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Multi-Day Hiking in Switzerland

This section extends the Hiking in Switzerland section, giving suggestions for multi-day hikes. Using these suggestions you can make two-day weekend trips or longer excursions, taking advantage of the many hotels, guesthouses and huts dotted along the way. The difficulty levels are generally similar to those of the day hikes.

Hike map

Here's a map of Switzerland showing (roughly) where the hikes are. Click on the numbers, or use the summary below.

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. It shows the rough location of each of the Swiss hikes, and the accompanying bubbles contain links back to the hike descriptions here at the Activity Workshop.

Jura Ridgeway Zürichsee Panoramaweg Toggenburger Höhenweg Liechtenstein Panoramaweg Alpine Pass Route Strada Alta
Switzerland
  Name Length Distance Everests Gradient Summary    
1
Jura Ridgeway17 days 310 km1.4380

Traversing the whole Jura range from Dielsdorf north of Zürich to Borex near Nyon.

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2
Zürichsee Panoramaweg2 days 28 km0.07200

Easy and panorama-rich walk along the Zürichsee from Zürich to Feldbach.

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3
Toggenburger Höhenweg5 or 6 days 91 km0.50440

A varied, scenic route through north-east Switzerland.

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4
Liechtenstein Panoramaweg2 or 3 days 31 km0.5700

Ridgetop loop over the Drei Schwestern.

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5
Alpine Pass Route19 days 354 km2.2520

Spectacular route crossing a chain of passes across the heart of the country.

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6
Strada Alta Leventina2 or 3 days 49 km0.27280

Easy route along the side of the Valle Leventina in Ticino.

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In this table, the 'Gradient' column refers to how much total climb plus descent a walk involves. It is basically just for comparison, in arbitrary units of milli-Everests-per-marathon. Obviously a lower number means a flatter walk, a higher number means more climb and descent per distance walked.

Notes on the hikes

Please note that all times and prices are approximate, and may be subject to change since the hikes were researched. Use common sense and backtrack or shortcut if necessary.

The gps icon means that a GPS was used to record the hike, and so waypoints and 3d plots are available. The camera icon means that photos are available. Recently added are the Kmz files, which you can open in Google Earth or Google Maps to show the routes - these are indicated by the kmz icon.

Also, please feel free to share your experiences. Any additional information, corrections, suggestions and comments would be gratefully received by email - all due credit will be given.

Other multi-day hikes and treks

In the resources page there are links to a selection of the long-distance trails in Switzerland, and there's an overview of the current state of the national route information within OpenStreetMap. There are also some brief details about other multi-day hikes available. And if you found any of that useful, you may also be interested in trying some Snowboarding in Switzerland as well.