Hiking in the Swiss Alps - trail suggestions and safety tips

Hiking in the Swiss Alps

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Trails in Switzerland are clearly marked. Here’s a typical yellow sign near Gsteig in the Bernese Oberland.

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PREPARATION FOR HIKING

Learn how to prepare for a hiking trip. Maps, gear, transportation and more.

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DO'S AND DON'TS ALONG THE WAY

The hiking etiquette: about safety in the mountains and care for nature.

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Hiking maps

HIKING MAPS

About the different types of maps, which one is best, and where to buy.

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Bettmerhorn - Märjelensee - Fiescheralp

Extraordinary trail along the Aletsch Glacier with many beautiful views of the Bernese and Valaisian Alps.

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  • Hiking time: 2h45
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 2180 - 2647 m
  • Distance: 9.3 km
  • Terrain: rocky, meadow, high alpine terrain
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

City walk Geneva

A walk along the river Rhône and the lake, and in the old town center of Geneva. This varied route offers a good introduction to the city.

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City walk Zurich

Use this city walk to get a good introduction to the old town of Zurich as well as a walk along Lake Zurich.

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  • Hiking time: 1h25
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 408 - 427 m
  • Distance: 7.1 km
  • Terrain: town, along lake
  • Region: Lake Zurich (Region Zurich)

First - Bachsee - First

Popular trail to a beautiful mountain lake.

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  • Hiking time: 2h30
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 2149 - 2300 m
  • Distance: 5.8 km
  • Terrain: meadow, high alpine terrain
  • Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)

First - Schynige Platte

Long demanding one or two day hike with plenty of views of the Jungfrau region.

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  • Hiking time: 6h00
  • Difficulty: difficult
  • Elevation: 1924 - 2613 m
  • Distance: 15.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, high alpine terrain
  • Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)

Grütschalp - Mürren

Easy, popular, beautiful trail on the western plateau above the Lauterbrunnen valley.

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Hohtenn - Lalden

Impressive trail along the southern ramp of the Lötschberg railway. Many views across the Rhône valley.

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  • Hiking time: 5h40
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 801 - 1126 m
  • Distance: 18.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, rocky, along railway, forest
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

Lake St. Moritz

Relaxed stroll along the Lake of St. Moritz, suitable for anyone.

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  • Hiking time: 0h55
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 1767 - 1785 m
  • Distance: 4.4 km
  • Terrain: valley, town, along lake
  • Region: Upper Engadine (Graubünden)

Lutry - Epesses (Lavaux vineyards)

Explore the Lavaux vineyards on foot by walking from Lutry to Epesses, while enjoying the views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. You'll pass picturesque little towns along the way.

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Männlichen - Kleine Scheidegg

Popular panoramic route across the high alpine meadows to Kleine Scheidegg.

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