In summer popular walking routes are crowded but you can combine your treks with wild swimming in lakes and rivers, canyoning, kayaking, rock climbing and paragliding. In the autumn, the scenery along routes such as the Eiger trail, the Maennlichen Romantic trails or the Five Lakes of Zermatt is magnificent to explore whether you’re on foot or on two wheels. Winter is ski season for Swiss resorts and while we’re not down with downhill skiing
there are no end of other activities here to be enjoyed in a pristine snowbound landscape: cross country skiing and winter walks along pine-forested trails, dog sledding, glacier walks with crampons, sledging and snowshoeing. And spring, like autumn, has perfect temperatures for walking at high altitude, with fields draped in wildflowers and rivers flowing quickly, ideal for white water rafting. Switzerland is vast outdoor playground, and a truly year-round destination.
If you want to take it easier too, then look to walking trails of gentler gradient, wine tasting, or sightseeing whether it be by boat trips on the lake, ascending Mount Pilatus aboard the world’s steepest electric cogwheel railway (May to October only) or panoramic gondolas any time of year, or browsing the open air museum in Ballenberg. And wherever you go, whatever you do, you can be fuelled with lashings of fondue and delicious Swiss chocolate.
As with any outdoor activity vacation, it’s useful to keep in mind the seven principles of Leave No Trace
, especially sticking to durable surfaces when you hike or bike (and the center of the trail where possible), and being careful not to leave any waste behind.