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a VirtualTourist member asked on Jan 15, 2017


Any cheaper alternatives to Switzerland with similar scenery


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

7 Answers

answered on 1/15/17 by
a VT member from Province of Ontario

Germany and Austria for sure

answered on 1/15/17 by
a VT member

Austria was beautiful, we really enjoyed driving the Grossgluckner Pass, what a thrill!

answered on 1/15/17 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Northern Italy too.

answered on 1/15/17 by
a VT member from Hesperia

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"

answered on 1/15/17 by
a VT member from Republika Srpska

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.

answered on 1/16/17 by
a VT member from Boston

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).

answered on 1/17/17 by
a VT member

Beautiful Bavaria - stunning scenery and lots of castles

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