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There’s no experience you’ll have that can beat Swiss hiking. The country has more than 60,000 km of well-marked trails for any adventurous soul to follow. It’s an experience you can’t miss, from the snow-laden peaks, to clear lakes, to monstrous glaciers. No matter how many Swiss hiking holidays you take, you’re bound to discover new scenery.

Here are five popular Swiss hiking trails.

1. The Eiger Trail

Hiking the Eiger Trail in Switzerland.

Hiking the Eiger Trail in Switzerland. Photo by Linda Aksomitis.

If you’ve been listening to Swiss hiking stories, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the Eiger mountain’s challenging northern side. To reach the Eiger trail, you take the train from Grindelwald up to Kleine Scheidegg, where you switch trains and then exit at the Eiger Trail sign.

Experienced climbers carefully ascend down a rocky face while experiencing breathtaking views of the Jungfrau and the Monch mountains. If you manage to get to the end of the trail, all your hard work will be worth it once you see the Grindelwald valley’s breathtaking views spread out before you.

2. Aletsch Arena

Great Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland.

Great Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland. Image by Erich Westendarp from Pixabay

Anyone hiking in Switzerland just for the exploration will enjoy the 300 km of trails that the Aletsch Arena has to offer. The best path on the Aletsch Arena is easily the Aletsch Panoramaweg that winds up mountain footpaths to grant you the Great Aletsch Glacier’s best views.

Or, you may want to explore the top of Europe — Jungfraujoch — as well as hike. There, you’ll find an ice palace, snowfun park, and the 900 m deep icy Aletsch Glacier.

The Great Aletsch Glacier comprises more than 26 billion tons of ice and has an impressive length of 23 k. It is Europe and Switzerland’s biggest glacier, so if you do manage this trail, you’ll make a great achievement.

The Aletsch Arena should be at the top on your Swiss hiking holiday as the Aletsch-Jungfrau region is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. Get a cable car from the Rhone Valley and get into the Aletsch region elevated at 2,000 metres.

3. Wildhaus to Santis

Wildhaus, Switzerland

Wildhaus, Switzerland. Photo by Ivan Louis on Unsplash.

If you’re looking forward to Swiss hiking laden with adventure without being strenuous, this is the trail for you. Hike to Langnickel from Gersellen as you enjoy breathtaking scenery suitable for portrait photos. Then enjoy the path to Chalbersantis and crisscross the grasslands to get past the glaciers that’ll pave the way to Santis.

One aspect of Swiss hiking you’ll enjoy is being closer to nature and enjoying the mountain views. Don’t forget to pay homage to the ibexes you’ll meet along the way. The hiking duration for this trail is five hours, and you should prepare physically and mentally because some Swiss hiking trails aren’t for the faint of heart.

4. Bachalpsee and First Grindelwald

Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald, Switzerland. Photo by Jheng-Da Chen on Unsplash

This Swiss hiking trail is an excellent option for beginners and those looking for an easy path and is recommended by many hikers. The trail itself isn’t very steep. Even better, Swiss hiking companies recommend the trail as one with excellent views of Jungfrau.

If you’d like a thrill or two, take a cliff walk with a sky bridge at the top of the First cable car. After that, it’s a relatively easy hike of around an hour to catch a glimpse of Bachap lake. It has striking views of glaciers that form a scenic backdrop.

5. Creux du Van

Hiking the Creux du Van in Switzerland.

Hiking the Creux du Van in Switzerland. Image by photosforyou from Pixabay

If you’re looking for a Swiss hiking experience that lets you experience wildlife, nothing says that more than the Creux du Van, which is located in a 25 sq k nature reserve. This hiking trail gives life to the saying, “there aren’t many places in the world that’ll allow you to enjoy your life as an alpinist such as Swiss hiking trails.”

This trail is perfect for nature lovers, as you get a chance to see animals, such as the ibex, chamois, and lynx in their natural habitat. You start this hike at Noiraigue, then ascend almost 700 m to get to the amphitheater center, the Creux du Van. It’s a natural rock formation about 1400 m wide and 150 m deep carved out over 200 million years from a prehistoric ocean.


Switzerland is known as the birthplace of hiking. With thousands of well-marked Swiss hiking trails, exceptional views of glaciers, valleys, crystal lakes, and mountain wildlife to gaze at, it’s no wonder why the country is a top-rated hiker’s destination.

Have you had a Swiss hiking experience? Which trails did you explore? Tell us about any recommendations you would have for your fellow mountaineers in the comments below.

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Sherry is a consultant who has been involved in many successful projects with a range of companies, including throughout the country. She enjoys researching, discussing, and writing on the topics of relationships for When not absorbed in the latest gripping articles, Sherry loves cooking, doing sports, and otherwise spends far too much time at the computer.

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