While you can travel across Switzerland via train or bus to take in the sights, hiking offers the best way to slowly view the beauty of this scenic country. No matter what your level of fitness, there’s a hike that will let you comfortably see the country on foot. We have 32 ideas organized by region that ensure you take home memories that will last a lifetime.
St. Saphorin - Lutry (Lake Geneva Region)
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces: The Swiss Wine Route
This three-hour hike on the Vineyard Trail takes you from St. Saphorin to Lutry. Hike across terraces to take in the views over Lake Geneva. Along the way, discover local delicacies from pubs and wines from the cellars of winegrowers.
Rue du Théâtre 5
+41 (0) 848 86 84 84
Soubey - St. Ursanne (Neuchâtel / Jura / Bernese Jura)
Following the Doubs: The Swiss Water Trail
With France on one side and Switzerland on the other, this hike along the Doubs River takes you on a journey through a picturesque valley. The riverside path between Soubey and St. Ursanne ventures along almost untouched riverscape with fish taverns and swimming areas along the way.
Place Roger Schaffter
+41 (0)32 420 47 73
The Irrigation Channels of Nendaz: The Historic Water Trail
Follow along historic water channels that quench the thirst of the steep Valais hillsides on this hike. The irrigation channels of this region help the farmers in this area water their crops. The suonen, or irrigation channels, are dug into the ground, hang from rocks or find a home carved from them.
+41 (0)27 289 55 89
Charmey – Gruyères (Fribourg Region)
Chemin du Gruyère: The Swiss Chocolate and Cheese Trail
This three-hour hike takes you on a journey between the spa baths of Charmey and the castle and cheese factory of Gruyeres. The hike is part of the Alpine Panorama Trail from SwitzerlandMobility. See the future nature reserve of Gruyere Pays-d’Enhaut, walk by the coves of the artificial lake Lac de Motsalvens and through the spectacular Jaunbach Gorge on this hike.
La Gruyère Tourisme
Rue du Bourg 1
Case postale 123
+41 (0) 848 424 424
Bettmerhorn - Fiescheralp (Valais)
Aletsch Panoramaweg: The Swiss Glacier Trail
This four-hour hike along Europe’s longest glacier takes you through the Bettmerhorn mountain station to high above the Aletsch Glacier that leads toward Lake Märjelen. Flagstones make the mountain trail easily accessible.
+41 (0)27 928 60 60
Eigergletscher - Grindelwald (Bernese Oberland)
Eiger Trail: The Swiss Alpine Experience Trail
Rock climbers will love the routes on Eiger Trail, but for hikers, the view can be just as incredible from below. The two-hour Eiger Trail hike runs close to the vertically dropping rock face from the Jungfrau Railways’ Eigergletscher station to Alpiglen.
+41 (0)33 854 12 12
Rütli - Bauen (Central Switzerland)
The Swiss Path: The William Tell Path
Take two days to discover 26 cantons along the Swiss Path around Lake Uri. Start with a three-hour panoramic hike in Rütli. Then climb up 850 steps to Seelisberg and its bathing lake. Then hike down to Bauen with its Mediteranean feel.
+41 (0)41 820 15 63
Bannalp - Engelberg (Central Switzerland)
Walenpfad: The Swiss Cableway Experience Trail
Explore central Switzerland in one of 100 cable railways that carry you up to some of the most beautiful hiking areas. Try the four-hour Walen Trail hike by staring in a 15-passenger cable railway to the Bannalp that ends with an open panorama cabin to Engelberg.
Engelberg-Titlis Tourismus AG
+41 (0)41 639 77 77
Sonogno - Lavertezzo (Ticino)
Sentiero Verzasca: The Swiss White Water Trail
For the culturally stimulated, the Swiss White Water Trail provides art from internationally renowned painters on a four-hour journey. Hike along the green river that winds its way through the Verzasca Valley with its arched Roman bridges. Between Sonogno and Lavertezzo you can find the “Sentiero per l’arte” (the Art Trail) tucked between mountains and valleys.
Tourist Office Tenero e Val Verzasca
Via al Giardino 3
+41 (0)91 745 16 61
Champlönch - Il Fuorn (Graubünden)
National Park Trail: The Swiss Family Trail
Your kids will enjoy this hike with its virtual companions that accompany you along the way. Starting in Marchet, the new Champlönch Children’s Trail includes 10 virtual companions who appear at regular intervals on a hired GPS device. The two-and-a-half-hour hike includes a booklet with CD.
+41 (0)81 851 41 41
Senda Ruinaulta: The Swiss Rhine Gorge Route
Hike through the Swiss Rhine Gorge to see where the Vorderrhein has eaten 400 meters into the limestone cliffs of the Ruinaulta. Get a bird’s eye view of the valley on the lookout platform Il Spir.
Reservation Flims Laax Falera
+41 (0)81 927 77 77
Schwägalp - Kronberg (Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein)
Appenzell Alpine Trail: The Swiss Flower Route
Schedule a hike along the Appenzell Alpine Trail during the early summer to experience the beauty of flowers in bloom. Behind you, the Alpstein massif with the dominant Mount Säntis dominates your view, while in front of you sits Appenzell hill country up to Lake Constance.
+41 (0) 71 788 96 41
Preda - Bergün (Graubünden)
Historic Railway Trail: From Preda to Bergün
Follow the Historic Railway Trail through 39 tunnels, 55 bridges and hike over 1,123 meters in altitude. This hike follows the Albula Line of the Rhaetian Railway between Thusis and St. Moritz.
Bergün Filisur Tourismus
+41 (0)81 407 11 52
Splügen - Isola (Graubünden)
ViaSpluga: The mule track over the Splügen Pass
The 65-km ViaSpluga runs from Thusis through the Viamala Gorge, the Roffla Gorge and on stone paths over Splügen Pass to Chiavenna. Shorten the hike by starting in the Walser village of Splügen to Isola in Italy, where you’ll find the most beautiful historic remains of the mule track.
+41 (0)81 650 90 30
Malbun (Eastern Switzerland/Liechtenstein)
Fürstin Gina Path: Panoramic circular hike
View some of the stunning scenery in Liechtenstein along the Fürstin Gina Path. In 1989 the government of the Principality of Liechtenstein declared the entire Alp region of their country, except for the grazing areas, a plant conservation area. One of the most stunning views is the peak of the Augstenberg at 2,222 meters that overlooks the mountains of Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland.
Tourist Office Malbun
+423 263 65 77
Alt St.Johann (Eastern Switzerland/Liechtenstein)
Wildenmannlisloch Trail: Alt St.Johann Strichboden – Alp Selamatt
Start this hike with a ride on the Holzkistenbahn cable car from Starkenbach to Strichboden. From there, you can hike two hours on the Toggenburg alpine path to Alp Selamatt on a trail that keeps you below the zigzagging Churfirsten peaks. Along the way, you pass Wildenmannlisloch and its caves meant to explore.
+41 (0)71 999 99 11
Basel - Kaiseraugst (Basel Region)
The Rheinpfad: From Basel to Kaiseraugst
For a view of the Rhine, take this easy hike between Basel and Kaiseraugst. You can explore the important economic and cultural spots along the way.
+41 (0)61 268 68 68
Üetliberg - Felsenegg (Zurich Region)
The Panorama Trail: From Üetliberg to Felsenegg
Start this hike by train to the top of Üetliberg 871 meters above Zurich. Take an easy hike high above Zurich that ends with a gondola ride on Felsenegg down to Adliswil, where the S-Bahn runs back to Zurich.
+41 (0)44 215 40 00
Schaffhausen - Rheinau (Eastern Switzerland/Liechtenstein)
The Rheinfall waterfalls: From Schaffhausen to Rheinau
The ViaRhenana, one of Switzerland’s longest hiking trails, takes 10 days to cover. Along the way pass by the historic waterway between Untersee and Hochrhein. Or pick out a favor part of the hike and start in Schaffhausen for a four-hour hike to Rheinau to see its baroque monastery church.
+41 (0)52 632 40 20
Aarau - Schinznach-Bad (Schweizer Mittelland)
Aargauer Trail: From Aarau to Habsburg.
Along the secluded Aargauer Trail, see centuries old small towns nestled along the riverbank. Above, castles and palaces spot the landscape.
aarau info Verkehrsbüro
+41 (0)62 834 10 34
Lüderenalp - Mettlenalp (Schweizer Mittelland)
The Napf region: The Emmentaler ridge walk
This alpine hike takes you from the Lüderenalp on the Napf along a narrow path and past rustic inns. The Alps, the Mittelland and the Jura create the backdrop for this hike. At the summit, a imountain hotel awaits.
+41 (0)34 402 42 52
Grimsel - Handegg (Bernese Oberland)
ViaSbrinz: Grimsel Pass-Handegg mule track
This hike follows an old mule track from the Grimsel Pass to Handegg. Along the way you encounter the Kraftwerke Oberhasli power company where you can tour the facilities, view the region from the dam above the access tunnel or venture along the works railway.
Kraftwerke Oberhasli AG
+41 (0)33 982 26 26
Griesalp - Oeschinen (Bernese Oberland)
This two-day hike starts with the steepest post bus route in Europe to Bundalp to the top of Hohtürli Pass and into the unique world of glaciers on the northern flank of Blüemlisalp. The second stage runs down to the paradise of Lake Oeschinen, where the cable car to Kandersteg awaits.
Col du Pillon - Sanetsch (Lake Geneva Region)
Quille du Diable: Glacier des Diablerets
Start this hike with a ride on a gondola cable railway up to almost 3,000 meters and into the futuristic mountain station. There you can find a glacier with a small amusement park. Hike along the Sanetsch Pass to find an alpine landscape with inns and their homemade fare.
Glacier 3000 Diablerets - Gstaad
Maison du Tourisme
1865 Les Diablerets
+41 (0)24 492 28 14
Schwarzenburg - Fribourg (Schweizer Mittelland)
The Way of St. James: Schwarzenburg-Fribourg
Venture along the trail walked by the Jakobspilger — the St. James pilgrims — since the Middle Ages. The pilgrimage leads to Santiago de Compostela. Along the way find the ViaJacobi, a five-hour walk from Schwarzenburg to Fribourg.
+41 (0)31 731 13 91
Noiraigue (Neuchâtel/Jura/Bernese Jura)
Creux du Van: Round trip in the Val de Travers
Look down on the Creux du Van across Lake Neuchâtel, a natural amphitheater surrounded by a 500-meter wall. From high above on the ridge you can see this natural phenomena.
Hôtel des Postes
Case postale 3176
+41 (0)32 889 68 90
Mollendruz - Marchairuz (Lake Geneva Region)
Mont Tendre: From Mollendruz to Marchairuz
For a view of the Jura Vaudois Nature Reserve, try the Mont Tendre Trail. The five-hour hike starts in Col du Mollendruz to ascend 500 meters to Mont Tendre and back down to Col du Marchairuz. Once you’re in the Jura Vaudois Nature Reserve, you can explore the 523 kilometers of marked trails.
Genève - La Plaine
Sentier du Rhône: From the city on the Rhone River
Explore Geneva on foot with this hike along the Rhone and out into the countryside. Most of the trail follows the river bank, where you can find more than 70 animal species.
Genève Tourisme & Congrès
rue du Mont-Blanc 18
Case postale 1602
1211 Genève 1
+41 (0)22 909 70 00
Seenweg Zermatt: Blauherd-Lake Stelli-Riffelalp
In Zermatt, a network of trails scampers about high in the mountains. Take a cable car up to 3,000 meters to discover these hikes. In Blauherd, you can start a hike at 2,500 meters.
+41 (0)27 966 81 00
Acquacalda - Ritom (Ticino)
Passo del Sole: From Acquacalda to Lake Ritom
Hike from Acquacalda over the Passo del Sole to Lake Ritom you experience a diverse natural view of Switzerland. Stay at a simple albergo to savor these panoramic views.
Monte Lema - Monte Tamaro (Ticino)
Sentiero in Cresta: Monte Lema – Monte Tamaro
For a classic high-altitude hike, head to the ridge walk from Monte Lema to Monte Tamaro. The hike from Valle Levantina overlooks the surrounding valleys up into the Pennine Alps in the west and the Grisons Alps in the east.
Casella postale 6080
41 (0)91 913 32 32
San Salvatore: High altitude trail to Morcote
View Lugano’s landmarks from Monte San Salvatore offers splendid views on all sides with its numerous hiking trails. The tour from the summit takes you through chestnut forests along the lake to Morcote. Get to the top with the railway that takes only 12 minutes to ascend 909 meters from Lugano-Paradiso.
Casella postale 6080
+41 (0)91 913 32 32