In winter, Switzerland is a busy ski destination with resorts full of eager snowsports fans. When the snow melts, it’s time for trekkers to take over. Explore the Alps at a slower place on a Switzerland trekking holiday.
Switzerland is covered in mountains, and those mountains are criss-crossed with trekking routes to explore spectacular areas such as the Matterhorn, Lake Silvaplana in the Engadine Valley, the Jungfrau region and Lugano.
In the past, these would have been the only way for travellers to find their way across the mountains. Today, they are the best way to see this spectacular country. Travel between May and October for snow-free trekking (but bear in mind that high in the mountains, snow can happen unexpectedly!).
Trekking in Switzerland can mean anything from gentle day hikes to tough multi-day treks over difficult ground. If you want to trek at the easier end of the spectrum, most big ski resorts such as St Moritz, Saas Fee, Crans Montana, Verbier and Zermatt will keep some of their lifts open for the summer season, to get hikers up the mountain. From there, just follow the yellow signs for marked trails.
If you’re after some demanding multi-day trekking, you’ll be able to stay overnight in local villages, mountain refuges or possibly wild camp (it is allowed in some areas, but not in others). The Via Alpina is one of the most popular and spectacular long-distance trails, running across the Alps.
A trek up the Jungfrau has to rate as one of Switzerland’s must-dos. You can make it easy by taking cable cars and mountain railways up much of the way, or make it hard and just trek. Either way, the views from the top over Europe’s highest peaks are unforgettable.
Switzerland is brilliantly set up for trekking, with well marked trails everywhere you go. Take a Switzerland trekking trip and enjoy some of the best scenery in Europe.