Walking holidays in Switzerland

For such a small country, Switzerland really does pack a punch. From dramatic peaks and glacial valleys to picture-postcard mountain vistas, there's so much to experience here. To explore all this country has to offer, walking in Switzerland is a great way to capture it all.

We're firm believers that Mother Nature intended for Switzerland to be explored on foot, and a Swiss Alps walking holiday allows you to witness some of the region's truly unique treasures.

Take on a tour of the country's highest peaks and clearest waterfalls. Experience the sweet scent of flower-strewn meadows and remarkable rambles among glossy mountain lakes. See some of the most widely recognised and spectacular views in the world, with famous peaks such as the Eiger, Jungfrau and Matterhorn dominating the Swiss skyline.

There's also an abundance of history and culture in Switzerland that you can really sink your teeth into. Its alpine villages overflow with the kind of charisma you only ever read about in fairy tales. Imagine pretty wooden chalets clinging to the mountainsides, and laid-back cafes where you can listen to the church bells chime as you watch the world go by.

The long summer days are ideal for walking holidays in Switzerland and from the end of September, the Indian summers flood the land with vivid hues of red and gold as the autumn spreads its spellbinding beauty across the landscapes. With the Alps accounting for more than 60% of the country, it's no exaggeration to say that the walkable wonderments on offer in Switzerland are almost too numerous to mention.

All of the above and much, much more is on offer with our expertly packaged walking tours of Switzerland. All of our self-guided, single-centre walking holidays in Switzerland include full accommodation and meals - meaning all you need to think about is how best to discover every inch of this one-of-a-kind country.

Where can I go on a walking holiday in Switzerland?

Here are just a few of the major locations you can visit as part of our handpicked walking trips to Switzerland.

Bern

The canton of Bern, and more specifically the Bernese Oberland region, is one of Switzerland's premier walking spots. It's revered for its breathtaking views and outstanding, untouched natural beauty.

Offering a postcard-ready visual at virtually every turn, the peaks of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau sit among the region, as do hundreds of kilometres of some of Europe's best hiking and skiing trails. Such is the extent of the opportunities on offer in the region, we offer walking tours for both the east and west side of Bernese Oberland, taking in the best mountain passes alongside the area's lush meadows and idyllic villages.

Valais

Often described as a land of contrasts, Valais couples 4,000-metre-high glacial peaks with deep valleys and expansive vineyards. The many contrasts you see will depend on timing of your visit, with the winter and summer versions of Valais offering two rather separate but equally stunning experiences.

Winter offers the opportunity for crunchy hikes and snowshoe treks through snowy forests and sprawling alpine landscapes. In the summer, more than 300 days of sunshine a year brings a sun kissed aesthetic to the thousands of kilometres of countryside, meadows and vineyards in the region.

Zermatt

The famous alpine town of the Valais region, Zermatt sits at the foot of the Matterhorn. It welcomes millions of visitors every year who are keen to take on the massive number of excursions and adventures that start here. A legendary location among the mountaineering community, high-skill international trails like the multi-day-long Haute Route are complemented by a series of less challenging but equally brilliant historic hiking pathways.

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Walking in Val D'Anniviers
Switzerland: Valais

Walking in Val D'Anniviers

High above the Rhone Valley, located in the French speaking part of Switzerland, Val d'Anniviers offers some truly stunning walks.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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  • Holiday codeW07VD
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1589per person, tour only

  • 1 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts & dinners
  • Route notes provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walking the Bernese Highlights West
Switzerland: The Bernese Oberland

Walking the Bernese Highlights West

Cross Switzerland’s high mountain passes, from Mürren to Gstaad through lush, alpine valleys nestled between traditional Swiss villages.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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  • Holiday codeW07BW
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1879per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walking the Bernese Highlights East
Switzerland: The Bernese Oberland

Walking the Bernese Highlights East

Cross alpine meadows and skirt crystal clear lakes set high amongst the mountains. Pass through beautiful green valleys with rushing mountain streams and waterfalls tumbling from high above.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW07BE
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1899per person, tour only

  • 2 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and two dinners
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Classic Swiss Alps Walk
Switzerland: The Bernese Oberland

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

Here, in the 'jewel in the crown' of classic Switzerland, you'll find many of the highest peaks, the deepest valleys, the tallest waterfalls, the oldest glaciers and the most beautiful mountain lakes in the country.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW07AF
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1399per person, tour only

  • 113 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, picnic or light restaurant lunches and 4 course evening meals
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walking the Valais Matterhorn Region
Switzerland: Valais

Walking the Valais Matterhorn Region

This twin centre holiday immerses you in an unforgettable mountain scene with exceptional walking trails stretching far out across the alpine landscapes. Nestled in the heart of the Alps, it’s difficult not to be captivated by the beauty and tranquillity of the Valais region.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW07VL
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, twin centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1079per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walking in Kandersteg - short break
Switzerland: The Bernese Oberland

Walking in Kandersteg - short break

Here, in the 'jewel in the crown' of classic Switzerland, you'll find many of the highest peaks - often over 4000m, the deepest valleys, the tallest waterfalls, the oldest glaciers and the most beautiful mountain lakes in the country.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW05AF
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration5 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1099per person, tour only

  • 9 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, picnic or light restaurant lunches and 4 course evening meals
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walking the Valais Matterhorn Region - Premium
Switzerland: Valais

Walking the Valais Matterhorn Region - Premium

This twin centre holiday immerses you in an unforgettable mountain scene with exceptional walking trails stretching far out across the alpine landscapes. Nestled in the heart of the Alps, it’s difficult not to be captivated by the beauty and tranquillity of the Valais region.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW07VP
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, twin centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1239per person, tour only

  • 2 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walking in the Lower Engadine
Switzerland: Graubunden

Walking in the Lower Engadine

Spend your week in the charming town of Scuol, famous for its spa and mineral waters, and of course for it's spectacular walking trails.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW07EN
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1299per person, tour only

  • 2 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Route notes provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walk the Crossroads of Five Passes
Switzerland: The Bernese Oberland

Walk the Crossroads of Five Passes

Spend a week in the exceptionally beautiful village of Meiringen, home to extensive walking networks with access to spectacular waterfalls and breath-taking Swiss scenery.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW07CF
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1319per person, tour only

  • 2 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Route notes provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walk in the Home of the Matterhorn
Switzerland: Valais

Walk in the Home of the Matterhorn

Based in the picturesque, car-free, alpine town of Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn, this single centre holiday features walking amongst 4,000m peaks. Offering spectacular views of the Matterhorn and the summits of the Swiss, Italian and French Alps.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW07ZE
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1589per person, tour only

  • 1 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts & dinners
  • Route notes provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walking and E-MTBiking in the Swiss Alps
Switzerland: The Bernese Oberland

Walking and E-MTBiking in the Swiss Alps

This 7 night holiday explore the peaks of the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland on foot and by e-bike to help you combat those hills. Stay at the beautiful Alfa Soleil with excellent cuisine in a chocolate box perfect setting of Kandersteg.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeM07AF
  • Holiday typeMulti activity holiday
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1489per person, tour only

  • 13 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, picnic or light restaurant lunches and 4 course dinners included each day
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

    Walking holidays in Switzerland

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Frequently asked questions

Is Switzerland a lot of walking?

Yes, is the simple answer, which is what makes it such an incredible place for our walking tours. With over 65,000km (around 40,000 miles) of marked hiking trails across the country, Switzerland is a mecca for hiking, trekking, trail running and walking.

Indeed, the Swiss themselves are passionate walkers. Once you've been on one walking tour and experienced just a small part of the incredible and diverse beauty of the country's natural landscapes, we wouldn't be surprised if you were already thinking about booking your next trip with us.

What are the best months to hike Switzerland?

The best months to hike in Switzerland are June through to October. This is considered to be Switzerland's summer walking season, and also the season that we cover entirely with more or less all of our walking tours.

You'll find some of our trips offer opportunities to head out in May, but many mountainous trails are shut to the public between ski season and summer season (mid-April to mid-June), meaning you'll have to wait until June to get started with your adventure.

Can you hike in Switzerland in winter?

To some, a snow-covered Switzerland is the best version of this picture-perfect country. Winter hiking trails across Switzerland offer undoubtedly stunning experiences, although it's worth bearing in mind that winter hikes will generally present more of a challenge than the same trails in summer.

The majority of our packages are based around the summer season. This is because we want to focus our offering around easy walking holidays in Switzerland, where you can see the best the country has to offer without overly worrying about the intensity of the trail ahead.

H3: How many days is sufficient for a walking holiday in Switzerland?

Our packages are mostly seven-day self-guided walking tours in Switzerland, with a few five-day options, too. We think five to seven days is the ideal window to see one particular side or region of Switzerland without the trip and walking involved becoming overly demanding.

A slight disclaimer, however: the country is so beautifully rich and diverse in its tapestry of landscapes that we can’t guarantee just one walking tour of Switzerland will be enough to satisfy you!

Is it expensive to hike in Switzerland?

With our walking trips in Switzerland starting at under £1,000 per person, we've looked to make our packages as accessible as possible for you as a customer while still doing justice to what are trips of a lifetime.

Once you're there, you won’t find any hidden surprises in terms of additional charges for the adventures ahead. Switzerland doesn't charge to visit mountain areas, nor will you need a permit for hiking while over there (Switzerland recovers its maintenance costs for its mountain areas via railway fees).

What is the most beautiful mountain or place in Switzerland?

You'll see by the extent and diversity of the tours on offer that there are only subjective opinions when it comes to the most beautiful place to visit in Switzerland. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder when there's such an abundance of it in a country like this.

There are undoubtedly more popular and famous mountains to encounter, though. The Matterhorn, for example, is a quintessential representation of Switzerland's stunning landscape aesthetic, and just one of many visitor spots you won’t want to miss.

What to pack for a walking holiday in Switzerland?

Our walking holidays in Switzerland are centred around the summer season, but your packing list will need to take into account the multitude of conditions you may find yourself in while on the trip, and you'll need to think about where in the country you're visiting.

If you're wondering what to wear on a walking holiday in Switzerland, you'll need to pack for a range of conditions. Ahead of your visit, you should research the area and time of year you're visiting. While summer temperatures in Switzerland sit in the 18-28°C region in many areas of the country, temperatures will drop when visiting higher altitude locations. With that in mind, you should pack as you would for a typical walking holiday but be sure to include clothing for both warmer and colder conditions, as well as waterproofs.

When packing clothing, you'll also need to consider the grade of difficulty of your chosen trails. Comfortable clothing is a must, as are durable walking boots that are fit to take on the adventure ahead of you.

In terms of equipment, we'd strongly recommend bringing a first aid kit with you. You'll also need suncream to protect you against UV rays that will be present even towards the end of our walking tour calendar when the weather turns cooler.

How many days is sufficient for a walking holiday in Switzerland?

Our packages are mostly seven-day self-guided walking tours in Switzerland, with a few five-day options, too. We think five to seven days is the ideal window to see one particular side or region of Switzerland without the trip and walking involved becoming overly demanding. A slight disclaimer, however: the country is so beautifully rich and diverse in its tapestry of landscapes that we can't guarantee just one walking tour of Switzerland will be enough to satisfy you!

Why choose a Swiss walking holiday with Headwater?

For nearly 40 years, we've specialised in creating dream adventure holidays for our customers. An expert in self-guided tours, you can trust us to deliver the ultimate experience when it comes to your walking holiday in Switzerland.

  • The best locations - We pride ourselves on making every single one of our trips away the best it can possibly be. We handpick our locations and the activities you can try there to ensure no matter where you go, a trip of a lifetime lies ahead.

  • Highly trusted, highly rated - We're highly regarded for both the quality of our trips and our customer service. Take a look at our reviews on Feefo to see exactly what our customers think of us.

  • Amazing travel made easy - We take care of every part of your booking for you, from your flights to Switzerland to the accommodation and meal provisions once you're there. You don't have to worry about a thing.

  • Award winning - We were thrilled to win at the British Travel Awards 2022. This was in recognition of the amazing product we offer to all of our customers.

  • Sustainability focused - We're a green minded company. Take a look at our People, Places, & Planet Plan and Nature Net Positive initiative to see how we're looking to combat climate change.

  • ABTA- and ATOL-protected - Your walking tour of Switzerland is both ABTA and ATOL protected, meaning you can book with absolute confidence. Find out what your key rights are when booking a holiday with us.

  • Community minded - The Exodus Travels Foundation looks to empower and protect the communities and environments that our customers visit.

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