The Best Hiking in Switzerland

Looking for the best hiking in Switzerland? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Switzerland. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Switzerland

  • Kandersteg, Switzerland

    Hike Oeschinensee Lake and Blumlisalp Hut

    4.0
    6 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Words and photos cannot accurately depict the beauty you will find in this area. The breathtaking emerald waters of Oeschinen Lake are the highlight of this incredible hike that requires little effort reach. The surrounding Alps provide and unbeatable backdrop, and in warmer months, multiple wate...
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  • Gündlischwand, Switzerland

    Trek in the Swiss Alps

    68 mi
    The Trek: Words cannot describe the unparalleled beauty and scenery you will experience on this trek. The journey starts at Schynige Platte where you get your first up-close glimpse of the Berner Oberland including the Eiger, Jungfrau, Monch, and Wetterhorn. From there you will wind up and down t...
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  • Flüelen, Switzerland

    Hike to Surenenpass in the Uri Alps

    14 mi / 6000 ft gain
    The hike begins in the town of Attinghausen, which can easily be reached by public transport, about 1.5 hours from Zürich. You should follow the yellow signs for the Brüsti Seilbahn. Here, you can take the cable car up to Brüsti (the midpoint between Attinghausen and Surenen Pass) for 10 CHF/$10....
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  • Zermatt, Switzerland

    Explore The Matterhorn

    5.0
    The Matterhorn straddles both Switzerland and Italy and is one of the most beautiful peaks you can shoot. The summit sits at 14,692 feet, making this one of the tallest peaks in Europe.There's an abundance of mellow hikes around the area - check a map in Zermatt for a trail that suits you or just...
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  • Kandersteg, Switzerland

    Hike over Bunderchrinde Pass in the Bernese Alps

    5.0
    10 mi / 4000 ft gain
    The hike starts in the town of Kandersteg and ends in the town of Adelboden. If you want to make it an out-and-back, you can hike from Kandersteg to Bunderchrinde Pass then back down.Getting to Kandersteg from any major city by train is easy. From the train station, follow the "yellow" signs to B...
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  • Glarus Süd, Switzerland

    Backpack to Richetlipass in the Glarus Alps

    14.3 mi / 4593.2 ft gain
    This is a point-to-point hike in the Glarus Alps of Switzerland, beginning in the town of Elm and ending in the town of Linthal. Elm can be reached in 1.5 hours by car from Zürich, or two hours by public transport. Take note that because this is a thru hike, it may be better to take advantage of ...
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  • Leukerbad, Switzerland

    Hike Majing Lake

    2.5 mi / 656.2 ft gain
    If you want to get great night views on your hike out, start at 2 am in the village of Leukerbad. There's parking at "Obere Maressen", which is also the starting point. Follow the track to Majingsee. There are multiple routes to the lake but make sure to stay on this trail - it's definetely the b...
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  • Leukerbad, Switzerland

    Explore Dala Gorge

    Start at "Obere Maressen" and follow the walkway through the forest. You'll find detailled informations at a clearing just before the gorge.The bridges leading through the gorge are safe to use, but that doesn't mean you won't need to be careful. Make use of the numerous viewing platforms and ben...
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  • Bettmeralp, Switzerland

    Hike the Swiss Alps

    4.0
    4 mi / 250 ft gain
    This beautiful 4 mile hike takes you past several small lakes and ponds, and offers amazing views of the backside of the Matterhorn.To hike around the Jungfrau-Aletsch glacier and Alps, begin at Bettmersee Lake, just next to the village. Facing the lake, with the village behind you, head left and...
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  • Leysin, Switzerland

    Hike and Climb the Via Ferrata de la Tour D'Ai

    5.0
    5 mi / 1000 ft gain
    A Via Ferrata is a protected climbing road created in the Alps made of steel. With a climber’s kit, you secure yourself to cables periodically attached to the mountain, and climb up with the help of steel pegs fixed into the mountain. The Via Ferrata of the Tour D’Ai is located in Leysin, and i...
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  • Flims, Switzerland

    Hike around Crestasee Lake

    1.2 mi
    The hike isn't very intense or long. You just get out of the car walk through a forest, on a small path, go past a little waterfall, over a deep canyon with a river at the bottom of it. The river has a very strong blue color. After that you can go around the entire lake, it's wild and sometimes t...
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  • Leukerbad, Switzerland

    Hike Laps Around Lake Dauben

    Lake Dauben (Daubensee in German) is located on Gemmi Pass, an ancient high mountain pass that has been walked since the Middle Ages – even Sherlock Holmes walks this route in "The Final Problem"! The lake has a subsurface runoff and drains completely in late autumn, but the trip can also be done...
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  • Val-de-Travers, Switzerland

    Backpack the Creux du Van

    5.0
    8.7 mi / 2379 ft gain
    The Creux du Van is found in the wilderness above the town of Noiraigue, a 20-min train ride from Neuchâtel in northwestern Switzerland. It features a magnificent vista ruled by the ibex and wildflowers of the alpine landscape—and it's only a short day hike from the valley below.If you're arrivin...
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  • Bettmeralp, Switzerland

    Hiking Along The Great Aletsch Glacier

    From Bettmersee Lake follow the trail northeast to "Biel". There's some elevation gain until you reach a large, wider bend in the the trail at Biel, from where you have an incredible view of the Aletsch Glacier and the Swiss Alps, including the Matterhorn.Facing the Glacier, head left and follow ...
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  • Leukerbad, Switzerland

    Hiking on Torrenthorn

    1862.2 mi / 2132.5 ft gain
    Start in the early morning by taking the cable way (either from Leukerbad or Flaschen valley station) to Rinderhütte. The trail from Rinderhütte to Torrenthorn is nicely done and well marked so you won't need to climb. However, depending on the amount of gear you have in your backpack it can be q...
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  • Leukerbad, Switzerland

    Hike to Lämmeren Cabin and Lake

    5 mi / 492.1 ft gain
    Take the cable way from Leukerbad to Gemmi Pass. Facing away from the mountain station (north), head left (west) and follow the track to "Lämmerenhütte" (Lämmeren Cabin). The track leads through a small tunnel that was once built by the Swiss Army.The tunnel leads to the glacier forefield of the ...
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