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A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking in Switzerland

Five iconic trails for hiking in Switzerland

Hiking in Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the most gifted countries by nature, thanks to its majestic mountain ranges, beautiful fresh lakes, and widespread snow-covered landscapes. Hiking in Switzerland to experience one of the most scenic and jaw-dropping trails and hiking spots in the world is surreal. You can join organized treks along with experienced guides to have an experience of a lifetime.

Switzerland has something for everyone. Whether you’re a beginner looking for an adventure or an experienced adrenaline junky, there is something for you. Here is a list of hikes for you to experience:

1. Hornliweg

Photo Credit: Matterhorn

The village of Zermatt is a must visit for adventure lovers. It is home to a massive ski resort as well as some of the best scenery in Switzerland. Located near Zermatt is the Matterhorn, one of the most iconic mountains in Switzerland. Matterhorn is a major attraction for hikes. Inexperienced climbers would require some training to successfully scale the mountain, otherwise, one can pull out their binoculars at the base and mountain-watch for hours without getting bored.

Hike time: 2 hours (Approx.)
Distance: 4.4km return
Altitude Gain: 740m
Starting Point: Schwarzsee Gondola Station

2. Burgenstock Felsenweg

Burgenstock Felsenweg
Photo Credit: My Swtizerland

When you are in the city of Lucerne, hike to Burgenstock is an interesting one. It is a small mountain in Lake Lucerne, which otherwise is a beautiful place in itself. The Burgenstock cliff walk and the famous Hammershwand glass elevator are some of the highlights of this one-day trek.

Combine the trek with a boat ride in Lake Lucerne and you’re in for a treat – calming and inspiring view of the Lake, with monuments gracing the banks. It gives you a royal yet sober vibe. Both the trek and boat ride will be a highlight of your trip long after.

Hike Time: 2 hours (Approx.)
Distance: 5 kms
Altitude Gain: 130 m
Starting Point: Burgenstock

3. Creux du Van

Creux du Van
Photo Credit: My Swtizerland

Located in the French part of Switzerland, it takes you on a beautiful journey through an incredible natural wonder – a massive crescent-shaped rock. The hike is quite a climb in altitude with a moderate difficulty level. But, take your time negotiating through the forest, making it worth your time and effort.

Hike time: 4.5 hours (Approx.)
Distance: 14 kms
Altitude Gain: 950 m
Starting Point: Noiraige

4. Aletsch Panoramaweg Glacier Trail

Aletsch Panoramaweg Glacier
Photo Credit: My Swtizerland

The Aletsch Panoramaweg Glacier, running over 23km and some 900m deep, is majestic in every sense. A beautiful panoramic view along the trail is so beautiful, you must experience it first-hand and no combination of words can do any justice.

Hike Time: 3.5 hours (Approx.)
Distance: 12.4 kms
Starting Point: Mosfluh
End Point: Fieschalp

5. Pizol Lake Hike (5 – Lake Classic)

5 Lake Classic
Photo Credit: My Swtizerland

If you love lakes, exploring the fresh Alpine lakes of Switzerland is a must. You will be left spellbound as they reflect the heavens above and match the beauty of their surroundings with sparkling fresh water. This hike will take you through 5 alpine lakes and is, therefore, an absolute must if you are in the Gaffia region. The view from the height of the Alpines is worth every bit of your efforts.

Hike Time: 4.5 hours (Approx.)
Altitude Gain: 750m
Starting Point: Gaffia

There is nothing better in this world than hiking in Switzerland, to bond with your family or friends. Many take to the trails solo in a quest for self-discovery. If you’re planning a trip to Switzerland, make it a point to include one of the hikes in your itinerary – Thank us later for it!

Have you hiked in the Swiss mountains? Share your story with us in the comments below.

Check out An Advanced Guide to Hiking in Switzerland

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Written by Lakshya Tyagi

Engineering Student who’s travelled the world, inspired by diversity and empowered by the pen.


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