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Great places to hike-self guided- in Switzerland

If you've hiking in Switzerland, can you contact me with some great places to start- or hikes you've done? I'm in the planning stages for Fall hiking. I've been based on out Kandersteg and hiked from there, so other suggestions please.

We'd like to base out of one or two towns and do some great day hikes 5-7 hours - out and back. Open to basing in one town for a few days, then moving on to someplace else for a few nights, etc.

Private emails are appreciated!

Posted by
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My husband and I spent 10 days in Meiringen in the fall of 2005. We spent 5 days on a number of different hikes, some difficult, some not so difficult, in the surrounding valleys. The information center was wonderfully helpful and provided a great deal of assistance with maps and recommendations. Meiringen is a 30 min drive from Interlaken and 10 minutes from Brienz. Here's some weblinks to the region for more information. www.alpenregion.ch , www.brienz-rothorn-bahn.ch, www.regiopass-berneroberland.ch, www.swiss-historic-hotels.com (www.giessbach.ch), www.grindelwaldbus.ch

Posted by
334 posts

Either Wengen or Murren have great hiking. The fall could present challenges, I suspect. Rick's book on Switzerland has several hiking suggestions. It is beautiful country.

Posted by
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I hiked from the floor of the Lauterbrunen valley up through Gimmelwald to Murren. Great hike for the most part, but the unpreditcable Berner Oberland weather had me drenched by the end, even with rain gear. Rick is correct, the days can quickly move from glorius sunshine to pea soup fog to torrential rain.

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Definitely you need to be located in the Lauterbrunnen Valley or in one of the neighboring mountain villages...Muerren, Gimmelwald, Stechelberg, or Wengen. Grindelwald is close by but allows cars and tour buses where the other mountain villages are car-free with great Swiss Transportation connections...cogwheels, gondolas, etc