Shutters have been used on homes in Switzerland for generations. Because of the harsh winters and mild summers, exterior wood shutters are almost always a functional necessity. In the closed position, shutters block glass windows from bitter wind and blowing snow. When fastened back on more temperate days, they allow open windows to capture breezes for natural ventilation in homes that traditionally don’t have air conditioning. Enjoy these beautiful images of a variety of shutters found in the Swiss Alps.
A traditional Swiss chalet with wood paneling, green louvered shutters and bright red flowers in the window boxes. Iconic!
These green raised panel shutters on a more formal building incorporate unique fleur-de-lis cut outs, occasionally found on French shutters, to complement the other architectural details surrounding the windows.
Simple black louvered shutters demonstrate unique shutter tie-backs located close to the window opening outside this Swiss cafe. These outdoor black shutters are stacked with multiple panels so they can cover a wider opening. This popular style is common throughout Europe and around the world.
This Swiss chateau near vineyards at the foothills of the Alps utilizes window shutters on just the second and third stories.
The unique arched shutters on this hotel in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland combine raised panels and louvers with the mullions carefully placed to line up with the window sections.
This building with its caution-tape painted shutters is definitely an attention grab. Perhaps it’s not worthy of repeating elsewhere, but it is a memorable use of paint on outside shutters.
This charming chalet with its warm wood grain paneling is brought to life with its cheery pop of color. The bright green louvered shutters pull everything together for a perfect finish.
Roughly hewn wood from local forests didn’t have far to travel when this unique structure was built. The old rustic shutter closing a side entrance is purely functional, but also beautiful with its natural wood grain and rugged homemade hinges and latch.
More green shutters on natural wood siding. This lodge in the Alps represents its surroundings perfectly with the Swiss cross cutouts in each board and batten shutter.