Written by Staff Writer
CNN International’s series on the world’s most beautiful places has selected a line-up of iconic destinations for 2018, from the largest castles in Italy to a seaside city with its own castle.
Don’t miss: Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, Dunkirk, castles in the Alps
The European Alps are a magical patchwork of woodland. Several small towns, big mountains and large lakes add to the appeal.
It’s a haven for the bearded mountain men and women of the Alpine Club of Switzerland, known as the “mountain sons of Switzerland,” which promotes mountain sportswear and lifts during the winter months.
Check out a selection of the most beautiful places in Europe:
Coeur d’Alene, United States
1 / 17 Clear Creek Recreation Area in Crowsnest Pass in the Colorado Rockies is home to the 33-year-old, 8,400-hectare WV Peaks Natural Area, named one of the World’s 50 Most Beautiful Places