Blessed with some of the most dramatic and highest mountains in Europe, twinkling lakes and deep forests, the Swiss take their outdoor recreation seriously.
Hiking and skiing are two of the most popular pastimes for good reason – there are more than 60,000 kilometres of marked trails weaving across the country and just about every little village with a mountain nearby has a lift going to the top of the peak.
Switzerland Mobility, a group dedicated to promoting non-motorised travel around the country, has created a vast network of paths for cycling, hiking, in-line skating, and even canoeing, along routes that stretch from border to border.
Switzerland Tourism offers suggestions for outdoor recreation based on the seasons as well as apps that cover hiking, swimming, and snow reports. The iSki Swiss app offers conditions, live cams and weather forecasts.
Switzerland also has 3,300km of sign-posted bicycle routes. For information about hiring bikes (or e-bikes) and routes, go to the Pro Velo site.