Switzerland

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Matterhorn

For the ultimate alpine experience, Switzerland is the place to be. Matterhorn, Jungfrau, Monte Rosa or Piz Bernina, these are just a few of the fifty peaks over four-thousand meters high. Famous massifs include Berner Oberland, Wallis (Valais) and Jura, and there are many, many more. Wintertime is for the skiing jet-set of course, but in summer, from July until September, hiking trails and mountain huts are open all across the country. Popular are the regions of Valais (Wallis) with the Jungfrau and the Aletsch glacier, Graubünden in the east, Tessin (Ticino) in the south, and Fribourg in the west.

There are 6 official national long distance hiking trails, and 53 regional long distance trails. This number is growing. European long distance trail E1, E2 (small tip), E4 and E5 pass through Switzerland, coinciding with national trails. The Swiss Alps are literally strewn with more than 150 excellent mountain huts for hikers to stay overnight and have a meal. In the height of summer the huts in popular regions can get crowded. Given all the information available on the internet, in guide-books and on maps, you can easily plan your own hiking itinerary from hut to hut, combining day-hikes into a multi-day itinerary ranging from an easy hike with kids to crossing glaciers in full gear for the experienced mountaineer.

In addition, no other country in Europe is so completely neat and orderly as Switzerland. Truly everything is well-organized, from cable cars to accommodation, from trail maintenance to waymarking, from maps and guidebooks to around the clock alpine rescue from the air. The Swiss Alpine Club even boasts the world's most futuristic mountain hut, the dazzling New Monte Rosa Hut, to be opened late in 2009. If it were possible to order fine weather in advance, the Swiss would surely be the first to offer this service.

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  • Lonely Planet Switzerland
  • Nobody knows Switzerland like our resident European authors. Whether it's walking through spectacular Alpine valleys, dining at the cosmopolitan Swiss table or relaxing in an eco-friendly spa, this 6th edition will tell you how to go about it at the right price.Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every... Read more
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  • Lonely Planet Switzerland
  • Nobody knows Switzerland like our resident European authors. Whether it's walking through spectacular Alpine valleys, dining at the cosmopolitan Swiss table or relaxing in an eco-friendly spa, this 6th edition will tell you how to go about it at the right price.Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every... Read more
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  • The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide
  • Explore Your German Ancestry!Follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Baden, Prussia, Hesse, Saxony, Wurttemburg and beyond. This in-depth genealogy guide will walk you step by step through the exciting journey of researching your German heritage, whether your ancestors came from lands now in modern-day Germany or other... Read more
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  • The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide
  • Explore Your German Ancestry!Follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Baden, Prussia, Hesse, Saxony, Wurttemburg and beyond. This in-depth genealogy guide will walk you step by step through the exciting journey of researching your German heritage, whether your ancestors came from lands now in modern-day Germany or other... Read more
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  • MN Europa El Balad
  • These are notes written by Egyptian travelers; travelers who have not reached their destinations yet These travelers believe that life is not measured by the number of years you live, but by the depth and value of the feelings and experiences that people go through. These travelers trotted through Germany, Canada, Belgium, America, Somalia,... Read more
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  • MN Europa El Balad
  • These are notes written by Egyptian travelers; travelers who have not reached their destinations yet These travelers believe that life is not measured by the number of years you live, but by the depth and value of the feelings and experiences that people go through. These travelers trotted through Germany, Canada, Belgium, America, Somalia,... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2009
  • Geneva & Western Switzerland
  • 8 car tours, many suggestions for train, funicular and cable car rides, 150 long and short walks (of which 36 are specially tailored to motorists) Longer than the normal 'Landscapes' guide, this book covers a lot of ground - from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Swiss Jura, the Bernese Oberland and the valleys of the Valais. Although a car is... Read more
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Belgium
2009
  • Geneva & Western Switzerland
  • 8 car tours, many suggestions for train, funicular and cable car rides, 150 long and short walks (of which 36 are specially tailored to motorists) Longer than the normal 'Landscapes' guide, this book covers a lot of ground - from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Swiss Jura, the Bernese Oberland and the valleys of the Valais. Although a car is... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2005
  • Walks In The Engadine
  • Walks in the Engadine contains detailed route descriptions for 100 day walk routes that vary from 2 to 10 miles in length. The routes cover a variety of terrain from luscious meadows and craggy mountains to glaciers and snowpeaks. Most of the walks described in this guidebook have been chosen with a particular viewpoint, lake, alp hamlet, hut... Read more
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Belgium
2005
  • Walks In The Engadine
  • Walks in the Engadine contains detailed route descriptions for 100 day walk routes that vary from 2 to 10 miles in length. The routes cover a variety of terrain from luscious meadows and craggy mountains to glaciers and snowpeaks. Most of the walks described in this guidebook have been chosen with a particular viewpoint, lake, alp hamlet, hut... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2005
  • Wandelgids Walks in the Engadine / 100 Walks and Treks in Engadin | Cicerone
  • This handy guidebook contains detailed route descriptions for 100 day walks in the Engadine and its neighbouring valleys. They vary from gentle family rambles to adventurous high-level routes for the experienced mountain walker. Each route ranges from 2 to 10 miles long and covers a multitude of terrain from forests and meadows to cliff passes. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Dresden Sächsische Schweiz | Marco Polo
  • Handige en overzichtelijke, kleine reisgids voor een eerste kennismaking met de vakantiebestemming. Erleben Sie mit MARCO POLO die traditionsreiche Stadt an der Elbe intensiv vom Frühstück bis zum Nightcap. Mit dem MARCO POLO Reiseführer kommen Sie sofort in Dresden und der Sächsischen Schweiz an und wissen garantiert, „wohin zuerst“. Erfahren... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Biking in Switzerland
  • This guide covers the 9 biking itineraries in Switzerland that are prepared and maintained by the Veloland organization. These touring itineraries include difficult mountain sections that require adequate preparation, but also easy sections that can be done by families with children. Each stage is described with highlights of the localities... Read more
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  • Biking in Switzerland
  • This guide covers the 9 biking itineraries in Switzerland that are prepared and maintained by the Veloland organization. These touring itineraries include difficult mountain sections that require adequate preparation, but also easy sections that can be done by families with children. Each stage is described with highlights of the localities... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Wilderness Light
  • Through his camera's eye Max Schmid sees Switzerland as a unique, primordial "nature park". He portrays impressive mountains, rugged valleys, and alpine landscapes with mountain flora and coursing streams, natural formations in rock and ice. Despite the cliches of an all-too-orderly, urbanized Switzerland dominated by the banking industry, the... Read more
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  • Wilderness Light
  • Through his camera's eye Max Schmid sees Switzerland as a unique, primordial "nature park". He portrays impressive mountains, rugged valleys, and alpine landscapes with mountain flora and coursing streams, natural formations in rock and ice. Despite the cliches of an all-too-orderly, urbanized Switzerland dominated by the banking industry, the... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • Elberadweg von Magdeburg nach Schöna
  • Destination:- Von der Domstadt Magdeburg führen die Ostetappen des Elberadwegs 350 km durch die Auenlandschaften der Biosphärenreservate Mittelelbe und Flusslandschaft Elbe-Brandenburg ins sächsische Elbland, wo in Dresden der Schlussspurt durch die Felsenwelt der Sächsischen Schweiz beginnt. Ziel ist Schöna, der letzte S-Bahnhof vor der... Read more
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Netherlands
  • The Huts of the Swiss Alpine Club
  • The history of the Swiss Alpine Club and the alpinists' first mountain huts go hand in hand - both first appearing in 1863. In 2013, 150 years later 'The Huts of the Swiss Alpine Club' has been published as a celebration of these icons of the Swiss mountain landscape. The huts now belong to the cultural heritage of the Swiss Alps and the... Read more
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  • The Huts of the Swiss Alpine Club
  • The history of the Swiss Alpine Club and the alpinists' first mountain huts go hand in hand - both first appearing in 1863. In 2013, 150 years later 'The Huts of the Swiss Alpine Club' has been published as a celebration of these icons of the Swiss mountain landscape. The huts now belong to the cultural heritage of the Swiss Alps and the... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2012
  • The Swiss Alps
  • A comprehensive guidebook to every mountain area in the Swiss Alps. This handy resource includes information for walking, hiking, trekking, climbing and ski mountaineering. Access, accommodation and facilities in the valley bases and full information about Swiss mountain huts is included to help you make the most out of a trip there. Read more
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2012
  • The Swiss Alps
  • The Swiss Alps are home to the highest and most spectacular mountains in Western Europe, beloved not only of mountaineers, from the earliest days of alpinism to the present day, but also those content simply to gaze and wonder. This unique resource for the climber, walker, trekker and ski mountaineer, the latest volume in Cicerone's World... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2012
  • The Swiss Alps
  • The Swiss Alps are home to the highest and most spectacular mountains in Western Europe, beloved not only of mountaineers, from the earliest days of alpinism to the present day, but also those content simply to gaze and wonder. This unique resource for the climber, walker, trekker and ski mountaineer, the latest volume in Cicerone's World... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2011
  • WF5402 Fränkische Schweiz Kompass
  • Die schönsten Touren mit Top-Routenkarten und Höhenprofilen.De Kompass wandelgids + kaart geeft een overzicht van alle wandelroutes in het gebied met nauwkeurige routeaanwijzingen en hoogteaanduidingen, De extra grote kaart, schaal 1:35 000, is ideaal om van te voren uw route uit te stippelen en om onderweg te gebruiken • naast de bekende... Read more
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Belgium
2011
  • WF5402 Fränkische Schweiz Kompass
  • Die schönsten Touren mit Top-Routenkarten und Höhenprofilen.De Kompass wandelgids + kaart geeft een overzicht van alle wandelroutes in het gebied met nauwkeurige routeaanwijzingen en hoogteaanduidingen, De extra grote kaart, schaal 1:35 000, is ideaal om van te voren uw route uit te stippelen en om onderweg te gebruiken • naast de bekende... Read more
Kompass
Germany
2011
  • KOMPASS Wanderführer Fränkische Schweiz
  • - Fast wie in den Alpen: Die Fränkische Schweiz, der nördliche Teil der Fränkischen Alb, besticht mit ihren markanten Felsformationen, vielen Höhlen und einer bemerkenswerten Dichte an Burgen und Ruinen. - Dieser brandneue Wanderführer präsentiert die Outdoor-Highlights im Gebiet zwischen dem Main, der Regnitz und der Pegnitz. Wanderer sind... Read more
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  • Nürnberg und Umgebung 1:50 000
  • Deze tweedelige Kompass wandelkaart, schaal 1:50 000, is ideaal om uw route uit te stippelen en om onderweg te gebruiken; naast de bekende bestemmingen, worden ook de minder bekende vermeld; openbaar vervoer bij begin- of eindpunt van een route aangegeven; eenvoudige wandelingen tot pittige (berg)tochten, voor getrainde en ongetrainde... Read more
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  • Nürnberg und Umgebung 1:50 000
  • Deze tweedelige Kompass wandelkaart, schaal 1:50 000, is ideaal om uw route uit te stippelen en om onderweg te gebruiken; naast de bekende bestemmingen, worden ook de minder bekende vermeld; openbaar vervoer bij begin- of eindpunt van een route aangegeven; eenvoudige wandelingen tot pittige (berg)tochten, voor getrainde en ongetrainde... Read more
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Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart - Topografische kaart 1255 Splügenpass | Swisstopo
  • Zeer gedetailleerde wandelkaart van een deel van Zwitserland. De topografische details van deze kaarten zijn onovertroffen; de werkelijkheid is perfect weergegeven op deze kaart van uitzonderlijk hoog niveau. Ze zijn geschikt voor alle soorten gebruik: voor eenvoudige wandeltochten in simpel terrein tot zware bergtochten en beklimmingen van de... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Nördliche Fränkische Schweiz, Bayreuth, Bamberg, Coburg 1:50 000
  • . Auf in die Schweiz - aber in die fränkische! Das ist der nördliche Teil der Fränkischen Alb, ein wunderbares Wandergebiet, das im Norden vom Main, im Westen von der Regnitz und im Osten von der Pegnitz begrenzt wird. . Somit erstreckt sich das Gebiet der Fränkischen Schweiz über Teile der Landkreise Bamberg, Bayreuth, Forchheim und... Read more
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  • Nördliche Fränkische Schweiz, Bayreuth, Bamberg, Coburg 1:50 000
  • . Auf in die Schweiz - aber in die fränkische! Das ist der nördliche Teil der Fränkischen Alb, ein wunderbares Wandergebiet, das im Norden vom Main, im Westen von der Regnitz und im Osten von der Pegnitz begrenzt wird. . Somit erstreckt sich das Gebiet der Fränkischen Schweiz über Teile der Landkreise Bamberg, Bayreuth, Forchheim und... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • Nördliche Fränkische Schweiz, Bayreuth, Bamberg, Coburg
  • - Auf in die Schweiz – aber in die fränkische! Das ist der nördliche Teil der Fränkischen Alb, ein wunderbares Wandergebiet, das im Norden vom Main, im Westen von der Regnitz und im Osten von der Pegnitz begrenzt wird. - Somit erstreckt sich das Gebiet der Fränkischen Schweiz über Teile der Landkreise Bamberg, Bayreuth, Forchheim und... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS Wanderkarte Ostseeküste von Lübeck bis Dänemark
  • 2 Karten im Set im Maßstab 1:50000, Karten auf Vorder- und Rückseite - Von Flensburg über Kiel bis Lübeck, landeinwärts bis Rendsburg und hinein in die Holsteinische Schweiz: Das ist das kartografische Angebot dieses KOMPASS-Sets, bestehend aus vier Seiten voller aktueller Informationen – exakt und GPS-genau im Maßstab 1:50000 dargestellt. Die... Read more
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  • A stylish 4-night short break self-guided walking tour, staying in historic 4-star hotels in the Bernese Oberland. An indulgent short walking break taking in the highlights of the Bernese Oberland on foot. Stay in 100-year old family-run 4-star hotels, with fine dining restaurants. Relax in the spa at the end of a rewarding day exploring the... Read more
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  • Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Arolla
  • Trek the Western Section of the Walker's Haute Route from Chamonix to Arolla. Walk the western section of the Walker’s Haute Route from Chamonix to Arolla. Wonderful views of the Mont Blanc Massif and classic Alpine Walking. The Walker’s Haute Route is an iconic high level walk that links the famous towns of Chamonix and Zermatt. This... Read more
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  • Best of the Bernese Oberland
  • A self-guided walking tour with a choice of classic hikes, staying in chalet-style hotels in alpine villages in the Bernese Oberland. Explore the iconic peaks of the Bernese Oberland on foot, with a choice of classic walks between Mürren, Wengen and Grindelwald; Swiss chocolate-box alpine villages framed by the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The... Read more
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  • Walk the Trails of Gruyeres and Gstaad in Switzerland
  • Self guided walking tour exploring Gruyères, Rougemont and Gstaad. Immerse yourself in Swiss tradition on this walking tour exploring Switzerland’s Pays d’Enhaut and Saanenland regions. Experience classic Switzerland in one week-long adventure; fantastic hiking trails, wooden chalets, rich cheese, world-class milk chocolate and countless Alpine... Read more
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  • Grindelwald Trail Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • A self-guided walking holiday in the foothills of the Swiss Alps. Experience the rich, green alpine scenery of the Bernese Oberland on this fantastic walking holiday through the foothills of the Swiss Alps. The mighty peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau surround you as you meander along forest tracks past mountain villages rich in local... Read more
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  • Highlights of the Bernese Oberland
  • A self-guided short break with a choice of flexible walks, staying in chalet-style hotels in Muerren, Wengen & Grindelwald. A short 4-night walking break taking in the must-see highlights of the Bernese Oberland, with a choice of varied hikes at your fingertips. Stay beneath the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in charming family-run chalet-style... Read more
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  • St. Moritz & The Engadine Valley Walking Tour
  • A self guided walking holiday in Switzerland's Engadine Valley. An easy walking tour through the beautiful Engadine Valley, visiting Switzerland’s first and only National Park, St. Moritz and the pretty alpine village of Pontresina. The alpine valley of the Engadine offers the perfect introduction to easy walking in Switzerland. Explore... Read more
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  • Classic Walks of Mont Blanc
  • Self guided walks on classic Mont Blanc trails. Iconic Alpine walking offering sublime mountain views on both sides of the Mont Blanc Massif. Towering Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe is the dominating presence here and you can experience mountain life from both the French and Italian perspectives. Based in the towns of... Read more
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  • High Trail to the Matterhorn
  • A self guided walking holiday along high trails of the Swiss Alps. The Matterhorn is one of the highest mountain peaks in the Alps, its dramatic pyramid peak stands proudly at 4478m. Discover the beauty of this wondrous mountain as you walk along the haute route from Brig down to Zermatt on our self guided walking holiday. Follow the trail... Read more
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  • Walk the Eastern Walker's Haute Route from Arolla to Zermatt. Take on the iconic Eastern section of the Walker’s Haute Route from Arolla to Zermatt. Six days of sublime mountain walking culminating at the foot of the Matterhorn in Zermatt. The Walker’s Haute Route is one of the World’s great treks and the eastern section from Arolla to... Read more
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  • Long distance hike in end of May/June?
  • Hi there,

    I am from the USA and am looking to do a long-distance hike in the end of May through early June, was thinking of doing about 21 days (give or take) and covering anywhere from 100-375km in that time (upper end would have to be an easier trail to cover the distance in my allotted time) and was initially looking into Europe (particularly Germany) but am really up to go anywhere in the world.

    What I want from it:
    - Stunning scenery - ideally GREEN landscape/rolling hills/mountains/forests to rivers to castles, etc etc.
    - Scattered small villages along the trail (they don't have to be every night but maybe every 3 nights at least?)
    - Not super overpopulated

    Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!!
    Emily
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