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Jan 29th, 2012, 12:28 AM
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Self guided walks in Switzerland

I would love some feedback from fellow walkers. My partner and I are fit and healthy.
We are wanting to do a self guided walk in the Swiss Alps in July. I have looked at a few websites relating to walks but would love some real life suggestions. We are planning to walk for 6 days.
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Jan 30th, 2012, 04:22 AM
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Jan 30th, 2012, 07:40 AM
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You will need a small rucksack and a much bigger wallet with space for a very large credit card (not so bad if stay outside the cities) Various options of walking, biking, electrical biking and roller blading are on offer and can be researched on the Swiss main website http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/home.html or the swiss train system at http://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html

This link is also pretty good http://map.veloland.ch/?lang=en

I seriously would suggest you walk near Switzerland rather than in it, so the Fantastic walk from Bescancon along the Doubs and the swiss border is lovely in July but is in France, while the walks in the Slovenian Julien alpes will be great
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Jan 31st, 2012, 08:26 AM
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Dear Judyles

You have picked the right country and season for travel plans. The Swiss Alps are at their best for walking in July (warm temperature but not hot, the snow from the winter season should have melted away in most parts, the nature is in flower)! As public school holidays in Switzerland are also in July, I recommend you to book accommodation in advance, especially if you want to stay in the huts in the Alps.

It depends on your own interest what walking routes you would like to choose. The number one holiday destination in Switzerland for walking is the Canton of Grisons (Eastern Switzerland). There you find the Swiss Nationalpark, stunning mountain panoramas, legendary mountain trains and 11,000 kilometers of marked footpaths. What I also like about this region are the many mountain lakes that you can swim in.
In the Canton of Ticino you find Mediterranean climate as it is on the South side of the Alps. But not only the climate is Mediterranean but also the local culture (traditional 'grotti' inns, typical villages, Roman bridges, and Italian food). This part of Switzerland is less interesting for walking if you really look for Alpine trails above the tree limit.
One very stunning walking trail is the one to the Aletsch Glacier in the Canton of Valais. Europe's longest glacier is a UNESCO World Heritage and the path leads high above the Glacier offering panoramic views of the Alps. You normally take the gondola to the Bettmerhorn gondola station and then walk from there to Lake Marjelen (about 3.5 hours).

As you've already searched the internet for websites on walks you might have come across the following one. But it is my favorite website for hiking and walking in Switzerland and therefore I'd like to make sure you have this link:

http://www.wanderland.ch/en/welcome.cfm

All the best for your trip to Switzerland!
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