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Hiking in Switzerland

Switzerland is a superb place for hiking, at any time of year. The world-famous scenery, the excellent public transport, the dense network of footpaths and meticulous signposting all make for a good day out, and of course the numerous mountain restaurants help with the refreshment!

This section concentrates on day hikes, and many of these can be easily done as a weekend day-trip. If you want something a bit more challenging, you might like to see the Swiss multi-day hikes section (including the Alpine Pass Route and Jura ridgeway) instead. A lot of the day walks here are specifically either for Summer or for Winter, but some of them can be done at any time of year.

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. If you haven't got Google Earth installed, you can see the same links in Google Maps instead.

Solothurn Uetliberg Schnebelhorn Ofenloch Speer Churfirsten Chasseral Zugerberg Einsiedeln Creux du Van Napf Rigi Mythens Klöntal Braunwald Benediktusweg Beatenberg Brünig Disentis Trin Valendas Arosa to Lenzerheide Scuol Valley Val Sinestra Munt la Schera Diemtigtal Faulhorn Wengen Under the Eiger Lötschental Aletsch Glacier Val Verzasca Zermatt Monte San Salvatore
Switzerland
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SolothurnSummer

Medium length, up and over the Weissenstein. Panoramic views and a picturesque chasm on the way back.

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UetlibergAll Year

Long walk along the ridge next to Zurich (with shorter options as well).

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SchnebelhornMost of Year

Climb to the highest point in the Zürich canton

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Ofenloch (new)Summer

Explore a secret gorge hidden away between Säntis and the Toggenburger hills.

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SpeerSummer

A circuit walk with views of Glarus, Säntis and the Walensee. Fairly long walk but rewarding panorama from the peak.

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ChurfirstenSummer

Exploring between the towering Churfirsten and the beautiful Walensee. Medium length walk, but with tiring descent.

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ChasseralMost of Year

Spectacular views from the Jura ridge right across to the Berner Oberland

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ZugerbergWinter

Easy, circular walk around Zug's local mountain.

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EinsiedelnWinter

Fairly flat, scenic loop walk near the Sihlsee.

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Creux du VanSummer

An exciting gorge climb, and an incredibly spectacular glacial cirque, near Neuchâtel

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NapfSummer

Not too difficult, but fairly long walk over the summit from Romoos to Fankhaus.

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RigiAll Year

Easy 3.5 hour walk along the ridge from Scheidegg to Kulm. Panorama of Lake Lucerne, Pilatus, and the surrounding mountains.

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MythensSummer

Easy, but long hike along the very aptly-named Schwyzer Panoramaweg.

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KlöntalMost of Year

A loop walk from Glarus out to the Klöntalersee and back.

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BraunwaldAll Year

In Winter, an easy, short walk along the side of the Glarus valley and back, or in Summer a longer hike up and around.

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BenediktuswegSummer

Long, difficult hike over two ridges to Engelberg.

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Habkern to WaldeggAll Year

Easy, short hike with views of the spectacular peaks around Interlaken.

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Hasliberg-Reuti to BrünigWinter

Easy but varied walk with views of the Brienzersee and the Wetterhorn, and rail trip over the pass.

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DisentisAll Year

In Winter, an easy walk along the Senda Sursilvana, or in Summer a higher hike above the Romansch valley

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Trin to Valendas SagognAll Year

Medium difficulty walk along the Rhine "gorge", with intriguing scenery near Flims.

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Arosa to LenzerheideSummer

High, difficult hike from Arosa over the Parpaner Rothorn to Lenzerheide.

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Scuol valleyWinter

Fairly long walk along the side of the Engadine valley.

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Val SinestraWinter

Exploring a tiny side-valley near Scuol.

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Munt la ScheraSummer / Autumn

Exploring the Swiss national park around Il Fuorn and the Ofenpass.

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DiemtigtalAll Year

A loop walk around the side of a valley near Spiez.

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Schynige Platte to FirstSummer

Long, high, difficult hike over the Faulhorn amid incredible scenery.

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Around WengenSummer

A loop walk from Wengen, high above the Lauterbrunnen valley.

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Under the EigerSummer

A long walk exploring Männlichen, Kleine Scheidegg and under the North wall of the Eiger.

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LötschentalSummer

Easy walk along the Lötschentaler Höhenweg

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Aletsch GlacierSummer

Unbelievable close-up views of Europe's longest glacier, on this relatively easy circuit.

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Val VerzascaSummer

From Tenero up the Val Verzasca with stone villages and James Bond's dam

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ZermattSummer

A loop walk from Sunnegga to Riffelalp and back down to Zermatt.

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Monte San SalvatoreMost of Year

From the lakeside, up and over Monte San Salvatore to Morcote.

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More day hikes

There are more day hikes available by taking single days out of a multi-day hike. Some of those particularly suitable for this include:

Name When Summary
Meiringen to GrindelwaldSummer

Long but easy crossing of the Grosse Scheidegg, part of the Alpine Pass Route.

Kandersteg to AdelbodenSummer

Tough and strenuous hike over the Bunderchrinde, part of the Alpine Pass Route.

Adelboden to LenkSummer

Easy pass crossing over the Hahnenmoospass from one valley to the next, part of the Alpine Pass Route.

Wildhaus to Amden ArvenbüelSummer

Long hike along the Churfirstens, day 1 of the Toggenburger Höhenweg.

Zürich Rehalp to MeilenAll Year

Easy walk above and alongside lake Zurich, the beginning of the Zürichsee Panoramaweg.

Bärenwil to BalsthalAll Year

Open ridgetop walk with plenty of scenery, part of the Jura Höhenweg.

There's also a brief list of other hikes for further ideas.

Notes on the hikes

Please note that all times and prices are approximate, and may be subject to change since the hikes were researched. Particularly in Winter, the difficulty of a hike depends greatly on the current snow conditions, and can change from week to week. 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. For certain hikes there are also Kmz files provided, which you can open in Google Earth to show the routes - these are indicated by the kmz icon. These data files can also be viewed in Google Maps online if you haven't got Google Earth installed, and of course can be viewed in GpsPrune if you have that.

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 links

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