If you’re not visiting some of our world’s most charming alpine towns, you are totally missing out! These quaint and beautiful little towns offer some of the best most memorable places to get away from the daily bustle of life and relax in breathtaking natural settings. However, due to their size, you probably might not have heard of them. But don’t worry, with this list we are here to change that. From the picturesque valleys of the Rocky Mountains to the snow capped peaks of the Swiss Alps, these are the 25 most charming alpine towns you’ve probably never seen!
Aspen, United States
Nestled into the Rocky Mountains, Aspen is a picturesque mountain village with numerous spas, restaurants, and hotels that offer something for the whole family.
One of Spain’s sleepy mountain villages in the Valle de Aran region, Arties is known for its narrow cobblestoned streets, lush meadows, and snow capped peaks.
The main transport gateway to the mountains of the Bernese Oberland, Interlaken has been a popular tourist destination for over 200 years.
Leavenworth, United States
Found in the state of Washington, Leavenworth is a mountain town modeled according to a Bavarian village!
Notre Dame de Bellecombe, France
From the local wine festival to the incredible alpine views, this quant little French village offers something for everyone.
Although technically more of a fishing village than an alpine town, a combination of the water and mountains have caused Reine to be voted as Norway’s most beautiful village more than once.
Nestled into the Julian Alps, this fairy tale mountain village is famous for its amazing natural beauty and pristine lake.
Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany
A mountain resort town located in Bavaria, it lies close to Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany.
San Martino di Castrozza, Italy
A convenient rest stop for travelers crossing the Alps, these days tourists come here to ski, hike, and enjoy the local cuisine.
A combination of the towns of Crans and Montana, you need to take the funicular to get here. The views of the surrounding mountains are definitely worth it though.
Telluride, United States
A former mining town, Telluride is now known as an all-season resort with numerous adventure activities year round. Some notable events like the Telluride Film Festival take place here as well.
You might be surprised to find this small European style mountain town high in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It has even come to be known as “Little Switzerland”.
Le Chinaillon, France
Located near Mont Blanc, Le Chinaillon is beautiful in winter but in summer it’s incredible as well with green meadows filled with wild flowers everywhere you look.
This unique town of thatched roof homes at the base of Mount Hakusan is a great place to enjoy solitude and fresh mountain air.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Possibly the most well known resort town in the world, St. Moritz is a popular vacation spot for the rich and famous. It’s also the highest village in Switzerland with a rail connection.
A combination of glacial valleys, lush forests, and incredible waterfalls come together with winding narrow streets and stone houses to create some very memorable mountain charm.
Known for its shops, pubs, and restaurants, Whistler hosted several 2010 Winter Olympics events.
Situated in the shadow of the snowy Dolomites in northern Italy, Canazei is a resort town that offers outdoorsy things to do year round.
Vail, United States
At the base of one of the most famous ski resorts in the world, Vail is well known among the winter sports crowd.
Possibly Austria’s most well known mountain village, Hallstatt provides some of the best alpine lakeside views in the world.
Waterfalls, ski slopes, and glacial lakes have all brought more and more people to this alpine town in recent years.
Queenstown, New Zealand
One of the most popular resort towns in the world, Queenstown is known as a launching point for all sorts of adventures into the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
Ouray, United States
Sometimes called the “Switzerland of America”, this small town in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado is known for its Victorian style architecture.
Host of the World Economic Forum, Davos is a quaint little town that also boasts Switzerland’s largest ski resort.
Found at the base of Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc, there is no shortage of incredible views to be found here.