Hiking in Switzerland - 53 beautiful hikes for 2022

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There are around 65,000 km of hiking trails available for hiking in Switzerland. Of these, 22,000 km are mountain trails alone, including particularly beautiful high-altitude trails and ridge walks. 562 mountain railroads and 350 chairlifts take you directly to the mountains and back.

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You can hike everywhere in Switzerland. Over 65,000 km of marked hiking trails are available to you. About one third of them are mountain hiking trails. Particularly beautiful mountain hikes can be found in the Bernese Oberland, in the Valais and in the Grisons. On high-altitude and ridge hikes you can enjoy the idyll in the Jungfrau region. The lakes shine green and blue against the backdrop of the mountain peaks with the Jungfrau massif in the foreground

Switzerland's highest mountain peaks accompany you in the Valais region. 41 of the country's 48 four-thousand-meter peaks are located here. The largest network of marked hiking trails is in the canton of Graubünden.

 Via Alpina (Photo: Cecile Kuehn MySwitzerland) Via Alpina (Photo: Cecile Kuehn MySwitzerland)
Hiking (Photo: Ivo Scholz MySwitzerland)Hiking (Photo: Ivo Scholz MySwitzerland)

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65'000 km of hiking trails network in Switzerland

The marked hiking trails in the individual hiking regions of Switzerland.

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The hiking trail network in selected regions of Switzerland

regionmarked hiking trails (km)
Bern10,000
Wallis8'000
Graubünden11'000
Eastern Switzerland7'900
Ticino4'400
Central Switzerland7'600
Jura1'130
Zurich3'600
all other regions11'370
Total hiking trail network Switzerland65'000

Hiking trails in Switzerland are uniformly marked. Yellow signposts indicate that they are hiking trails. Sometimes a green square with a stylized picture of the destination is shown on them. On well-known hiking trails, the name and number of this trail are also recognizable. Most of the time you will also see on the signposts the altitude of the location as well as the time to reach a certain destination.

Mountain trails are marked white-red-white, alpine trails white-blue-white. You will also find these colors on rocks, stones and trees. They show you that you are still on the right path

Markings of the hiking trail network and meaning

Trail categoryHiking scale SACMarkingTrail conditionPhysical condition(additional) equipment
Hiking trailT1yellow signpostmostly wide paths, handrails at drop-off pointsnormal fitnesssneakers
partly with green rhombus or no. as well as named trail designationsteps on steep passages,
mountain trailT2 and T3white-red-whitemainly steep trails, partly impassable terrainno dizziness, sure-footedness, good to very good fitnessgood trekking shoes and weatherproof clothing
also at the yellow signpost as directional trianglesecured with ropes and chains
Alpine hiking trailT4 to T6white-blue-whiteBoulders, snowfields, glaciers, pathlessspecial fitness and alpine experience/training or guided tour with mountain guidemountain boots, rope, ice axe, crampons, compass
Blue signposts with white-blue-white tip, white-blue-white markersrock with climbing sections without belay

Wheelchair users can now find 76 marked hiking trails that are suitable for them. Like the local hiking trails, they have a three-digit number. In addition, the signposts bear a wheelchair symbol.

Mountain hiking trails (Photo: Juerg Altwegg, FotoPate Schweiz Mobil MySwitzerland)Mountain hiking trails (Photo: Juerg Altwegg, FotoPate Schweiz Mobil MySwitzerland)
alpine hiking trail (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)alpine hiking trail (Photo: Ticino Tourism Agency ATT SA)

Since hiking is the number one national sport among the Swiss, there are also facilities everywhere to reach the mountains comfortably. Cogwheel railroads, funiculars and aerial cableways take you to the top

562 mountain railroads and 350 chairlifts exist in Switzerland. Not all of them are open in summer. But most of them are open in summer and let you start your hikes directly in the beautiful mountain landscape. And where there are valley stations of mountain railroads, there is always a post bus or a train.

7 Swiss Hiking Trail Quality Objectives

quality targetimplementation
varied routingabout three sights or diversions every 15 min walking time
connection to public transportstart and destination directly connected to a public transport stop
Consideration of relevant needs/interests in planningDisconnection with motorized traffic and other non-motorized traffic
Use suitable path surface outside settlements during constructionat least 90% suitable path surface
impeccable path conditionpath condition in a condition corresponding to the path category, also artificial structures
uniform signalizationall routes/stages are continuously signalized in both directions; application of uniform regulations
Tourism communicationInformation on route, hiking times and altitude differences as well as further details via several channels

Some hikes last only a few hours, others are completed in stages over several days. The choice is yours. Normal hiking trails are often even passable with a stroller

A comprehensive source for national, regional or local hiking routes is Switzerland Mobile. The website lists 362 (7 national, 65 regional and 290 local) routes and includes maps

Our listing shows you three national routes. In the following, however, we concentrate on local and at most one-day hikes.

Alpine Panorama Trail (Photo: Claudine Sydler, Patron Switzerland Mobile MySwitzerland)Alpine Panorama Trail (Photo: Claudine Sydler, Patron Switzerland Mobile MySwitzerland)
Via Gottardo (Photo: Fritz Kammermann, FotoPate Schweiz Mobil MySwitzerland)Via Gottardo (Photo: Fritz Kammermann, FotoPate Schweiz Mobil MySwitzerland)

Hiking throughout Switzerland

In Switzerland you will find 72 signposted hiking trails that allow you to hike for several days. Of course, you can also choose parts of them. 7 national and 65 regional hiking routes of Switzerland are divided into several stages. One stage usually corresponds to the recommendation for one hiking day.

Three of the 7 national hiking routes of Switzerland can be found here:

Alpine Panorama Route (3): Rorschach - Trogen - Appenzell - Schwägalp - Amden - Einsiedeln - Unterägeri - Zug - Lucerne - Wolhusen - Napf-Lüderenalp - Moosegg - Münsingen - Rüeggisberg - Guggisberg - Schwarzsee - Jaun - Bogis - Bossey - Genéve

The Alpine Panorama Trail takes you through the foothills of the Alps once across Switzerland. On the way you will meet traditional dairy farms and cheese dairies. Not only the Emmental and the Appenzellerland are known for it. Later, in the direction of western Switzerland, wine-growing tends to dominate. The hiking trails are also good for families.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 510 km
  • Duration: per stage between 4:30 and 6:30 hrs.
  • Number of stages: 29
  • Ascent / descent: 17,800 (↑ hm) / 17,900 (↓ hm)
  • Season: April to November
  • Suitable for: Families, long-distance hikers

Via Gottardo (7): Basel - Liestal - Läufelfingen - Olten - Sursee - Lucerne - Altdorf - Wassen - Andermatt - Gotthard Pass - Airolo - Lavorgo - Biasca - Bellinzona - Lugano - Morcote - Mendrisio - Chiasso

The Via Gottardo starts in Basel and on its way to Ticino it first runs along the Rhine. The rest of the main route follows the historic route over the Gotthard Pass into the Swiss Alps. At Hospental, an old customs station, the Gotthardreuss and the Furkareuss join. The path across the plateau from Gamssteg is particularly beautiful.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 320 km
  • Duration: 110 h, per stage between 4:00 and 7:00 hrs.
  • Number of stages: 20
  • Ascent / descent: 10,400 (↑ hm) / 10,200 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to September
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain hikers

Via Alpina (1): Vaduz - Sargans - Weisstannen - Elm - Linthal - Urner Boden - Altdorf - Engelberg - Engstlenalp - Meiringen - Grindelwald - Lauterbrunnen - Kandersteg - Adelboden - Lenk - Gstaad - L'Etivaz - Rossiniére - Rochers de Naye - Montreux

The Via Alpina leads you through seven cantons of Switzerland and starts in Vaduz in the Principality of Liechtenstein even outside of Switzerland. you will cross 14 of the most beautiful alpine passes on this wonderful mountain trail. On the way you will encounter cultural sites as well as idyllic alps with cows and goats. Finally, you will reach Lake Geneva, which is surrounded by vineyards.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 390 km
  • Duration: per stage between 4:00 and 9:00 hrs.
  • Number of stages: 20
  • Ascent / descent: 23,600 (↑ hm) / 24,800 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to September
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain hikers
Via Gottardo (Photo: Jakob Etter, FotoPate SchweizMobil MySwitzerland)Via Gottardo (Photo: Jakob Etter, FotoPate SchweizMobil MySwitzerland)
Alpine Panorama Trail (Photo: Claudine Sydler FotoPatin Schweiz Mobil My Switzerland)Alpine Panorama Trail (Photo: Claudine Sydler FotoPatin Schweiz Mobil My Switzerland)

Hiking Bern

Hiking in the Bernese Alps is associated with a special fascination of the 4000-meter mountains. Finsteraarhorn, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau accompany you on your way. The Eiger north face exerts an almost mystical attraction. A quarter of the almost 10,000 km of hiking trails in the region are mountain trails

Grindelwald hiking

Eiger Trail: Grindelwald Eiger Glacier cable car station (2321 m above sea level) - Grindelwald Alpiglen cable car station

The trail marking is a green square on a yellow sign. The square shows the Eiger under the text "Eiger Trail". The start and finish points are mountain railway stations from and to Grindelwald respectively. You will conquer scree slopes and steep alpine pastures on the way to the Eiger north face. In return, you will be rewarded with a view of the climbers who want to conquer the notorious wall. The view down into the valley is also beautiful. There is a thundering waterfall along the way

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Duration: 02:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 100 (↑ hm) / 800 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: somewhat experienced mountain hikers, also families

From Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg: Männlichen mountain railroad station (2222 m above sea level) - Honegg - Kleine Scheidegg rack railroad stop (2061 m above sea level)

This high-altitude trail is very comfortable to walk. It leads almost level through a magnificent mountain landscape. The Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are in the immediate vicinity and when the weather is fine, many hikers are on the move here.

  • Technique: easy (mountain trail)
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 4.40 km
  • Duration: 01:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 54 (↑ hm) / 161 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: Families
Eigertrail (Photo: MySwitzerland)Eigertrail (Photo: MySwitzerland)
Männlichen Kleine Scheidegg (Photo: MySwitzerland)Männlichen Kleine Scheidegg (Photo: MySwitzerland)

Schynige Platte Hike

Panorama trail Schynige Platte: Mountain station Schynige Platte (1968 m above sea level) - Louchera - Oberberghorn - Tuba - Schynige Platte

The circular trail starts at the mountain restaurant on the Schynige Platte and leads you to the viewpoint Tuba. You can hike well over alpine paths, pastures and trails. A short metal staircase brings you to the ridge. On the way you have a particularly beautiful view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. At Tuba you can see the lakes of Thun and Brienz as well as the Brienz ridge.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Duration: 02:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 370 (↑ hm) / 370 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: somewhat experienced mountain hikers, also families

High altitude hike Schynige Platte: Mountain railway station Schynige Platte (1968 m above sea level) - Oberberg - Loucherhorn - Egg - Faulhorn - Bachalpsee - First

This mountain hike starts at the mountain station of the rack railroad on the Schynigen Platte. Via the Oberberg you reach the western slope of the Loucherhorn. On the way you will experience the contrast of a barren karst landscape with the deep blue Lake Brienz. Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau accompany you as a backdrop. The view from the Faulhorn, whose summit you can climb without any alpine skills, is particularly beautiful. From the First, the cable car takes you down into the valley to Grindelwald.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • condition: difficult
  • Distance: 16 km
  • Duration: 05:20 hrs
  • Ascent / Descent: 985 (↑ hm) / 788 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: good mountain walkers
Schynige Platte Eiger North Face Monk (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)Schynige Platte Eiger North Face Monk (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)
Schynige Platte (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)Schynige Platte (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)

Mürren hiking

Mürren Grauseeli Loop: Mürren - Allmendhubel - Schilthornhütte - Birg - Grauseeli - Schiltalp - Suppenalp - Mürren

From Mürren you hike over the Allmendhubel to the Schilthornhütte. The path is partly steep and stony. Through the Engetal you come to the Grauseeli. The further way to Schiltalp is very demanding. Via Suppenalp to Mürren it becomes easier again. The way to Grauseeli can be shortened rapidly to 2 hours if you use the Schilthornbahn to and from Birg.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 11.1 km
  • Duration: 07:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / Descent: 967 (↑ hm) / 964 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: very experienced mountain hikers

Mürren Allmendhubel: Mürren - Blumental - Allmendhubel

The trail is suitable for baby carriages on the entire route. At the beginning you have to cope with a slope. At Allmendhubel you will find the Flower children's playground. On the Flower Trail you will find more than 150 mountain flower species. The way back to Mürren you can easily manage with the funicular.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 2.1 km
  • Duration: 01:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 260 (↑ hm) / 3 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: Families
Grauseeli (Photo: Schilthornbahnen)Grauseeli (Photo: Schilthornbahnen)
Mürren (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)Mürren (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)

Oeschinensee Hike

Heuberg: Oeschinensee mountain station - Oeschinensee - Kandersteg

From Kandersteg you take the cable car up to the mountain station near Lake Oeschinen. Here the panoramic trail starts above the largest mountain lake in Switzerland and you get a fantastic view of the deep blue Oeschinensee. On the way you will pass waterfalls and streams before you arrive at the lakeshore. From here you hike back to Kandersteg.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium to difficult
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Duration: 03:40 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 440 (↑ hm) / 950 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to September
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain hikers who are free from giddiness and sure-footed
Lake Oeschinen Ralligen (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)Lake Oeschinen Ralligen (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)
Lake Oeschinen (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)Lake Oeschinen (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)

Gantrisch hiking

Gantrisch Panorama Trail (379): Plaffeien Zollhaus near Plaffeien - Hällstett - Horbüelpass - Pfyffe - Gägger - Gurnigelbad

A steady ascent begins right at the Zollhaus, for which a very good physical condition is important. The hiking trails are well developed and signposted. You are in the Gantrisch Nature Park and in several protected areas of national importance. A highlight is the Gäggersteg, where you are guided over wooden footbridges. The Panorama Trail is considered a particularly beautiful trail in the Bernese Pre-Alps and can also be ended at the Gurnigel Berghaus (5 km shorter).

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 21 km
  • Duration: 07:15 hrs
  • Ascent / Descent: 1300 (↑ hm) / 1000 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain hikers

Niederhorn hike

Niederhorn Panorama Trail (342): Niederhorn mountain station (1939 m above sea level) - Güggisgrat - Chüematte - Waldegg

The hiking trail starts at the mountain station of the Niederhorn cable car in Beatenberg. It leads on natural paths over the Güggisgrat as well as through pine forests and is very popular. Lake Thun and the 4000m peaks of the Jungfrau region form the panorama. On the way you can observe chamois or marmots. Surefootedness and a head for heights are indispensable prerequisites for this easy tour.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Duration: 03:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 80 (↑ hm) / 820 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: less experienced mountain hikers and families

Tschentenalp hike

Adelboden Tschentenalp: Adelboden village (1349 m above sea level) - Fluhweide - Chemisalp - Tschentenalp mountain station

On pleasant paths the hike leads across meadows with alpine herbs and through a pine forest. On the way you look into the impressive mountain world of the Stiegelwand. Arrived at the Tschentenalp, you have a view of the Lohner massif, the Tschingellochtighorn and the Wildstrubel.

  • Technique: easy to medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Duration: 03:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 700 (↑ hm) / 111 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: somewhat experienced mountain hikers and families
Niederhorn ridge path (Photo: Niederhornbahnen)Niederhorn ridge path (Photo: Niederhornbahnen)
Tschentenalp (Photo: Tschentenalpbahn)Tschentenalp (Photo: Tschentenalpbahn)

Valais Hiking

When hiking in Valais, you are constantly surrounded by mountain giants. The striking Matterhorn, the Breithorn and the Allalinhorn are among the most famous of the 41 four-thousand-meter peaks in Valais. The huge Aletsch Glacier and the Rhone Valley with its vineyards also offer beautiful hiking opportunities.

Zermatt hiking

5 Lakes Trail Zermatt (186): Blauherd mountain station (2571 m above sea level) - Stellisee - Grindjisee - Grünsee - Moosjisee - Leisee - Sunnegga mountain station

Take the mountain railroad from Zermatt to the mountain station Sunnegga and continue with the gondola to the mountain station Blauherd. Here the hike begins. On the way, the Matterhorn is reflected in the three lakes Stellisee, Grindjisee and Leisee. At the Leisee you can swim and for the children there is a playground. For the last part from the Leisee to the mountain station Sunnegga you can also take the Leisee shuttle.

  • Technique: easy to medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Duration: 02:35 hrs
  • Ascent / Descent: 260 (↑ hm) / 540 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to September
  • Suitable for: inexperienced mountain hikers and families

Riffelsee trail from Rotenboden to Riffelberg: Rotenboden mountain station (2815 m above sea level) - Gagenhaupt - Bruder Klaus chapel - Riffelberg station (2563 m above sea level)

With the Gornergrat cable car you reach the mountain station Rotenboden. This is where the popular hiking trail begins. Alpinists start their tours to the Monte Rosa hut or to the Gorner glacier here. The hike to the Riffelberg leads past the Riffelsee and a second smaller lake. The Matterhorn is reflected in both lakes.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 3.1 km
  • Duration: 01:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 42 (↑ hm) / 276 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to November
  • Suitable for: somewhat experienced mountain hikers and families
Zermatt (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)Zermatt (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)
Zermatt (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)Zermatt (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)

Saas Fee hiking

Gemsweg Saas Fee (183): Hannig Saas Fee mountain station (2339 m above sea level) - Saas Fee bus terminal

The hike starts at the station of the mountain railroad to Hannigalp. It leads along the spectacular glacier landscape and the glacier lake to the restaurant Gletschergrotte. From here you follow a historic Suone (irrigation canal) to the bus terminal in Saas Fee.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Duration: 02:20 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 180 (↑ hm) / 720 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to November
  • Suitable for: somewhat experienced mountain hikers and families

Almagelleralp (159): Saas Grund Kreuzboden (2400 m above sea level) - Triftgrätji - Almagellertal - Saas Almagell (2194 m above sea level)

With the cable car you reach the mountain station Kreuzboden from Saas Grund via Trift. Here at the idyllic mountain lake you start the hike to the viewpoint Triftgrätji. On the way you can admire 240 alpine flowers. A high-altitude hike leads to the Almagellertal to the Almagelleralp. Afterwards you walk along the stream to Saas Almagell.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Duration: 03:25 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 300 (↑ hm) / 1050 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: very experienced mountain hikers with absolute surefootedness
Saas Fee Hannig (Photo: Saas Valley Tourism AG)Saas Fee Hannig (Photo: Saas Valley Tourism AG)
Saas Fee Allmagelleralp (Photo: Saastal Tourismus AG)Saas Fee Allmagelleralp (Photo: Saastal Tourismus AG)

Riederalp hiking

Aletsch Panorama Trail (39): Riederalp - Riederfurka - Lake Märjelen

You start the trail in the Aletsch Arena at Riederfurka near Villa Cassel. Via the moraine path you walk along the border of the Aletsch forest with a view of the mighty Aletsch glacier. The Aletsch Glacier belongs to the UNESCO World Natural Heritage. To Hohbalm the path is particularly steep. Before you get to the Märjelensee, you can already see the Mönch and the Jungfraujoch.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Duration: 04:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 820 (↑ hm) / 520 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: very experienced mountain hikers

For hiking at the Aletsch Arena, it's best to use the Aletsch Arena Entdeckerpass

Binntal hiking

Binntal Schaplersee trail (192): Fäld - Mässerchäller - Schaplersee - Binn

This circular trail leads through the Binntal Landscape Park. It is known for its minerals and untouched nature. The tour to the Schaplersee starts at the village Fäld, in Binn or at the Heiligkreuz. The part of the trail that zigzags from Haufenweiler through to the Nackewald is difficult. The Schaplersee is located at 2237 m above sea level in a basin.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Duration: 03:35 hrs
  • Ascent / Descent: 740 (↑ hm) / 860 (↓ hm)
  • Season: July to October
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain hikers
Aletsch forest (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)Aletsch forest (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)
Aletsch forest (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)Aletsch forest (Photo: Seraina Zellweger)

Graubünden hiking

Hiking in Graubünden is associated with beautiful scenery. You will find no less than 11,000 km of marked hiking trails here, making the Grisons an absolute hiker's paradise.

Hiking Davos

Panorama trail Davos: Schatzalp mountain station (1861 m above sea level) - Strelapass - Panorama trail - Parsennhütte - Stützalp - Wolfgang

Strictly speaking, only a part of this hiking trail actually has the designation "Panoramaweg". It connects the Strelapass with the Parsennhütte. Nevertheless, the entire trail above Davos is beautiful. You can reach the Schatzalp in four minutes from Davos with the Schatzalpbahn. From Wolfgang a bus brings you back. The path leads mostly over alpine pastures

  • Technique: easy (mountain trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 16.9 km
  • Duration: 04:00 hrs.
  • Ascent / Descent: 592 (↑ hm) / 817 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: good mountain walkers

About Jenisberg to Filisur: Wiesen Station Bahnhof (1197 m a.s.l.) - Jenisberg - Schönboden - (detour to the Greifenstein ruin) - Knappenweg - Filisur

From Wiesen station you hike over Jenisberg to Schönboden. The Knappenweg is then a bit more difficult to walk. The ruin Greifenstein can only be reached with climbing equipment. Under the railroad viaduct of the Rhaetian Railway you reach Filisur.

  • Technique: medium to demanding (mountain trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 9.1 km
  • Duration: 03:15 hrs.
  • Ascent / Descent: 510 (↑ hm) / 625 (↓ hm)
  • Season: April to October
  • Suitable for: very experienced mountaineers and climbers (for the detour to the castle ruins)
Davos (Photo: Destination Davos Klosters Martin Bissig)Davos (Photo: Destination Davos Klosters Martin Bissig)
Davos (Photo: Destination Davos Klosters Martin Bissig)Davos (Photo: Destination Davos Klosters Martin Bissig)

Hiking Lenzerheide

Globi hiking trail: Val Sporz valley station - Lenzerheide - Val Sporz valley station

The Globi hiking trail begins and ends at the top station of the Tgantieni chairlift, which departs from Val Sporz. It is primarily designed for families with children. At 13 stations, boards explain topics from nature and technology in a playful way. Part of this trail (in the direction of the reservoir) is accessible with an all-terrain stroller.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 7.2 km
  • Duration: 03:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 417 (↑ hm) / 187 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: Families

Parpaner Rothorn: Valbella/Lenzerheide near the Rothornbahn valley station (1479 m above sea level) - Scharmoin - Parpaner Rothorn (2854 m above sea level) - Valbella/Lenzerheide

This circular hike is a mountain tour with particularly beautiful views above the Heidsee. The long tour can be shortened with the mountain railroad (middle station Scharmoin) or summit station (Rothorn).

  • Technique: easy to medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 21.1 km
  • Duration: 07:51 hrs.
  • Ascent / Descent: 1378 (↑ hm) / 1378 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October
  • Suitable for: very experienced mountain hikers with absolute surefootedness
Globi hiking trail (Photo: MySwitzerland)Globi hiking trail (Photo: MySwitzerland)
Lenzerheide (Photo: Holiday region Lenzerheide)Lenzerheide (Photo: Holiday region Lenzerheide)

Arosa hiking

Arosa Weisshorn Trail (766): Arosa middle station Weisshornbahn (2010 m above sea level) - Sattelhütte - Weisshorn - Carmennahütte - Arosa

The ascent begins at the middle station of the mountain railroad and leads over pleasant meadow and moorland past the Brüggerhorn to the Weisshorn summit. The view goes into the valley Schanfigg. Between Sattelhütte and Weisshorn there is scree to overcome. At the top you enjoy a panoramic view. The further way leads as a descent back to Arosa.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 10.0 km
  • Duration: 03:45 hrs
  • Ascent / Descent: 700 (↑ hm) / 860 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October
  • Suitable for: experienced and sure-footed mountain hikers

Round hike Ochsenalm: Sunstar Hotel Arosa (1736 m above sea level) - Ochsenalm - Kuhweide - Weisshornbahn / Arosa Bärenland - Sunstar Hotel Arosa

The trail first leads to the Eichhörnliweg, from where you can see the Ochsensee below you. The rest of the way alternates between gravel roads, asphalt roads and mountain paths. The hike thus requires a decent level of fitness. The free-roaming cows along the way should not be stroked, it could be dangerous. The Arosa Bärenland is also on the way. Here you could stop the hike and take the cable car back to Arosa. This will save you about an hour of hiking time.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 16.3 km
  • Duration: 05:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / Descent: 525 (↑ hm) / 525 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain hikers
Hiking Weisshorn Arosa Baerenland (Photo Arosa Tourism)Hiking Weisshorn Arosa Baerenland (Photo Arosa Tourism)
Hiking Weisshornspeed (Photo Arosa Tourism)Hiking Weisshornspeed (Photo Arosa Tourism)

Rhine Gorge Hike

Auenweg (656.2): Ilanz - Castrisch - Valendas-Sagogn - Ilanz

From a large parking lot in Ilanz you hike along the Vorderrhein through the Rhine Gorge. The "Ruinaulta", as the gorge is called in Romansh, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this hike, you will pass through several nature reserves and secluded floodplain forests. Paths, gravel paths and nature trails alternate. You can shorten the route with a ride on the Rhaetian Railway.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 16.7 km
  • Duration: 05:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 278 (↑ hm) / 278 (↓ hm)
  • Season: April to October
  • Suitable for: Hikers with normal physical condition

Tuora (656.3): Flims Waldhaus - Salums - Conn - Caumasee - Flims Waldhaus

The circular route offers in the direction of Conn with the viewing platform "Il Spir" a view into the Rhine gorge below you. At the Caumasee you can swim, if the temperatures allow it. The natural paths and trails are interrupted by a stretch of road and a gravel path in the direction of Conn.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 13.3 km
  • Duration: 04:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 460 (↑ hm) / 460 (↓ hm)
  • Season: April to October
  • Suitable for: Hikers with normal physical condition
Rhine Gorge (Photo: My Switzerland)Rhine Gorge (Photo: My Switzerland)
Rhine Gorge (Photo: Gaudenz Danuser My Switzerland)Rhine Gorge (Photo: Gaudenz Danuser My Switzerland)

Engadine hiking

An unusual guided hike brings you incl. wildlife watching and fondue fun in Val Sinestra in the Engadine

National Park Panorama Trail (45): Vallun Chafuol (1693 m above sea level) - Murter - Chamanna Cluozza - Prasüra - Zernez

Hiking along trails in the middle of the Swiss National Park, you will get a good insight into the wilderness of Switzerland. The pass of Murter lets you look down into the wild gorge of Cluozza. Postbus 262 runs between Zernez and Vallun Chafuol. Please note that you are not allowed to light fires or leave the hiking trail in the national park.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 15 km
  • Duration: 06:40 hrs
  • Ascent / Descent: 1300 (↑ hm) / 1600 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain hikers

Segantini hut: Muottas Muragl (2454 m a.s.l.) - Munt da la Bês-cha - Segantini hut - Alp Languard

On the tracks of the Swiss painter Segantini you hike from Muottas Muragl in the Engadin first slightly downhill. The path then leads in serpentines to the Segantini hut. The Bernina massif and the Engadine lake plateau can be seen excellently from here. Up to Alp Languard you stay at about the same altitude. From here you can reach Pontresina in a few minutes by chairlift.

  • Technique: easy to medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 6.5 km
  • Duration: 02:30 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 389 (↑ hm) / 516 (↓ hm)
  • Season: April to October
  • Suitable for: Mountain hikers

Round trip Scuol - Sent: Scuol Postbus stop Clozza - Chauennas - Sent - Tuffaloras - Scuol Postbus stop Clozza

The circular trail scores with a beautiful view and easy walkability. The striking church spire of the village of Sent is already visible from afar and tempts you to take a detour. Sent has numerous village fountains and beautiful Engadine houses with sgraffito facades.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 6.2 km
  • Duration: 01:45 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 241 (↑ hm) / 241 (↓ hm)
  • Season: April to November
  • Suitable for: Families, hikers with normal physical condition
Engadin NP Panorama Trail (Photo: Nico Schaerer MySwitzerland)Engadin NP Panorama Trail (Photo: Nico Schaerer MySwitzerland)
Game observation (Photo: Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair)Game observation (Photo: Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair)

Hiking Eastern Switzerland

In eastern Switzerland you will find beautiful hiking trails in the hiking areas of Alpstein (Appenzellerland/Toggenburg) and Churfirsten (Toggenburg). Lovely hills with mountain inns, but also gorges with steep rock faces and low-lying chubs characterize the area in Appenzellerland.

Säntis hiking

You can reach the Säntis, the "King of the Alpstein", on three different hiking trails between 3 and 6.5 hours. All three are difficult mountain hikes requiring absolute surefootedness. We present you the shortest way.

Schwägalp - Säntis: Schwägalp (1344 m a.s.l.) - Gmeinenwisen - Musfallen - Tierwis - Girensattel - Säntis (2473 m a.s.l.)

The trail starts at the valley station of the Säntis cable car in Schwägalp, where you can park for free. You can also get to Schwägalp by post bus. The path goes up steeply right away. Between the rock bastion Musfallen and the mountain inn Tierwis you hike directly along a rock face. Steps and footholds make the way easier. To reach the summit, you walk between funnels and crevasses and climb the so-called Himmelsleiter (ladder to heaven). For the way back you use the mountain railroad.

  • Technique: difficult
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 4.4 km
  • Duration: 03:10 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 1186 (↑ hm) / 64 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to September
  • Suitable for: very experienced and vertigo-free mountain hikers with absolute surefootedness

Kronberg hike

Schwägalp - Kronberg: Schwägalp - Chammhaldenhütte - Langälpli - Kronberg - Schwägalp

The Kronberg seems almost small next to the Säntis. The mountain hike is nevertheless a panoramic experience. The section from Langälpli to the viewing platform is particularly steep. At the valley station of the Säntis mountain railroad (Schwägalp) you can park for free. The post bus also goes here. You can shorten the tour by taking the cable car from Kronberg down to Jakobsbad. From there a train goes to Appenzell or Gossau From November to March this hiking trail is accessible with snowshoes

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail T2)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Duration: 03:45 hrs
  • Ascent / Descent: 666 (↑ hm) / 666 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to September
  • Suitable for: good mountain walkers
 Säntis (Photo: Philipp Giegel MySwitzerland) Säntis (Photo: Philipp Giegel MySwitzerland)
Kronberg (Photo: Christian Perret Appenzellerland Tourism MySwitzerland)Kronberg (Photo: Christian Perret Appenzellerland Tourism MySwitzerland)

Wildhaus hiking

Weg des Wassers im Obertoggenburg: Gamplüt - Stein - Älpli - Chüeboden - Thurfälle - Unterwasser - Alt St. Johann

With the post bus you can easily get to Wildhaus Dorf and take the cable car up to the Gamplüt. The hike starts in the high and low moor area and takes you past the impressive Thur waterfalls. The post bus takes you back to Wildhaus from the destination Alt St. Johann (Unterwasser).

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Duration: 02:44 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 95 (↑ hm) / 557 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October
  • Suitable for: Families

Lake Walen hike

Through the linden forest on Lake Walen: Amden-Lehni (638 m above sea level) - Betlis - Seerenwald - Quinten

The hike runs pleasantly through a linden forest along the shores of Lake Walen. On the way you also cross some sunny terraces. You reach Amden-Lehni by post bus from Ziegelbrücke. From Quinten it is best to take the boat to Murg.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Duration: 03:30 hrs
  • Ascent / Descent: 383 (↑ hm) / 597 (↓ hm)
  • Season: April to November
  • Suitable for: Families
 Thurfaelle (Photo: MySwitzerland) Thurfaelle (Photo: MySwitzerland)
Lake Walen before Quinten (Photo: MySwitzerland)Lake Walen before Quinten (Photo: MySwitzerland)

Flumserberg hiking

Geniesserroute: Flumserberg Tannenboden (1392 m above sea level) - Molseralp - Chrüz - Alp Tannenboden - Molseralp

From Flums you can easily reach Tannenboden by bus 441. The hike starts at the Molseralp next to the valley station of the cable car. If you want to do a culinary hike, you start at Molseralp. Main course would be in Chrüz and dessert in the Sennenstube on the alp Tannenboden. The walk to the Chrüz mountain station takes about an hour. Alternatively, you can take the summer toboggan run downhill from Chrüz.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 6.3 km
  • Duration: 02:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 240 (↑ hm) / 240 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: Families

Hike Ticino

In Ticino you will find beautiful lake landscapes and impressive mountain valleys. In the northwest you will find particularly interesting and varied hiking opportunities in the Maggia Valley and the Verzasca Valley. There are routes through the white water or hiking trails that lead from the valley up to 3000 m above sea level. On the way you will pass imposing stone bridges, old villages or hiking trails carved into the rock

Verzasca Valley Hiking

Sentiero Verzasca (74) Section 1: Sonogno - Lavertezzo

A hike through the rocky landscape of the Verzasca Valley is very eventful. The Ponte dei Salti (stone arch bridge) in Lavertezzo is famous, worth seeing and very well visited especially in summer and on weekends. By the way, the often used name "Roman bridge" is wrong. This bridge with two curved stone arches was built only in the 17th century. The post bus serves both Sonogno and Lavertezzo.

  • Technique: easy (hiking trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Duration: 03:40 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 260 (↑ hm) / 640 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to November
  • Suitable for: Families

Hike Maggia Valley

Giro Della Valle del Salto (611): Piazza in Maggia - Piazza in Maggia

The Valle del Salto is a shady valley with chestnut and birch trees. You walk along the Maggia river and pass pretty houses, wine terraces and small churches. The village of Maggia is situated in an almost untouched mountain environment. The hike starts and ends in the village of Maggia, which you can reach from Locarno by bus line 315.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Duration: 03:35 hrs
  • Ascent / Descent: 740 (↑ hm) / 740 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to November
  • Suitable for: Families

Monte Tamaro Hike

Monte Tamaro - Monte Lema: Monte Tamaro (1530 m a.s.l.) - Capanna Tamaro - Monte Lema

The high trail is a very popular mountain hiking trail. It starts at the top station of the cable car at Alpe Foppa. You can reach it from Rivera on Monte Tamaro. Via the Capanna Tamaro you go over the saddle to Monte Lema. Here the Monte Lema cable car takes you down to Miglieglia. In the late afternoon a shuttle service connects the two valley stations.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 13.1 km
  • Duration: 05:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 830 (↑ hm) / 800 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October
  • Suitable for: Mountain hikers with normal physical condition
  • Ticket Monte Tamaro cable car
Hiking Verzasca Valley (Photo: Beatrice Nuenlist, Markus Capirone, Velobuero MySwitzerland)Hiking Verzasca Valley (Photo: Beatrice Nuenlist, Markus Capirone, Velobuero MySwitzerland)
Monte Tamaro high trail Monte Tamaro - Monte Lema (Photo: Ticino Tourism Ltd.)Monte Tamaro high trail Monte Tamaro - Monte Lema (Photo: Ticino Tourism Ltd.)

Monte Generoso hiking

Monte Generoso: Monte Generoso - Alp Nadigh - Alp Génor - Monte Generoso

The circular hike starts at the top station of Monte Generoso and leads you first to its summit. Afterwards you will reach the alps Nadigh and Génor. On the way you will have the opportunity to see eleven of the Nevère (ice pits) alone. Note the last ride of the rack railroad that goes down for about 40 minutes (Capolago on Lake Lugano).

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail)
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Duration: 02:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 425 (↑ hm) / 425 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October
  • Suitable for: Mountain hikers with normal physical condition
  • Ticket Monte Generoso cable car

Hiking Central Switzerland

Mountain hiking in Central Switzerland is associated with a special view of the lake landscape with Lake Lucerne. The mountains are well served by mountain railroads and many a hike can be combined with a boat trip.

Pilatus hiking

From Alpnachstad to Mount Pilatus: Alpnachstad valley station - Amsigen - Pilatus Kulm

The hike initially takes you along the steepest cogwheel railroad in the world. Later you hike through shady forest. Countless hairpin bends and a scree slope have to be mastered before reaching the summit.

  • Technique: medium (mountain trail T2)
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 7.4 km
  • Duration: 5:00 hrs
  • Ascent / Descent: 1627 (↑ hm) / 13 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October
  • Suitable for: very experienced and vertigo-free mountain hikers with absolute surefootedness and very good physical condition

Rigi hiking

Weg der Naturschätze: Rigi Kaltbad (1423 m above sea level) - Rigi First - Unterstetten - Glettialp - Hinterbergen

Rigi Kaltbad can be reached from Weggis by cable car or from Vitznau by rack railroad. At the beginning you walk along an old railroad line. Between Rigi First and Unterstetten there is a rocky path. 12 information boards tell about the natural treasures from Rigi First. All in all, the hike is easy to manage. In addition, there are always places to sit along the way. From Hinterbergen you take a small cable car back to Vitznau. The train runs 24 hours/day if necessary.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 5.7 km
  • Duration: 02:30 h
  • Ascent / descent: 94 (↑ hm) / 469 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October
  • Suitable for: Families
  • Ticket Rigi Bergbahnen

Rigi Blumenpfad: Rigi Staffel (1603 m a.s.l.) - Rigi Staffelhöhe - Rigi Känzeli - Rigi Kaltbad - Rigi First - Felsenweg

You can reach the Rigi Staffel with the rack railroad from Vitznau or from Goldau. The hike is very easy and does not require any special physical condition. You will find seats everywhere. For the return trip you can use the mountain railroad again from Rigi Wölfertschen First.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 5.1 km
  • Duration: 01:30 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 3 (↑ hm) / 175 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October
  • Suitable for: Families with strollers, wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket Rigi Bergbahnen
Hiking Pilatus Flower Trail (Photo: Pilatusbahnen)Hiking Pilatus Flower Trail (Photo: Pilatusbahnen)
Rigi (Photo: MySwitzerland)Rigi (Photo: MySwitzerland)

Klewenalp hike

Culinary hike on Klewenalp: Klewenalp (1603 m a.s.l.) - Niederrickenbach place of power

From Beckenried you take the cable car to Klewenalp. A leisurely hike brings you on the way for culinary delights to the Brisenhaus SAC and later to the pilgrim house Niederrickenbach. From there you can take the cable car down to Dallenwil (connection to bus/train).

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 9.5 km
  • Duration: 03:04 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 297 (↑ hm) / 740 (↓ hm)
  • Season: March to October
  • Suitable for: Families

Stoos hiking

From Stoos to the Muota Valley: Stoos mountain station (1603 m above sea level) - Metzg - Wannentritt - Höch Weidli - Muota Valley

You reach the Stoos mountain station with the funicular from Schwyz. Through the forest with karst rocks and over alpine pastures you hike along hiking trails with changing views. The Höch Weidli, for example, is a natural viewing balcony from which you can look down into the Muota valley.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 14.3 km
  • Duration: 04:50 hrs
  • Ascent / Descent: 715 (↑ hm) / 1375 (↓ hm)
  • Season: April to October
  • Suitable for: Mountain hikers with good physical condition
Cable car Beckenried Klewenalp (Photo: Perretfoto.ch MySwitzerland)Cable car Beckenried Klewenalp (Photo: Perretfoto.ch MySwitzerland)
Stoos ridge path (Photo: Beat Müller My Switzerland)Stoos ridge path (Photo: Beat Müller My Switzerland)

Bürgenstock Hike

Round tour on Bürgenstock: Kehrsiten mountain station - Bürgenstock (864 m above sea level) - Taverna - Bürgenstock - Chänzeli - Hotel Villa Honegg - Bürgenstock mountain station funicular railroad

The round trip starts and ends at the mountain station of the funicular railroad that goes up from Kehrsiten to the Bürgenstock. For a day trip, the combination with a boat trip from Lucerne is a good idea.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 5.8 km
  • Duration: 02:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 253 (↑ hm) / 253 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October
  • Suitable for: Hikers with normal physical condition

Stanserhorn hike

Stanserhorn: Stans - Chälti - Bluematt - Stanserhorn

There are various routes from Stans to the Stanserhorn. The more difficult ascent is via Chälti and Bluematt. Here you go directly up via a particularly steep path. Via Luegeren the ascent is less strenuous. Once you have reached the top, a magnificent panorama of a total of 10 lakes and numerous mountain peaks of the whole of Switzerland awaits you. In the south you can see the Glarus, Uri and Obwalden Alps. You can also see the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. To the north, you can see across the Mittelland to the Jura chain. Even the Black Forest and the Vosges are often visible. Down you go with the Stanserhorn cable car with its unique CabriO gondola

  • Technique: difficult mountain hike (T3)
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 10.2 km
  • Duration: 05:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 1504 (↑ hm) / 30 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October
  • Suitable for: Mountain hikers with particularly good technique and condition
Buergenstock rock path (Photo Perret Lucerne MySwitzerland)Buergenstock rock path (Photo Perret Lucerne MySwitzerland)
Hiking Stanserhorn Panorama (Photo: Christian Perret My Switzerland)Hiking Stanserhorn Panorama (Photo: Christian Perret My Switzerland)

Engelberg hiking

Roundtrip Trübsee: Trübsee mountain station (1797 m above sea level) - Trübsee - Trübsee mountain station

From Engelberg you take the Xpress cable car to Trübsee. The path around the lake is wonderful for families with small children. In summer there is the adventure world Smuggler & Säumer with 6 stations around the lake. There are also barbecue areas here

  • Technique: easy hiking trail
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 3.4 km
  • Duration: 01:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 37 (↑ hm) / 36 (↓ hm)
  • Season: all year round
  • Suitable for: the whole family
  • Ticket Bergbahn Engelberg Trübsee

4 Lakes Hike: Engelberg - Trübsee - Jochpass - Engstlen - Tannalp - Melchsee Frutt - Stöck

The circular route from Engelberg is considered a classic among the high-altitude hikes around Engelberg at the foot of the Titlis. The four lakes on your hike are

  • the Trübsee
  • the Engstlensee (deep blue)
  • the Tannensee (turquoise)
  • the Melchsee

You can also shorten the first section to Trübsee with the Xpress gondola

  • Technique: medium
  • condition: difficult
  • Distance: 24.8 km
  • Duration: 08:30 hrs
  • Ascent / Descent: 1377 (↑ hm) / 1298(↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: good mountain hikers with very good physical condition
  • Ticket Bergbahn Engelberg Trübsee
Hiking Truebsee (Photo: Engelberg Titlis Tourism)Hiking Truebsee (Photo: Engelberg Titlis Tourism)
Hiking 4 Lakes (Photo Engelberg Titlis Tourism)Hiking 4 Lakes (Photo Engelberg Titlis Tourism)

Hiking Jura

Hiking in the Jura is characterized by vast and dreamy landscapes with large horse pastures. There are fewer surface waters here and many dry valleys only carry water after intensive precipitation.

Hiking Weissenstein

From Weissenstein via Chamben to Balsthal: Weissenstein - Chamben - Hellchöpfli - Balsthal

The hike leads from the Weissenstein, which you reach by cable car from Oberdorf, first over roads and through the forest. It is very varied, but strenuous. At a difficult rocky spot you will find safety chains. If the path becomes too long at the end, you can shorten it by about 20 min. At the station Thalbrücke - Balsthal you can already catch the train to Oensingen.

  • Technique: difficult
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 20.6 km
  • Duration: 06:15 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 452 (↑ hm) / 481 (↓ hm)
  • Season: April to November
  • Suitable for: good mountain hikers

Creux du Van hike

Noiraigue to Creux du Van: Noiraigue (728 m) - Vers-chez-Joly - Ferme Robert - Grand Vy - Ferme du Soliat - Les Oeillons - Noiraigue

This panoramic circular hike starts with a steep ascent.The Creux du Van is a mighty rock. The rock walls drop steeply down about 160 meters. The entire naturally formed semicircular rock massif is 1200 meters wide and 500 meters deep. Noiraigue is accessible by train and post bus.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 12.4 km
  • Duration: 04:15 hrs
  • Ascent / Descent: 738 (↑ hm) / 738 (↓ hm)
  • Season: April to November
  • Suitable for: good mountain hikers
Hiking Jura Creux du Van (Photo: Cristof Sonderegger photoplus.ch My Switzerland)Hiking Jura Creux du Van (Photo: Cristof Sonderegger photoplus.ch My Switzerland)
Jura high trail (Photo: Tamara Fehr MySwitzerlandJura high trail (Photo: Tamara Fehr MySwitzerland

Chasseral hike

Chasseral Crete: Chasseral Hotel (1,548 m) - Les Coulisses du Haut - Central Square - Les Prés-d'Orvin

You reach the starting point via Biel - St-Imier by post bus. The hiking trail corresponds in large parts to the Jura Höhenweg 5 and runs along nature trails. Already at the hotel you have a unique view over the Dreiseen landscape and the Mittelland up to the Alps. The path climbs gradually and easily to the summit of Chasseral. At the SAC Jurahaus you leave the high trail and hike to the bus stop Les Prés-d'Orvin Bellevue.

  • Technique: easy (hiking trails)
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 11.9 km
  • Duration: 03:10 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 150 (↑ hm) / 700 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October
  • Suitable for: inexperienced hikers

Hiking Zurich

A hiking trail network of 3600 km (including the canton of Zug) awaits you in the Zurich region. Are you aware of the diverse and sometimes spectacular hiking area that surrounds the metropolis?

Uetliberg hiking

Panorama Trail Uetliberg with Planetary Trail Uetliberg (870 m above sea level) - Uto Staffel - Folenweid - Falletsche - Mädikon - Balderen - Felsenegg - Adliswil

Zurich's local mountain can be reached quickly with the S10 from Zurich main station. The Uetlibergbahn takes you up in 20 minutes. At the top you start your hike at the sun of the planetary path. The end is reached at Pluto. Here the mountain station of the cable car Adliswil-Felsenegg LAF is waiting for you. From Adliswil you can take the S4 back to the main station.

  • Technique: easy (hiking trails)
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 6.5 km
  • Duration: 01:30 to 2:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 200 (↑ hm) / 200 (↓ hm)
  • Season: all year round
  • Suitable for: inexperienced hikers

Zugerberg hike

Zugerberg Zugerberg (1039 m above sea level) - Wildspitz - Unterägeri

You can reach Zug's local mountain from Zug by funicular in just 8 min. The ascent to the Wildspitz involves some effort. The reward is a uniquely beautiful view of the Schwyz valley basin. Lake Lauerz is clearly visible and from here you can also see Lake Aegeri and Lake Zug in the middle of the alpine world. The end point of the hike is the bus stop in Unterägeri

  • Technique: difficult
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 23 km
  • Duration: 7:00 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 795 (↑ hm) / 1003 (↓ hm)
  • Season: all year round
  • Suitable for: very good mountain hikers with a top condition, in winter necessarily with snowshoes

With all these options, it's hardly surprising that hiking is the No. 1 national sport in Switzerland. Here you will always find the right hike, no matter where you are

Uetliberg Zurich (Photo: Keystone Valeriano di Domenico Zurich Tourism)Uetliberg Zurich (Photo: Keystone Valeriano di Domenico Zurich Tourism)
Zugerberg (Photo: MySwitzerland)Zugerberg (Photo: MySwitzerland)

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