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The country is very well developed for walking. Switzerland is criss-crossed with about 60 000 km well marked and maintained footpaths. The footpaths often take you directly from the towns and cities into the countryside. Many trails take you into alpine country and you should then pay attention to your equipment and safety.

Ten national long distance footpaths cross the country. Guidebooks in German and French are available. A large number of guidebooks are published. Most are in German although some are in French.

Overnight accommodation is readily available in hotels, youth hostels and huts.

The Schweizer Wanderwege (SAW) can provide you with much useful information and you can order both guidebooks and walking maps.


ERA member:

Schweizer Wanderwege SAW
Fédération Suisse de Tourisme Pédestre FSTP
Federazione Svizzera per i Sentieri FSS
Swiss Hiking Federation SHF

Monbijoustr. 61
CH-3000 Bern 23
T: + 41 (0)31 370 10 20
F: + 41 (0)31 370 10 21


Berner Wanderwege
Moserstr. 27
CH-3000 Bern 22
T: + 41 (0)31 340 01 01