In May 2018, we lace up our hiking boots for the start of our European hiking trip in Switzerland, home of glistening towers of ice and rock, the iconic Eiger and Matterhorn, rising into the clear sky like cathedral spires. Between them, lie wide swaths of gleaming-green glens, glades, swales, vales, and meadows, dotted with crystalline lakes, and sprinkled with Edelweiss. Welcome to the movie set of The Sound of Music. Welcome to Switzerland!
Pack your camera and hiking boots and join us on a hiking trip to Switzerland just for women and get prepared to delight in all things Swiss: watches, and cuckoo clocks; cheese and chocolate; fondue and gingerbread; dairy cows and lederhosen- all set before the postcard-perfect backdrop that is Switzerland. After your first visit to this small but adventure-packed country, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to go.
Other parts of the world are equally scenic, but what sets Switzerland apart, far above all others, is the Swiss focus on efficiency and convenience, a deliberate outcome of Swiss ingenuity and engineering. Whether by chairlift, cable car, toboggan, train, tram, or sleigh, visitors to Switzerland enjoy more jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring vistas, from more angles, with more convenience than anywhere else on Earth. Indeed, getting to the next vantage point in Switzerland is half the fun!
Switzerland is also the oldest living democracy in the world. It is a continental state situated in the heart of Western Europe covering 16,000 square miles and with altitudes ranging from 633 feet to 15,200 feet. The panoramic scenery ranges from the great Swiss Alps to the lower foothills to gentle rolling farmland. Switzerland is unmatched in landscape for walking and trekking. With an impressive transportation network, every district and village is easily accessible to hikers - from beginners to experts.
As you venture to a new village each day, explore the surrounding mountains and trails while you hike back to your home base in Appenzell and then in Engelberg.
You begin your journey in Appenzell, one of the most legendary towns in Switzerland. The center of town is well preserved, and has finely painted wooden houses and some stone buildings dating from the 16th century including the town hall, which is now a local museum. We take the train from Appenzell to Gontenbad and walk on a high plateau on trails through meadows and moor to Jakobsbad (2,850 feet). Enjoy a fun toboggan run at the bottom station, and then continue by cable car up to Kronberg Mountain (5,450 feet).
Enjoy Swiss music with "Talerschwingen", a relatively new custom which began in the 20th century in which a Swiss coin is rotated inside an earthenware bowl mimicking the sound of cow bells. Learn about yodeling, the way locals used to communicate from "Alp to Alp" and imbued with themes highlighting the Swiss love of nature.
Spend a day getting to know St. Gallen. This compact metropolis of eastern Switzerland between Lake Constance and Appenzellerland has a charming, traffic-free old town. Colorfully-painted oriel windows are a town feature. You explore Ebenalp, a hiking paradise in the heart of the Alpstein with the breathtaking mountain scenery of the Alpstein. Here you will learn how to make the traditional “Appenzeller Biber,” a traditional gingerbread with honey and nuts.
Your home base for the next three nights is Engelberg. Travel through Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, which has a view of an impressive mountainous panorama. Lucerne ranks amongst the world’s prettiest cities and you will get to take a guided walk through the “City of Lights”.
Spend time at Engelberg’s Benedictine monastery, take a walk along the beautiful Waterfall Valley and enjoy tea with a local woman in Engelberg’s oldest farmhouse.
Ride the cable car to Ristis-Brunni at 5,610 feet. The Brunni is on the sunny side of Engelberg and is an ideal destination for outdoor activities as well as just relaxing amidst spectacular mountain scenery. Walk from Ristis to the Brunni and experience the special “Kneipp Cure” by treading water, which helps your circulation.
On your last day, visit the Titlis Glacier, the jewel in Central Switzerland’s crown and the only publicly accessible glacier in the area. You will feel on top of the world as you take in the spectacular panoramic views of snow-covered mountains and unspoiled Alpine landscapes!
Don't miss this May 2018 adventure-rich hiking tour of Switzerland featuring her most scenic and beautiful views from every angle.
- Swiss Hiking Tour: Day-by-Day Itinerary
- What's Included on your Switzerland Womens Vacation
- What to Pack for your Swiss Hiking Trip
- Travel Tips & Information About Traveling to Zurich, Switzerland
- Detailed Itinerary: Swiss Hiking Vacation
- Learn how to prepare cheese fondue and have tea with a local woman in Engelberg
- Enjoy traditional Swiss music and dance in Appenzell
- Hike in the Swiss Alps, seeing beautiful spring meadows and majestic mountain panoramas
- Visit a local textile museum
- Explore the Titlis Glacier and a glacier cave
What You'll See and Do
- Cable Car Ride
- Cooking Class
- Cultural Exploration
- Cultural Performances
- Local Delicacies
- Natural History
- Spa Element