a VirtualTourist member asked on Jan 15, 2017
I was wondering if there were other countries or regions in other countries with beautiful scenery like in Switzerland
- quaint villages
- glaciers, ice caves
- pretty castles
- decent public transport
Germany and Austria for sure
Austria was beautiful, we really enjoyed driving the Grossgluckner Pass, what a thrill!
Northern Italy too.
Keywords here are "cheaper alternatives".
All of your requirements except the castles are to be found in Iceland, New Zealand, Norway. France, Italy have the castles but no glaciers. None of those are to be considered "cheaper alternatives"
I did not saw any big villages in Switzerland. I agree that all of the mention are not cheaper alternative. But if you echlude some of your requirements you will find cheaper alternatives in Central, East and South European countries.
I second the idea of the Tatras. Zakopane, Poland has good transportation connections and costs will certainly be lower than in Switzerland. The towns on the Slovakian side are likely less touristy and even cheaper (though I've only been to the Polish side personally).
Beautiful Bavaria - stunning scenery and lots of castles