Getting to Know the Lovely Paths and Trails of Switzerland

A View of SwitzerlandWhere is the best route for hiking in Switzerland? While there are hundreds of versions of the “definitive answer,” we can offer a few suggestions. Of course, you may have already heard of Berner Oberland, arguably the most popular trekking region in the country. Here, experts at Alpenwild will let you know on what is in store, and add a few more.

Taking the beaten path

Finding spectacular scenery in the Swiss countryside is easy. You will find three different types of marked trails as you walk around. It is not surprising that a nation will spend as much maintaining and marking 30,000 miles (about 50,000 kilometers) of hiking trails. After all, the Swiss are proud of the natural beauty that surrounds them.

Marked trails to watch out for

Signs marked with yellow coloring can be found in lakes and valleys, and are known locally as Wanderwege. These trails are easy to manage, and anyone who can spare an hour to walk will have a great time and enjoy the benefits of moderate exercise. If you see trail signs marked with white and red coloring, you are on the Bergwege mountain paths. They pose a bigger challenge. Therefore, you have to wear good shoes and be ready to sweat it out.

Signs in white and blue are alpine routes and should only be explored by experienced hikers. These alpine routes of Alpine Routen should be taken only with an authorized guide. The Swiss have taken time and care with the path markings. Useful information is available to hikers, such as walking time to villages or junctions.

If you are keen on experiencing the best of Swiss hiking on your first foray into the trails, then prepare yourself for a 3.5-hour hike on a 10-kilometer trail. The level of difficulty is intermediate, but you probably will not mind the challenges posed by the ascending and descending trail. The view of Oeschinensee Lake is worth the effort.