The travel guide for winter

Here you will find great winter experiences for an unforgettable trip in Switzerland.

 

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Swiss winter hiking routes

1. Toggenburg

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In the lap of the Churfirsten, you can enjoy wonderful views up to the seven peaks and over to the Alpstein.
Suitable Hotelcard Hotel:
Berg & Bett Säntis Lodge / Unterwasser ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

2. Goms – the winter paradise

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Where cross-country skiing is at home. Pure relaxation in the winter wonderland of GOMS.
Suitable Hotelcard Hotel:
Hotel Tenne / Gluringen ⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

3. Titlis Trail on Fürenalp

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Feel transported back in time and enjoy the tranquillity of nature away from the hustle and bustle - the Titlis Trail on Fürenalp makes this possible.
Suitable Hotelcard Hotel:
Trail Hotel Engelberg / Engelberg ⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

4. Breathtaking winter hike

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Strenuous but rewarding winter hike from Zermatt via Findeln to Sunnegga with magnificent views of the Matterhorn and the mountain sun.
Suitable Hotelcard Hotels:
Monte Rosa ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ or Mont Cervin Palace ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Zermatt

 

5. Winter philosopher's path

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Fresh mountain air, enchanting winter landscapes and Engadine Alpine panorama deluxe as far as the eye can see. For the gourmets, Chez Vrony is the perfect invitation.
Suitable Hotelcard Hotel:
Cresta Palasce / Celerina ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

6. Most beautiful winter hike in Europe

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1000 metres above everyday life. The hike leads high above Grindelwald and Wengen from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg.
Suitable Hotelcard Hotels:
Hotel Kirchbühl / Grindelwald ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Hotel Eiger Selfness / Grindelwald ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

7. Fantastic winter hiking network

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A walk in the snowy landscape of the Saas Valley is a must! Explore our 60km winter hiking network.
Suitable Hotelcard Hotels:
Walliserhof Grand Hotel & Spa ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Hotel Garni Feehof ⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

Winter Wonderland Switzerland

The travel guide for winter

Switzerland - a winter paradise with many facets. Trees covered in white, glistening ice on frozen mountain lakes and the pleasant crunching sound of fresh snow underfoot: Winter hikes have their own special charm and present nature in an enchanting new light.

Switzerland - a winter paradise with numerous facets, fortunately you don't have to travel far for this experience. But you should be prepared. The first good precondition is a free prepaid travel credit card with an integrated hotel card. With it, you can get up to 50% off at over 600 hotels. This way you save on the hotel and not on the hiking equipment. This is especially important in winter, when temperatures can drop below freezing and you should be prepared for all eventualities. We have put together a few tips on what to take with you on a winter hike.

 

6 Packing Tips for Winter Hiking

  1. outfit: two-layer look
    Hot on the ascent, freezing cold during the break in the shade. When hiking in winter, the range of (perceived) temperatures is enormous. Here we recommend an all-in-one outfit. You can take layers off and put them back on, depending on how you feel. It is important that the clothing is breathable. An example of the different layers would be: tight-fitting functional underwear, longsleeve, fleece pullover, hard or soft shell jacket, down jacket. Windproof and waterproof hiking trousers are suitable for the bottom layer. There should be a change of clothes in your rucksack.
  2. Footwear: Sturdy and waterproof
    The right footwear is at least as important in winter as in summer. However, most hiking boots can also be worn in winter, as they are very sturdy and waterproof anyway. To give the foot enough stability, they should be ankle-high and of course suitable for snow. Good gaiters also keep the feet dry.
  3. provisions: energy-rich and tasty
    Exercise in the fresh air stimulates the appetite. When hiking, however, it is also important that the provisions not only taste delicious, but are also full of energy. For longer breaks, you can pack a snack with fresh bread, boiled eggs, sausage and cheese. Nuts, fruit or dried fruit are good for in-between meals. A hot cup of tea in a thermos flask will also do you good and warm you from the inside.
  4. for emergencies: medicine and first aid
    In the mountains, you should be prepared for anything and at least be able to take care of yourself in case something happens. That's why a well-stocked emergency kit is a must: First aid kit, blister plasters, plasters/bandages, handkerchiefs, personal medicines, painkillers, disinfectant, diarrhoea medicine, emergency blanket, sun cream/lip protection.
  5. always have your personal belongings with you
    You usually have these with you anyway, so you should also take them with you on the mountain: Mobile phone, cash, identity card, health insurance card, Alpine Club membership card (if available), photo camera and binoculars if necessary, headlamp.
  6. hiking route: well planned and adapted
    In winter, planning the hiking route is particularly important. With temperatures around freezing and uncertain weather conditions, you should be prepared for all situations. It is better to plan more time and not to choose routes that are too demanding. You should also bear in mind that the days are shorter in winter and it gets dark sooner. So it is essential to be generous with the resources of time and fitness. This way you won't get into an emergency situation unnecessarily and can enjoy the trip to the fullest.

Funfacts

 

Did you know that...

  • ... the Swiss cold record was set 34 years ago.
    On 12 January 1987, a frosty -41.8 °C was measured in La Brévine.
  • ... the Earth's cold pole is in Antarctica.
    At the cold pole of the inhabited world (Siberia) -67.8 °C have already been measured.
  • ... the wind makes the cold worse.
    The so-called wind chill effect occurs when relatively warm air close to the skin is blown away.
  • ... women freeze faster than men.
    The reason for this is that their skin is on average 2.8 °C cooler than that of men. Men also have more muscle mass on average.
  • ... in extreme cold our skin no longer produces fat.
    Winter is no bed of roses for our largest organ. In heated rooms, the dry air draws moisture from the skin. Outside in the cold air the humidity is usually also low, which promotes dehydration.
  • ... the onion principle applies when dressing.
    The onion principle - wearing clothes in several layers on top of each other - makes sense because the warm air is insulated between the layers. The bottom layer should wick away sweat and insulate heat. Cotton is not so good for this, a polyester or merino shirt is better for this purpose.

 

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