Hiking in Switzerland

October 26, 2012 by

Day Trips, Local Recommendations, Sightseeing, Things To Do

Hiking in Switzerland

Hiking in Switzerland. Photo credit: Ed Coyle via Flickr.

Is there a better way to experience the essence of Switzerland than hiking? I can’t think of one. The following are just a few of the countless options for stretching your legs in the out of doors in this beautiful country.

The base of Switzerland’s highest waterfall is a fascinating place. Situated on the northern edge of Lake Walen, Seerenbach Falls pours down a vertical cliff and spills into the overflow of the mysterious Rin Spring, which bubbles up from an underground river out of a deep, extensive cave system. Both the falls and the spring are reached via a 20-minute walk from Betlis.

Another nearby hike that heads from Weesen to Betlis (a route that takes roughly an hour) also comes highly recommended. During the summer, regular ferry service plies the waters from Betlis to Weesen and back again. It’s possible to extend your trekking to a 6-hour, one-way hike to Walenstadt as well.

Situated in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, the small village of Bever is a wonderfully well-preserved example of a largely bygone era of village life in the Swiss countryside. The time to visit is summer, and one of the most popular activities in the area is the so-called “fairy tale hike” to the nearby hamlet of Spinas. While the hike takes little more than an hour and involves less than 300 feet in elevation gain, the trip through the pristine natural setting is a memorable one.

The resort town of Gimmelwald is a great jumping off point for another memorable trek. The route from Gimmelwald to Schilthorn (made famous in the James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) offers a stimulating 5-hour trek and an inexpensive gondola ride back.

- John Reality

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