The Swiss Alps offer a wide variety of activities to enjoy, including skiing and snowboarding in the winter, watersports in the summer, and hiking all year long. Here are a few of the most popular spots to make sure to include in your trip.
- The Matterhorn
Even if you’ve never traveled to Switzerland yourself, you’ve likely seen the iconic image of the Matterhorn before. It is the most prominent mountain in the country, and one of the most famous in the world. If you’ve ever been to Disneyland Park in California, then you may have even ridden on the Matterhorn Bobsleds ride, which portrays this famous mountain. While there are many hikes that provide beautiful views of the mountain, climbing to the top is a feat only highly skilled mountaineers can achieve.
- Lake Oeschinen
A gorgeous alpine lake located in the Kander Valley, Lake Oeschinen is surrounded on every side by the Swiss Alps. While this lake offers stunning views, you would not want to take a dip in these glacier-fed waters unless for just a few short minutes in the hottest months of summer. However, it is a popular spot for gondola riding. In the winter, there are several cross-country skiing trails nearby and great ice fishing spots.
Of all the towns in the Swiss Alps, Verbier is one of the most popular spots for skiing. Connected to La Tzoumaz, Verbier, and the 4 Vallées, it is the largest ski area in the country. However, you don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy Verbier. There are plenty of hiking and snowshoeing trails to enjoy as well as electric bike routes in the summertime.
- Montreux Riviera
A picturesque, quiet town located on Lake Promenade, Montreux offers beautiful views of the Alps. When in town, you can take a tour to the Glacier 3000, view Charlie Chaplin’s old home, or make your way to the Chateau de Chillon.
The Faulhornweg is one of the best hiking trails in the Swiss Alps and gives travelers a full view of the Jungfrau. You can reach the spot by starting in Grindelwald and taking a gondola to First. The path will eventually take you an infinity-pool positioned in front of several of the area’s most beautiful peaks, lush gardens, and a 19th-century mountain railway.
While the Italian Alps are known mostly for the Dolomites mountain range, Switzerland has just as much to offer travelers around the world seeking to satisfy their need for adventure. From visiting small villages to skiing down slick slopes, the Swiss Alps are a dream come true.