My husband and I will have one full day in Switzerland (location flexible) as we travel between Paris and Rome this August. We would like to do a day hike and would greatly appreciate recommendations. We would like up to a six-hour, moderate hike with plenty of open, mountain views. We prefer minimal crowds. This could be the only Switzerland hike we do in our lifetimes, so we hope to make a good decision. Thank you for any help, suggestions, and/or photos!
<<"My husband and I will have one full day in Switzerland (location
flexible) as we travel between Paris and Rome this August. We would like
to do a day hike and would greatly appreciate recommendations.">>
Here are a few to think about.
It will take you a bit of time to get to these from the main entry points to Switzerland.
These links have pictures:
Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg is short, easy, spectacular and fun to get to.
See attached pictures
www.jungfrau.ch/en/som mer/tourism/destinatio ns/kleine-scheidegg/hiking-trails/
(Note update date at bottom....all trails will be open in August.)
Work the tabs on that link.
This one is nice if you are near Luzern:
Thank you! Your attached photos are spectacular. The links and descriptions give me great info to make a decision. I am very much looking forward to seeing a bit of Switzerland by trail in August!
Glad they can help.
This is a useful link:
All of Switzerland is covered with a network of trails, called "die Wanderwege" in German.
Yellow signs. Note explanation of signs at :
The red and white added markers signify rugged trails.
From your screen name, i assume that you will be equipped for rugged trails -
Boots or study shoes with lugged soles and and hiking staffs. They can also be rented at many sports stores.
If you are not used to hiking at altitudes above 2000 meters, be prepared to pant a bit on the climbs.
These links are useful for planning:
On that one, open "Points of interest/Traffic/ Rails. ( etc.)
The station icons which become visible as you zoom in show brief current timetables for that station if you click on them.
The SBB timetable is indispensable:
or, a direct link -
There is a lot of detailed information buried in the menus or in the footnotes and options on the actual timetables.
The best map:
map.geo.admin.ch/?topic=swisstopo&lang=e n&bgLayer=ch.swisstopo .pixelkarte-farbe&layers=ch.swisst opo.swisstlm3d-wanderwege&layers_visi bility=false&X=161940. 00&Y=636765.00&zoom=7
(I set it for a useful background.)
Here is the home page.
www.swisstopo.admin.ch /internet/swisstopo/en /home.html
Note the types of paper maps under products (and smartphone versions, etc.) . The paper maps are readily available at various stores all over Switzerland, if you like to hike from paper maps.
I can add some details on where to buy if you intend to get any.
What will be your port of entry into Switzerland?
One other valuable resource.
If you can find your hike on this website, you will get a wealth of data, including transport access, accommodations, an altitude profile, realy detailed maps, etc.
I find that I often have to use the map finder or search by location keywords a few times when I am looking for a specific hike.
Worth the effort. A superbly useful site:
All you need to know about traveling by train, bus or car in Switzerland.
Hand picked Swiss hotels and other accommodations are right here.
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