Walking Across Europe is superb so get on your walking boots to see the region at its very best and really get away from it all.
Switzerland is famous for it‘s high mountains and gorgeous lakes on the foot of them. The Swiss tableland, set between the Jura and Alps mountain chains and extending from Lake Geneva in the southwest to Lake Constance in the northeast, represents about 30% of the country’s surface area. This plateau is the most populated region and country’s center of agricultural production.
Within its borders Switzerland has nearly every variety of landscape, vegetation, and climatic condition known in Europe. The lowest point in Switzerland, the shores of Lake Maggiore have palm trees thrive in a Mediterranean climate, whereas in the highest point, the Dufourspitze is eternal snow and ice.
Of course, the Alps are the main tourist attraction of Switzerland, with about 100 peaks above 3,600m (12,000 ft.). They form the centerpiece of Europe’s alpine range.
To be more precise, we‘ll give you a list of regions for an excellent walking holiday.
The Bernese Oberland is named after its largest city, Bern, the Swiss capital. Known for the beauty of its alpine mountains, it includes many famous resorts, the largest of which is Interlaken, popular mainly in the summer. At its higher altitudes, where the snowfall is more consistent, there are such chic ski resorts as Gstaad, Grindelwald, Kandersteg, Mürren, and Wengen. In the Bernese Oberland the walking opportunities are many and varied with routes to suit all tastes and abilities.
The Grisons & the Engadine area is the largest and most easterly of the cantons of Switzerland. There are glaciers and legions of jagged, wind-swept mountain peaks for a superb walking. Its capital is Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland. The Engadine stretches for 97km (60 miles), from the Maloja Plateau to Finstermünz. The region’s main attraction is the glamorous winter resort of St. Moritz.
Northeastern Switzerland is relatively neglected by tourists, however, it is an area with pleasant rolling alpine countryside with mountains of less stature providing dramatic backdrops. Also, one of the biggest rivers in Europe, the Rhine, flows through it and Lake Constance is situated. Its highlights include St. Gallen city, certain sections of the Rhine valley, and the Rhine Falls, near Neuhausen.
The Ticino is the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. This canton is the most southerly and therefore, is the warmest region of the country. The Italian influence is most strongly felt in the region’s relaxed tempo. Many older residents of Switzerland wish to spend their retirement days in here.
The Valais is a mixture of French and German speaking areas. This rugged valley of the upper Rhône offers such geographic attractions as the Matterhorn and the Great St. Bernard Pass. It has a fine walking and many quality high level routes with 4,000 m peaks providing a spectacular backdrop.
For a start that would be it. Choose your favorite region of Switzerland, make a route and come for an unforgettable walking holiday.