Hiking around the Walensee near Zurich

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It was June, the start of the summer and already past 30°C – we wanted an easy hike and hoped to cool down later in the beautiful Walensee. If you don’t know the Walensee then here’s a tease – it’s a lake with emerald green and blue waters and giant…

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Baltschiedertal Valley: Hiking in Valais with bridges & a 1.5 km pedestrian tunnel

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This one's a very varied autumn hike, starting from Visp and heading up the Baltschiedertal to have a look at some of the bisses of Valais. For the couple of days beforehand, we’d been high in the Alps in Valais, with the ground covered in snow every morning and a…

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Monte Caslano – Hiking & Chestnut picking in Ticino

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Ever heard of your Swiss colleagues collecting chestnuts over the weekend or wondered where you can pick them yourself? We stumbled across a full forest of them on a short hike one warm October weekend in Ticino. Time: 1.5 - 2.5 hr Distance: ~ 5-7 km Altitude: ~ 50 -…

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Speer: mountain hiking near Zurich

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If you’ve spent any time around Lake Zurich, you’ve probably seen Speer in the distance without even realizing it - it’s the highest point on a ridge that rises up suddenly from the flat ground at the upper end of Lake Zurich (the Pfäffikon/Rapperswil end). As a prominent mountain on…

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Best hikes in Ticino

Ah, Ticino. Lakes, palm trees, long warm summers - definitely the Mediterranean canton of Switzerland! From Alpine hikes in the north to big valleys and lakes in the center and rolling hills in the south, there’s something here for pretty much everyone.  With the Gotthard base tunnel finished several years…

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Monte Tamaro – Hiking in Ticino and a dip in Lago Maggiore

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One rainy day in the flatlands of Northern Switzerland we decided to go over to sunny Ticino. I’d always seen Monte Tamaro from the train in Ticino – it looks really imposing with quite a steep ridge so I was a bit intimidated to know we were hiking up it.…

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Pizol 5 Lakes – A Famous Swiss hike near Zurich

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This is one of the most famous hikes in the region, and with good reason. The journey from Zurich to the beginning of the hike is already impressive, taking you past the Walensee (‘see’ = lake) and the huge cliffs on the south side of the Churfirsten - an imposing…

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Pizzo Zucchero (Mount Sugar) – An off-the-beaten-path hike in Ticino

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Today's post centers around our hiking adventures up Pizzo Zucchero, or as I translate it ‘Mount Sugar’, in Ticino. In the spirit of minimizing travel during the pandemic (#staycation :) we hired a car and took some of our annual leave in Switzerland. This was a great opportunity to visit…

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Hiking up Grosser Mythen – hairpins and big views

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Time: 3 hrs Distance: ~ 6 km Altitude: ~ 700 m ↑ 700 m ↓ Scroll down for the route details and various other laidback options. Grosser Mythen and Kleiner Mythen sit next to each other opposite the Rigi massif, and already as you come in towards canton Schwyz on…

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