Hiking in Switzerland: 9 of the Best Trails for Hikers

Visiting Switzerland will not be complete if you do not try to experience hiking in at least one of their many mountains.

The Swiss Alps is a very iconic world site. It is such a beautiful sight to behold, and once you visit this country, the first thing that you will notice is the rolling mountain range.

If you are one of the thrill-seeking adventurers out there, you would want to know the best places to hike in Switzerland. While you are at it, you also should know that bringing hiking poles will help you finish the hike with less unfortunate incidents.

To start with, here are some of the most stunning trails to experience.

Oescheninsee Hiking Trails

Oescheninsee Hiking Trails

With Oescheninsee Lake’s jaw-dropping peaks, it gives off an impression that it extends up to the sky.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even locals consider this hike the most breathtaking among all the other hiking trails in the country. It is so beautiful, you can spend an hour just staring at its beauty, but then again, you might not be able to finish the hike on time if you do that often.

If you are well-acclimated, you can start the descent towards the lake from Bluemlisalp massif.

This heavenly hiking trail is a 2-hour drive away from Zurich. The best time to go is between July to October.

Seenweg: Five Lakes Walk, Switzerland

Seenweg: Five Lakes Walk

If you wish to experience what Switzerland is best known for but you are pressed with time, you can take a day hike at 5-Seenweg or the Five Lakes Walk.

This iconic tooth-shaped mountain in Zermatt has three beautiful lakes where a reflection of the mountain can be seen. It is an enchanting sight to revel in. I do not think anyone would have the heart to miss such a stunning spectacle of nature.

As for the trail, it is a fairly easy hike, so even beginners would be able to do it without a hitch. Then again, you should at least do some warm-ups before you start to avoid cramps because a lot of walking will be done here.

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Swiss Path

The Swiss Path is a special national path and was officially opened during the 700th birthday of Switzerland.

It is a historic trail with a representation of Swiss citizens every five-millimeter stretch. It is a beautiful hike to breathe in the fresh air. It is one of those hikes where you cannot just help but stop in the middle of the track and appreciate the beauty of the countryside.

In case you are wondering, the lake in the middle is just one section of Lake Lucerne. The hike takes an estimate of 2 to 3 days to complete.

Hiking in Switzerland, The Matterhorn

The Matterhorn

Sucker for snow-capped mountains? The Matterhorn will give you that satisfaction. As one of the most well-known, unique places in Switzerland, it’s instantly recognizable.

It looks like a swirl of ice cream from afar, but I do not know if that is just the hungry me, or it really looks that way, especially with the amount of ice on top of the mountain.

However, it may look sweet and dainty, but in reality, this hike is a tough one. Your greatest dilemma during the entire hike would be the temperature. It varies from mildly cold to extremely chilling. No matter what day of the year you prefer to hike, it will always be cold in this mountain.

Get ready for some crazy steep trails and slippery slopes in this exhilarating hike.

Hiking in Switzerland, Mount Titlis

Mount Titlis

A glacier hike is exciting as it is strenuous. Mount Titlis is covered in snow all year round, but experts say that it is best to hike in this mountain during the winter.

It is comprised of different hiking trails, all of which have a corresponding level of difficulty. Some of the routes are just a half-hour trek, while the others can take up to three hours long. Nonetheless, it is still a fairly short hike compared to the other ones on the list.

There are cabins for rent atop the ridges so you can spend a night gazing at the snow-covered pine trees.

Obersteinberg Trail, Switzerland
Photo from Elevation

Obersteinberg Trail

If you are into trail running, Obersteinberg is for you.

The trail can be a bit exasperating for beginners, but with an unimaginable view of the green fields, the snow-capped mountains, beautiful lakes, and waterfalls along the way, it compensates for all the calories burned and sweats that were shed during the entire trail.

At the end of the hike is the bewitching Berghotel, where you can chill and relax.

Eiger Trail

Eiger Trail

Steep trails and slopes that will test your endurance, as well as your patience, are the challenges waiting for you at the Eiger Trail. Despite its backbreaking trail, this one is considered easy as it can be done in no less than 2 to 3 hours.

At the foot of the Eiger is where the adventure begins. With unbeatable views to welcome you through every challenging step, it is without a doubt that the Eiger Trail is a favorite among travelers looking for a quick but challenging hike.

Lake Bachalpsee, Switzerland


Lake Bachalpsee is one of the most divine alpine lakes in Switzerland. Located in Bernese Oberland, this majestic piece of land can be explored through a two-hour hike.

An overlooking view of the surrounding mountains is what makes the trek worthwhile. You can also see a reflection of this mountain ranges over the lake. It is a dazzling sight, and it might make you teary-eyed to be able to witness such beauty.

Mount Rigi

Mount Rigi

If you want to unload all your stress and you do not know how to, just climb the top of Mount Rigi, sit among the flowers in the field, and just look at the resplendent view of Lake Lucerne from up above.

There is a cog-railway available to take you to the nearest jump-off point to the top for those who want to see the Swiss panorama but do not have the energy to do all the walking.

Mount Rigi will fill up your cameras with unending photos of the amazing view. You probably have to bring an extra memory card!

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