Mountains with glacier and flags in the foreground

Summit views from Piz Languard

While Switzerland has so many beautiful regions to offer, the Engadin region is easily one of my favorite places in all of Switzerland. With its beautiful mountains, massive glaciers, emerald blue lakes, endless hiking trails, and breathtaking landscapes, it’s pretty much a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts like me. Even though Engadin, and more notably St. Moritz, is world-renowned for its winter sports, the warmer summer months offer endless opportunities for hiking, biking, swimming, climbing, sailing, windsurfing, and plenty of other summer activities.

This past August we were lucky enough to explore the Engadin region for 5 days and visit places I’ve been wanting to see for so long. If you’re looking to plan a trip here yourself, then keep reading for an in-depth guide on Engadin including what to see, where to stay, and what to do.

When is the best time to visit:

In my opinion, there is no bad time to visit Engadin, it just depends on what type of activities you’re interested in.

Winter: Engadin is considered one of the largest winter sports regions in Switzerland, making the winter time here a paradise for snow sport enthusiasts

Spring: Probably one of the most quiet times to visit making it great place to relax and enjoy some wellness. However, you might encounter a lot of leftover winter snow at this time and a lot of trails will not be accessible.

Summer: Ideal for hiking, biking, climbing, windsurfing, swimming, and plenty of other summer activities. Most trails should be snow free by late June/early July.

Fall: One of my favorite seasons to visit since the entire valley turns a golden yellow when all the larches change and it’s less busy. It does occasionally snow around this time of year so just be mindful that not all trails will be accessible.

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Overlooking Palü Glacier at sunrise

Light rays breaking through the clouds

Sunset over St. Moritz

Where to Stay:

I recommend staying in the town of St. Moritz since it is the most central location to hiking trails and has the most options when it comes to grocery stores, shops, restaurants and cafes. Another great benefit of staying in a hotel in St. Moritz is that most hotels here offer free public transportation for the buses, cable cars and trains that run in the area. You can find out more about which hotels participate in this offer here.

If you’d like to stay outside of St. Moritz, you can also stay in the nearby towns of Pontersina, Silvaplana, or Celerina. St. Moritz is generally pretty expensive, so if you’re looking to stay on a budget, I recommend staying in a hostel, camping, or staying in a mountain hut.


St. Mortiz Youth Hostel ($): The perfect place to stay if you want to stay in St. Moritz but without breaking your budget. This bright and modernly furnished hostel is clean and perfectly located next to hiking and biking trails.

Hotel Hauser ($$): A family run hotel with their very own bakery located below that serves delicious Nusstorte (a traditional sweet from the Engadin region). It’s reasonably priced and centrally located in the town of St. Moritz.

Hotel Languard ($$): This small yet cosy family run hotel is perfectly located next to the St. Moritz train station, making it easy to get to nearby hiking trails and cable cars.

Hotel Schweizerhof ($$): A traditional Swiss style hotel that is located in the heart of the St. Moritz village. If you’re looking for wellness, they have a rooftop relaxation terrace with a sauna and steam bath.

Hotel Waldhaus Am See ($$): Located directly on the shores of St. Moritz lake, the hotel offers the perfect location to explore the town or lake and see the surrounding mountains.

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel ($$$): One of the most luxurious and famous hotels in Engadin, this 5 star hotel offers some of the best views of the lake and mountains.

Kulm Hotel St. Moritz ($$$): A historic 5 star hotel that is considered the birthpalce of winter tourism. The hotel even offers its very own golf course, swimming pool, and wellness center.


There are 9 main campsites spread across the Engadin region which you can find here. They offer pitches for both tents and campervans/RV’s and are ideally located at the start of many trailheads and biking paths.

Check out this full guide to van camping in the Engadin region and other van life tips to help you plan your next road trip. 

Mountain Huts

There are 9 SAC and mountain huts in Engadin, which are not only an affordable accommodation option but also a great way to experience a night in the mountains. You can find a list of them here.

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Passing by Lago Bianco on the Bernina Express

How To Get To and Around Engadin

By Car: If you don’t already have your own car, you can rent a car at Zurich or Geneva airport. The journey to Engadin takes about 3 hours from Zurich and passes over many beautiful mountain passes along the way. Parking is fairly easy in St. Moritz and is usually provided by most hotels.

By Train: If you’re traveling light, I highly recommend taking public transportation to Engadin. It’s the best and most scenic way to get to here because it passes through breathtaking mountain landscapes and you can simply relax and enjoy the views. Swiss transportation is exceptional, in fact one of the best in the world, and very easy to use. The journey from Zurich will take you about 3 to 3.5 hours by train, with only one stop in Chur.

Once you reach the town of St. Moritz, you can easily get around by bus, train, or by bike (you can rent them in the village) if you want to leave your car here. There are also plenty of cable cars in the area that can take you up to the tops of the surrounding mountains and the starting point of many trails.

Orange surise over mountain layers

Girl sitting in front of a glacier at sunrise

Mountain ridgeline illuminated by the sunrise

Sunrise from Piz Languard

Best Hikes in Engadin

The trail network in Engadin is extensive and is said to extend over 580 kilometers! You can find trails for every experience level and even the short, easy hikes offer some of the most breathtaking views.

Munt Pers (easy): 1.9 kilometers from the Diavolezza mountain station, 1 hour duration

Muottas Muragl Panorama Trail (easy): 6.8 kilometers from the Muottas Muragl ending at Alp Languard, 2 hours duration

Morteratsch Glacier Trail (easy): 2.9 kilometers from the Morteratsch Railway Station, 50 minutes duration

Val Roseg (easy): 13.4 kilometers roundtrip from Pontresina, 3.4 hours duration

Corvatsch Murtèl – Fuorcla Surlej – Val Roseg (moderate): 13.5 kilometers from the Murtèl middle station, 4 hours duration

Lägh da Cavloc (moderate): 3.2 kilometers from the Orden dam parking lot in Maloja, 1 hour duration

Piz Nair – Corviglia – Chantarella (moderate): 8.3 kilometers from the Piz Nair summit ending in Chantarella, 2.35 hours duration

Sils – Lej Sgrischua – Val Fex (difficult): 13.5 kilometers from the Furtschellas top station, 4 hours duration

Climber crossing a rope bridge

Piz Trovat Rope Bridge

For when you’re feeling adventurous, challenge yourself with a Via Ferrata to Piz Trovat

I’ve been wanting to do a Via Ferrata for awhile now, so during our most recent visit to Engadin we were finally able to complete our first one known as Piz Trovat. This was definitely the highlight of our trip and we loved being able to challenge ourselves and do something a bit different than hiking on a trial to reach a summit.

If you’re not familiar with what a Via Ferrata is, it’s essentially a fixed rope route with steel cables, rungs, or ladders which allow you to climb what would be otherwise a dangerous route to mountain peaks. You must wear a harness with two leashes to clip yourself into the steel cables and a helmet for protection. Via Ferratas are definitely not for those the faint of heart, so make sure you’re comfortable enough with heights and surefooted.

If you’re interested in doing a Via Ferrata for your first time, Piz Trovat is perfect for beginners and offers exceptional views of the Bernina mountain range. Since it was our first time doing a Via Ferrata, we went with a mountain guide from Bergsteigerschule Pontresia so that we felt more comfortable. I highly recommend getting a guide from here as well if it’s your first time!

The route starts at the Diavolezza Berghaus to the bottom of Piz Trovet where you begin to ascend 300 meters to the summit along the rock face. Halfway up there is a ropebridge that spans the gorge and overlooks the Palü Glacier where you can choose to continue the easy way up via Piz Trovat I (ranked as a K2) or a very difficult way up via Piz Trovat II (K5-K6). We decided to test ourselves and take the difficult way up, which also features a zipline you must take to get across the gorge. This route was definitely challenging, especially one section where there was a vertical overhang that was really difficult to get over since I dont have that long of arms.

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Forno Hut


Chammana Georgy

Best Overnight Hikes/Mountain Huts in Engadin

Staying in a mountain hut is not only a great way to experience a night in the mountains, but also allows you to break up a long hike into 2 days. It’s a special experience that I recommend everyone try when they visit Switzerland and gives you a glimpse into the Swiss mountaineering culture. If you’re planning on staying in a hut, you’ll need to reserve a spot in advance online since most huts get booked out, especially on the weekends.

The types of amenities huts offer can range significantly so you shouldn’t expect the same experience as you would get in a hotel. Some huts have running water, showers, and separated rooms whereas more remote huts have outdoor toilets, shared sleeping quarters and no access to water. One thing I like is that you don’t need to pack as much as you would for a backpacking trip since Half Board (breakfast and dinner) is usually included and all you need to bring is a sleeping bag liner plus whatever comforts you like to have with you (toothbrush, pajamas, etc.) While Engadin is home to 9 huts which you can find here, below are my personal favorites that I’ve visited.

Chammana Georgy: A small but cozy hut located at 3200m ran by a very sweet couple that makes you feel at home. The hut is located just 80 meters below the summit of Piz Languard, which is an incredible place to watch the sun rise with the Morteratsch Glacier in the distance. Being the highest hut in the region, amenities are limited so there is no running water and the toilet is outdoors. However, I’ve had one of the best hut meals of my life here which is usually not the case with such remote huts. You can either start the hike from Pontresina or cut off 500m of elevation gain by taking the chairlift to Alp Languard. The hike is very steep in parts and takes about 2.5 hours to reach the hut, gaining about 900m total in elevation gain.

Forno Hut: Located deep in the Forno valley alongside the Forno Glacier, the Forno Hut can be accessed in 4 hours from the parking lot in Maloja. The hike is 11 kilometers long and gradually gains 900 meters of elevation until the final steep ascent to the hut. For being so remote, the hut is quite big with 75 sleeping places, including a shared dormitory and private bedrooms. We really liked this hut because of how remote it feels and it offers a great starting point for many mountain tours.

Chammana CoazSituated at 2600m, the Coaz hut offers incredible views of the surrounding glaciers and Bernina mountain range. The hut is fairly large and offers 80 sleeping places. My favorite thing about this hut is the incredible hike that you take to get there through the Roseg Valley, featuring unobstructed views of views of Piz Morteratsch, Piz Bernina and Piz Roseg the entire way. It’s by far one of my favorite hikes in all of Switzerland and is a must when you visit the Engadin region. To get here, take the cable car to the Corvatsch middle station, then take the trial to Furcola Surlej and then on through the Roseg Valley. The hike is fairly easy taking between 2-2.5 hours to complete over 9 kilometers.

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The Bernina Express

Must Do Activities in Engadin

While many people come to Engadin just for the hiking, there are plenty of other activities and things to see that you should definitely check out when visiting. You can find a list of my favorites below:

Walk to Lej da Staz and go for a swim: While Lej da Staz is a beautiful place to catch sunrise in Engadin, we loved taking some time here during the day to go for a swim with the beautiful mountains surrounding us. We actually biked here but it’s also a very short walk from the town of St. Moritz (30 minutes)

Take the Bernina Express from St. Moritz to Alp Grüm: The Bernina Express is the highest railway in the Alps and is by far one of the most scenic train rides you can take in the world. The route climbs to the Bernina pass at 2,253 meters above sea level and offers breathtaking views of glaciers, emerald blue lakes and impressive mountains. I recommend taking the train from St. Moritz main station getting off at the Ospizio Bernina stop, where you can walk around Lago Bianco. Then get back on the train and continue on to Alp Grüm where you can enjoy a drink on the terrace there while gazing into the valley with cascading waterfalls.

Take the Diavolezza cable car to admire the Palü Glacier up close: Not only is Engadin home to some impressive mountains, it’s also where you can find over 170 glaciers. One of my favorite glaciers that you must see in person is Palü Glacier because of it’s sheer size and scale. The best way to see it is by taking the Diavolezza cable car up to the top station and admiring it from the viewing platform. You can also enjoy a drink or meal here on the terrace of the Berghaus Diavolezza while gazing at the view.

Relax at the spa: If you’re looking for some relaxation or need to rest your tired muscles after hiking, then you should make some time to visit a spa in Engadin. There are 3 public pool and spa complexes in the region, including Ovaverva, which offers massages and sauna. Many hotels have also opened their spas to external guests, such as Badrutt’s Palace, Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski or the Kulm.

Explore Engadin by bike: Whether you’re into mountain biking or more leisurely biking, Engadin has pretty much every type of biking path you can think of. You can conquer the mountains by bike with over 400 kilometers of trails here or explore the valleys at a more casual pace by e-bike/normal bike. I highly recommend riding around Lake St. Moritz and if you’re feeling adventurous you can ride towards Maloja along Lake Sils and Silvaplana. There are also many sports stores you can rent bikes from which you can find here.

Try a traditional Engadiner Nusstorte: If you’re looking for a local specialty to try, then I highly recommend stopping by a bakery in St. Moritz and trying a traditional Engadin Nusstorte. Essentially it is a cake made out of nuts and is the perfect treat when you’re looking for something sweet. Two of my favorite bakeries where you ca by Nusstorte in St. Moritz are Hanselmann and the bakery at Hotel Hauser.

I hope you found this guide helpful to plan your very own trip to Engadin. If you have any places in Engadin that you loved and would like to share, let me know in the comments below!


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Disclaimer: I wanted to give you a big thank you to the Engadin Tourism Board for partnering with me and making this trip possible. All opinions, thoughts, and experiences I share are completely honest and my own. Thanks for reading!


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hiking in Switzerland grassy ridgeline

Whether you’re looking to see towering peaks and massive glaciers or emerald blue lakes and charming valleys, the number of possibilities for hiking in Switzerland are endless. In fact, the main reason why I moved here over 3 years ago from the states was not because of the cheese or chocolate, but because the mountains were so accessible and a major part of the lifestyle here in Switzerland. Within just an hour or two by train, you can be hiking in the mountains with hundreds of kilometers of well-maintained trails to explore.

With so many great options, you can’t really go wrong with any hike that you choose. However, based on my own personal experiences, I’ve to put together a list of  “the 10 best hikes in Switzerland” to help you plan the perfect hiking trip while visiting including helpful tips and information about the hikes. I’ve tried to cover a wide range of locations ranging from the North to the South and the West to the East to show you some of the most amazing scenery this country has to offer.

hiking in the swiss alps on a grassy ridgeline

What to know before hiking in Switzerland?

Like anywhere in the world, hiking in the mountains can be potentially dangerous since the weather in the mountains can change in an instant. I’ve had days where I’ve started my hike with blue skies and it’s ended in a full-blown snowstorm in the middle of August. So it’s important to always be prepared whenever you’re venturing into the mountains. Make sure you always keep additional warm clothing and supplies if you know you’ll be out on the trail for more than a few hours.

When is the best time to visit?

In Switzerland, hiking season usually begins in June after the snow has melted enough and lasts until late September or sometimes even October depending on the weather. It’s important to keep in mind that this is also peak tourism season in Switzerland so it’s best to plan things like accommodation ahead of time, especially in places like Lucerne, Interlaken, or Zermatt. The fall season is also particularly nice for hiking here since there are usually fewer tourists and the leaves begin to change. However, you should be prepared for all types of weather, especially snow and colder temps during this season.

What to wear hiking?

The best advice I can give when it comes to choosing what hiking clothing to wear is to layer! If you’ve ever spent time in the mountains, you know that the temperatures can fluctuate drastically, which is why it’s always important to be prepared. You should have clothing that will protect you from the elements and help you regulate your body temperature. You can read more about what I wear and take hiking with me, as well as additional hiking tips, in this blog post here.

1. Pizol Lake (5 Lake Hike)

girls standing in front of a blue lake with mountains behind it

Photo by Alex Strohl

Just over an hour from Zurich, the Pizol 5 Lake Hike is a great option for hikers that can easily be done in a day. This hike features some of the bluest alpine lakes and spectacular views of the Alps of Eastern Switzerland.

How to get there: Start at the Pizol Gondola in Wangs and take it to the Pizolhütte at the top. From here, the hike begins, climbing for about an hour to the first lake, Wildsee. After that, you can continue on to see the other 4 lakes as the trail ascends and descends before returning to Station Gaffia. For more information read here.

Hike Time: 4 Hours

Distance: 10km

Altitude Gain/Loss: 750m/1100m

Start/End Point: Pizolhütte/Graffia

2. Oeschinensee

oescheninsee lake surrounded by the swiss alps

Photo by Errin Casano

Nestled away in the Bernese Alps, high above the charming town of Kandersteg is the crystal clear waters of Oeschenin Lake. There are miles of trails that loop around the lake and into the mountains, but of course, you can also relax at the waterfront restaurant or rent a boat and paddle around the lake.

My favorite hiking loop you can do here is from Oeschinensee – Oberbärgli – Heuberg, which takes about 3.5 hours without stops. I love this hike because you can wander high above the lake and see it from so many different perspectives while being surrounded by the alps. This hike does have some steep sections and the trail does narrow a bit along the cliffsides, so I would only suggest this hike if you have aren’t afraid of heights.

How to get there: You can either hike from the town of Kandersteg (this is very steep though) or take the cable car to the top of the mountain. From the cable car, it is only a 30-minute walk to reach the edge of the lake. For more information read here.

Hike Time: 3.5 Hours (depending on route you take)

Distance: 8km

Elevation Gain: 480m

Starting point: Kandersteg Cable Car

3. Seealpsee (Alpstein)

Seealpsee reflection with a man in a yellow boat

Photo by Robin Uthe

Seealpsee is one of the most popular lakes in Switzerland and is an easy day trip from Zurich. The lake itself is located in one of my favorite regions known as Alpstein, which is home to one of the densest networks of hiking trails in all of Switzerland. If you’re not a very experienced hiker, then the hike to Seealpsee is a great option for you since it can be reached by simply walking up a service road. Or if walking uphill isn’t for you, then I suggest taking the cable car up to Ebenalp, where you can add on a visit to the Äscher Restaurant as you make your way down to the lake.

The Äscher Restaurant is probably one of the most famous and most photographed places in Switzerland because it’s literally built into the side of a cliff. I highly recommend checking it out and grabbing a bite to eat here, although I suggest going as early as you can since it gets incredibly busy and it can be hard to get a table.

How to get there: There are two ways to reach the lake. The first option is to walk up the service road from Wasserauen. The second option is to take the Ebenalp cable car to the top of the mountain then walk down to the lake, stopping by Ascher hut on the way down. For more hiking information, read here.

Hike Time: 1 hour from Wasserauen or 1.5 hours from Ebenalp

Distance: 2.5km from Wasserauen or 2.6km from Ebenalp

Elevation Gain: 266m from Wasserauen

Starting point: Wasserauen

4. Aletsch Glacier Panorama Trail

Switzerland is home to many amazing glaciers, but I highly recommend checking out Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in Switzerland. The Aletsch Glacier is located in the southern region of Switzerland, in Wallis, and is a great place to stop off at if you’re on your way to Zermatt.

The size and scale of the glacier is pretty remarkable, running over 23 km (14 mi) all the way to Jungfraujoch and almost 900m (2950 ft) deep. There are a few hikes you can do here, but I recommend the Aletsch Glacier Panorama Trail which runs alongside the lower part of the glacier. The whole trail offers remarkable views of not only the glacier but also the 32 4,000m peaks that flank its entire length.

How to get here: Start in the town of Riederalp and take the Musfluh Cable Car to the top of the mountain. Once at the top, you’ll find the trail which meanders along the side of the glacier for most of the hike until you reach Märjelenseen, where you can either stop for a bite to eat at the hut or continue on to the Fiescheralp cable car station. For more information, read here.

Hike Time: 3.5 hours

Distance: 12km

Elevation Gain: 510m

Starting Point/End Point: Musfluh Cable Car Station/Fiescheralp Cable Car Station

5. Bachalpsee

Bachalpsee with Schreckhorn reflecting in the lake

If you’re staying near the Interlaken area, then it’s definitely worth checking out the nearby town of Grindelwald. From here, there are plenty of great hikes that offer panoramic views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains, which each stand over 4000m high. However, my favorite hike here is from First Gondola to Bachalpseewhich is a perfect trail for novice hikers looking for stunning views.

The trail itself is easily accessible and you can reach the lake in less than an hour’s walk. Once at the lake, you’ll be able to see the sharp jagged peaks of the Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn and Finsteraarhorn reflecting in the emerald blue waters. There’s plenty of benches here that are perfect for resting on and enjoying a picnic before heading back down. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you can also continue another hour onto the Berghotel Faulhorn located at the top of the mountain.

How to get here: Start in the town of Grindelwald and go to the Grindelwald First Cable Car Station. From here, take the cable car to the top, where you can start the hike just by following the signs once you exit the station. For more information, read here.

Hike Time: 1.45 hours return

Distance: 5.88km return

Elevation Gain/Loss: 188m/188m

Starting Point/End Point: Grindelwald First Gondola

6. Zermatt 5 Lakes Hike

Zermatt 5 Lakes Hike in the fall with yellow larches

Photo by Matt Massa

If you happen to be staying in Zermatt, the 5 lakes hike, also known as the 5 Seenweg Hike, is one of the best and most popular hikes you can do in the area. The hike offers incredible views of snowcapped mountains, emerald blue lakes, green hills, and of course the mighty Matterhorn in the distance. As the name suggests, during this hike you’ll pass by 5 lakes (Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grünsee, Moosjisee and Leisee), 3 of which offer reflections of the Matterhorn. Each of the lakes features their own unique characteristics and landscapes, and you can even stop to swim in a few of them after working up a sweat while hiking. There’s also plenty of places to grab a bite to eat along the way, including the wonderful Chez Vrony hut.

How to get here: Take the cable car from Zermatt Village to the top of the Blauherd Cable Car Station. From here, you can start the hike by following the signs after exiting the station. After passing by the lakes, your final destination will be the Sunnegga Upper Cable Car Station. For more information, read here.

Hike Time: 2.5 hours

Distance: 9 km

Elevation Gain: 241m

Starting Point/End Point: Blauherd/Sunnegga

7. Rigi Panoramic Trail

Sunset over Mount Rigi with Lucerne Lake

Photo by Sylvia Michel

Visiting Mount Rigi is a great option if you’re staying in Lucerne or want to take a short day trip from Zurich (40mins.). Once at the top, you can enjoy panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and north towards Zurich. There are plenty of hikes you can do here, depending on how long you wish to make it. You can either take the cog-railway from Vitznau or Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm at the top or get off at any stop along the way. Once at the top you can admire the view and then walk down to Rigi First, where you can join the Rigi Panoramic Trail. The whole trail itself is 7.5km and takes over 2 hours to complete, but there are shorter versions as well. This hike is a great option if you have kids or if you’re looking for an easy and accessible hike since the trail is wide and well-groomed. I also recommend combining this trip with a ferry ride from Luzern, which is a great way to see the lake on your way to or from Rigi.

How to get here: Take the cog-railway from either Vitznau or Arth Goldau all the way to the top at the Rigi Kulm station. From here hike down to the Rigi First station where the trail joins up with the Rigi Panoramic Trail. Follow the trail all the way to the Rigi Scheideg station, where you can take the cog-railway down. For more information, read here.

Hike Time: 2 hr 10 minutes from Rigi First

Distance: 6.9km

Elevation Gain: 245m

Starting Point/End Point: Rigi First/Rigi Scheidegg


8. The Hardergrat Trail

Hardergrat Trail with a man hiking on the grassy ridgeline

Photo by Unknown

Arguably one of the most beautiful alpine ridges, the Hardergrat trail is the perfect trail for hikers looking to challenge themselves. Along the way, you can witness incredible views of Lake Brienz below you and the towering Bernese Alps in the distance. The trail is steep and is not recommended for those with fear of heights or for those who are inexperienced, as it runs directly along the ridgeline with drops on both sides for 18km of the 27km long trail. Maybe that’s why they call it one of the most dangerous hikes in Switzerland.

Hiking Tip: If you choose to do this hike, I highly suggest taking hiking poles with you, having proper footwear, and to not attempt this trail if conditions are wet or muddy on the trail. You should also start the hike early enough to allow for enough time to reach Brienzer Rothorn before the last cable car goes down.

How to get here: Take the funicular to Harder Kulm from the valley all the way to the top where the trail begins. Follow the trail for 27km along the ridgeline until you reach Brienzer Rothorn. You can also do this trail the opposite way, starting at Brienzer Rothorn and ending at Harder Kulm.

Hike Time: 10 hours

Distance: 27km

Elevation Gain: 3000m

Starting Point/End Point: Harder Kulm/Brienzer Rothorn Station

9. Triftbrücke

Triftbrucke Suspension bridge at sunrise with a man standing on the suspension bridge over the turquoise lake

Photo by: Joni Hedinger

If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, then how does walking on a suspension bridge that is 170m long and 100m high surrounded by mountains, waterfalls and a glacier sound?

The Trift Bridge, located in the Bernese Oberland, is one of the longest and highest suspension bridges in the Alps. The hike takes you through grassy meadows and alongside glacial rivers and waterfalls until you eventually reach the suspension bridge. Here you can cross the turquoise blue glacier lake fed by the glacier tongue at its end. Witnessing this place in person is a bold reminder of just how fast our glaciers are melting due to global warming. Only just a few years ago, the Trift Hut further down the trail could be reached on foot via the glacier tongue. Since it has receded so much, the suspension bridge was built to maintain access for hikers.

How to get here: Take the Triftbahn from Nessental (Bus Stop) which will take you from the Gamden Valley to the Trift Valley. This cable car can only hold 8 people and runs every 12 minutes. So be sure to book your ticket ahead of time online here to reserve a spot because it can get very busy, especially on weekends. You’ll also be asked to reserve a time that you would like to return on the cable car so make sure to allow for ample time to enjoy the scenery and for getting back down. For additional information, you can read here.

Hike Time: 1.5 hours

Distance: 6km

Elevation Gain: 695m

Starting Point/End Point: Trift Gondola Upper Station

10. Tour du Lac de Moiry

Lac de Moiry drone photo

Photo by Kai Grossmann

Located in the Valais region of Switzerland, the Lac de Moiry circuit loops around the stunning turquoise waters of the lake at a height of 2500m. Once at the far end of the lake, you’ll cross the river La Gourga, which feeds the reservoir below. You’ll also pass another lake, Lac de Châteaupré, before having the chance to scale the massive glacial moraine. This is great hiking option if you’re visiting the nearby Zermatt region and offers plenty of spectacular mountain views throughout the hike.

How to get there: Start at the bus stop/car park at the crest of the dam, near the restaurant. This hike can be done in either direction since the starting point and ending point is the same. For more information, read here.

Hike Time: 4:45m

Distance: 13.4km

Elevation Gain: 567m

Starting Point/End Point: Moiry Dam

Now it’s time to book your trip to Switzerland!

I hope you can find my Swiss hiking list and hiking tips of use when you plan your very own trip to Switzerland. If you’ve ever been hiking in Switzerland and have any tips or fun hikes you’ve done that you’d like to share, let me know in the comments below!


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