This naturally green river in Switzerland should be your next vacation spot

If you've spent any amount of time looking at epic travel photos on Instagram, you know that filters and effects can make even the most basic natural landscape look otherworldly. If you use a high-fidelity filter and turn up the saturation of the puddle in the parking lot, you can make it look like a pool of glacier runoff. But some photos are truly as epic as they look. The Valle Verzasca River, also known as the Swiss River, winds its way out of Ticino's humble and narrow valley, is naturally emerald green and looks epic AF in photos. While this river may look like the most extraordinary thing you've ever seen on Instagram, it's actually one of the most natural things you'll see.

The Verzasca River is known as one of the cleanest rivers in the world, which is the real reason why it appears green. It's not food coloring, it's not a chemical reaction, it's not algae, it's just the best of nature. Over time, the minerals in the rock dissolve into the water, giving it a green appearance, and in the absence of any contamination, it does take on a vibrant glow.

Verzaska literally means "green water," which proves that not only is it very clean, but it has always been that way. People who visit the river say that depending on the time of year and conditions, the color of the water can range from blue to turquoise and emerald green. Although no matter when you visit the river, it is always completely transparent. One of the most beautiful parts of the river is what's underneath it.


The 18.6-mile-long mountain river flows through a variety of polished yet vibrant rocks that are easy to see thanks to the near-perfect clarity of the water. This makes the river an important destination for divers, although people may be surprised to find that the river is devoid of flora and fauna.

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It is believed that the increasing acidity in the water has made it unsuitable for plants and animals, but people are welcome to swim in it.


During the rainy season, the river's currents are quite strong and can be dangerous. But in the summer, visitors flock to the river in search of calm waters and excellent swimming opportunities. However, if you do plan to swim in this river, be prepared to catch a cold. Water temperature is usually maintained between 45 degrees Fahrenheit and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

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If you enjoy hiking, there is a famous trail along the Green River that offers stunning views of miles of green water. Here is the Lavertezzo Bridge, known as Ponte dei salti, also known as the "Jumping Bridge", thanks to the brave adventurers who jumped into the green waters below.

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Ready to visit? You'll need to book a flight to Zurich, Switzerland, then rent a car, buckle up and embark on a two-and-a-half-hour riverside road trip. It's worth every second.