Switzerland — a hiker’s paradise
Hiking trails and tips for the autumn
Wake up refreshed, tuck into a hearty breakfast and pull on your hiking boots – set the tone for a perfect day’s hiking at one of our Swiss youth hostels. The adventure begins right on the doorstep – and it’s up to you to choose how and when. Take the next mountain railway or get walking right away. Catch the PostBus to your chosen hiking trail or jump on the train to the next village. Anything is possible. We offer you a wide range of trails and activities:
Alpine and mountain hikes
Tip 1: Wildhorn hike: Auberge Sanetsch – Geltenhütte
This route from the Restaurant Barrage du Sanetsch (where you can enjoy the famous local apricot tarts in an idyllic setting) to the Geltenhütte cabin is part of the popular Wildhorn hike.
Duration: 6 h
Suitable Hostels: Gstaad Saanenland Youth Hostel
Tip 2: Glorious glacier worlds
The classic descent from Fuorcla Surlej to Pontresina starts in Murtèl and heads towards Fuorcla. Once you’ve reached the summit, it’s downhill all the way. The route winds tortuously through the rock formations that have been carved out by the ancient glaciers.
Duration: 4 h
Tip 1: Jörisee lakes round trip
The Jörisee route offers hikers the chance to witness a stunning natural spectacle, with turquoise lakes in the heart of a barren mountain landscape.
Duration: 5 h
Tip 2: Five-lake hike
This largely flat route rewards hikers with a phenomenal mountain panorama and plenty of chances to stop and refuel. And if you’re feeling daring, why not take a dip in the crystal-clear, icy cold Grünsee before taking the Gornergrat mountain railway from Riffelalp back to Zermatt.
Duration: 2 h 30 mins
Suitable Hostels: Zermatt Youth Hostel
Family hikes & walks
Tip 1: Rhine Falls round trip
The Rhine Falls form the centrepiece of this hike. The route starts at Laufen Castle, standing majestically above the Rhine Falls, unfazed by the raging waters crashing at its feet. From here, walk down towards the water, cross the bridge and continue your hike on the opposite bank.
Duration: 2 h
Suitable Hostels: Dachsen Youth Hostel
Tip 2: The Apple Fritter trail – hiking heaven in the Jungfrau region
The Apple Fritter trail – or Öpfelchüechliweg – is ideal for families. The trail runs through the beautiful Grindelwald/Männlichen landscape, with plenty of interesting facts along the way for young and old alike.
Duration: 1 h 30 mins
Suitable Hostels: Grindelwald Youth Hostel
Tip 3: Ibex promenade
The Ibex Trail offers varied and above all colourful view. It is an ideal trail for families and to learn more about these mountain goats and their favourite habitat.
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Originally published by Swiss Youth Hostels