Lavaux Vineyard Terraces
St Saphorin to Lutry
The Lavaux region of Switzerland is home to historic vineyard terraces, where the art of wine-making, against a backdrop of Lake Geneva and the Alps, is said to date back to Roman times. A gentle stroll from the medieval town of Saint Saphorin to Lutry will take you past plenty of wine cellars and pubs to help you enjoy the stunning UNESCO World Heritage scenery just that little bit more.
The Rheinfall Waterfalls
Schaffhausen to Rheinau
Begin this hike in Schaffhausen, a beautiful medieval city that is also home to the Rheinfalls – Europe’s biggest waterfall. A massive 700,000 litres of water a second pour into the depths of the basin, which is easily accessible on a small boat trip that takes you to the foot of the falls. From here, the trail meanders beside the river to Rheinau, which features a monastery dating back to the eighth century.
Zermatt Lakes Trail
Blauherd – Lake Stelli – Fluhalp – Lake Grün – Riffelalp
In summer, a funicular and cable car from Zermatt to Blauherd provide stunning views on the way to this classic mountain trail. With the Matterhorn always in sight, this two-and-a-half-hour hike will take you past idyllic lakes and over glacier moraine, all in spectacular alpine scenery and without any strenuous ascents or descents.
Griesalp to Lake Oeschinen
This seven-hour summer trail is the quintessential alpine hike. In the heart of UNESCO World Heritage mountains, the route runs over the Hohtürli Pass and into the glacial world beyond before heading down through lush greenery to Lake Oeschinen, which could very easily be confused with paradise. Weary travellers can rest their heads at the SAC Blüemlisalphütte, a mountain cabin atop the Hohtürli Pass, which offers a selection of fine wines and hot food.
Bettmerhorn – Grosses Gufer – Lake Märjelen – Fiescheralp
Stretching for 23km, the Great Aletsch Glacier is Europe’s largest and longest ice flow and is perfectly experienced during the summer months with this panoramic hike. The trail winds through the mountains to Lake Märjelen, whose cotton-grass meadows are beyond picturesque. Just past the lake is Restaurant Gletscherstube – a lonely mountain hut where you can fuel up with an apple tart fresh from its wood-fired oven.
Appenzell Alpine Trail
Schwägalp to Kronberg
This fairytale region in Switzerland is home to scattered hamlets and beautiful wild flowers, as well as this short hike, which will take you over moors and through forests. Setting out from the foot of the towering Mount Säntis, the trail provides plenty of ascents and descents to get the blood pumping as it winds through this idyllic landscape.
Creux du Van
The stunning natural amphitheatre that is the main attraction of this circular hike, where you can also see mountain goats, ibex and birds of prey. Following a 725-metre ascent from Noiraigue, the trail runs along the edge of the 160-metre-high rock face, at the bottom of which a spring bubbles away. After you’ve descended back into Noiraigue, reward yourself with an absinthe from its birthplace here in the Val de Travers.