My husband and I will be in Switzerland mid April. We are wanting to do some hiking (no overnight hikes, just day trips, moderate hiking) but we are not sure which region would be best. we would like to stay overnight and do a couple of hikes mixed with other activities (railcar, coaster ride etc) I have looked at Zermatt and Grindlewald. Any advice on which one, or is there another region that is better?
Mid-April in Zermatt is the tail end of the ski season, so hikes above a certain altitude may be closed.
Snow tends to melt sooner in the Grindelwald area, but there can always be late deluges of snow .
The alternative is lower altitude hiking which will show you the 'real' Switzerland (Farms, cows etc). Somewhere lower altitude but still 'alpine' like the Appenzell region is likely to be snow free by mid-April
I'd tend to look at one of the lake areas, e.g. Lake Lucerne, Lake Geneva (Montreux), the south of Ticino perhaps.
Being our first time in Switzerland do you think it is necessary to book through a travel agent, or should we plan on our own. I was not sure about the tours and day trips to the hiking if there ate certain tours that book up.
I don't think it is needed to book everything via a travel agent but that is a personal call. Our website is here to help give people the information they need to plan their own trip - but you may not want to do all the planning and that is where paying a travel agent comes in.
Most hiking trails (www.myswissalps.com/hi king) in Switzerland are done without tours but you can probably find a guide if you want. Most guided hiking tours are for high level, long-distance hikes.
I would stick to your own agenda.
The Swiss walking network is legendary (with its iconic yellow signs)
All explained here:
just look at how many trails there are just near the city of Luzern:
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All Swiss holiday accomodation will have details/guides/maps etc of the local walking. Nearly all Swiss railway stations have a walking map on the wall of the building.
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