It's no surprise Switzerland is a prime destination for active travellers – the Alps cover over three-fifths of its land and its wealth of peaks, lakes, mountain passes and UNESCO World Heritage sites form a huge playground that would take more than a lifetime to explore.
The Swiss Alps
From hiking along the Swiss Glacier Trail to wake boarding on Lake Neuchâtel, mountain biking through the Grindelwald valley to paragliding over the Jura, Switzerland offers both traditional and more unexpected pastimes. If you fancy something a bit different, take a boat trip on the subterranean St Léonard Lake or hire a mountain scooter to cruise the foothills of Saas Fee or Arosa. The UNESCO World Heritage site Jungfrau, Aletsch, Bietschhorn, in the south central Swiss Alps is a superb place to hike. in Crans Montana hiking the bisses, old waterways that brought glacial waters to the villages is a popular pasttime. A more unusual way to explore is to hang on a rope above Gorge Alpine, a gorge dug out by the Feevispa River and the site of an ancient site of a rock avalanche between Saas Fee and Saas Grund. The are 4500kms of signposted mountain bike routes in Switzerland, many of these are in the Swiss Alps. The the ascent from Livignio in Italy, through larch woods into Val Mora, a stunning hanging valley is a taxing but breathtaking route. There are also many kilometres of trails more suited to families or road bikes. Crisscrossing the country is a rail network that runs like clockwork – Swiss clockwork of course, which effortlessly takes you from one beautiful destination to another, and is an activity in itself – the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz is a must.