Secret Swiss gold
For outdoor explorers seeking wild alpine adventures away from the madding crowds, hiking and biking in Switzerland’s enigmatic east is the perfect way to experience the soulful solitude of the mountains.
Head to the mountains for great hiking and MTB
It should come as no surprise that Switzerland
– the country where the concept of tourism was born and a nation whose topography inspired the Toblerone – has some of the best hiking and biking in the world.
Posh pen-wielding Poms like Lord Byron began wandering in the rare air of the Swiss Alps over two centuries ago, kicking off the tradition of the Grand Tour, and before long Thomas Cook started offering package holidays into the white-pointed peaks of the beautiful Bernese Oberland.
Well-heeled globe trotters continue to enjoy jaunts to the Jungfrau Region and sojourns to swanky village resorts like St Moritz all year round, but despite the perennial popularity of this much-trafficked destination, Switzerland still has some secrets, many of them in the wild east, tucked away in the terrific terrain of Thurgau, St Gallen, Appenzellerland and Graubünden.
And the really good news is, you don’t necessarily need a bulging bling-stuffed bank account to access them – just a pair of boots and/ or a bike. Here’s a fistful of adventures to start you off.
Mountain bikers can ride the trails of the Swiss National Park just one day each year, during the Nationalpark Bike-Marathon.