Switzerland in the warmer months is famed for beautiful rolling meadows, vibrant green hillsides dotted with Alpine cattle, and soaring mountains dusted daintily with snow. The hills are alive indeed; and this time of year they are accessible to hikers and walkers of all abilities!
Switzerland is known for majestic hiking, and top of the list are these three exceptional day hikes…
The Eiger Trail
The three hour Eiger Trail hike is one of Switzerland’s most famous, situated excitingly close to the majestic Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks. These towering Swiss landmarks form a dominating wall on the horizon, viewed spectacularly from the trail. On clear days, you might see climbers dangling from sickening heights on the limestone rock face!
The six kilometre hike takes in iconic Swiss towns (such as Grindelwald, where a visit to cosy eatery ‘Onkel Tom’s Hutte’ comes highly recommended) and even includes an adorable railway ride to Alpiglen.
It is a challenging climb, but the reward is exquisite: the sweeping Swiss views and the culinary delights of Eigergletscher’s Mountain Restaurant- Europe’s highest-altitude confectionery!
Pizol’s Five Lakes
This four hour hike meanders beautifully past five differently colored lakes. The Wangen, Wildsee, Schottensee, Schwarzsee and Baschalvasee lakes were formed from different minerals and geographical influences, and as a result are vastly different shades of splendour- each as stunning as the last!
But the hike is just famed for brightly colored lakes- it features majestic forest, infinite rolling vistas, and awe-inspiring views from above the tree line!
The track winds past a beguiling array of landscapes, and at times is strenuous. But fear not- nearby thermal spa ‘Tamina Therme’ awaits! If the views weren’t reward enough, this decadent Swiss spa is.
Interlaken to Harderkulm
Interlaken is Switzerland’s most famous outdoor adventure town, so it is only fitting that this four hour hike be on your list!
The trail winds through inviting forest, endearing wooden cottages peeking out from among the pine trees as you start to descend higher up the mountain.
Eventually, the forest peters off and the trees open out to reveal quintessentially Swiss vistas- the Monch, Jungfrau and Eiger mountains looming through the pines! There are also majestic views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz from the famous Two Lakes Bridge at the summit.
It is steep, but it rewards with the ultimate visual and culinary climax: utterly mesmerizing views across the Bernese Oberland, from an exceptional mountain-top restaurant serving divine Oberlander rosti.
Created by Melissa Elderfield