Brunngasse in Brienz named one of the world's most beautiful streets

Brunngasse in Brienz named one of the world's most beautiful streets

From picture-postcard villages and snow-capped mountains to crystal blue lakes and rivers, to say Switzerland is a pretty country would be an understatement. Now, a street in the chocolate box town of Brienz has been named one of the most beautiful in the world by Architectural Digest.

Most beautiful streets in the world by Architectural Digest

In the ranking, American magazine Architectural Digest (AD) wrote that stunning streets and alleyways can be found across the world and serve to remind us that “good, beautiful things are all around us - so long as we take the time to find them”. To help fill the bucket lists of travellers worldwide, the magazine collated 71 of the world’s most beautiful streets.

To earn a place on the list, a street had to showcase vibrance and colour, be historically significant, have stunning natural features, possess captivating architecture or have interesting restaurants or shops. This means that the list is very diverse, from the cherry blossoms of a street in Bonn to the Champs-Élysées in Paris and Brouwersgracht in Amsterdam.

Chalet-lined Brunngasse in Brienz one of the world's prettiest streets

While Switzerland has more than its fair share of pretty streets, AD found Brunngasse in the lakeside town of Brienz, Canton Bern to be the most beautiful. The just-over-100-metre-long lane in the centre of the small town is lined with traditional 18th-century chalets and positioned with the Bernese Alps in the background.

Video: Sylvia Michel Photography / YouTube

With Brienz being known as a woodworking village, many of the buildings have ornate wood carvings on their facades - the lake promenade next to Brunngasse also has a selection of locally-made statues. For the AD, these factors more than earned the street’s place on the list alongside the likes of Zrinyi Utca Street in Budapest, the cobblestone alleys of Bruges, the hairpin-filled turns of Lombard Street in San Francisco and the famous Harry Potter-esque Shambles in York.

To see which other streets made the list, check out the AD website.

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Jan de Boer


Jan de Boer

Jan studied in York and Sheffield in the UK, obtaining a master's in broadcast journalism and a bachelor's in history. He has worked as a radio DJ, TV presenter, and...

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