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Swiss places

The Activity Workshop has several activities based in Switzerland, as the lakes, mountains, rivers and glaciers make an excellent outdoor playground. This page summarizes some of the main areas of Switzerland and links to each of the relevant pages.

For a zoomable guide to all the Swiss hikes, whether half-day strolls or multi-day treks, see the Swiss hike map. This overview is also available as a Google Earth file: kmzSwiss hikes kmz. For the skiing and snowboarding resorts see the kmz Ski resorts kmz. If you haven't got Google Earth installed, you can see the same links in Google Maps instead: either Swiss hikes or ski resorts.

Here is a short list of some places in Switzerland and which activities are available for each one.

Adelboden
Resort town in Berner Oberland south of Spiez. Hiking over the Bunderchrinde, Hahnenmoospass.
Airolo
Town in Ticino just south of the Gotthard tunnel. Hiking on Strada Alta Leventina. Snowboarding at Airolo.
Aletsch glacier
The longest glacier in Europe, stretching from the Jungfraujoch down into Wallis. Hiking along the Aletsch glacier.
Andermatt
Small town in central Switzerland. Snowboarding at Andermatt.
Arosa
Resort town in Graubünden near Chur. Hiking from Arosa to Lenzerheide. Snowboarding in Arosa.
Bern
Capital city of Switzerland, and gateway to the Berner Oberland.
Braunwald
Small resort in Glarus. Hiking in Braunwald, over the Klausenpass. Snowboarding at Braunwald.
Brunni
Small resort in central Switzerland. Hiking to Holzegg, along the Schwyzer panoramaweg. Snowboarding at Brunni.
Chasseral
Mountain in the Jura. Hiking on the Chasseral, Jura Ridgeway from Orvin to Chasseral and Chasseral to Vue des Alpes.
Churfirstens
Dramatic tooth-shaped ridge above Walensee. Hiking the Churfirstens or the Toggenburger Höhenweg. Snowboarding at Toggenburg.
Creux du Van
Spectacular rock formation in western Switzerland. Hiking the Creux du Van, Jura Ridgeway from Noiraigue to La Combaz.
Davos
Popular tourist town in Graubünden. Snowboarding in Davos.
Eiger
Famous mountain with steep north face. Hiking under the Eiger, or Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen.
Einsiedeln
Small town with famous Kloster in central Switzerland. Hiking in Einsiedeln, or on Chli Aubrig.
Elm
Small resort in Glarus. Hiking over Foopass, Richetlipass. Snowboarding in Elm.
Engelberg
Resort town in central Switzerland. Hiking over Jochpass, Surenenpass. Snowboarding at Engelberg Titlis.
Faulhorn
Mountain above Grindelwald. Hiking over the Faulhorn.
Flims
Small resort town in Graubünden. Snowboarding in Flims.
Flumserberg
Ski resort above Walensee. Snowboarding in Flumserberg.
Gimmelwald
Tiny village above Lauterbrunnen valley below Mürren. Hiking under the Eiger, over the Sefinenfurgge. Snowboarding on the Schilthorn.
Glarus
Small valley in eastern Switzerland. See Linthal, Braunwald, Elm, Klöntal.
Grand Canyon
Switzerland's version of the famous gorge. See Vorderrheinschlucht.
Griesalp
Small town in Berner Oberland. Hiking over Sefinenfurgge, Hohtürli.
Grindelwald
Popular tourist destination in Berner Oberland. Hiking over Faulhorn, Grosse Scheidegg, Kleine Scheidegg. Snowboarding in Grindelwald First or Männlichen.
Gstaad
Small, rich, famous town in Berner Oberland near the language border. Snowboarding at Gstaad / Saanen.
Hoch Ybrig
Small ski area south of Einsiedeln. Hiking the Mythens. Snowboarding at Hoch Ybrig.
Interlaken
Popular tourist destination in Berner Oberland, between the Thunersee and Brienzersee. Hiking Habkern to Beatenberg.
Jura
Low but dramatic mountain range in northern Switzerland. Hiking the Jura Ridgeway.
Kandersteg
Small resort in Berner Oberland by the Oeschinensee. Hiking over the Hohtürli, Bunderchrinde, Lötschental.
Klöntal
Small side valley from Glarus. Hiking to Klöntal.
Klosters
See Davos.
Laax
See Flims.
Lac de Joux
Small lake in canton Vaud. Hiking the Jura Ridgeway.
Lake Lucerne
See Vierwaldstättersee.
Lauterbrunnen
Small town and famous steep-sided valley in Berner Oberland. Hiking over the Kleine Scheidegg, Sefinenfurgge. Snowboarding in Männlichen, Schilthorn.
Lenk
Resort town in Berner Oberland. Hiking over the Hahnenmoospass or the Trütlisbergpass.
Lenzerheide
Resort town in Graubünden near Chur. Hiking from Arosa to Lenzerheide. Snowboarding in Lenzerheide.
Liechtenstein
Not actually Switzerland but it feels like it. Hiking the Liechtenstein Panoramaweg.
Linthal
See Braunwald.
Locarno
Lakeside town in southern Ticino. See the nearby Val Verzasca.
Lugano
Lakeside town in southern Ticino. Hiking Monte on San Salvatore.
Maderanertal
Wild, narrow valley running eastwards from Amsteg. Hiking in the Maderanertal.
Malbun
Ski resort in Liechtenstein. See Liechtenstein for the panoramaweg starting in Malbun.
Matterhorn
See Zermatt.
Meiringen
Resort town near the Brienzersee and Aareschlucht. Hiking over Jochpass, Grosse Scheidegg, Brünigpass. Snowboarding at Meiringen Hasliberg.
Montreux
Town by Lake Geneva famous for music festival, and end point of the Alpine Pass Route.
Mürren
Small tourist town above Lauterbrunnen valley. Hiking over the Sefinenfurgge. Snowboarding on the Schilthorn.
National Park
Switzerland's only national park, near the Italian border. Hiking on Munt la Schera.
Pilatus
Famous mountain above Luzern in central Switzerland. Hiking on Pilatus.
Pizol
Mountain above Bad Ragaz in eastern Switzerland. Hiking the 5-lakes loop. Snowboarding at Pizol.
Rigi
Mountain in central Switzerland above Arth-Goldau, with Rigi Kulm, Rigi Scheidegg and Rigi Hochfluh. Hiking on Rigi.
Rothorn
Several mountains have this name, including the Parpaner Rothorn (Hiking Arosa to Lenzerheide, Snowboarding at Lenzerheide), and the Brienzer Rothorn (Snowboarding at Sörenberg).
Saanen
See Gstaad.
Säntis
Tallest mountain in northeastern Switzerland. Hiking on Säntis and to the nearby Ofenloch. Snowboarding on Ebenalp.
Sargans
Town in eastern Switzerland, start of Alpine Pass Route. Hiking over Foopass.
Schänis
Airfield near Ziegelbrücke. Gliding.
Schilthorn
Mountain in Berner Oberland famous for being Piz Gloria in a James Bond film. Hiking on the Schilthorn. Snowboarding on the Schilthorn.
Scuol
Town in the lower Engadine valley. Hiking in Scuol valley, Val Sinestra. Snowboarding in Scuol.
Sihlsee
Small lake in central Switzerland feeding the river Sihl to Zürich. See Einsiedeln.
Solothurn
Town in northern Switzerland. Hiking on Weissenstein, Jura Ridgeway.
Stanserhorn
Mountain above Stans in central Switzerland. Hiking on the Stanserhorn.
Ticino
Italian-speaking canton in the south of Switzerland, known in German as Tessin. See Airolo, Lugano, Val Verzasca.
Titlis
See Engelberg.
Toggenburg
Region north of the Walensee. Hiking the Toggenburger Höhenweg. Snowboarding at Toggenburg.
Uetliberg
See Zürich.
Val Verzasca
Valley near Locarno in Ticino. Hiking in the Val Verzasca.
Vallorbe
Small town in canton Vaud. Hiking the Jura Ridgeway.
Vierwaldstättersee
Spectacular lake in central Switzerland, also known as Lake Lucerne. See Rigi, Pilatus, Stanserhorn, Klewenalp, Bürgenstock.
Vorderrheinschlucht
Spectacular gorge west of Chur. Hiking Trin to Valendas Sagogn. Also canoeing in the vorderrhein.
Wengen
Popular tourist town above the Lauterbrunnen valley and reached by cog train. Hiking in Wengen, under the Eiger, over the Kleine Scheidegg. Snowboarding on Männlichen.
Zermatt
Popular tourist town in Wallis famous for the Matterhorn. Hiking in Zermatt. Snowboarding in Zermatt.
Ziegelbrücke
Train junction between the Zürichsee and the Walensee at the mouth of the Glarus valley. Hiking on Hirzli.
Zugerberg
Mountain above the town of Zug in central Switzerland. Hiking on the Zugerberg.
Zurich / Zürich
Largest city in Switzerland. Hiking on the Uetliberg or along the Zürichsee Panoramaweg. Wakeboarding on the Zürichsee.
Zweisimmen
Small town and major rail junction up the valley from Spiez on the way to Lenk and Gstaad. Snowboarding at Zweisimmen.