The Swiss Alps are one of the many popular destinations in Switzerland, particularly for athletic persons like mountaineers and trekkers. The scenic view of the mountain ranges greets climbers and adventure seekers’ sight. In this site, even beginners can enjoy the scenic view of the Alps by walking and mountain climbing.
Both the walking trails and nature trails in Switzerland allow walkers of different levels of capability, whether they are amateur walkers on their first tour or experienced walkers with trekking and climbing skills, to enjoy the Alpine scenery of Switzerland while on walking tours in the country. The Jura Mountains in the Northwestern region of Switzerland, has rolling meadows where walking tours are pleasant and enjoyable. Meanwhile, the Bernese Alps is known for its high peaks including the Finsteraarhorn, the Schreckhorn and the Eiger. Apart from these towering peaks, the Bernese Oberland has clearly laid out walking trails along gentler slopes and valleys so walkers can see views of the majestic mountains while traveling on their walking trails. Moreover, the Pennine Alps to the South of the Rhone Valley, has many glaciers and spectacular snow-capped peaks alongside walking trails. In complete contrast are the wooded mountains of the Canton Ticino because this region is not snowbound and has moderate weather conditions, allowing walkers to enjoy sunny walks along the lakes and tree-covered hills of the Canton Ticino along the border with Italy.
Facilities are available to tourist enjoying their walking tours in Switzerland. The vaialability of such services aim to help tourists cross rivers, streams, inaccessible mountains, and other natural barriers including gondolas, chair-lifts, and cable-cars. Also accommodations on the high Alps are available in various kinds of Alpine huts including Hütte, refuge, rifugio, cabane or capanna, which offer dormitory living and meals for weary, but nevertheless happy travelers after a long day’s walk in Switzerland.
Walking trails are clearly marked and are maintained to ensure the safety of walkers, thus yellow markers or signposts placed at regular intervals indicate landmarks and scenic destinations and viewpoints. On these paths, most often than not, the time taken to walk to the destination is also mentioned and many of these signposts will have a white plate on which the altitude and name of the scenic viewpoint are written.
The two kinds of walking trails are as follows: The Wanderweg or chemin de randonnée pédestre, or sentiero escursionistico is a gentle path for a climber of the beginner’s level. Meanwhile, the Bergweg, or chemin de montagne, or sentiero di montagna is a tougher climb and may include rough terrain. The latter trail may be a path that is not used very frequently, thus red and white pointers on the yellow signpost indicate this tougher path.