Switzerland is a hiking country. The diverse and magical nature invites hikers of all ages to escape from everyday life and discover the Swiss landscape. Thereby, the paradise of Switzerland offers something for everyone: be it relaxed hikes, more challenging mountain hikes... The Bernese Alps, glaciers in Valais, the flair of Ticino invite hikers to enjoy the Swiss nature and views. 

We present you a selection of four of the most beautiful and special hikes in Switzerland, which are not too difficult and can be done well with the family or quite leisurely, but all stand out for their enchanting views.



5 Lakes Hike Pizol

This hike starts at the Pizol hut at 2227 m.a.s.l., which can be reached comfortably by mountain railroad. It leads through diverse alpine scenery past five crystalline lakes, all of which shine in different colors and are unique. From turquoise, to black, to deep blue, they make the hiking experience unforgettable. In between, the hike offers breathtaking views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sardona, with Pizol glacier, Ringelspitz, Piz Sardona, as well as the Glarus Alps. 

  • Difficulty: medium
  • Length: 11,4 km
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: 553 hm, descent: 911 hm
Der Wildsee, einer von fünf Seen entlangg der 5-Seen-Wanderung Pizol
"Wildsee", one of the five lakes, which you will encounter on your hike.

 

Aletsch Glacier Panorama Trail 

One of the most spectacular hiking areas in Switzerland goes along the Aletsch Glacier, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In this area you can experience a variety of hikes and glacier crossings of different lengths and difficulty levels. The Aletsch Glacier Panorama Trail is one of them. Starting at the mountain station Fiescheralp, the route starts towards the Märjelenseen lakes. Behind the lakes after a good 1 hour hike the imposing Aletsch Glacier appears. The tour continues from now on along the Aletsch Glacier and ends with an ascent to the Bettmeralp cable car mountain station.

  • Difficulty: medium
  • Length: 9 km
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Ascent: 619 hm, descent: 172hm
Der Aletsch Gletscher im Wallis
The spectacular Aletsch Glacier in canton Wallis

 

Oeschinensee round hike

Around Lake Oeschinen in the Bernese Oberland you can discover several hikes that are absolutely worthwhile and belong to the most beautiful tours in Switzerland.

One of the most beautiful tours is a route that starts in Kandersteg. The trail leads along the Via Appia until you reach Lake Oeschinen after about an hour. Lake Oeschinen is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is considered by many to be the most beautiful mountain lake in the Swiss Alps. There you have refreshment facilities, can swim in the (cold!) lake and enjoy the sun. A narrow hiking trail then continues along the hay path to the Oberbärgli mountain hut, where you can enjoy the stunning view of the turquoise lake from above. From here you can hike to the Oeschinen station, where you can either take the gondola down to Kandersteg or walk the last bit.   

  • Difficulty: easy-medium
  • Length: 11 km
  • Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Ascent: 420hm, descent: 950hm
Blick auf den Oeschinensee im Berner Oberland
The beautiful view on Lake Oeschinen

 

Maggiatal Hike

The starting point of the hike is in Ponte Brolla. The hike begins along the Maggia with a view of the picturesque riverbed. Through chestnut tree forests you will end up in the first Ticino village of your tour, Avegno. The route continues through the village and to a suspension bridge that crosses the Maggia. A steep and spectacular climb follows, with two huge rock slabs rising up to the left and right. The view at the top is worth it: the view into the Maggia valley is incomparable. The descent leads through more small villages and wine-growing areas to Maggia. 

  • Difficulty: easy
  • Length: 10 km
  • Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Ascent: 460hm, descent: 400hm