A Hike for your Bucket List: The Via Alpina crosses 14 of the most beautiful Alpine Passes in Switzerland.
The passes of the Via Alpina
The Via Alpina crosses 14 of the most beautiful Alpine passes and six cantons of Switzerland, with a great variety of cultures, geology and topography. Broad roads give way to exposed ridge paths. The variety of flora and fauna along the route is among the most diverse in the world.
The Via Alpina goes from Vaduz to Montreux in 20 stages, staying north of the Swiss Alps. Over 390 km, hikers enjoy the many highlights that Switzerland has to offer.
While the sections initially pass through relatively flat terrain in St. Gallen, the altitude being climbed increases quite steadily in the Glarnerland. When it comes to that Alpine feeling, the highlight of the route can be found in the Bernese Alps.
Day by day, hikers work their way through majestic mountain landscapes, with each pass crossed opening up a new world. This trail covers a total of 14 passes in six cantons and involves 23’600 m of ascent and 24’800 m of descent.
The route takes hikers to the secluded Surenen Pass, the famous Grindelwald, the Kleine Scheidegg pass with views of the Eiger, Mönch und Jungfrau mountains, the well-visited Blüemlisalp hut, perhaps one of Switzerland’s most beautiful lakes in Lake Oeschinen, the enchanting Bunderchrinde Pass and the sleepy Rochers de Naye mountains with unique views of Lake Geneva, to name but a few highlights.
Adelboden Lenk Kandersteg: What is going on for the 2018-19 ski season. Adelboden Lenk Kandersteg is located in the Bernese Oberland region, between the region’s capital Bern and Interlaken. It is an area of immense beauty, not known by everyone, but that itself makes it special.
So what to look forward if you are visiting this season?
With 210 km of pistes and slopes for all ages and abilities. This region is in the top 3 places for skiing in Switzerland and has secured the FIS World Cup every year.
One thing you should try, is going Ice walking in the UNESCO-listed Oeschinen Lake. Switzerland’s famous Oeschinen Lake freezes over in winter, allowing visitors to walk on one of the world’s most majestic lakes located within a World Heritage Site. The vistas here are awe-inspiring and it is such a winter wonderland that rivals any top natural sights you could have ever seen!
This is the location of the largest snow igloo restaurant in Europe – If you love cheese, a trip to the Fondue igloo is a must! The restaurant has a cosy and romantic atmosphere within its icy halls, decorated with ice statues and rustic tables with warm blankets to wrap up. The fondues are hearty, made with local cheese produce. The restaurant has an adjacent igloo hotel, where you can stay the night!