Climbing a mountain peak, hiking over alpine meadows or rather strolling through forests? Thanks to over 65,000 kilometers of marked hiking trails, you can discover virtually every corner of Switzerland on foot. The hiking trails are well signposted and as varied as the landscape itself — the path quickly becomes your destination. So that you can discover the full range of Swiss nature, it's worth jumping on the train between the tours. Switzerland's trains will take you to the remotest corners and lonely valleys. The interval timetable in Switzerland makes your planning particularly easy: every hour and every half-hour, all trains travel across Switzerland, making it child's play to change trains.
In June 2019, six adventurous bloggers will each be exploring a spectacular hiking route in various Swiss regions: Climb the Mythen near Lucerne, enjoy the view from the San Salvatore in Ticino or a relaxed rail hiking trip? Switzerland also has something for every type of hiker in the Valais, Graubünden and Bern region, with a wide variety of hiking trails to choose from — the path quickly becomes the destination! Discover the various routes here and embark on a rail hiking trip across Switzerland with “Viel Unterwegs” (bhc2019.myswitzerland.com/region/bahnwandern)!
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Switzerland is a real railway country — so you can discover the most beautiful places by train. The densest transport network — consisting of train, bus and boat — takes you comfortably to the most remote villages, secluded valleys and the most beautiful lakes. Whether you book the individual trips or buy a Swiss Travel Pass, it's up to you. All information about the Swiss Travel System can be found at swisstravelsystem.com.
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The landmark of Canton Schwyz towers majestically above the basin. The ascent of the myth is undoubtedly the highlight of all hikes in the area, so it is also called the "Matterhorn the Wanderer". The striking rock pyramid offers a magnificent view of the surrounding valleys and mountains.Your starting point for the ascent of the dominant "Big Myths" is Schwyz. From there you can take the aerial cableway up to the Rotenfluh mountain station. With a wonderful view of the Big Myth, you will hike across wide alpine meadows to the cable car station Brunni-Holzegg. Here begins the actual, 2,400 meters long Mythenweg. In exactly 47 hairpin bends, all of which are numbered, you climb up to the summit, where a fantastic view awaits you and the Great Myths Alpe.Incidentally, the hike is especially beautiful at dawn, when you are right on time for the sunrise at the peak - a unique experience. But for such a tour you must not forget your headlamp.More information about the Mythenweg can be found at brunnialpthal.ch/mythenweg.aspx.
With its steep mountains and mirror-smooth water, Lake Lucerne is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Alps. On this hike - the Swiss Path - you walk along Lake Uri, a part of Lake Lucerne.From the Sisikon train station, it goes on Lake Urnersee on the lake promenade through the southern part of Sisikon in the direction of Tellsplatte. The path leads over 80 stone steps up to the Tell chapel with the largest carillon in Switzerland. Further, the path leads up and down through southern-looking forest parts. After a short but steep climb you reach the old Axenstraße. Directly over the rock you go with marvelous view on lake and mountains along the first north-south road at the Urnersee. At the end of the hike, you will reach Flüelen after crossing the Gruonbach. Here the route continues along the Riviera and along the Gotthard railway line through Flüelen to the ship station.Our tip: After the hike, take the excursion boat and head over to lively Lucerne. With its attractions and the easily accessible excursion mountains Rigi and Pilatus, the city is a great destination for nature and culture lovers.Are you still looking for accommodation in Lucerne? Then you should definitely visit the Hotel Waldstaetterhof. This elegant hotel is located directly at the train station in Lucerne, making it perfect for your rail hikes. More information and reservation at hotel-waldstaetterhof.ch/de.
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Embedded in the enchanting landscape of the Albula Valley, the Albula line meanders through tunnels and over viaducts around 400 meters up the mountain - unique! Already since 2008, the Albula Line, together with the Bernina Line, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This marvelous technical marvel is best experienced with a hike on the railway adventure path from Preda to Bergün.You can take the train to Preda to admire the beautiful scenery and the exciting track guidance. From Preda along the track, which winds its way up through the valley on several bridges, viaducts and dams, you will hike gently downhill and back to Bergün. On the way you will see again and again the trains that go up to the Albula Pass and on to St. Moritz - a great photo opportunity, because the red carriages of the Rhaetian Railway stand out beautifully against the backdrop of the mountains.When you arrive in Bergün you should definitely visit the railway museum Albula. Here you will learn everything about the complicated construction of the railway line. You can find more information about the museum at bahnmuseum-albula.ch/en.You want to experience more of the Rhaetian Railway after the hike? Then you should take the Bernina line from Bergün to Chur - because on the way it crosses the world famous Landwasser Viaduct. All information about the Bernina Express can be obtained at myswitzerland.com/de-de/bergsommer-tipps-bernina-express.html.Chur also offers a tasty hiking offer: On the culinary tour you walk to two different mountain restaurants and eat first the appetizer and in the next the main course. At the end you will take a toboggan run back down to the valley - a real pleasure hike with a dash. chur.graubuenden.ch/de/angebot/chur-weitere-umgebung/kulinarik-tour-genusswanderung-pfiff