Day hikes in Switzerland are simply a MUST DO activity! Especially, when you are travelling to the land of cheese during spring, summer or autumn. In order to choose from one from the most spectacular hikes out there, we prepared a list of our favourites.
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Beautiful Day Hikes in Switzerland
Here are our suggestions:
In about 1h and 45 min from the Obhäg Kapelle you can reach the scenic hill called Wildspitz in Zug. The hike is semi-difficult and is known for its gorgeous views along the trail and from the top. We'd say definitely one of the coolest viewpoints we've ever been.
Niederbauen Chulm, Lucerne
With its height of 1923 m, the Niederbauen Chulm mountain offers one the most spectacular panoramic views over the Lake Lucerne. The easiest way is to take the Seelisberg cable car to the Alp Waid and then hike about 1 h and 10 min to the top of this lovely mountain. Go for it!
Monte Bre, Ticino
The view from Monte Bre (925 m) is one of the most beautiful ones in the region of Ticino, Switzerland (at least for us!), as listed here. We started the hike from our hotel in Gandria and climbed to the top of it. However, there is also a cable car, taking you to this viewpoint in case you're not in the hiking mood.
Gelmer Lake, Bernese Oberland
The Gelmer Lake is a mountain dam that fascinated me the most of all. Reason? It's colour - just surreal . A good reason to go back one day. There is a spectacular funicular, which you can use to go to the top, but if you prefer to hike (as we did), you can read more about it here.
Another amazing hike with a length of 2 hours and 10 min! Take the cable car to the Ebenalp station and proceed to the famous wooden chalet (see the photo below). From there, descend to the Seealpsee - one of the stunning mountain lakes in the Swiss Alps. Take as many photos as you want, get a coffee at the restaurant or even rent out a boat and go for a ride. Once fully enjoyed the lake, descend to the Wasserauen station, where you most probably left your car from the beginning.
Pilatus (2128 m) is probably the most famous mountain in Switzerland. Very touristic, I know, but still, it shouldn't be ignored due to its stunning landscape. If you want to save some money and ignore the cable car, try to climb to the mountain from the bottom or at least from the middle station. In our eyes, Pilatus offers top panoramic views in Switzerland, as mentioned here.
A turquoise lake in the middle of the Swiss mountains. Oh yes, this will be your award at the end of this relatively easy hike. If you want to know more about the possible hiking trails, you can find all the details here.
While Jerry found his joy mountainbiking on this mountain, I started at the Tannenheim station and went for the 45 m hike to the top of the Prodalp (1576 m). That doesn't mean your journey should stop here too. From there, you can go even higher and ascend to the lovely Prodkamm (1939 m) and soak up the views of the Walen Lake.
Stoos - Fronalpstock
This hike is all about the VIEW. It's about a 2 hours walk from the cable car station to the top, and it can be steep from time to time. Along the way, the view is simply fantastic, as you can see in this blog post. The picture below tells it all - we haven't done the hike in the summer. Instead, we went snowshoeing to the top in the middle of the winter. Recommendable!
If you're looking for some nature when exploring Zurich, hiking to the Uetliberg with its height of 870 m is a nice option. The hike from the Feldermoos parking will take you about 45 min. But hey, it wouldn't be Switzerland, if there was no cable car or funicular taking you to the top of the hill - you can even take the funicular from the Zurich Main Station. Once at the top, you will have a great view over the city and the Zurich lake. Worth it!
Wanna see more than one lake from above? Ascending to the Grosser Mythen will give you this great opportunity! To achieve its height of 1898 m, you can start your hike from the bottom at the Brunni parking, which will take you ca. 2 h and 30 min. If you take the cable car to the Holzegg station, it's about an 1 hour and 30 min hike -> but quite a steep one. Don't panic, go slow and once above, you will say, it was worth every sweat drop.
Rigi Scheidegg - Rigi Kulm
Rigi - another mountain to climb, located along the world-famous Lake Lucerne. Ascend to the cable car station called Rigi Scheidegg. In 2 h 35 min the easy hike will take you to the lovely Rigi Kulm. Along the hiking trail you will enjoy an amazing landscape, as you can see below.
Oh, why not going for this hike? Along the trail you will spot 3 incredibly scenic mountains lakes: Schwellisee, Urdensee and Älplisee. We listed the latter as one of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland - check out the blog post and the hiking trail description here.
Stelli Lake, Zermatt
If you find yourself in the Valais region in Switzerland, it's out of question, where to go hiking. Choosing the trail to the wonderful Stelli Lake (Stellisee) in Zermatt would be the best decision you can make. Believe us. Do you wanna read more about it? Click here.
Bannalp Lake, Lucerne
Quite an easy hike but nothing less spectacular. Also appropriate for children. The highlight is definitely the green-colored Bannalp Lake. It's just jaw-dropping. Seriously, you have to experience that yourself. Interested to read more? We wrote about the Bannalp Lake here.
St. Saphorin - Lutry
What about an easy hike between the vineyards along the Lake Geneva with the view of the mountains? Well, it exists and can be found in the French part of Switzerland. The hike starts at a village called St. Saphorin and ends in Lutry. For further details, please check out this blog post.
If you have some time left, check the video and get a glimpse of it:
Any other ideas? Have you hiked in Switzerland? How was it? Let us know in the comments below!