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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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2005
  • Walks in the Engadine - Switzerland
  • A walking guidebook to 100 day walks in the Engadine, Val Bregaglia, neighbouring valleys and the Engadine National Park. Varying from gentle rambles to adventurous high-level routes for the experienced mountain walker. Each route ranges from 2 to 10 miles long, visiting forests and meadows, high mountain landscapes, lakes and passes. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2005
  • Engadine Walks
  • Walks in the Engadine is accomplished walker Kev Reynolds’ Cicerone guide to the best walking opportunities in Switzerland’s only National Park. The guide covers the Engadine valley, tucked way in the south east-corner of Switzerland, and the location for some of the most sublime villages in the Alps. There are various walks past mighty peaks... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2005
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2005
  • Wandelgids Walks in the Engadine / 100 Walks and Treks in Engadin | Cicerone
  • Uitstekende wandelgids van dit geweldige gebied. goed beschreven met veel praktische informatie om de route te kunnen lopen, inclusief redelijke kaarten. Tucked away in the south-east corner of Switzerland, the Engadine is a region of sublime lakes and mountains, pretty alpine villages and the country’s only national park. Kev Reynolds... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2005
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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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2012
  • Swiss Alps
  • This, the latest volume in Cicerone`s World Mountain Ranges series, is a unique planning resource for mountain activists in the Swiss Alps. Not a guidebook describing specific routes, rather it is a book that provides all the information needed for a variety of mountainous pursuits, be it walking, trekking, climbing or ski mountaineering.... Read more
The Book Depository
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
eBooks.de
Germany
2012
  • Reynolds, Kev: 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids The Swiss Alps | Cicerone
  • The Swiss Alps are home to the highest and most spectacular mountains in Western Europe. This stunning guidebook describes each mountain area throughout Switzerland – the peaks, passes, valleys and bases – to help you identify the best destinations to plan your trip. Questions such as ‘Where to walk, climb or ski?’; ‘What multi-day treks are... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2009
  • Lake Geneva & Western Switzerland: Car Tours, Train Rides and Walks
  • Lake Geneva and Western Switzerland in the Sunflower Landscapes guide series; exploring the best walking and touring possibilities in the region or area. Detailed information about touring by hired car or public transport, as well as on foot, is provided, helping walkers to navigate and plan day-trips. Shorter strolls are also included as an... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Wandelgids Geneva and Western Switzerland | Sunflower books
  • Wandelgids: vele dagtochten worden degelijk beschreven met openbaar vervoer informatie, goede routebeschrijvingen en kaartmateriaal. Tevens enkele autotochten. Deze gids staat goed bekend! Engelstalig A country blessed with a most dramatic and spectacular landscape. Mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, gorges, and waterfalls are plentiful... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Grindelwald - Wengen - Müren 50K Hallwag Outdoor Map No. 17
  • Grindelwald area of the Bernese Oberland, with Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, Mürren and Interlaken, plus the peaks of Jungfau anf the Eiger at 1:50,000 in a series from Hallwag covering Switzerland’s popular hiking regions on light, waterproof and tear-resistant maps highlighting long-distance paths: the nine national routes plus special regional... Read more
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United Kingdom
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Netherlands
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Goms - Aletsch
  • Goms - Aletsch area of the Bernese Oberland at 1:50,000 in a series from Hallwag covering Switzerland’s popular hiking regions on light, waterproof and tear-resistant maps highlighting long-distance paths: the nine national routes plus special regional routes, as well as other local hiking trails.Cartography is similar to that used both in... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Gstaad - Lenk - Adelboden 33K Swisstopo Hiking Map No. 3304T
  • Gstaad - Lenk - Adelboden area of the western Bernese Oberland at 1:33,333 on light, waterproof and tear-resistant map No. 3304T published by Swisstopo in cooperation with the Swiss Hiking Federation. Cartography is the same as in Swisstopo’s 50K hiking maps, simply enlarged to 1:33,333 for extra clarity but without additional information.... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 3304T Gstaad-Lenk-Adelboden | Swisstopo
  • Een nieuwe serie van de Zwitserse topografische dienst: eindelijk goede wandelkaarten met ingetekende wandelroutes op scheur- en watervast papier. Vooralsnog zijn ze uitgebracht van de populaire wandelgebieden en niet landelijk dekkend (zie overzicht) Op een gedetailleerde schaal van 1:33.333 met als ondergrond de onovertroffen topografische... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • Schweiz - Östlicher Teil - Zentralschweiz MARCO POLO Karten 1:200.000
  • Es ist gut zu wissen, wo sich die bedeutenden kulturellen und landschaftlichen Sehenswürdigkeiten befinden. Das präzise und klar lesbare Kartenbild der MARCO POLO Karte führt Sie nicht nur zu diesen wirklich interessanten Stellen, sondern zeigt Ihnen außerdem noch viele andere wissenswerte Details. Dank des großen Maßstabs 1:200 000 können Sie... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • Schweiz - Westlicher Teil MARCO POLO Karten 1:200.000
  • Es ist gut zu wissen, wo sich die bedeutenden kulturellen und landschaftlichen Sehenswürdigkeiten befinden. Das präzise und klar lesbare Kartenbild der MARCO POLO Karte führt Sie nicht nur zu diesen wirklich interessanten Stellen, sondern zeigt Ihnen außerdem noch viele andere wissenswerte Details. Dank des großen Maßstabs 1:200 000 können Sie... Read more
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Germany
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  • Wandelkaart 32 Crans-Montana | Kümmerley & Frey
  • Zeer duidelijke wandelkaart van een deel van Zwitserland. Deze kaart - gemaakt op scheur en watervast papier - is bedoeld voor de gewone en gemiddelde bergwandelaar. Ook voor huttentochten is deze zeker geschikt. Slechts voor de gevorderde wandelaar die glesjers gaat overschrijden zijn de 25.000 topografische kaarten aan te raden. Op deze... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart - Topografische kaart 1184 Payerne | 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
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  • Wandelkaart - Topografische kaart 296 Chiasso | Swisstopo
  • Deze kaart is onderdeel van de 1:50.000 serie van de topografische kaarten van de Zwitserse topografische dienst, die in 78 delen het hele land bestrijkt. Deze kaarten zijn beroemd en gewaardeerd om het geweldige kleurgebruik voor reliëf en hoogte door schaduwwerking. De kaarten geven bijna een 3D beeld van het landschap. De hoogtelijnen kennen... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart - Topografische kaart 1127 Solothurn | 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
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Netherlands
  • Topografische kaart 238 Montafon | Swisstopo
  • Deze kaart is onderdeel van de 1:50.000 serie van de topografische kaarten van de Zwitserse topografische dienst, die in 78 delen het hele land bestrijkt. Deze kaarten zijn beroemd en gewaardeerd om het geweldige kleurgebruik voor reliëf en hoogte door schaduwwerking. De kaarten geven bijna een 3D beeld van het landschap. De hoogtelijnen kennen... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart - Topografische kaart 1353 Lugano - Tessin | 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
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  • Wandelkaart 270T Genève | Swisstopo
  • Deze kaart is onderdeel van de 1:50.000 serie van de topografische kaarten van de Zwitserse topografische dienst, die in 78 delen het hele land bestrijkt. Deze kaarten zijn beroemd en gewaardeerd om het geweldige kleurgebruik voor reliëf en hoogte door schaduwwerking. De kaarten geven bijna een 3-D beeld van het landschap. De hoogtelijnen... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 20 Surselva - Valsertal | Kümmerley & Frey
  • Zeer duidelijke wandelkaart van een deel van Zwitserland. Deze kaart - gemaakt op scheur en watervast papier - is bedoeld voor de gewone en gemiddelde bergwandelaar. Ook voor huttentochten is deze zeker geschikt. Slechts voor de gevorderde wandelaar die glesjers gaat overschrijden zijn de 25.000 topografische kaarten aan te raden. Op deze... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • 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
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Complete Tour du Mont Blanc (Huts) Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Self guided walk following the Classic Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland. The Complete Tour du Mont Blanc starts and finishes in Les Houches and covers every step of this classic Alpine trek through France, Italy and Switzerland. For the serious walker with a sense of aesthetic there really is no other option for the Tour... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • 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
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Walker's Haute Route (East) - Arolla to Zermatt
  • 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
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Best of the Bernese Oberland In Style
  • Stay 7 nights in historic 4-star hotels in the Bernese Oberland on this flexible self-guided walking tour. Stay 7 nights in historic 4-star hotels with views to die for, whilst enjoying a choice of alpine walks beneath the peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, icons of the Swiss Alps. Each evening, you’ve the option to dine at your gourmet... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Relaxed Tour du Mont Blanc (Comfort)
  • Self guided trek staying in hotels following the Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland. Enjoy every moment of your complete Tour du Mont Blanc with an extra two nights to give you plenty of time to take in the views and enjoy the towns along the trail. Staying in hand-picked hotels and refuges with private rooms the relaxed... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Highlights of the Bernese Oberland In Style
  • 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
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Bernese Oberland: The Bear Trail Short Break
  • A short break walking adventure exploring the highlights of the Bernese Oberland. Walk beneath the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau as you explore the Bernese Oberland. Wengen, Grindelwald and Meiringen are your stops on the Bear Trail. This is one of Switzerland’s most popular trails, packed highlights as you walk the Kleine and Grosse Scheidegg, and... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Complete Tour du Mont Blanc Trek in Comfort Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Self guided trek staying in hotels following the Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland. Walk the complete Tour du Mont Blanc, through France, Italy and Switzerland, staying in comfortable accommodation each night. It’s the perfect Alpine trek for those who prefer their trekking in comfort. Since de Saussure first walked... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • 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
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Self Guided Walking Tour of the Val d'Anniviers
  • A self-guided walking tour of Switzerland's Val d'Anniviers. Stretching south from Sierre in the Rhone Valley to the Matterhorn the Val d’Anniviers is filled with snow capped peaks, perfectly preserved alpine villages and wild flower filled meadows. This walk through the Val d’Anniviers follows the Tour of the Val d’Anniviers from Sierre to St... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Highlights of the Tour du Mont Blanc in Comfort Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Self guided trek focusing on the best sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc staying in hotels. Since The Tour du Mont Blanc was inaugurated as a GR in 1952 it has gained a reputation as one of the world’s classic treks. This route around Mont Blanc through France, Switzerland and Italy explores takes in the very best sections of the Tour du Mont... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • 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
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Bernese Oberland: The Bear Trail
  • A self-guided walking tour along Bernese Oberland's Bear Trail. Enjoy classic Swiss alpine walking beneath the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau as you explore the Bernese Oberland. Picture-postcard Wengen, Grindelwald and Meiringen nestle amongst the high peaks of this stunning region as you follow one of Switzerland’s most popular long distance walks. ... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Classic Tour du Mont Blanc Trek in Comfort Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Self guided trek staying in hotels following the Classic Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland. Our Classic Tour du Mont Blanc in comfort covers the majority on the Tour du Mont Blanc over 8 walking days. Perfect for those who prefer their trekking in comfort you stay in hotels and refuges with private rooms. Your trek... Read more
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  • emputt 2016-02-16 01:35:28
  • 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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