European mountain trekkers of the 19th century had it right: The high peaks of Switzerland provide the most soothing and inspiring setting when you want to take your walking to grand and glorious heights. Amid this alpine splendor, trails through deep green valleys laden with wildflowers were made for idyllic walks into storybook mountain villages. In the Bernese Oberland, or Highlands, follow footpaths into the mist-laden Valley of 72 Waterfalls, passing emerald-green echoing with the clang of cowbells. Trace the contours of a breathtaking plateau along the mountain-ringed Schynige Platte. Under the watchful gaze of the Matterhorn, hike above Zermatt’s tree line past shimmering lakes that reflect mirror images of snow-capped peaks. Historic cog railways and thrilling cable cars enhance your adventure as you ascend to chalet-dotted hamlets, where you settle in to historic lodges serving hearty Swiss mountain fare.
Situated in Zürich’s city center, the luxurious Hotel Glärnischhof is a short walk away from the lovely quayside promenade of Lake Zürich, the city’s Old Town, and the posh shops along bustling Bahnhofstrasse. The hotel embraces sustainable hospitality, blending world-class service with environmentally friendly practices. Onsite restaurants—the gourmet Le Poisson and the Swiss eatery Glärnischhof—use locally sourced ingredients fairly traded. You’ll appreciate this property’s understated elegance and enjoy the added benefit of free access to the Luxor Fitness Center next door. Room sizes here are among the largest in Zürich and provide every amenity, including air conditioning and WiFi, you’ll need for a rewarding and comfortable stay.
Hotel Riffelhaus 1853
A living testament to the heyday of mountaineering, the Hotel Riffelhaus predates the railway that brought you to its doorstep. Serving Zermatt visitors since 1853, it was built with beams and stones hauled by mules and manpower. After a full renovation in 2014, it retains the original pioneering spirit, offering splendid views of the Matterhorn and the cozy and tranquil charms of a rustic inn. The outdoor dining terrace, sauna, and whirlpool all boast inspirational views of the famous peak. Throughout your stay, soak in the unique interiors—from the colorful mural of the Ski Room bar to the beautiful stone fireplace in the lobby—all inspired by the adventuresome spirit of alpine exploration. In the mountain view restaurant, savor Swiss specialties sourced from the Valais canton, including cheese fondue, rösti, and exquisite dried beef with local herbs and spices. Each un-airconditioned room has been thoughtfully designed with all-natural materials, creating a nostalgic ski lodge atmosphere with deluxe touches including WiFi.
Inspired by the rustic simplicity of the surrounding Alps, the Hotel Schönegg occupies one of the oldest houses in the authentic mountain village. Throughout your stay, you’ll have breathtaking views of the Jungfrau massif and of the delightfully charming Swiss chalets that comprise Wengen. Warm, calming wood tones and fine craftsmanship create an authentic and soothing atmosphere while the onsite Restaurant 1903 brings seasonal ingredients and creative cuisine to every meal. You can step onto the sun terrace each afternoon for coffee and cake, served daily, perhaps followed by a visit to the sauna. Fully renovated in 2012, the Hotel Schönegg retains its original turn-of-the-century charm without air conditioning while providing state-of-the-art comforts and amenities such as WiFi. You’ll enjoy classic Swiss hospitality in a classic Swiss setting.
|12 meals: 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes, maps, and access to CW walking routes and downloadable maps on the Switzerland Mobility App (smartphone required)|
|Orientation meeting with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Scheduled taxi and luggage transfers (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to transfer with your luggage from one accommodation to the next at no additional charge.)|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary: A 4-day Jungfrau Travel Pass (205 CHF value) and a 4-day Peak Pass (221–245 CHF value), providing full, prepaid access to all cable car, train, funicular, and public transport in Wengen and Zermatt.|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by One Call International|
|Access to Self-Guided Flight Concierge—Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip.|
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