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Switzerland

Palm-fringed shores on Lake Lugano, magnificent glacier landscapes between the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, medieval villages in the canton of Fribourg and pulsating cities like Zurich or Berne: When you are on vacation in Switzerland, you have a wide range of activities to choose from and do not have to go far. The country stands for an incredible variety of sights and scenic beauty. Especially in the summer months, there are countless cultural and natural experiences waiting to be discovered.
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In the saddle towards the summit

More than 60,000 marked hiking trails and 20,000 cycle routes make it easy to actively discover every corner of Switzerland - alone, with family or friends. The country is particularly inviting to explore the unique peaks and elevations by bike. One particularly beautiful route leads to the Seebergsee through the idyllic Bernese Oberland. After a medium-difficult pass ascent, mountain bikers reach the picturesquely situated Seebergsee, which is embedded in the breathtaking Swiss mountains at about 1800 m above sea level.

If, on the other hand, you want to see its "celebrities" on your bike ride through the Bernese Oberland, you are in good hands on the circuit over the Grüenenberg Pass. The route offers a unique view of the triumvirate Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau as well as Lake Thun in the foreground. The best starting point for exploring its glacier area is Grindelwald or Adelboden.

Out into nature in mountain boots

But the Swiss mountains with their majestic peaks and ice-blue glaciers can be discovered not only in the saddle but also in mountain boots. Hikers can experience both in one on the Matterhorn Glacier Trail round, for example. This leads past glacial lakes of different colors and repeatedly offers a view of the imposing, striking summit of the 4,478 m high Matterhorn.
Hiking trail · Zermatt
Matterhorn Glacier Trail Runde
Premium content Difficulty difficult
Distance 13.1 km
Duration 5:15 h
Ascent 797 m
Descent 797 m

Grandiose anspruchsvolle Panoramarunde am Fuße des Matterhorns - man kommt vor lauter schauen kaum zum Gehen.

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Culture, peace and relaxation

After a sporty day high up in the glacier regions and after numerous kilometers in the saddle, Switzerland rewards you with coziness and relaxation after work. In Ticino, Mediterranean city centers invite you to a glass of Merlot in the evening sun. In the canton of Valais, the day ends in cozy wooden chalets with raclette or fondue food, while the Matterhorn shines in the last rays of the sun.

Switzerland also has a lot to offer culturally. All in all, there are over ten sights hidden here that have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. In addition to the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountain trio, whose glacier region is a World Heritage Site, there is also a World Heritage Site in Müstair in the canton of Graubünden. The local monastery of St. Johann not only runs a museum that provides information about the everyday life of the Benedictine nuns but also conceals a much more valuable treasure: on the walls of the monastery church are the oldest and best-preserved frescoes from the early Middle Ages as well as Romanesque wall paintings from the 12th and 13th centuries.

Skiing in Switzerland

The Swiss mountains not only inspire hikers and bikers in the warm season but also winter sports enthusiasts feel at home in the midst of the impressive mountains. Between more than 3000 peaks at an altitude of over 2000 m, there are numerous ski areas that guarantee guaranteed snow. And in Zermatt, Europe's highest all-year-round ski area, downhill runs through the snow can be enjoyed throughout.

Many keen winter sports fans pack up their skiing equipment to visit Switzerland – around the year. The small state is ...

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