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Switzerland Resources

The Swiss Alps contains some of Europe’s finest walking among the most dramatic and challenging of all the Alpine ranges. Most people will have heard of the Eiger, the Matterhorn and Zermatt, but away from the crowds lie valleys almost untouched by modern life, crystal-clear lakes reflecting magical peaks, a landscape uncompromisingly carved by great glaciers, and welcoming mountain inns.

In the north-west the rolling Jura hills are wooded, but with open meadows that provide extensive views to the highest of the Alpine peaks. The Bernese Alps, with peaks such as the Eiger, Schreckhorn and Jungfrau are heavily glaciated but also feature gentle valleys, pastoral ridges and alp hamlets with numerous well-marked trails.


(Photo by Kev Reynolds from 'Tour of the Jungfrau Region')

The Pennine Alps are also a mountain group covered by snow and glaciers, but walkers’ paths weave round these icy regions, providing close-up high-mountain experiences on safe paths. By contrast the mountains of the Valais region projecting south into Italy are almost completely snow- and ice-free in summer. Perhaps the best of all the regions is the Engadine, tucked into the south eastern corner of Switzerland, an area of exquisite lakes and mountains and home of Switzerland’s only national park.

Useful Websites:

Tourist information:
www.myswitzerland.com
Swiss Alpien Club
Swiss Hiking Foundation (site in French/German)
www.saas-fee.ch
www.zermatt.ch
www.interlaken.ch

Accomodation:
www.swissbackpackers.ch (Independent hostels)
www.alpenhof-stechelberg.ch (Activities & accommodation in the Bernese Oberland)
www.la-grande-ourse.ch (hotel in Valais Trient, near to Zermatt and Mont Blanc)

Swiss Travel (trains and buses):
www.sbb.ch (Swiss Rail)
www.swisspost.ch (Post bus)

Maps:
The Map Shop

Guided/ Self-guided trips:
www.sherpa-walking-holidays.co.uk

Insurance:
The BMC

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