Summer hikes in the region of Schwyz Discover breathtaking views in a land of traditions

The region of Schwyz lies in the heart of central Switzerland and it is a paradise for hikers. From beginner to expert level, you will be able to find a trail that fits your abilities.

The impressive summits of the two legendary peaks immediately above Schwyz, the long-drawn-out ridge of the Rigi, famous "Queen of Mountains", or the nearby mountain holiday resort of Stoos with the Fronalpstock are just two among many mountain experiences available in the region.

Schwyz is furthermore the gateway to the Muota Valley, a wild Karst mountain valley.

 

Find out here all that beautiful Schwyz has to offer this summer: this brochure is in English, it's free and it is packed full of exciting summer ideas:

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Find out more about the region on schwyz-tourismus.ch or use any of these contact data: info@schwyz-tourismus.ch or + 41 41 855 59 50.

 

 

Here are some hand-picked trails, from easy to difficult to level through the impressive landscape of the Schwyz region.

Hoch Ybrig Ridgeway 

Level of difficulty: Easy

Route length: 2.9 km

Duration: 55 min

Ascent: 113 m

Descent: 163 m

It doesn't take a lot of effort to gain a panoramic view of the impressive peaks of Schwyz, Uri and Glarus.

The chair lifts will do the ascending and descending, and the path along the ridge is so well developed that the whole family can enjoy a fabulous mountain experience.

Those who deem a return ride on the chair lift boring, can use the Sternensauser zip line for some adrenaline kick and to get back to the Sternen valley station.

Rigi Goethe Trail

Level of difficulty: Medium

Route length: 5.9 km

Duration: 3 h

Ascent: 699 m

Descent: 117 m

In 1775, on his first travel to Switzerland, the great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe hiked from Romiti via Rigi Klösterli to Rigi Kulm.

Why not trace his steps across alpine meadows and through mixed woodlands up to lofty heights?

Conquering the 600 metres of altitude difference is well worth it – the 360-degree view on Rigi Kulm is glorious.

Sattelegg – Chli Aubrig

Level of difficulty: Medium

Route length: 8.8 km

Duration 3 h 5 min

Ascent 461 m

Descent 460 m

Those craving the tranquillity of nature far from mountain railways should set out to see the world from Chli Aubrig.

The summit becomes visible shortly after the start. It's a leisurely hike up to the top at 1,642 meters above sea level, and the panoramic views are stunning.

The Wildegg restaurant halfway back down caters to the hungry and thirsty.

Via Jacobi

Level of difficulty: Medium

Route length: 17 km

Duration: 5 h

Ascent: 679 m

Descent: 206 m

On the Path of St. James between Rapperswil and Einsiedeln, one cannot but notice the presence of St. Meinrad.

He is said to have lived on St. Meinrad's Pass from 828 until he went on to Einsiedeln in 835. Where he once established his final hermitage in the midst of dense woods, the Chapel of our Lady now stands – in the Abbey of Einsiedeln.

The Abbey offers accommodation to Via Jacobi pilgrims.

The Old Schwyz Way

Level of difficulty: Medium

Route length: 13.5 km

Duration: 4 h 10 min

Ascent: 351 m

Descent: 921 m

In the 14th century, the people of Ybrig used what is now known as "Alter Schwyzerweg" to drive their cattle to the market in Schwyz.

Because the track led across moors, it was built as a wooden pathway. In the 21st century, it was comprehensively renovated and once again features a timber trail.

An exhibition at the Forum of Swiss History in Schwyz tells more about trade routes and mule drivers.

Rigi Ridge Hike

Level of difficulty: Difficult

Route length: 13.5 km

Duration: 5 h

Ascent: 848 m

Descent: 536 m

The Urmiberg cable car handles the steepest part of the ascent.

Lake Lucerne becomes smaller and smaller with each gain of altitude, and the land opens wide.

The actual hike leads across the ridge of the Rigi massif to Scheidegg and on to Kaltbad.

Resting at the mountain restaurant Rigi Burggeist is advisable; it also has a large playground.

The views along the route sometimes reveal four lakes at the same time.

The most spectacular view of Lake Lucerne emerges from the rock path that was carved into the vertically dropping face.

Silberen Karst Track

Level of difficulty: Difficult

Route length: 13.8 km

Duration: 5 h 20 min

Ascent: 865 m

Descent: 865 m

As the sound of the cow bells from the alpine dairy at the top of the Pragel pass fades away in the distance, the Silberen karst fields come into view.

It means treading carefully because the heavily jagged terrain of the legendary area requires full attention.

The solitude, the views and this unique karst landscape seem to be from another world.

 

For those of you attempting alpine hikes with high level of difficulty this summer, one piece of advice: do not approach mountain hikes lightly.

Carefully study the terrain, ask yourself if you can manage the level of difficulty, take the proper equipment and study the weather.

Mountain weather can be tricky and dangerous.

Happy trails and enjoy the mountain air!

Photo credits: © Schwyz Tourism

Author: Schwyz Tourism Cradle of Switzerland

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