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Juf – Europe’s highest village

At an altitude of 2,126 metres, Juf is the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe. The winters may be harsh and the summers all-too brief, but the scenery is simply breathtaking.

Nestled at the bottom of the Avers valley is Juf, the highest permanently inhabited hamlet in Europe. (in new window)

Nestled at the bottom of the Avers valley is Juf, the highest permanently inhabited hamlet in Europe. © swissworld.org

In winter, Juf is a popular destination among ski touring and snowshoe enthusiasts. In the summer, it bustles with day trippers and hikers. A few brave visitors make the ascent on foot, though most go for the more comfortable option: the famous Swiss yellow post bus, which has operated the route since 1961. Before then, travellers had to take a stagecoach from the village of Andeer to this remote hamlet nestled at the foot of the Avers valley.

Aerial view of Juf – aerial photos by swisstopo.ch

Aerial view of  juf – aerial photos by swisstopo.ch (in new window)

Aerial view of juf – aerial photos by swisstopo.ch© swisstopo

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Aerial view of juf – aerial photos by swisstopo.ch© swisstopo

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