.