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Enjoy Scenery on Foot: 6 Classic Hiking Routes in Switzerland

Enjoy Scenery on Foot: 6 Classic Hiking Routes in Switzerland

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Nov 13, 20191550

Switzerland is a paradise for outdoor hikers, where you can see different landscapes throughout the year. The total length of the hiking trails is longer than 60,000km. This article introduces 5 of the most popular and distinctive hiking routes. If you are interested, you can have a try.

Table of Contents

The Swiss Path: Look for The Origin of The Swiss Confederation
Around Jungfrau: Alpine Walking Tour
5-Seenweg: A Pilgrimage to The Matterhorn
St. Saphorin-Lutry: Walk in The Vineyard Terraces
Heidi Route: Pursue Heidi's Footprints
Alpine Adventure: Hiking Among The Beautiful Mountain Flowers

The Swiss Path: Look for The Origin of The Swiss Confederation

The Swiss Path is a hiking route set up by the Swiss on the shore of Lake Lucerne in 1991 to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the founding of the country. Among the trails more than 62,000km in Switzerland, only this trail is known as the Swiss Path. From Rütli, the origin of the Swiss Confederation, to Bauen on the other side, the length of the trail is 35km. It is recommended to finish it in two days, 6 hours a day. The hiking route is open all year round and is not difficult. A part of it can even be passed by wheelchairs. The whole journey is just like strolling.

Enjoy Scenery on Foot: 6 Classic Hiking Routes in Switzerland

Around Jungfrau: Alpine Walking Tour

There are more than 60 hiking routes in the Jungfrau area for you to choose from, and the total length is 500km. You can get a detailed introduction called Wandern/Hiking at the major train stations and inquiry desks. The most beautiful hiking route is the 6-hour route from the First Peak (2,168 m) near Grindelwald to Schynige Platte (2,068 m). Snowy mountains, lakes, and grassland can all be seen along the way. Especially at the end of the hike at Schynige Platte, the famous Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau in Interlachen are all in front of you, making it one of the best places to admire the three peaks.

Enjoy Scenery on Foot: 6 Classic Hiking Routes in Switzerland

5-Seenweg: A Pilgrimage to The Matterhorn

5-Seenweg is one of the most beautiful hiking routes in Switzerland. It passes by soft grassland, towering mountains and five crystal clear mountain lakes, and you can always see the Matterhorn along the way. You will pass by five small lakes on foot: Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grüensee, Moosjisee and Leisee. Besides Grüensee, the other four lakes all reflect the Matterhorn, and you can take magnificent pictures of the mountain's reflection beside them. The route is 9.3km. The official standard walking time is 2 hours and 30 minutes, with an average altitude of 2,300 meters. There is constantly changing and breathtaking scenery all along the way. Choose this route to walk along, and prepare your body and camera!

St. Saphorin-Lutry: Walk in The Vineyard Terraces

The Swiss Tourism Board's recommended the St. Saphorin-Lutry route starting from St. Saphorin, passing through mountains and vineyards, and finally ending at Lutry. Its total length is 11km, and you need to spend about 3 and a half hours walking it. You can visit the traditional Swiss wineries and taste local wines along the way. Lavaux Vineyard Terraces with the Chillon Castle in the east and the suburbs of Lausanne in the west. All of which stretches for about 40km. It is one of the largest vineyard areas in Switzerland, with 14 well-preserved villages located in it. It was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007. The most suitable tourist season is summer or autumn.

Enjoy Scenery on Foot: 6 Classic Hiking Routes in Switzerland

Heidi Route: Pursue Heidi's Footprints

From Zurich, you can arrive at Maienfeld after an hour's train. If you walk along the Rhine upstream, you can visit the village from the famous Swiss writer Johanna Spyri's novel, Heidi. There are two routes that allow you to pass the attractions related to Heidi, which represent the elder and little Heidi routes in blue and red respectively. Red Little Heidi Route: this is the home of Heidi during winter in the book. You can pass by various attractions related to Heidi in the town. The entire route takes only 1.5 hours, and the slope is gentle and easy to walk. From the Maienfeld visitor center, after passing the green vineyards, you will first see the Heidi Fountain which was built in 1953 to commemorate Mrs. Spyri. Blue Elder Heidi Route: you can go to Heididorf, where Heidi stayed during summer, where you can see Peter's hut and also the classic scene in the book near the top of the mountain – grandpa's cabin. The journey takes about 4 hours on foot.

Enjoy Scenery on Foot: 6 Classic Hiking Routes in Switzerland

Alpine Adventure: Hiking Among The Beautiful Mountain Flowers

The two flower trails under Mount Titlis are easy hiking trails that open in June each year. When the wildflowers bloom in the mountains and meadows, you will be fascinated by the beautiful scenery. The Gerschnialp mountain trail starts from the Gerschnialp cable car station to Untertrübsee, which is 2km long and takes about 40 minutes on foot. The Trubsee mountain trail leads to Trubsee, where you can begin a relaxing walk around the lake. From the Trubsee cable car station to Obertrübsee, you will spend 1 hour walking the 3km path around the beautiful lake.

Enjoy Scenery on Foot: 6 Classic Hiking Routes in Switzerland

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