The high plateau on the north-western flank of the famous Rigi offers a genuine outdoor experience. With the “Queen of Mountains” behind you and Lake Lucerne at your feet, you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama. The road from Küssnacht SZ (near Lucerne and Zug) up to Seebodenalp is asphalted and the drive takes less than 20 minutes. There are plenty of parking spaces and an easy circular route that leads you along the viewpoints.
When the temperatures are low enough, Lac de Joux – the biggest lake in the Jura massif – and its smaller neighbour Lac Ter are transformed into huge, natural sheets of ice . It’s worth a trip even if you don’t want to put your skates on: the idyllic region is perfect for a leisurely walk. Mobility gets you to your destination in 45 minutes from Lausanne, 60 minutes from Geneva and 90 minutes from Bern. A bientôt!
It takes just under four hours and all you have to do is to follow your nose: starting from Euthal, a magnificent hike awaits you that passes through the snowy plain between Unteriberg, Studen and Lake Sihl – Switzerland’s biggest reservoir. Pack a thermos flask of hot tea in your rucksack and off you go! The starting point is a 45-minute drive from Zurich and Zug and one hour from Lucerne.
Everyone knows Crans-Montana, one of the top ski resorts in Switzerland. But we’re not here to whizz down the Valais pistes: instead there’s an atmospheric lantern path to stroll along. It tells the children’s tale “The Shepherd and the Star of Bella Lui” and is ideal for families, with a walking time of 45 minutes. So pack up the kids and follow the tour through the areas of natural beauty around the centre of Crans-Montana. To get there, the winding road up from Sion takes about 35 minutes by car, or 20 minutes from Sierre.
The winter hiking trail from Aeschi in the Bernese Oberland (20 minutes from Thun, 40 minutes from Bern) takes you along the well-known “Bänkli-Rundweg” – a lovely walk in the summer, too. The high plateau above Lake Thun offers superb views of the snow-covered peaks of Niesen and Dreispitz. There are several routes available, but the most common one will take you a little more than two hours.
Aargau Jura Park encompasses the hilly landscape of the Chain Jura and Table Jura between Brugg, Laufenburg Rheinfelden and Aarau. Covering a surface area of 240 square kilometres, the self-proclaimed “green treasure trove” offers countless options for wonderful excursions and is easy to reach from all directions (Baden 20 minutes, Basel/Olten/Zurich 40 minutes)
The small River Aïre ripples its way along just outside Geneva, and its banks are a wonderful place for a stroll. The river is a full ten kilometres long before it flows into the Arve at Pont Saint-Georges. Landscape architect Gilles Descombes both renaturalised the Aïre and created a newly designed pasture landscape there, so the walk is always visually satisfying, too.
A flat, easily accessible hiking trail from Sonogno takes you into the wintery Verzasca Valley. As you walk along the river, you pass the typical stone mountain huts again and again. The path runs through the valley basin in the upper part of the Verzasca Valley with a view of the famous stone bridge of Lavertezzo. Journey: 45 minutes from Locarno, 60 minutes from Bellinzona.