We’ve already covered some of the best Australian mountain towns for digital nomads. Now, how about we take your mountain change a little further?
For this article, we’ve brought to you some of the quaintest picture-postcard mountain towns around the world. These are places where both adventurers and peace-seekers will have work and leisure at their disposal. Plus, they’ll be daily reminders that becoming a digital nomad was the right career choice.
If you’re a digital nomad who enjoys scenic towns, winter sports, and working with a mountain view (who doesn’t?!), then the following places might give you an idea or two about your next destination.
Hood River, OR, United States
Even though it’s just an hour from Portland, something tells us you won’t want to leave Hood River.
Need a long-awaited nature break? Have fun hiking and enjoying the raw, natural beauty of Punchbowl Falls Nature Park and Horsetail Falls. Occasional wine drinkers and oenophiles alike will have a savory experience at Hood River’s welcoming wineries and vineyards.
Camping lovers, take note: aside from cosy lodges and sumptuous cliff-side accommodations, you’ll find RV parks with access to the internet and amenities, as well as tranquil campgrounds for a much-needed change of scenery. Would you like to camp somewhere nestled between Mount Hood and Lost Lake, or would you prefer exploring waterfalls at Columbia River Highway? Pick your view.
If you’re working a lot, rumour (or rather, one of the many 5-star reviews) has it that CENTRL Office has one of the fastest internet connections in the area. You’ll have to go and see for yourself.
Bad Wimpfen, Germany
Bad Wimpfen will make you feel like you’re in the middle ages. The good part of it, of course.
This family-friendly small community located in the district of Heilbronn, north of Baden-Württemberg, cradles 7000 inhabitants. There, you’ll walk through down-home cobblestone streets and be surrounded by charming half-timbered houses with colorful flowers on balconies. You’ll be face-to-face with the heart of Germany, which you once only saw in History books and period dramas.
If you’re game to climb some 200 steps, you can reach the very top of Blue Tower and see this picturesque town from above. Will it be worth it? You bet.
But that’s not all. There are coworking spaces in Heilbronn, just minutes away from Bad Wimpfen, like the Coworking Heilbronn e.V. It’s a matter of going to work and coming back to this fairytale-esque town.
“Chamonix” or “Cham’” for the acquainted, this is a commune in the French Alps known as the perfect place for ski holidays. It doesn’t matter when you visit, though--the place is beautiful year-round.
Regardless of where you’re standing in town, look up from anywhere, and you’ll see icy mountains over 15,000 ft towering above you. Plus, there are so many hiking trails to choose from that mentioning only two or three would be shameful. At Chamonix’s official website, you’ll find a whopping 45 of them. Ranging from challenging to serene, you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your skill level.
While the commune may look like something out of an antique storybook, places like Vivaxis Coworking offer modern offices for both rent and coworking spaces.
Cogne, Aosta Valley, Italy
Cogne is a mountaintop village and commune in Northern Italy, located in the Aosta Valley alpine region. It’s well-known for its medieval castles, fortified houses, as well as its lovely stone houses.
The village is internationally known as the cross-country skiing capital, or “the Queen of Nordic skiing”. Spot a fox or two while amazing yourself with fabulous mountainous landscapes.
Speaking of snowy mountains, visiting Cogne’s icefalls if you’re staying during winter is a must. The village boasts more than 150 crystalline icefalls if you dare to join climbers from all over europe. If not, they’re also great sightseeing spots.
Although Aosta Valley is home to traditional medieval castles, it also features modern workspaces for when you need to get stuff done, fast. The Aosta Coworking space provides 24/7 access with all-inclusive monthly payments.
Imagine living somewhere where everything’s just a short walk away from downtown. If that’s the type of town you’re interested in, Zermatt, located in the foothills of the Matterhorn, could be your destination. It earns bonus points if you’re serious about focused work and winter activities (such as winter hiking, skiing, heliskiing, and all kinds of winter sports).
There’s an explanation as to why everything is close by, and it’s something that might blow your mind: Zermatt has been a car-free town for as long as anyone can remember. This probably gives you a great idea of how peaceful it is. Townspeople can go about biking, mountain biking, and of course, by foot. They can also go around town by horse-drawn carriages, which gives Zermatt an old-world type of vibe.
Coworking spaces like PuraWorka provide a quiet place to enjoy mountain views while you work and meet with your team. What’s more, you’ll enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi and heating. Trust us, you’ll need it.
When it’s time to go home, The train station is--you guessed it--just a walk away.
Jindabyne, New South Wales, Australia
We couldn’t help but start our suggestions where Jindy Workspace is proudly located. Our modern co-working space brings modernity to Australia’s Alpine Playground, offering a friendly business community for solo entrepreneurs and teams alike. Anyone can book a desk or meeting room with just a few clicks!
Looking for some adventure after work? Jindabyne is only a 30 km drive from Thredbo and Perisher ski resorts. If you’re feeling on top of the world, use a day off to hike all the way up the top of Mount Kosciusko and see a bird’s-eye view of Australia in all its glory.
For more open-air activities, there’s no shortage of mountain hiking and biking adventures in Jindy. If you just need to relax, you can stay in one of the town’s numerous campsites and spend the end of a busy workday fishing and relaxing.
There are a lot of digital nomad-friendly mountain towns where those came from.
Whether you add them to your travel list or not, take them as example setters for where hard work and peaceful rest meet. You may choose somewhere hotter, or somewhere a little more crowded. Irrespective of where you go, you won’t regret giving the mountains a shot.