Switzerland is a fantastic country for walking breaks, long or short. The public transport system is so good that it is possible to be based almost anywhere using a combination of trains, buses and in some cases boats and lifts.
This series highlights some of the towns and villages we have found to make ideal bases for walking holidays, or for simply enjoying the spectacular countryside. Some of these are less known than the more popular destinations, and can therefore be less crowded. We have based the selection on the following criteria:
- Convenient access by public transport – no car required
- Great places to stay and eat
- Excellent walking that is easily accessible either direct from your accommodation or by using local transport services such as buses and lifts
- Stunning surroundings (not difficult in Switzerland!)
For information on the specific bases see
Arolla – a quiet lesser-known village in the Valais surrounded by beautiful pine forest and spectacular peaks and glaciers
Engelberg – a picturesque town surrounded by scenic valleys and mountains with endless possibilities for walking and exploring
Gstaad – an elegant town with miles of accessible paths in the surrounding mountains
Kandersteg – a great little town with easy access to mountain lakes, valleys and the beautiful Kander gorge
Scuol – a great base in the Lower Engadine which has charming traditional villages linked by great paths, and easy access to Switzerland’s only National Park
Silvaplana – situated in the Upper Engadine lakes area, with a multitude of mountain lifts for fantastic views and walks for all abilities
Watch out for more coming soon!
For more information on travel passes in Switzerland, please see our page of Recommended Resources.
For a light-hearted look at some of the reasons we love Switzerland see Things We Love About Switzerland.
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