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There are 88 dif­fer­ent hik­ing ex­pe­ri­ences avail­able in the UNESCO World Her­itage- listed Jungfrau re­gion. There is spec­tac­u­lar moun­tain scenery and the Alps’ high­est con­cen­tra­tion of glaciers, as well as gush­ing wa­ter­falls, soar­ing peaks and moun­tain mead­ows. Grindel­wald, Mür­ren and Wen­gen are all pic­turesque places for fam­ily stays, and Ober­stein­berg is a quiet, un­spoilt spot. Chil­dren will love the fly­ing fox ex­pe­ri­ence at Grindel­wald where ad­ven­ture-seek­ers race at speeds of up to 84 km/h down an 800-me­tre­long ca­ble from First sta­tion to the Schreck­feld in­ter­me­di­ate sta­tion. A fam­ily of four can even en­joy the gi­gan­tic Ty­roli­enne si­mul­ta­ne­ously. www.jungfrau­re­gion.ch/en

HIT HIKE The Faul­horn­weg WHERE Grindel­wald This hike starts with a ca­ble car ride from Grindel­wald, con­tin­ues with panoramic views of the Jungfrau and ends at Schynige Platte alpine gar­dens. Along the way there are snow-clad peaks flanked by mas­sive glaciers, and views of In­ter­laken and sparkling lakes on both sides. There are con­nec­tions back to In­ter­laken or Grindel­wald.

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Hik­ing is king in the Lucerne Re­gion. The moun­tain back­drop with broad val­leys and crys­tal-clear lakes is an ideal set­ting for a va­ri­ety of hikes. Fam­i­lies will love the chance to dis­cover the sur­round­ing VOL­UME 8 2017 The two-hour hike is easy and of­fers a chance to ex­er­cise lit­tle legs and teach them some­thing along the way. There are hu­mor­ous anec­dotes posted on trees along the route to en­ter­tain chil­dren. The hike in­cludes 25 logs with plac­ards posted on them that teach kids about the val­ley and lo­cal cul­ture. The hike route starts from Sch­lat­tli and heads to the church bridge in Muo­tathal.

GENEVA RE­GION

The City of Geneva is sur­rounded by ma­jes­tic moun­tains of­fer­ing an easy es­cape from the busy city, mak­ing it a per­fect hub for fam­ily hik­ing. Mont Salève is only 12 kilo­me­tres south of Geneva. It takes about about four hours to hike up, but it is pos­si­ble to take a ca­ble car or drive to the top of Salève and then walk around the plateau, where there are plenty of marked hik­ing trails. www.lake-geneva-re­gion.ch

HIT HIKE Mike Horn Fam­ily Trail WHERE Château-d’Oex On the slopes of La Braye this twohour hike gives fam­i­lies the chance to learn about the ad­ven­turer Mike Horn through a trea­sure hunt and ex­hi­bi­tion. En­er­getic fam­i­lies who want to ex­tend their hike can con­tinue on the ant hik­ing trail which leads through a for­est and re­veals every­thing about these fascinating crea­tures. Chil­dren will like the an­i­mals on the small farm en route and a chance to run across the mead­ows on the slopes above Château- d’Oex. www.myswitzer­land.com/fam­i­lies

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