A country blessed with a most dramatic and spectacular landscape. Mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, gorges, and waterfalls are plentiful natural elements into which cultural influences blend. Switzerland is a hiker’s paradise (you would expect nothing less of a country which has an article in its constitution regulating the responsibilities of those who maintain the thousands of kilometres of hiking paths), and boasts the world’s best public transport system, despite being arguably the most mountainous country in Europe. Mountain huts and comfortable hotels sit atop summits reached by spectacular train or cable car rides, but there is still plenty of space where you will hardly meet a soul.
Area covered: This guide covers the region around Lake Geneva, including Geneva, Lausanne and Montreux; the Swiss Jura; The Bernese Uplands; and the Valais.
The best time for walking in western Switzerland is from May to October (though if you will be hiking in the higher mountainous areas, July to September).