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Switzerland: inspirational ideas for walking in Switzerland and in the Swiss Alps. Including the Matterhorn region, walking around Interlaken and Eiger, the famous Bernese Oberland and more...


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Switzerland is a walkers’ paradise; a land blessed with incredible natural beauty - with something for everyone. Choose from alpine areas such as the Goms Valley, home to the country’s high summits of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau and Europe’s longest glacier; or gentler, pastoral walks in the vineyards and woodlands of the Lake Geneva region. The country continually alternates between dramatic, snow-capped mountains, grassy meadows, glassy lakes and beautiful, undulating valleys, with a number of fascinating towns and villages to discover, like Brig and Villars. Nature lovers will also delight in exploring areas such the Swiss National Park and Engadine, home to a number of rare species, such as bearded vultures.

Walking is without a doubt the best way to fully experience the wonders of Switzerland. Trails range from easy valley walks to challenging mountain climbs and hikers are well catered for with a number of excellent accommodation options. Just be sure to take it at a leisurely pace. With so much to explore and enjoy, this is not a country where walking should be rushed.

The about 50,000 kilometres (31,000 miles) of walking trails in Switzerland are known as the “Wanderwege” (pronounced “Vandervege”), which are characterised by orange signposts showing distances and estimated walking times. The Wanderweg routes pass through a variety of terrains: roads, paths, fields and pastures. Just one word of warning, though – many of the routes are steep (both uphill and down), so sturdy boots and ideally a strong pair of knees will be hugely beneficial!

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