DESTINATION OF THE MONTH – 2022
WEEK 3 OF 4
Ascend a peak, hike through alpine meadows, explore a forest? You decide! Thanks to over 65,000 kilometres of waymarked trails, virtually every corner of Switzerland is waiting to be discovered. The paths are well marked and as varied as the scenery – in fact, they quickly become an end in themselves.
Five hikes for your bucket list.
Switzerland offers countless hiking opportunities. Only have time for the highlights? No problem.
Here are ten hikes that you should do at least once.
National Park in the Alps. Zernez, Engadin
All the hiking trails in Switzerland’s national park lead back to nature. Established back in 1914, the National Park is a hiker’s paradise with 80km of marked hiking trails. From the family-friendly one-day hike to the multi-day circular hike, there’s a trail to suit everyone.
Explore the heart of the Via Alpina. Bernese Oberland
If your clients would like to experience the classic Swiss long-distance hiking trail but only have one or two days to spare, Tourism Switzerland recommends Stage 11, which runs from Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen. The highlights are the impressive north face of the Eiger up close, a sunny panorama trail down to the Lauterbrunnen Valley. And if that leaves you wanting more, the Via Alpina in its entirety will take you through the Alps in 20 days.
Trek across the longest glacier in the Alps. Aletsch Glacier, Valais
Guided glacier tours at the UNESCO World Heritage site.
A close-up look at the eternal ice: on this two-day tour led by a mountain guide, hikers cross the 23 kilometre-long Aletsch Glacier. It starts on the 3,466 metre-high Jungfraujoch and leads to the Fiescheralp, taking in the Konkordiahütte along the way.
Discover the cradle of Switzerland. Lake Lucerne, Central Switzerland
Welcome to William Tell country: the ten-day walk along the Waldstätterweg and the Swiss Path leads you around Lake Lucerne – with impressive scenery and historical sites to enjoy along the way. If you take a boat you can choose from many different starting points and destinations or shorten the hike.
A hike through the vineyards of the biggest winegrowing area. Lavaux, Lake Geneva Region
Lavaux, Lac Leman
The terraced vineyards of Lavaux make for an impressive spectacle. Spanning more than 800 hectares, Lavaux is the largest contiguous winegrowing region in Switzerland and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The trail leads uphill and downhill through the vineyards from St-Saphorin to Lutry, with plenty of sights to enjoy along the way.
Bonus: why not climb the first 4,000-metre peak? Breithorn, Valais
Switzerland has 48 mountains higher than 4,000m – and nearly all of them are in Valais. With the help of a mountain guide, some of these lofty peaks can be conquered even by those without much experience of the mountains. Among these peaks is the Breithorn near Zermatt.
If cycling is your thing, discover Switzerland in all its beauty on your bicycle.
Over 12,000 kilometres of signposted cycling paths: the number alone is impressive.
But what counts is diversity. Where else do touring bikers, leisure cyclists and e-bikers find so much diverse scenic and cultural beauty on such a small patch of country such as Switzerland?
Switzerland’s best e-bike tour – Route 1291
The name of this route speaks for itself: Its seven stages take you through the cradle of Switzerland. The origins and culture of Central Switzerland are explored as you tour along refreshing lakes, scenic mountain pass roads and valleys steeped in history. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample some culinary highlights and specialities.
The city of Lucerne is a fabulous place to start and end Route 1291. Learn more here.
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Whether new to e-bike riding or a daredevil mountain biker, a road cyclist with a love for speed or a leisure rider – Switzerland has routes to suit all fans of life on two wheels. For the perfect recovery and optimal conditions, Swiss Bike Hotels offer great support, professional tools, a washing service, and even charging stations for e-bikes. So there’s no longer anything stopping you from enjoying the perfect tour!