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Gruyères, Switzerland Gruyères is famous for its namesake cheese, whose mild, nutty flavor melts so well in fondue. But few are familiar with the town itself, a medieval hamlet in the upper valley of the Saane River in western Switzerland. A wide, stone-paved street leads up to the magnificent 13th-century Gruyères Castle, with its imposing fortifications and expansive views of the surrounding Alpine foothills.

Tellaro, Italy

Gruyères, Switzerland Gruyères is famous for its namesake cheese, whose mild, nutty flavor melts so well in fondue. But few are familiar with the town itself, a medieval hamlet in the upper valley of the Saane River in western Switzerland. A wide, stone-paved street leads up to the magnificent 13th-century Gruyères Castle, with its imposing fortifications and expansive views of the surrounding Alpine foothills.

Castle of Chillon, Montreux, Switzerland © 2006 - Blaine Harrington III.

Castle of Chillon, Montreux, Switzerland © 2006 - Blaine Harrington III.

I Lived in Europe for 5 Years — These Are the Places I Tell All My Friends to Visit | Travel + Leisure

I Lived in Europe for 5 Years — These Are the Places I Tell All My Friends to Visit

I Lived in Europe for 5 Years — These Are the Places I Tell All My Friends to Visit | Travel + Leisure

Marvão, Portugal  There are dramatic mountainside forts, and then there is Marvão, the king of them all. Located in the southeastern Alentejo region of Portugal, this town is centered around a Moorish castle that was Christianized in the 13th century.

Marvão, Portugal There are dramatic mountainside forts, and then there is Marvão, the king of them all. Located in the southeastern Alentejo region of Portugal, this town is centered around a Moorish castle that was Christianized in the 13th century.

Glacier Express, one of the best train rides in the world, huge windows to take in the most breath taking views in Switzerland.

On the Rails

Glacier Express, one of the best train rides in the world, huge windows to take in the most breath taking views in Switzerland.

Montreux to Chateau de Chillon, Switzerland - World's Most Scenic Walks | Travel + Leisure

Across the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Montreux to Chateau de Chillon, Switzerland - World's Most Scenic Walks | Travel + Leisure

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