15 Best Hikes in Switzerland - Hiking Trails & Routes 2021
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Walk From Wildhaus to Säntis, Eiger Trail at Grindelwald, Saas Fee Hohenweg, Hike at Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, Hiking Around Oeschinensee Lake, Burgenstock Felsenweg, Pizol Lake Hike, Explore Five Lakes at Zermatt, Do Hiking From Fuorn Pass to Lü and many more.

If you are a person with enough craze for mountain adventures, hiking in Switzerland is something you would never want to miss in this lifetime. With soaring mountains loaded with snow, varied terrain and most striking natural views, the Swiss Alps is a popular tourist attraction for its hiking trails. There are both easy hikes in Switzerland like Bachalpsee-First and strenuous ones such as Eiger Trail which require a sense of professionalism and experience. Some of them become even more difficult at times as the trails converge to only step-wide. Nevertheless, exploring these trails is worth it as you get to cherish the lush grasslands, wild waterfalls, and glaciers on the way. 

Most alpinists prefer exploring the best hikes in Switzerland in September so that they can enjoy the fading summer of the country and sinking in some of the best views. There are also fewer tourists during this month so you can tour around the best hiking towns in Switzerland without bothering about the crowd.

Here is the list of best hikes in Switzerland:

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Bachalpsee & First Grindelwald

If you want to experience one of the easy hikes in Switzerland then the Grindelwald- First to Bachalpsee trail is your first stop. This not so steep trail with 3 km ascent and decent proffers best views of the Jungfrau region.

The trail to Bachalpsee from First also includes an additional hike to the middle station Bort which is quite popular among tourists for the Wednesday storytelling hours. At the summit of the First cable car, you need to hike a short but thrilling bridge to reach your stop to mesmerizing Bachap lake.

With a backdrop of glaciers, this stunning alpine lake is encompassed with wildflowers. Most people hop on the trek to Bachalpsee to immerse in its incredible beauty and enjoy a picnic at an altitude of 2,265 m. 

Bernese Oberland

Hiking Duration:
2 hours

How Long is the Trail:
6 km

Wildhaus to Säntis

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The ascent to Wildhaus to Santis is not as strenuous as other alpine hikes yet it offers the adventure of trailing through the Gersellen, Thurwis, and Langnickel. On the way, you can stop by the mountain hotel Schafboden at Rotsteinpass and capture some amazing portraits.

Thereon, you have to follow a trail from Altmannsattel to Chalbersantis crossing grasslands and glaciers ultimately to reach Santis. The hike from Wildhaus to Santis adds more fun to hiking in Switzerland by taking you one step closer to nature.

As you move ahead to the final stop of Santis, you can awe at amazing views down to Meglisalp and Appenzellerland. The ibexes crossing your path every now and then on your trail is also an experience of one of its kind. 

Location: Alpstein region

Hiking Duration: 5 hour

Hiking Tips: 
Check the weather beforehand.
                    Good physical health is a must.

How Long is the Trail: 8 km 

Eiger Trail

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The notorious rocky Eiger Trail with a soaring 3970 m is one of the best hikes in Switzerland in September. The hike starts from the Eigergletscher station and goes down to the Alpiglen train station. As you set on the rocky and dirty hike to Eiger trail covering Grosse Scheidegg, First and Faulhorn you would be accompanied by some breathtaking views.

The panoramic beauty of tall glaciers looking over the Grindelwald valley offers the most euphoric view in Switzerland. Hiking the steep north face of Eiger mountains is not for the faint-hearted as it requires great sure-footedness and perseverance.

Although it is not a piece of cake to ascend up to the famous rock face also known as the “last problem of Alps ”, the difficult areas on the way are secured with ropes to help climbers. 

Grindelwald, Jungfrau Region Switzerland

Hiking Duration:
2.5 hours

How Long is the Trail:
6 km
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Saas Fee Hohenweg

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The alpine trails of Saas Fee Hohenweg in Switzerland are one of the widely popular hiking sites that give the most terrific views. The excursion to the summit starts from Grachen, which is located at the foot of Matter Valley.

From here, a gondola whisks up to Hannigalp where the actual adventure awaits. As you sift between thick greens and rocky ledges you first reach the popular Weisshorn. Then, you move forward to your next stop to Furggen scenery and continue to the end of the hike at the Seng Boden and finally Saas Fee. 

The hike to the Saas Fee is often referred to as the “path to silence” for the tranquil aura of the summit. The beautiful peaks and the valley beneath along with the wild waterfalls brings an astonishing view to the climbers. On the way, you can also come across chamois and ibexes every now and then. 

Location: Valais Region, Switzerland

Hiking Duration: 6 hours

How Long is the Trail: 16 km 

The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge

The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge is the world’s longest walking suspension bridge having an approximate length of 1600 feet. It spans through the Zermatt valley in the swiss alps and joins the valleys of Grachen and Zermatt.

The bridge gives you the chill of almost walking in the thin air above the deep green forest. But, this suspension bridge is a small part of the adventure in the valley. You have to trace a circular trail all the way up to the mountain and the suspension bridge. 

The hike starts from the little town of Randa from where you set your trail into the woods. There will be signs and markers to guide you as you zig-zag your way amidst the tall trees to the suspension bridge. In the far distance, you will also be able to admire the snow-capped alpine mountains and spectacular greenery. 

Location: Zermatt

Hiking Duration: 6 hours

Hiking Tips: 
The best time to visit the place is between May and October. 
                      You should avoid crossing the bridge during storms or lightning. 

How Long is the Trail: 9 km 

Oeschinensee Lake

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Trailing the outline of Oeschinensee Lake is an indispensable part of hiking in Switzerland. The hike starts with the gondola from Kandersteg that takes you to the starting point Oeschinensee. You cover some beautiful spots on the way like Unterbargli and Oberbargli where you can stop and capture the rocky backdrop.

There are also small flat green grounds to take rest while on the trail. The path is mostly easy with only a few bumping stones and narrow sides hence you can also consider going family hiking here. The prime attraction of this track is the blue Oeschinensee lake where you can relax and enjoy the panoramic view.

You may also get an opportunity to go boating in the lake which is a mesmerizing experience altogether. The perfect time to visit this lake would be having an eye-catching green boundary of trees and bushes. Hence, it is one of the best hikes in Switzerland in September. 

Location: Berner Oberland

Hiking Duration: 3 hours

Hiking Tips: 
Watch your feet while trailing down as the path can become really steep. 
                      Do not forget to pack sunscreen and sunhat. 

How Long is the Trail: 8.5 km 
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Aletsch Glacier Panorama Trail

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If you want to engage in one of the most adventurous hiking in Switzerland then you must never miss out on the trail to Aletsch Glacier. You can hop on a trail to this glacier to experience Europe’s largest ice flow. Since the Aletsch Glacier appears to be a river flowing down the mountains when it is actually ice. 

The path covers the impeccable Grosses Gufer Glacier all the way down to the Rote Chumma. You move forward into a wide path covered with glaciers, you reach the final and the most beautiful part of the hike, the Marjelensee lake. At this lake, you can not only enjoy the natural views but also sit back in the nearby restaurants and bite on some delicious food.

Location: Fieschertal 

Hiking Duration: 4 hours

How Long is the Trail: 12 km

Burgenstock Felsenweg

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The soaring Burgenstock Felsenweg provides the best scenic views while hiking in Switzerland. The mountain overlooks the lake Lucerne and the highest and only outdoor elevator of Europe. You can follow the trail around the Burgenstock crossing varied terrains.

The hike is full of hurdles with rocky pathways and bumpy forests, however, there are also some beautiful meadows where you can snap some amazing pictures. 
To go up mount Burgenstock you have to take the Hammetschwand Panorama Elevator which will whisk you to the top.

If you do not suffer from vertigo then this elevator ride is one of the best for you. The stretched lake Lucerne, steep valleys and the varied contours proffer a magnificent view from the elevator.

Location: Burgenstock 

Hiking Duration: 1 hour 25 min

How Long is the Trail: 5 km

Pizol Lake Hike

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The Pizol Lake hike is popularly known as the 5 Lake Hike for the panoramic 5 lakes that characterizes the trail. It is one of the easy hikes in Switzerland but can become quite tedious as it is very long.

As you get off the cable car, you need to walk a short distance to see the first lake, Wangsersee. Once you are done watching the scenic beauty here, you need to trail a rocky and narrow path for an hour in order to reach the 2nd lake Wildsee.

The next lake on the trail is the Schottensee. This lake is a popular picnic place and you can also dip your feet in the water to shed all your tiredness. Other lakes in the hike are the Schwarzsee and Baschalvasee. 

Eastern Switzerland

Hiking Duration:
4 hours 30 mins

How Long is the Trail:
11.4 km
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Creux du Van

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The circular cliff formation of Creux du Van is one the best-hiking sites which attract many climbers on a regular basis. The walk around the narrow ledges can be spine chilling for those having vertigo. One side is secured with a rock wall but the other side is revealing a steep valley.

Therefore, if you are hiking with children then you need to be extra careful. Near the Creux du Van there is plenty of space for fun and frolicking. You can see many families coming here for a picnic. There are also many restaurants where you can relax and get quick bites.

Location: Neuchatel

Hiking Duration: 4 hours 35 min

How Long is the Trail: 14 km

Uina Gorge

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The high alpine trail from Slingia/Schlinig to the Uina Gorge begins with the Watles chairlift. The hike continues from the base station to the mesmerizing Schlinigtal valley and covers the Sesvennahutte.

From here, the trail through the rocky mountain leads to the Schlinigpass and then to the Swiss Border and finally descends to Uina Gorge. On the way, you can take a tea break and revive at the Slingia/Schlinig village. There are sprawling alpine pastures to where the eye can see. An overnight stay and dining facility is also available for the hikers.

Location: Grisons

Hiking Duration:
2 hours 30 min

How Long is the Trail:
8 km 

Five Lakes Walk

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Zermatt is one of the best hiking towns in Switzerland with numerous hiking sites in the periphery. If you are looking for peaceful hiking in Switzerland then the 5-Seenweg would be the best option to consider. It is an escape from the buzzing city life.

You can get an opportunity to adore the stunning Matterhorn.The five lakes, Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grünsee, Moosjisee, and Leisee proffer a picturesque landscape. The three lakes among the five also present the reflection of Matterhorn. The five lakes walk is indeed a trail to awe at some of the awe-inspiring views of Switzerland.

Location: Zermatt

Hiking Duration: 3 hours

How Long is the Trail: 9.3 km

Saint-Luc to Zinal

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Saint-Luc is popular for the clean atmosphere and the sunlit pathways. The night sky is also something to be looked upon at St-Luc which is why people often come here for stargazing. The Planets Trail observatory at this starting point of an amazing trail is based on the clear sky that St-Luc has to offer.

As you start the hike from here, the land is decorated like the solar system. Each meter here signifies 1 million km in space. As you proceed to the end of the hike, you come across the historic sites of the valley.

Hotel Weisshorn is your first stop, with an isolated viewpoint this historic hotel is accessible to tourists. From here you trail down to the Zinal village that has ancient sun-drenched houses and a spectacular museum that exhibits rustic souvenirs. 

Location: Valais

Hiking Duration: 2 hours

Hiking Tips: 
Wear sturdy shoes as the hike can be bumpy at times.
                     Pack refreshments for a long hike.
                     How Long is the Trail: 15 km

Fuorn Pass to Lü

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Fuorn Pass also known as Often Pass is one of the best hiking towns in Switzerland from where various trails lead to different destinations. One such trail leads to the small village of Lu snuggled in the alpine grasslands. The walk from the Fuorn Pass descends through hills and mountains to Lu giving unescapable views during the hike. 

Location: Graubunden

Hiking Duration: 4 hours

How Long is the Trail: 11 km 

Around the Gastlosen

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Hiking in Switzerland is incomplete without trailing the limestone mountain range, Gastlosen. The hike begins from the Jaun base station from where a chairlift will whisk you up to the Musersbergli Chalet.

You can find some shops and grab snacks for your long hike ahead. The first stop on this circular trail is the Chalet du Soldat which offers gawking views of Switzerland. Next is to climb the steep rocks to reach Worfs Ort for getting the most enticing views. 

From this point at Worfs Ort, in order to get back to the chairlift station, you have to walk downhill past the Gastlosen. This part of the hike is undoubtedly the best in the whole trek as you can see the marvelous Bernese Alps on the sides.  

Location: Saanen 

Hiking Duration: 3 hours

How Long is the Trail: 11 km 
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23 January 2020
The Mount Titlis Day Tour with Cable Car was a delightful experience for me. I was traveling with my spouse. The views were gorgeous and something that I can never forget about, it was dramatically gorgeous. If you are visiting Switzerland then Mount Titlis cable car ride is a great way to spend some time in the arms of nature and enjoy a great time. I was also able to capture some really good photos of the cute little snow penguins.
10 February 2020
The fully rotating cable car experience topped with interacting with the snow penguins makes for a really fun time to enjoy. I recommend everyone should once visit the Mount Titlis and do the Cable Car ride. And I must say that the view from the cable car was amazing.
04 November 2019
It was great to spend such a great evening enjoying a ton of fun activities. I had a lot fun sledding and I must say that the fondue dinner was delicious. Fun and food, a great way to spend a night indeed.
10 December 2019
The dinner was on point, the activities were really fun and I along with my kids had a lot of fun exploring the night night sledding experience. If you are in interlaken you have to take one night out and enjoy this thrilling adventure with your family or your friends. The drinks served were also delicious.
19 September 2019
The best fun I had at night in Switzerland was with sulwald Sledding experience at Interlaken. The activities are really organized and the guide gives thorough instruction about the details of the night. I must say that these instructions can get really boring but the guide found a way to make it really fun. I and my partner I was able to get into the action really fast with Sledging which followed dinner. All in all, I must thank Thrillophilia for making our night adventurous.
24 October 2019
Chamonix Mont Blanc Day Tour was an amazing experience. We could visit a number of tourist attractions and sight the mesmerizing views of the white mountains. A delightful and fun filled tour indeed. Thanks to the team Thrillophilia and our guide for making it happen.
The overall service was satisfactory and very cost effective at the same time.
05 October 2019
The experience of being received at the Zurich Airport was very smooth. The car had arrived at the location on time and we had a very comfortable ride.
10 February 2020
The place is perfect for half a day trip. It takes around 5 hours to completely enjoy every part of the museum and it is the place worth visiting. Everything about the museum is great, I mean the first thought in my head when I heard the museum was boring but the Swiss Museum Of Transport is completely opposite. There are a ton of fun activities to do and cars to admire.
28 August 2019
We took a ton of pictures and explored a number of ancient and modern transportation vehicles. Overall, a fun place to visit.

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People Also Ask About Switzerland

  1. Do you have to pay to hike in Switzerland?

    You do not have to pay for going on a trail in Switzerland as most of the hiking sites are public. However, if you take up any public transport for going up or down then you would need to pay the necessary charge. These charges vary from one hiking site to another. The tourists with a Swiss card are often given a relaxation of 50% on the tickets of mountain railways and cable cars.
  2. Where should I stay in Switzerland for hiking?

    The best places to stay for hiking in Switzerland include places that have popular hiking sites in the closest periphery. Most hiking lovers prefer Interlaken, Lucerne, Zermatt, and Grindelwald. These towns in Switzerland from where you can go on a day excursion to numerous hiking destinations.
  3. Where can I hike in Zurich?

    There are many notorious mountains in the immediate vicinity of Zurich where you can go hiking. You can choose among over 600 hiking trails near Zurich based upon their distance, hiking duration and how strenuous they are. The mesmerizing views that these sites provide can also be a basis of distinguishing whether you should take up the trail or not. Crest High Soots, Trail Pfannenstiel and Lagern Ridge Hike are one of the best hiking trails near Zurich.
  4. How long does it take to hike the Swiss Alps?

    Hiking the Swiss Alps takes different time depending upon the difficulty level of the trail. It also depends on your physical fitness as well as how many photo-breaks you take during the hike. Usually, an average hike would take 2-3 hours however, some longer trails may take up to 5 hours.

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