Hi JFoley -
<<"Thank you for your reply. I will be arriving around the 22nd of June.">>
That is a good time. By then, some of the best trails are open, and the "ski" lifts are running to transport you up to such hikes or look outpoints of view. The mountain road passes genrally open in early to mid-June, to give you a sense of how Winter has ended by then.
I'm still uncertain about the kind of hiking you prefer, but it seems that you might be interested in easy trails and good scenery.
I don't detect that you are a "heavy duty" hiker.
Here are some useful links. Check out the trails in this link.
That is a good way to get started.
Switzerland has an extensive network of well marked trails, of three levels of difficulty.
There is a lot of good public transport to many of the trails.
This site may have more than you want, but once you find a trail in it, you get altitude profiles, detailed maps, and sights/accommodations along the route:
map.wanderland.ch/?lang=de&route=all&bgLa yer=pk&resolution=250& X=657500&Y=199000&laye rs=Wanderland It has a lot of detail once you learn to use it.
I am curious why you have picked southern Switzerland... what attracted you? What do you consider "southern'? Maybe a name or two to orient me?
However, any part of Switzerland can be rewarding; some are more accessible for the first time visitor.
For first time visitors we usually suggest the areas around the Jungfrau and around Lake Lucerne ( you'll see the German spelling for the city once you are there (Luzern) but if you are in the French speaking regions you'll see "Lucerne.")
That lake and its surroundings are varied and beautiful, and there are high mountains within easy reach. The Jungfrau region - part of the Bernese Oberland is magnificent and accessible.
Zürich is definitely the best airport for Luzern and is also good for the Jungfrau region.
The timetable will show you that there are two trains per hour from the Zürich airport to Luzern, taking about an hour. The ride is very nice, with pleasant views. One at xx47 requires no change of train and takes one hour and two minutes. . The other at xx18 has a change in Zürich, which you can use to take a brief walk if you wish. You can leave your luggage in lockers, and catch the next train or the next or the next...they run at least every half hour all day and into the evening.
These links will get you started:
Here are some hikes that I have enjoyed. They are doable without special boots or hiking staffs, but sturdy shoes with grippy soles help a lot, as does a hiking staff.
One that many tourists are unaware of, that is popular with the Swiss:
I've attached some pictures from what is certainly one of the best easy hikes in Switzerland, near the Jungfrau. It is the hike from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. Also one picture from Wengen, taken on an unusually clear day.
This is a useful map -
Check out "Traffic" under "Points of interest" in the menu.