Keeping fit in Switzerland: 8 outdoor activities

 

Switzerland is beautiful no matter what time of year you visit, and there are plenty of outdoorsy activities to be enjoyed for anyone who loves getting outdoors and engage in some fitness at the same time. The country is well-known for their adventure sports ranging from paragliding to bike riding, and it is a great place to base an adventure holiday!

 
 

Hiking

There is an abundance of fabulous hiking trails throughout Switzerland that offer magnificent scenery and will get your blood pumping and legs working! Here are some great ones: The Alpine Pass Route, The Haute Route, Bernese Oberland and Reichenbach Falls, National Park Trail, Jungfrau mountain & Historic Railway Trail from Preda to Bergün

 
 

Bike Riding

In the summertime, this is a great outdoor activity to take part in and there are so many trails to pick from depending on your skill level. For those who like more strenuous adventure laden experiences, there are many high altitude, fast paced and rocky mountainside rides such as Crans-Montana, Zermatt, Verbier and Saint-Luc. And for those who don’t, you can easily hire a bike and enjoy ground level trails that are equally as picturesque and stunning.

photo: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/

photo: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/

 
 

Paragliding

Enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view as you take it all in from above as you slowly glide through the sky. This was one of the best experiences I’ve ever done and despite being afraid of heights I am so glad I did it! And yes, I would totally do it all over again!

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White Water Rafting and Canoeing

Switzerland offers a combination of exciting and enjoyable river rafting and canoeing locations that take you through beautiful landscapes, gushing valleys and gorges with picturesque mountainside views. Many vary in length, location and age group minimum.

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photowww.myswitzerland.com

 
 

Skiing and Snowboarding

The choice of winter sports destinations and activities in Switzerland is huge and varied. Popular sports like ice skating, skiing, ice hockey and snowboarding are a few and as for skiing and snowboarding, all year round there is snow somewhere in Switzerland. Usually Zermatt and Saas-Fee have the longest seasons, while typically if you plan a visit between December and March, this is when the heaviest fall is and peak winter season for those who chase the snow.

photo: www.swisswintersports.co.uk

photo: www.swisswintersports.co.uk

 
 

Mountain Climbing

There are many great rock climbing regions that vary in difficulty and with views that you can guarantee will be pretty spectacular! Zermatt, Saas Fee, The Berner Oberland, The Engadine valley, Piz Bernina and Piz Palu are a few of most popular and well known climbs with the best alpine climbing in all of Switzerland.

 
 

Glacier Trekking

Take a Glacier hike and feel on top of the world being over 3000 ft. above sea level. Expect panoramic views of snow-covered mountains and enjoy the unspoilt Alpine landscapes!

 
 

Walking

Walking may not be the most adrenalin pumping activity, but it is an easy way to experience some of Switzerland’s many pleasures. Walk through flower filled fields and along rocky river banks and just take in the views and surroundings. Noting beats exploring off the beaten track and places that can only be reached by foot.

 

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