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A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO HIKING IN SWITZERLAND

Bound by towering peaks, gargantuan glaciers, and enthralling mountain scenery, Switzerland can be rightfully called a hiker's paradise. The country has some magnificent hike trails, which are also incredibly well-maintained and have the proper signage. In fact, hikes in Switzerland are one of the best ways to explore the Swiss Alps and bask in the breathtaking views of the country's many natural marvels, from the Alpine peaks to flowering meadows, charming vineyards, and romantic valleys. So, are you contemplating a hiking adventure in Switzerland with your travel card? If yes, then read ahead to know more!




A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO HIKES IN SWITZERLAND


  1. What to Expect from Swiss Trails – The best part about hiking in Switzerland is that authorities make the process as smooth as possible through well-marked and well-maintained trails with appropriate signage and free hiking maps. In addition, most resorts have a short and easy panorama trail for casual walkers. Likewise, you can also find obstacle-free hiking trails in resorts that are meant to be accessed by strollers and wheelchairs. So, there is something for everyone regarding hikes in Switzerland.

  2. Know Your Hiking Map Signs – Most mountain areas provide free hiking maps that overview the trials. The same goes for trails, which typically have various markings for walking and biking routes. In addition, trails are sometimes color-coded on the map as per the difficulty level. Lastly, you can find different symbols for other important area, such as restaurants, playgrounds, huts, etc. All the importation is present in the hiking map's legend.

  3. Understand the Swiss Trail Signage – To have a fruitful and satisfactory hike in Switzerland, it is important that your adventure is hassle-free, which is only possible if you are well-equipped with trail signage. Official trail signs are yellow and usually quote hiking time, not distance. Some of the standard signage along Swiss trails are - - A complete yellow sign means a walking path is relatively smooth. - A red and white striped sign illustrates an 'Alpine' trail with a narrow dirt path and obstacles but does not necessarily hint towards a challenging hike. - The wine glass means that you will find a restaurant at the destination. - A bus, gondola, or train symbol implies that your destination has public transport facility. - A blue and white striped sign indicates a faint path that requires a map or guide, usually unsuitable for children. - Official hiking trails are numbered and color-coded. You can find the relevant information at SchweizMobil.ch.

  4. Proper Clothes for Your Hike – The weather in Switzerland changes quickly. So, you need to be smart and wear enough layers so that you can take them off when it's hot and vice versa. It is common to see hikers start their journey in shorts and sun hats and end with coats and mittens. You do not need expensive clothes for your hiking adventure in Switzerland, but they should be comfortbale. In addition, sturdy shoes and a rain jacket are essential.

So, there we have it, a crisp beginner's guide for hikes in Switzerland.




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