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Best Hiking Trails in Switzerland

Overview

Switzerland is a hiker’s paradise – the Alps provide endless opportunities and thousands of km of hiking trails, along with excellent hiking infrastructure.  Popular regions include the Bernese Oberland (includes the Jungfrau region with the towns of Interlaken, Wengen and Lauterbrunnen); Valais with towns of Verbier and Zermatt; Graubünden with Swiss National Park and Engadine Valley; Glarus; around Lucerne; the Italian flavoured Ticino and the lower lying Jura Mountains. Discover the world famous Tour du Mont Blanc (shared with France and Italy), Matterhorn Circuit, Walkers’ Haute Route and so many more spectacular hikes. The best months to hike in Switzerland are the summer months. Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Switzerland.

Capital: Bern

When To Hike in Switzerland?

June – September
May; October
November – April: Cold, snow

Climate: Alpine (cold winters; warm summers); rainiest in the summer – often afternoon thunderstorms; Fohn which is a warm wind in the autumn.  The inner Alpine valleys (such as in the cantons of Valais and Engadine) are drier compared to other Alpine areas. 

 

Switzerland Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Very Easy: Easy; marked trails, mountain huts, more than 60,000 km of paths that are well sign-posted.  Many trails can be accessed by public transit. 

Transportation required: There is great public transit in place to access many trails; car can be helpful (and less expensive).

Where to stay in Switzerland for hiking:

  • Interlaken
  • Grindelwald
  • Murren
  • Appenzell
  • Glarus
  • Braunwald
  • Davos
  • Engadine
  • Verbier
  • Zermatt
  • Saas Fe
  • Kanderstag
  • Gstaad
  • Many more towns

Most popular hikes in Switzerland

Almost all of the country is amenable to hiking, as the Alps and its subranges provide thousands of km of trails. Some of the main areas are the Bernese Oberland (which includes the Jungrau Region); the cantons of Valais, Graubünden, Ticino, Glarus; and around Lucerne. There are many more and what’s highlighted in the map is by no means exhaustive. Highest Mountain: Monte Rosa (Dufourspitze) - 4634 m in the Pennine Alps.

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Appenzell

  • A small region and village at the foot of the Alpstein mountain range
  • Appenzell Hikes

Jura

Glarus

  • Small canton in the east; Glarus
  • Hiking in the Glarus Alps – Glarus Hiking
  • Glarus, Braunwald are good bases

Lucerne

Ticino

Graubünden

Valais

Bernese Oberland

  • The area south of Bern which contains many of the stunning mountains that Switzerland is known for; also called Bernese Alps
  • Hiking Bernese Oberland
  • Jungfrau Region – towns: Grindenwald, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Interlaken
  • West Bernese Oberland, such as around Kanderstag, Gstaad
  • Many towns you can base yourself out of and hike

Long Distance Trails of Switzerland

There are many long distance treks in Switzerland; Multi-Day Hikes in Switzerland, some of the most popular ones:

  • Tour du Mont Blanc – Iconic (one of the most popular in Europe) 170 km trek circumnavigating Mont Blanc, going through France, Italy and Switzerland – Tour du Mont Blanc
  • Swiss Alpine Pass Route – Via Alpina
  • Walker’s Haute Route – 220 km trek from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland – Walkers Haute Route 
  • Matterhorn Circuit – 150 km circuit of the famous Matterhorn – A Guide to the Matterhorn

Switzerland's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Switzerland Hiking Books:

  • Tour of the Jungfrau Region: 10 days trekking in the Bernese Oberland, by Kev Reynolds, 2018, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/4cfGKry
  • Walking in the Bernese Oberland – Jungfrau region, 50 day walks in Grindelwald, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen and Murren, by Jonathan and Lesley Williams, 2023, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/4a4us3i
  • Walking in Zermatt and Saas-Fe: 50 Routes in the Valais: Mattertal and Saastal, by Jonathan Williams and Lesley Williams, 2021, Cicerone Guide – https://amzn.to/48RlMfJ
  • Tour of Mont Blanc: Complete Two-Way Trekking Guide, by Kev Reynolds, 2020, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/43gaqRp
  • Trekking Chamonix to Zermatt: The Classic Walker’s Haute Route, by Kev Reynolds, 2022, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3wLq8Yq
  • Walking in the Bernese Oberland: Over 100 walking routes, by Kev Reynolds, 2015, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/49Pyqxh
  • 100 Hut Walks in the Alps: Routes for day and multi-day walks, by Kev Reynolds, 2014, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3PimNGI
  • Walking in the Engadine – Switzerland: Bernina, Engadine Valley and Swiss National Park, by Kev Reynolds, 2019, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3Tznz4A
  • Walking in Ticino: Valley, Lake and Mountain Walks in Southern Switzerland, by Andrew Beattie, 2023, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3uZZFGi
  • Trekking the Swiss Via Alpina: 19 Stages East to West across Switzerland, plus parts of the Alpine Pass Route, by Jonathan Williams 2024, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/497tD9n
  • Walking in Arolla and Zinal: The Val d’Herens and Val d’Annivers in the Swiss Valais, by Jonathan Williams and Lesley Williams, 2024, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3ICbUfj
  • Walking in the Valais: 120 Walks and Treks, by Kev Reynolds, 2014, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3wISlz5 

 

Switzerland Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Switzerland:

It is impossible to choose just a handful of best hikes in Switzerland, but here is a sample. You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official hiking websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Tour du Mont Blanc
  • Five Lakes Trail
  • Gornergrat
  • The Eiger Trail
  • Hardergrat
  • Faulhornweg
  • Walker’s Haute Route
  • Matterhorn Circuit
  • Schäfler Ridge
  • Alpstein Loop
  • Jorihorn Lakes
  • Oeschinensee
  • Gratwanderung Stoos

 Easy Hiking Trails in Switzerland:

  • Bachalpsee
  • Panorama Trail

 

Switzerland Hiking Websites: Lots of travel blogs related to hiking in Switzerland (not listed here)

 

Switzerland Weather Websites:

 

Switzerland Official Tourism Site:  – for countries like Switzerland, different regions will have their own tourism website 

 

Switzerland Hiking Apps: 

 

Switzerland Hiking Maps: 

What Else To Do

  • Chocolate
  • Cheese (Gruyere)
  • Skiing in winter
  • Medieval architecture
  • Train journeys
  • Charming towns and cities

Other Important Points

  • They use Swiss franc (CHF)