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Over hill and dale

Do you prefer to hike across alpine meadows or climb a mountain peak, or would you rather roam the forests? In Switzerland, you will find over 65,000 kilometres of marked hiking trails and can explore every corner of the country. The hiking trails are well signposted and as varied as the landscape itself – here, the journey itself is the reward.

Alpine and high-altitude hiking

Tip 1: Schynigen Platte via the Faulhorn to Mount First

The high-altitude hike from the Schynigen Platte via the Faulhorn to Mount First is one of the most spectacular panoramic tours in the Bernese Oberland.

Route: approx. 5.5 hours
Ascent: 1,026 m elevation gain
Descent: 871 m elevation gain
Highest point: 2,657 metres above sea level


Tip 2: Fantastic glacier worlds

The classic ascent route from Pontresina via Fuorcla Surlej to the Corvatsch Murtèl middle station. The route winds its way in numerous hairpin bends through the rock formations carved round by glaciers.

Route: approx. 4.75 hours
Ascent: 1,092 m elevation gain
Descent: 163 m elevation gain
Highest point: 2,754 metres above sea level

Discovery hikes for connoisseurs

Tip 1: Jöriseen circular tour

This hike offers a beautiful natural spectacle: light green lakes in the middle of a barren mountain landscape.

Route: approx. 4.5 hours
Ascent: 950 m elevation gain
Descent: 950 m elevation gain
Highest point: 2,782 metres above sea level

Tip 2: The 5-Lakes trail

The rewarding tour without any notable ascents and descents enchants with a phenomenal mountain panorama and excellent opportunities to stop for a bite to eat along the way. The more daring may even brave a swim in the crystal-clear and ice-cold Grünsee before returning to Zermatt from Riffelalp on the Gornergrat cable car.

Route: approx. 2.5 hours
Ascent: 260 m elevation gain
Descent: 540 m elevation gain
Highest point: 2,574 metres above sea level

Tip 3: The Heidbüel-Tgantieni panorama trail

The hike on the alpine trail above Lenzerheide promises a great mountain panorama and can be started directly from Valbella-Lenzerheide Youth Hostel.

Route: approx. 2 hours
Ascent: 600 m elevation gain
Descent: 480 m elevation gain
Highest point: 2,063 metres above sea level

Our hostels on the hiking routes mentioned above

  • Interlaken Youth Hostel

    A modern youth hostel with a restaurant and the perfect location at Interlaken Ost station. You can access the entire Jungfrau region from here!

  • Grindelwald Youth Hostel

    Sun terrace with a panoramic view of the majestic mountains: a unique view of the Eiger is included at Grindelwald Youth Hostel.

  • Pontresina Youth Hostel

    Come face to face with the ibex! At an altitude of 1,800 metres, the mountain village of Pontresina is very close to the glaciers, the Alps and their animal inhabitants.

  • St. Moritz Youth Hostel

    You can have top-class holidays in St. Moritz even without all the frills – but still in style, with a cosy atmosphere and your own fondue and raclette room.

  • Davos Youthpalace

    Countless spa guests can't be wrong: for around 150 years, people have been enjoying the fresh air, cool mountain lakes and incredible Alpine panoramas in Davos.

  • Zermatt Youth Hostel

    The Matterhorn, mountain of all mountains and the star of the natural spectacle around Zermatt: right in the field of vision from the windows of the youth hostel.

Discover hiking adventures in the Bernese Oberland

Let our blog post (which, by the way, was written by our booking centre manager) inspire your next hiking trip.

Laax action playground – relaxation included!


Laax Baby! The region around Laax offers an incredible number of opportunities to let off steam. The adventure playground stretches from the 400-metre-deep Rhine Gorge to the glacier at an altitude of 3000 metres above sea level. Action, fun and variety are guaranteed. Our wellnessHostel3000 Laax takes care of the relaxation afterwards.


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