Switzerland

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Matterhorn

For the ultimate alpine experience, Switzerland is the place to be. Matterhorn, Jungfrau, Monte Rosa or Piz Bernina, these are just a few of the fifty peaks over four-thousand meters high. Famous massifs include Berner Oberland, Wallis (Valais) and Jura, and there are many, many more. Wintertime is for the skiing jet-set of course, but in summer, from July until September, hiking trails and mountain huts are open all across the country. Popular are the regions of Valais (Wallis) with the Jungfrau and the Aletsch glacier, Graubünden in the east, Tessin (Ticino) in the south, and Fribourg in the west.

There are 6 official national long distance hiking trails, and 53 regional long distance trails. This number is growing. European long distance trail E1, E2 (small tip), E4 and E5 pass through Switzerland, coinciding with national trails. The Swiss Alps are literally strewn with more than 150 excellent mountain huts for hikers to stay overnight and have a meal. In the height of summer the huts in popular regions can get crowded. Given all the information available on the internet, in guide-books and on maps, you can easily plan your own hiking itinerary from hut to hut, combining day-hikes into a multi-day itinerary ranging from an easy hike with kids to crossing glaciers in full gear for the experienced mountaineer.

In addition, no other country in Europe is so completely neat and orderly as Switzerland. Truly everything is well-organized, from cable cars to accommodation, from trail maintenance to waymarking, from maps and guidebooks to around the clock alpine rescue from the air. The Swiss Alpine Club even boasts the world's most futuristic mountain hut, the dazzling New Monte Rosa Hut, to be opened late in 2009. If it were possible to order fine weather in advance, the Swiss would surely be the first to offer this service.

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Books

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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Frommer's Switzerland
  • The best of the great outdoors, from hiking the Swiss mountains to exploring the sparkling lakes of central Switzerland--and even strolling along the palm-lined waterfront promenades in the Ticino.Insider advice on planning your ideal ski vacation, whether you prefer schussing down a Swiss mountainside in isolation and retiring to a peaceful... Read more
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  • Frommer's Switzerland
  • The best of the great outdoors, from hiking the Swiss mountains to exploring the sparkling lakes of central Switzerland--and even strolling along the palm-lined waterfront promenades in the Ticino.Insider advice on planning your ideal ski vacation, whether you prefer schussing down a Swiss mountainside in isolation and retiring to a peaceful... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • Ever wish you had a best friend in Switzerland? Someone to show you the ropes?Wish granted.Filled with 100 interviews with people who live, work, and adventure in Switzerland, this book will give you:Directions to hidden-away trails, waterfalls, castles, and viewpointsLists of must-try dishes and wines (and where to find them)Unique and... Read more
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Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Ever wish you had a best friend in Switzerland? Someone to show you the ropes?Wish granted.Filled with 100 interviews with people who live, work, and adventure in Switzerland, this book will give you:Directions to hidden-away trails, waterfalls, castles, and viewpointsLists of must-try dishes and wines (and where to find them)Unique and... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2009
  • Lake Geneva & Western Switzerland Sunflower Landscape Guide
  • Lake Geneva and Western Switzerland in the Sunflower Landscapes guide series; exploring the best walking and touring possibilities in the region or area. Detailed information about touring by hired car or public transport, as well as on foot, is provided, helping walkers to navigate and plan day-trips. Shorter strolls are also included as an... Read more
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Netherlands
2009
  • Geneva & Western Switzerland
  • 8 car tours, many suggestions for train, funicular and cable car rides, 150 long and short walks (of which 36 are specially tailored to motorists) Longer than the normal 'Landscapes' guide, this book covers a lot of ground - from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Swiss Jura, the Bernese Oberland and the valleys of the Valais. Although a car is... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2009
  • Geneva & Western Switzerland
  • 8 car tours, many suggestions for train, funicular and cable car rides, 150 long and short walks (of which 36 are specially tailored to motorists) Longer than the normal 'Landscapes' guide, this book covers a lot of ground - from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Swiss Jura, the Bernese Oberland and the valleys of the Valais. Although a car is... Read more
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Maps

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  • Switzerland Walking Map 2017
  • Vanwege de schaal vooral geschikt als overzichtskaart. Hiking map with the official routes "Hiking in Switzerland" with hiking times and distances. More than 750 additional hiking routes. With index and a regional approach map. Water- and rip-proof map. Switzerland’s national and regional long-distance hiking paths on a waterproof and... Read more
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  • Weissenstein 2014
  • Een nieuwe serie van de Zwitserse topografische dienst: eindelijk goede wandelkaarten met ingetekende wandelroutes op scheur- en watervast papier. Vooralsnog zijn ze uitgebracht van de populaire wandelgebieden en niet landelijk dekkend (zie overzicht) Op een gedetailleerde schaal van 1:33.333 met als ondergrond de onovertroffen topografische... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart - Topografische kaart 3318T Weissenstein | Swisstopo
  • Een nieuwe serie van de Zwitserse topografische dienst: eindelijk goede wandelkaarten met ingetekende wandelroutes op scheur- en watervast papier. Vooralsnog zijn ze uitgebracht van de populaire wandelgebieden en niet landelijk dekkend (zie overzicht) Op een gedetailleerde schaal van 1:33.333 met als ondergrond de onovertroffen topografische... Read more
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  • Aargau / Wasserschloss Schweiz 10 2015
  • 33 specially selected hiking trails in the Aargau - Jurapark area of Switzerland west of Zurich, presented at 1:50,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible map from the Hallwag/K Read more
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  • Bern and surrounds 2013
  • Map No. 2502T, Berne and the Surrounding Area HIKING EDITION, in the topographic survey of Switzerland at 1:25,000 from Swisstopo). Highly regarded for their superb use of graphic relief and hill shading, the maps give an almost 3-D picture of Switzerland's mountainous terrain. Contours are at 10 m intervals, with 20m intervals in the... Read more
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  • Chasseral 2011
  • Chasseral - Bieler See area of the Swiss Jura at 1:50,000 in a series from Hallwag covering Switzerland Read more
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  • Andermatt 2014
  • Een nieuwe serie van de Zwitserse topografische dienst: eindelijk goede wandelkaarten met ingetekende wandelroutes op scheur- en watervast papier. Vooralsnog zijn ze uitgebracht van de populaire wandelgebieden en niet landelijk dekkend (zie overzicht) Op een gedetailleerde schaal van 1:33.333 met als ondergrond de onovertroffen topografische... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart - Topografische kaart 3314T Andermatt | Swisstopo
  • Een nieuwe serie van de Zwitserse topografische dienst: eindelijk goede wandelkaarten met ingetekende wandelroutes op scheur- en watervast papier. Vooralsnog zijn ze uitgebracht van de populaire wandelgebieden en niet landelijk dekkend (zie overzicht) Op een gedetailleerde schaal van 1:33.333 met als ondergrond de onovertroffen topografische... Read more
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  • Zermatt - Saas - Fee 2013
  • Een nieuwe serie van de Zwitserse topografische dienst: eindelijk goede wandelkaarten met ingetekende wandelroutes op scheur- en watervast papier. Vooralsnog zijn ze uitgebracht van de populaire wandelgebieden en niet landelijk dekkend (zie overzicht) Op een gedetailleerde schaal van 1:33.333 met als ondergrond de onovertroffen topografische... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart - Topografische kaart 3306T Zermatt - Saas - Fee | Swisstopo
  • Een nieuwe serie van de Zwitserse topografische dienst: eindelijk goede wandelkaarten met ingetekende wandelroutes op scheur- en watervast papier. Vooralsnog zijn ze uitgebracht van de populaire wandelgebieden en niet landelijk dekkend (zie overzicht) Op een gedetailleerde schaal van 1:33.333 met als ondergrond de onovertroffen topografische... Read more
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  • Val D'Anniviers / Val d'Herens 2016
  • Zeer duidelijke wandelkaart van een deel van Zwitserland. Deze kaart - gemaakt op scheur en watervast papier - is bedoeld voor de gewone en gemiddelde bergwandelaar. Ook voor huttentochten is deze zeker geschikt. Slechts voor de gevorderde wandelaar die glesjers gaat overschrijden zijn de 25.000 topografische kaarten aan te raden. Op deze... Read more
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  • Lausanne / Vallee de Joux 15 2015
  • Zeer duidelijke wandelkaart van een deel van Zwitserland. Deze kaart - gemaakt op scheur en watervast papier - is bedoeld voor de gewone en gemiddelde bergwandelaar. Ook voor huttentochten is deze zeker geschikt. Slechts voor de gevorderde wandelaar die glesjers gaat overschrijden zijn de 25.000 topografische kaarten aan te raden. Op deze... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 15 Lausanne - Vallée de Joux | Kümmerly & Frey
  • Zeer duidelijke wandelkaart van een deel van Zwitserland. Deze kaart - gemaakt op scheur en watervast papier - is bedoeld voor de gewone en gemiddelde bergwandelaar. Ook voor huttentochten is deze zeker geschikt. Slechts voor de gevorderde wandelaar die glesjers gaat overschrijden zijn de 25.000 topografische kaarten aan te raden. Op deze... Read more
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  • Basel / Aarau 4 2015
  • KuF Schweiz Wanderkarte 04. Basel - Aarau / Basel-Landschaft - Olten ab 26.8 EURO Sehenswrdigkeiten. Unterkunft und Verpflegung. Autobuslinien mit Haltestellen. GPS. Neu mit Index Kmmerly und Frey Schweiz Wanderkarte Schweizer Wanderkarten. Laufzeit 99/2019 Read more
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  • Locarno 2013
  • Een nieuwe serie van de Zwitserse topografische dienst: eindelijk goede wandelkaarten met ingetekende wandelroutes op scheur- en watervast papier. Vooralsnog zijn ze uitgebracht van de populaire wandelgebieden en niet landelijk dekkend (zie overzicht) Op een gedetailleerde schaal van 1:33.333 met als ondergrond de onovertroffen topografische... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart - Topografische kaart 3308T Locarno | Swisstopo
  • Een nieuwe serie van de Zwitserse topografische dienst: eindelijk goede wandelkaarten met ingetekende wandelroutes op scheur- en watervast papier. Vooralsnog zijn ze uitgebracht van de populaire wandelgebieden en niet landelijk dekkend (zie overzicht) Op een gedetailleerde schaal van 1:33.333 met als ondergrond de onovertroffen topografische... Read more
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United Kingdom
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  • Trek the Western Section of the Walker's Haute Route from Chamonix to Arolla. Walk the western section of the Walker’s Haute Route from Chamonix to Arolla. Wonderful views of the Mont Blanc Massif and classic Alpine Walking. The Walker’s Haute Route is an iconic high level walk that links the famous towns of Chamonix and Zermatt. This... Read more
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  • Best of the Bernese Oberland
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  • Grindelwald Trail Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • A self-guided walking holiday in the foothills of the Swiss Alps. Experience the rich, green alpine scenery of the Bernese Oberland on this fantastic walking holiday through the foothills of the Swiss Alps. The mighty peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau surround you as you meander along forest tracks past mountain villages rich in local... Read more
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  • Highlights of the Bernese Oberland
  • A self-guided short break with a choice of flexible walks, staying in chalet-style hotels in Muerren, Wengen & Grindelwald. A short 4-night walking break taking in the must-see highlights of the Bernese Oberland, with a choice of varied hikes at your fingertips. Stay beneath the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in charming family-run chalet-style... Read more
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  • St. Moritz & The Engadine Valley Walking Tour
  • A self guided walking holiday in Switzerland's Engadine Valley. A moderate walking tour through the beautiful Engadine Valley, visiting Switzerland’s first and only National Park, St. Moritz and the pretty alpine village of Pontresina. The alpine valley of the Engadine offers the perfect introduction to easy walking in Switzerland. Explore... Read more
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  • Classic Walks of Mont Blanc
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  • High Trail to the Matterhorn
  • A self guided walking holiday along high trails of the Swiss Alps. The Matterhorn is one of the highest mountain peaks in the Alps, its dramatic pyramid peak stands proudly at 4478m. Discover the beauty of this wondrous mountain as you walk along the haute route from Brig down to Zermatt on our self guided walking holiday. Follow the trail... Read more
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  • Walker's Haute Route (East) - Arolla to Zermatt
  • Walk the Eastern Walker's Haute Route from Arolla to Zermatt. Take on the iconic Eastern section of the Walker’s Haute Route from Arolla to Zermatt. Six days of sublime mountain walking culminating at the foot of the Matterhorn in Zermatt. The Walker’s Haute Route is one of the World’s great treks and the eastern section from Arolla to... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Two Sides of the Matterhorn
  • Experience two sides of the Matterhorn on this self-gudied walking holdiay based in Zermatt and St Luc. Follow in the footsteps of pioneering Victorian hikers and experience Switzerland’s most famous mountain, the Matterhorn, from two sides on this twin centre walking holiday. With stylish Zermatt as your base for four nights, choose from a... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Complete Tour du Mont Blanc in Comfort (Extended)
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  • emputt 2016-02-16 01:35:28
  • Long distance hike in end of May/June?
  • Hi there,

    I am from the USA and am looking to do a long-distance hike in the end of May through early June, was thinking of doing about 21 days (give or take) and covering anywhere from 100-375km in that time (upper end would have to be an easier trail to cover the distance in my allotted time) and was initially looking into Europe (particularly Germany) but am really up to go anywhere in the world.

    What I want from it:
    - Stunning scenery - ideally GREEN landscape/rolling hills/mountains/forests to rivers to castles, etc etc.
    - Scattered small villages along the trail (they don't have to be every night but maybe every 3 nights at least?)
    - Not super overpopulated

    Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!!
    Emily
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