Country Living (UK)
Walking on air
With quaint villages, mountain scenery and accessible hiking routes, the Swiss Alps make for a relaxing yet rejuvenating escape
Crisp mountain air, the gentle clang of
cowbells and acres of unspoilt meadowland – the Swiss Alps are a walker’s haven. And, while the craggy slopes and crystal-clear lakes might seem a million miles away from your everyday, it’s actually surprisingly easy to reach them – thanks to Switzerland’s famously efficient network of trains, boats, cog railways and cable cars. A short journey from Zurich, cutting straight through the countryside, will have you high up in the hills – eating raclette in a charming mountain restaurant, before heading out for an invigorating hike. From meandering trails in the foothills to steeper ascents for the more seasoned trailblazer, there are routes to suit every pace and preference. A stint in the Swiss Alps offers a wonderful way to slow down, unwind and reconnect with nature. To ensure total relaxation, Inntravel carefully crafts itineraries, selects characterful family-run hotels and offers detailed route notes, so you can enjoy a self-guided walking holiday without having to worry about the legwork.