When you think of Switzerland, you would be forgiven for picturing an image of snowy slopes and après ski treats; but the country has a lot more to offer its visitors than a warm mug of hot chocolate.
Home to some of the most varied walks and breath-taking vistas in the entire world, the region’s resorts offer a stunning range of hikes for all-comers – young, old, novice and seasoned alike.
No matter who you are, if you’re looking to roll up your socks and grab your walking poles there is a wealth of options available:
- A fan favourite
It’s impossible to write about hiking in Switzerland without making mention of Grindelwald’s world-famous Eiger Trail that has been immortalised on canvas and the silver screen. Accessible by hikers of all abilities, the most commonly walked trail is a short medium-ranked track that winds through the area and finishes on a beautiful view of the Wetterhorn and the Grosse Scheidegg. As you trek the route you can also look up to see some of the brave individuals scaling the notorious rock faces and join them if you feel suitably prepared.
- One for the family
If you’ve brought the kids along and are looking for a more relaxed hike, it’s hard to beat the hundred kilometres of trails that make up the historic Water Route at Nendaz. This area is ideal for families and leisure hikers, with most available routes taking place over grass and flats. With no significant climb or descent, little legs can toddle along comfortably, and when they do tire, you can stop in at the Auberge Les Bisses for refreshments and a welcome rest.
- A challenge for the experts
For those looking for a little more adventure, a visit to Interlaken will not leave you wanting. After warming up with some extreme sports you can hike the Hardergrat, a notorious ridge trail that can be walked or cycled. Made up of multiple hard inclines, the route covers terrain that is demanding for even the most seasoned hiker or runner. With its high potential for low-level cloud cover, the route will test your navigational, as well as physical, prowess. However, upon reaching one of the many summits your dedication is rewarded with one of the route’s incredible views of the Briensersee and a free ice cream cone once you’ve finished.
- Hidden beauty
When you’re looking to pamper yourself after a day’s walking, there’s no better place to stretch your legs than around the untamed landscape of Ovronnaz. Less walked than many of Switzerland’s better-known trails, the medium difficulty walks are often as unique as the landscape. With many guided walks culminating in a view of the Rhone valley, a hot tip from us would be to pick a trail that leads back to Ovronnaz’s famous thermal centre. And after taking a dip in their bubbling baths, you can enjoy a good night’s sleep before winding your way to the top of the range again…or maybe just give