Majestic mountain landscapes
Nestled in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is the quintessential hiking destination. It’s a majestic land of pristine lakes, emerald meadows, snow-capped peaks and scenic trails in idyllic valleys. You’ll be surrounded by a symphony of cowbells, the sweet scent of wildflowers and the crisp mountain air. And the Swiss make is so easy to hike here! Even if you have limited hiking experience, the Swiss Alps could be your most perfect walking holiday.
It’s not all physical! On the Glacier Express you’ll be treated to panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, pristine forests and charming mountain villages on one of the most scenic train rides in the world. Plus, the towns and villages in the Swiss Alps are great places to relax. Taste traditional fondues and mouthwatering mountain cuisine, or sip a cocktail or two on a sun terrace while soaking up the stunning mountain scenery.
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Swiss Rail and Hike
- Spectacular Alpine walking on Switzerland’s most famous trails
- Experience the iconic Matterhorn and Eiger mountains up close
- Ride the Glacier Express, one of the world’s greatest rail journeys
- Flexible walking distances with mountain transport and options
Locations in Switzerland
Zermatt is a charming Swiss alpine village nestled at the base of the majestic pyramid-shaped Matterhorn. The town is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and has picturesque chalet-style architecture and car-free streets. Visitors typically arrive by train, and electric taxis and horse-drawn carriages provide transportation within the town.
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The Matterhorn (4478m) is one of the most iconic and recognisable mountains in the world. It is known for its distinctive and symmetrical pyramid shape with four steep faces, and is often described as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. In Zermatt you’ll find the Matterhorn Museum, which is dedicated to the history and culture of the region. It provides insights into the mountain’s first ascent, the lives of early alpinists, and the impact of tourism on the area.
The Gornergrat is a spectacular ridge (3135m) that offers some of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including the iconic Matterhorn. To reach the Gornergrat, you can take the Gornergrat Railway, one of the highest cogwheel railways in Europe. The scenic train journey itself is an attraction, winding through alpine forests and meadows before reaching the summit.
At 2337m, Trift Hutte is a true mountain hut, accessible only by foot, and with stunning views. No less impressive is the apple tart, baked fresh and providing a welcome excuse for a stop! If you’re really lucky, you’ll hear the magical Swiss Horn being played, with the echoes from the nearby cliffs making this an unforgettable experience.
Zmutt is characterised by its traditional Swiss chalet-style architecture. The village features well-preserved wooden houses with steeply pitched roofs, making it a charming and photogenic location.
Lauterbrunnen is the gateway to the Jungfrau region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its majestic peaks, including the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. You can easily access the Jungfrau Railway from here to the flanks of the Jungfrau. This high-altitude saddle offers panoramic views of the Aletsch Glacier, the longest in the Alps, and the surrounding peaks. In the Lauterbrunnen Valley there are a total of 72 waterfalls, the most famous of which are the Staubbach Falls and Trümmelbach Falls.
Mürren is surrounded by towering mountain peaks, including the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. The village itself sits at an altitude of approximately 1,650m and offers panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks and pristine alpine landscapes. Mürren gained international fame as a filming location for the James Bond film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” The revolving Piz Gloria restaurant atop the Schilthorn, accessible from Mürren, was featured prominently in the movie.
Kleine Scheidegg is a high mountain pass in the Bernese Oberland region. It offers incredible views of the world-famous North Face of the Eiger.
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