Alps or Jura: hikers are spoilt for choice

Jul 17, 2019

Two flagship routes to help hikers explore different landscapes for one or more days.

For Alpine scenery, choose the Via Alpina that links Trieste to Monaco – via the Lake Geneva Region, of course. The path traverses Pays-d’Enhaut and passes through the villages of Château-d’Oex and Rossinière: admire their many wooden chalets with painted and decorated facades. Then the route heads for Lake Geneva, with breathtaking views of the water and the towering mountains. Walkers will encounter marmots at Rochers-de-Naye, and they can stop off at a restaurant facing a hundred peaks. The scenery changes on the way down to Montreux, and the ambience becomes Mediterranean.

On the Jura side, the Jura Crest Trail arches from Zurich to Geneva, hugging the French-Swiss border. Walkers cross meadows enclosed by dry-stone walls, with superb Alpine vistas at regular intervals. From Mont Tendre, the highest point in the Swiss Jura, the views stretch beyond the border. Then comes the ascent of Mount Dôle, followed by the descent through vines and forests to Nyon on the shore of Lake Geneva. A perfect route for hikers seeking serenity.

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