Recreation & Region - Hiking & Trail Running Guide

HIKING IN SWITZERLAND:
EXPLORE – EXPERIENCE – ENJOY

The 5 star Hotel Gstaad Palace is surrounded by incomparable nature - perfect for an unforgettable holiday hiking in Switzerland. Discover gorgeous green meadows on idyllic trails, with inviting lakes and bubbling streams splashing away along the route. Let yourself be enchanted by the alpine mountain world, immerse yourself in untouched nature and lie back and laze in the glorious Swiss sunshine.

Along with Valais and Grisons, the Bernese Oberland is one of the most attractive hiking regions in Switzerland. For an unforgettable holiday hiking in the Alps, check out our favourite hiking trails below.

Aufnahme der Walig Hütte umgeben von weiter grüner Landschaft
Aufnahme aus der Vogelperspektive der grünen weiten Landschaft und des Dorfes.

A Romantic Hiking Holiday
at the Walig Hut

The Walig Hut is found in an area of natural beauty, standing at an altitude of 1,700 metres. The hut is used exclusively by guests of the Gstaad Palace Hotel. Hike up from Gsteig and enjoy an overnight stay in the Walig Hut. Feel welcomed by a cosy atmosphere, fireplace, a breathtaking panorama and a beautiful sunset spot. The hike to the idyllic Arnensee is also a highlight.

First day

Time:
1:45h
Distance:
2.9 km
Ascent:
550 m
Difficulty:
Moderate

 

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Second day

Time: 
1:30h
Distance: 
4.6 km
Ascent: 
208 m
Difficulty: 
Moderate

 

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Eine Familie wandert auf einem schmalen Wanderweg durch die grüne Berglandschaft.
Landschaftsaufnahme von grünen Wiesen und den Bergen im Hintergrund

A Day Hike Above
Gstaad

After a leisurely ride on the MOB railway to Zweisimmen, we continue on to the Rinderberg by Cable Car. A high-altitude hike then takes you from there to Hornberg, where the Palace’s own picnic area awaits you. After a pleasant day hike - and a total of three hours - you're back at the hotel. The view of the snowy giants of the Bernese Alps is incomparable, and Gstaad and the pretty Saanenland lies at your feet!

Time: 
3h
Distance: 
9.8 km
Ascent: 
150 m
Difficulty: 
Moderate

 

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See in den Bergen mit Ausblick
Aufnahme des Lauenensee mit Bergen im Hintergrund

High-altitude Hike to the
Crystal-clear Lauenensee

Hiking in Switzerland can either be a pleasant stroll or push you to your limits. Looking for the latter? Plan this tour for your holiday. This scenic hike takes you over the lush pastures of the Wispile to Lake Lauenen. The nature reserve, an important site in Switzerland, is dotted all over with rare plants and many waterfalls. A few challenging ascents give this varied hike a real Alpine feeling.

Time: 
2:45h
Distance: 
9.3 km
Ascent: 
220 m
Difficulty: 
Challenging

 

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Sommerliche Aufnahme aus der Ferne auf Gstaad und die umliegende Landschaft
Weisse Ziegen mit Glocken um den Hals weiden auf einer Wiesen auf der Alm.

A Family-friendly Walk
to Gstaad

For a hiking holiday with the family, we recommend this route. First, travel to Saanenmöser on a panoramic trip with the MOB railway. A pleasant walk along the route to Schönried and Gstaad is suitable for all ages. The smooth pathways even allow you to take the pram! A children's playground awaits the little ones in Schönried too.

 

Time: 
2h
Distance: 
7.2 km
Ascent: 
120 m
Difficulty: 
Family-friendly

 

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Landschaftsaufnahme einer blühenden Wiese und den Bergen im Hintergrund
See in den Bergen und Butterblumen

The Family-friendly Trail
from Lauenen

Another route suitable for the whole family starts with a journey by post bus to Lauenen. You'll then hike along a dreamlike stream to Gstaad. The gentle splashing and bubbling of the water is your constant companion along the way. Benches on the route allow you to rest, relax and picnic at any time. Don't forget to book other family offers for your stay at the Gstaad Palace.

 

Time: 
2h
Distance: 
8 km
Ascent: 
120 m
Difficulty: 
Family-freindly

 

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Aufnahme aus der Vogelperspektive der steinigen Berglandschaft
Eine schneebedeckte Brücke, die zu einem schneebedeckten Gipfel führt

Hiking in the Alps: Trekking
Through Ice and Snow

This challenging alpine hike begins at the top of the Glacier 3000 cable car. Once you've crossed the Tsanfleuron glacier, you'll find yourself at the pretty Sanetsch reservoir. The path is lined by Edelweiss and the view is priceless. Hiking in the snowy Alps can be tricky, so we only recommend this one for experienced hikers.

 

Time: 
4h
Distance: 
12.8 km
Ascent: 
100 m
Difficulty: 
Challenging

 

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Aussenansicht eines urigen Gebäudes im historischen Dorf Gsteig.
Kühe grasen auf einer Weide.

A Family Walk to the Historic
Village of Gsteig

Another great route for hiking in Switzerland with the kids. A short trip by post bus takes you to Grund or Feutersoey. The trail meanders alongside the Saane river and ends at the famous Restaurant Bären in a centuries-old chalet rich with antiquities. A fun Swiss adventure for both young and old!

 

Time: 
1:50h
Distance: 
7 km
Ascent: 
200 m
Difficulty: 
Family-friendly

 

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Ein Helikopter, der auf dem Matterhorn gelandet ist.
Helikopter in den Bergen

« Lunch by Helicopter »
at 3000 Meters

Climb on board and fly by helicopter over the vertical rock faces to Switzerland's most iconic mountain, the Matterhorn. Enjoy a high altitude champagne aperitif and lunch at the Refuge l'Espace, on the edge of the Diablerets massif. A simply unique experience, don't miss this unforgettable lunch at 3000 metres above sea level!

 

Time: 
1h
Total Duration: 
3:30 h
  Difficulty: 
Easy

 

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HIKING IN SWITZERLAND: INSIDER TIP

MOUNTAIN & BBQ PICNIC

While you're out discovering some of the best hikes in Switzerland, we're thinking about lunch! We provide two exquisite picnic packages to give you well-earned sustenance.

Mountain picnic

Still water, dried and fresh fruits, müsli bars, mountain cheese,
plaited loaf, regional “Chämiwürstli„ pork sausage, half cold rosemary
roast chicken, Parmentier salad and hard-boiled eggs,
mini carrot cakes, cookies

BBQ picnic

Still water, dried and fresh fruits, müsli bars, mountain cheese,
Cristal de boeuf, raw ham, plaited loaf, cervelat sausages,
veal sausages for barbecue, hard-boiled eggs, potato and
swiss pasta salad, marble cake and healthy snacks.

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