One of our groups experienced the wonders of the Swiss Alps on our Hiking the Heart of Switzerland adventure in September 2023. Here is a little snippet of their journey.
On our first day in Switzerland, we left Lucerne (Luzern), crossed the lake by boat, then rode a cable car to the trailhead of our first hike towards the summit of Mt. Rigi.
Along the way, we stopped at a cheese making spot for lunch and enjoyed a fun presentation on cheese making.
Then we continued hiking to the top, enjoyed the view, and took a cogwheel train back to Lake Lucerne.
For several days, we hiked in the high alps, including below the Eiger (Ogre) the Monch (Monk) and the Jungfrau (Young Virgin).
At the gondola station mid-way to Murren, we got to see a rare double rainbow! The photo does not do it justice—its colors were even more spectacular in person.
We traveled to Kandersteg and hiked above and around Lake Oeschinensee.
Ringed by mountains, this wildly picturesque glacial valley with its traditional chalets has been famous destination for hikers looking for that classic Alps adventure.
On our final outing, we hiked though beautiful vineyards above Lake Geneva.
At a small wine producer, we enjoyed a wine tasting presentation and an outdoor lunch.
We eventually arrived at Montreux on Lake Geneva. We took a group photo at the Freddie Mercury statue, then we toured the castle and had a pleasant boat ride to Vevey.
We savored our final sunset out on Lake Geneva near the Fork in the Lake. The picture-perfect ending to a wonderful adventure in Switzerland.
—Text and photos by WT adventurer Richard George, Hiking the Heart of Switzerland.