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Signpost Aletsch glacier

Trails in Switzerland are clearly marked. Here’s a typical yellow sign near the Aletsch glacier.

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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

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)

Castagnola - Gandria

An easy short hike along Lake Lugano via the Olive Tree Path to the picturesque town of Gandria.

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  • Hiking time: 0h45
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 275 - 342 m
  • Distance: 2.6 km
  • Terrain: town, along lake
  • Region: Lake Lugano (Ticino)

City walk Basel

Enjoy the highlights of the historical city center and the river Rhine during this city walk in Basel.

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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 Lugano

This city walk is a very nice way to get to know beautiful Lugano. Easy to combine with a boat trip or funicular ride.

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  • Hiking time: 1h20
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 271 - 356 m
  • Distance: 5.1 km
  • Terrain: town, along lake
  • Region: Lake Lugano (Ticino)

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: 1h45
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 408 - 427 m
  • Distance: 7.3 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: 1h50
  • 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: 16.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, high alpine terrain
  • Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)

Gotschnagrat - Schatzalp

This panoramic trail is very popular in the summer for families and those looking for an easy hike with spectacular views of the Davos region.

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  • Hiking time: 3h30
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1863 - 2343 m
  • Distance: 12.8 km
  • Terrain: meadow, high alpine terrain, rocky
  • Region: North-East Graubünden (Graubünden)

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: 5h05
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 793 - 1076 m
  • Distance: 18.1 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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Muottas Muragl - Alp Languard

Popular trail with plenty of good views across the Upper Engadine valley.

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  • Hiking time: 2h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 2233 - 2453 m
  • Distance: 6.3 km
  • Terrain: meadow, rocky, forest
  • Region: Upper Engadine (Graubünden)

Niederhorn - Waldegg

Wonderful route with lots of views all around the Bernese Oberland.

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  • Hiking time: 3h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1202 - 2056 m
  • Distance: 8.4 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Lake Thun (Bernese Oberland)

Piz Nair - Bever

Long trail with landscapes varying from untouched high mountain scenery to conifer forests.

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  • Hiking time: 5h45
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1709 - 3027 m
  • Distance: 16.3 km
  • Terrain: meadow, rocky, high alpine terrain, valley, forest
  • Region: Upper Engadine (Graubünden)

Preda - Bergün

Watch the famous red trains of the Rhaetian Railway and the amazing landscape.

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  • Hiking time: 2h15
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1360 - 1793 m
  • Distance: 7.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, along railway, valley, forest
  • Region: Albula valley (Graubünden)

Riederalp - Aletschwald - Bettmeralp

A visit to the Aletsch forest with a grand view of the glacier.

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  • Hiking time: 3h15
  • Difficulty: difficult
  • Elevation: 1905 - 2243 m
  • Distance: 9.8 km
  • Terrain: meadow, high alpine terrain, forest
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

Rotenboden - Riffelalp

Great high alpine hike with plenty of wonderful views of the Matterhorn and more.

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  • Hiking time: 1h45
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 2209 - 2816 m
  • Distance: 5.1 km
  • Terrain: meadow, high alpine terrain, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Schynige Platte

Beautiful panorama trail with alpine flowers and views of the Jungfrau.

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Town walk Ascona

The town center of Ascona is tiny but stunningly beautiful. This self-guided walk leads you through all the pretty streets and to the lakefront.

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  • Hiking time: 0h35
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 197 - 235 m
  • Distance: 2.5 km
  • Terrain: along lake, town
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino)

Town walk Bellinzona with one castle

Explore the best streets of Bellinzona and the castle in the center of town.

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  • Hiking time: 0h40
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 223 - 278 m
  • Distance: 2.3 km
  • Terrain: town
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino)

Üetliberg - Felsenegg

Get a bird's eye view of Zurich and Lake Zurich on the lovely walk from Üetliberg to Felsenegg.

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  • Hiking time: 1h45
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 790 - 871 m
  • Distance: 6.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Lake Zurich (Region Zurich)

Allmenalp - Usser Üschene - Kandersteg

Explore the impressive surroundings of the apine town of Kandersteg.

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  • Hiking time: 2h45
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1176 - 1805 m
  • Distance: 8.6 km
  • Terrain: meadow, valley, forest
  • Region: Kander valley (Bernese Oberland)
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