swiss saturdays: alpine walking
Earlier in the week, I shared some photos from our “perfect sunday” walk. One of the best ways of discovering Switzerland is by foot on one of the thousands of well laid out “wanderweg”. I always feel a sense of remorse when people tell me that they are coming to Switzerland but are going to be moving around so much they never spend more than a day or two somewhere. For us in Luzern, Pilatus, our resident celebrity mountain, with fantastic views always seems to get the most visitors during those short trips. What people don’t realize is that a nice alpine walk can offer equally breathtaking views without the hefty Pilatus pass price tag.
It’s at this point that my city-slicker sister would remind me that walks that involve 20-30% inclines are more hikes that they are walks. And it’s true, people are quite fit here so when someone says they went for a walk, don’t be surprised if that walk took them up a mountain. Also, don’t be too taken aback when you’re huffing and puffing your way up a path only to be passed by someone twice your age barely breaking a sweat. With that said, with proper planning, you can find a path suited for any fitness level. And you’ll be delighted how in just under 30 minutes you can go from being in the center of Luzern to middle of farm fields taking in a panoramic view of the Alps.
So, if you’re planning a trip to Luzern or Switzerland, I highly recommend using myswitzerland.com, which has a comprehensive section for walking and hiking around the country. In fact, I would argue that your trip isn’t complete without it.