The countless mountain peaks in Switzerland are perfect destinations for excursions. Nowhere else can you enjoy a panoramic view of beautiful Switzerland like on one of the 8874 mountain peaks. Whether it's to escape the fog, for the wonderful views, an extended hike or even a culinary experience; with the right ticket, you'll be well prepared for your next day trip. After all, there are a whole 2427 lifts in Switzerland!
In the summit directory of Switzerland are listed a whole 8874 peaks. Starting with the Aletschhorn and ending with the Zugerberg. So if you make up your mind to visit two of these mountains every weekend from today on, then you are immediately scheduled for the next 341 years
Of course, this is not a realistic scenario. We just want to show you that there are almost endless possibilities to spend your next day trip in Switzerland on a mountain top. Here we list some popular Swiss mountain peaks and give you the matching ideas what you can do and experience on each of them.
The peaks are all accessible by mountain railroads. There are a total of 2427 facilities in Switzerland, which include cable cars, cog railroads, ski lifts, chair lifts, funiculars, and so on. So it's up to you whether you take the cable car both ways or cover a section on foot, by paraglider, trotti-bike, snowshoes, skis or on a toboggan.
The Schilthorn reached worldwide fame with the release of the James Bond movie "on Her Majesty's Secret Service" in 1969. The name "Piz Gloria" has the revolving restaurant on the mountain top thanks to the film
From the Schilthorn you have a magnificent view of the mountain peaks of the Bernese Oberland and an unrestricted panorama of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau triumvirate. Various culinary experiences are available at a discounted price with a combination ticket. Included is the round trip from Stechelberg or Mürren to the Schilthorn and back with a delicious meal
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The Jungfraujoch bears the name "Top of Europe". Here you meet the highest train station in Europe. From Interlaken you travel either via Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen via kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfraujoch. The spectacular Jungfrau Railway passes through the mountain massif of the Mönch and makes a short stop at the intermediate station Eismeer. Here you can admire the impressive glacier world through a glass pane before the journey continues to the final station on the Jungfraujoch
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Brienz's local mountain awaits you with a view of over 690 mountain peaks and, of course, Lake Brienz. The highest point in the canton of Lucerne has been served by the historic steam train from Brienz in the summer months since 1892. The summit is located in a real hiker's paradise. From here you can hike to Lungern, to the Brünig Pass, to Planalp and to Brienz
There is no direct hiking trail to the Harder Kulm above Interlaken, because the trail stops at the Chrutere pass. The section without a hiking trail is only passable for physically very fit hikers with the appropriate equipment, but is not recommended.
The Niederhorn is a very diverse destination for a day trip and is equally suitable for the active, the adventurous and the connoisseur. On a clear day you can see from the Justistal to the Jura mountains and over the Aare valley to the Blüemlisalp. Of course, the three most prominent mountains of the Bernese Oberland - Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau - also adorn the panorama
Thanks to the great offer with the scooter bikes, the Niederhorn is particularly suitable for families and for young adventurers
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Männlichen is the local mountain of Wengen and is located in the middle of the Jungfrau region in the Bernese Oberland. The view from this peak is unique. It is said that nowhere else you have a better view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau
There are several themed hiking trails on Männlichen. On the Liselotte Trail, the cow Liselotte has her say at 13 stations. On the Öpfelchüechilweg you will learn about apples. And on the Royal Walk you climb the summit of Männlichen in about 30 minutes. This path is also equipped with several information boards
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This summit rightly bears the nickname "Top of Adventure". After you have arrived on the First with the cable car, you are ready to go. With the First Glider or the First Flieger you jet through the air with up to 80 km/h. On the suspension bridge of the First Cliff Walk, the racy mountain carts or with the Trotti bikes your pulse will really be raised. The First Cliff Walk juts out 45 m into the void and is the ideal place if you want to get in the mood for any adventures you may have planned
However, Grindelwald First also offers something for less adventurous day-trippers. With a hike to the Schynigen Platte, the marmot trail or on a hike to the idyllic Bachalpsee, there is certainly something for your day trip
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Tell a child to draw you a mountain, and it draws the Niesen. The striking mountain is enthroned with its two steep flanks and the prominent peak on Lake Thun near Spiez. No wonder, thanks to its shape it also bears the nickname "view pyramid"
At just under 3.5 km, the Niesenbahn is one of the longest funicular railroads in Europe. And not only that. The 11,674 steps from Mülenen to the summit form the longest staircase in the world. So if you ever want to really challenge your thighs, this is the perfect opportunity.
From the summit you have a 360° panorama of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz as well as countless mountain peaks in the Alps. On clear days, this even includes Mont Blanc
The Stockhorn is an incredibly versatile excursion destination with a special kind of offer. In summer you can bungee jump and fish at the Hinterstocken and Oberstocken lakes, while in winter ice skating on the frozen Hinterstocken lake and an igloo village await you
Thanks to numerous hiking trails, you can combine your visit to the Stockhorn with a hike, for example over the Leiterepass, to the Gurnigel. The view on the Stockhorn can also be shown. In the south you can see the snow-covered peaks of the Bernese Oberland - of course including Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau and Blüemlisalp - and in the north you can see the Swiss Mittelland
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Lucerne's local mountain is also called "Dragon Mountain". It is known for its dragon legends and the Drachenmoor nature reserve. From Alpnachstad the world's steepest cogwheel railroad with a gradient of 48% goes up Mount Pilatus. From Kriens the trip is made with a panorama gondola and the aerial cableway "Dragon Ride".
The Pilatus offers something for everyone. Starting with small children with the adventure playground PILU Land at the intermediate station Krienseregg and ending with the tandem flight from Pilatus. Also culinary the many restaurants have a lot to offer. So there are fondue gondolas, Sunday brunch, Tatarenhut and much more to enjoy
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Many paths lead to the Rigi. A total of nine mountain railroads run from various valley stations on Lake Lucerne to "the queen of the mountains". The Vitznau-Rigi Railway is the oldest cogwheel railroad in Europe and has been taking its guests to the summit since 1871.
On and around the Rigi awaits an extremely wide range of activities for young and old, young and old. With 120 km of hiking trails, the Rigi is a true hiker's paradise. There is everything from easy hikes for families to difficult trails for the more experienced mountaineers
The Rigi is also an interesting destination for connoisseurs. With culinary offerings in the mountain restaurant and the relaxing Mineralbad & Spa Rigi Kaltbad, Rigi has something for the leisurely visitor.
Thanks to the convenient location of two valley stations directly on the lake (Weggis and Vitznau), you can ideally combine a trip to the Rigi with a boat trip on Lake Lucerne
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The Titlis towers over Engelberg with its impressive glacier paradise. The world's first 360° rotating Rotair gondola takes guests to the summit all year round. There are several highlights on the Titlis. These certainly include the Ice Flyer - a chairlift that floats over the glacier - the Glacier Park and the Cliff Walk
A stop at the Trübsee intermediate station is also worthwhile at any time of year. The SnowXPark attracts in winter with great offers like snowtubing or snowmobile riding. In summer, Trübsee is a good starting point for hiking, canoeing on the lake or mountain bike tours
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The "Faulenzerberg" is another popular destination for a day trip on Lake Lucerne. One of the highlights at the Stanserhorn is certainly the arrival with the historic funicular and then with the CabriO gondola. Here you climb a spiral staircase to the roof of the gondola and fly in the fresh air over the cable car pylons to the summit
The Stanserhorn offers a lot for leisurely visitors and families with the walking path to the summit, the Murmelipark and the mountain restaurant. It is also considered a place of power, which is why this special place is popular. But also active people get their money's worth thanks to the many hiking trails
From Gornergrat you have a magnificent view of the Matterhorn. It is said that the view of probably the most famous mountain in Switzerland is nowhere better than here. Provided that the Matterhorn is not hidden behind a veil of clouds, as is so often the case
From Zermatt, the Gornergratbahn, Europe's highest free cogwheel railroad, takes you up. Up here you are surrounded by 29 four-thousand-meter peaks. These include not only the Matterhorn, but also the Dufourspitze, the highest peak in Switzerland. You can also admire the Monte Rosa glacier on the Gornergrat
At this altitude, the air is pretty thin and when you climb up to the viewpoint, you will definitely feel your pulse in your throat. So give yourself and your body time to cope with the altitude.
The Aletsch Arena is not a mountain peak per se, but still a very worthwhile destination in the Valais. It is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Swiss Alps Jungfrau Aletsch" and is suitable for nature lovers of all kinds. It includes the whole area south of the Aletsch Glacier and the Fiescher Glacier. Connected is the Aletsch Arena and the Aletsch Glacier with the Aletsch Forest.
The sunny plateau is completely car-free and accessible by numerous mountain railroads. The Aletsch Arena is particularly popular for its numerous viewpoints of the largest, albeit shrinking, glacier in Switzerland. The area is very suitable for families thanks to the easily accessible hiking trails and a wide range of leisure activities
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Between Les Diablerets and the Oldenhorn is the glacier area Glacier 3000. It covers more than 4.5 square kilometers and impresses with the dizzying Peak Walk by Tissot. This 107 m long suspension bridge is stretched between two mountain peaks and makes one or the other visitor feel a bit queasy
From various vantage points, you'll be treated to a panoramic view of 24 four-thousand-meter peaks and other mountain peaks such as Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, the Grand Combin and the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
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Corvatsch in the Engadine is a paradise for athletes and active people. It is especially popular with winter sports enthusiasts, as it often has powder snow until the end of April. With the Corvatsch Park, one of the largest snow parks in the Alpine region is located here. Not to forget the longest illuminated slope in Switzerland.
But Corvatsch is also worth a visit in summer. The 360° panorama of the mountain world with the Piz Bernina and the Piz Palü as well as several glaciers is impressive all year round. With about 80 km of hiking trails, it is not always easy to make a decision here.
Although Säntis is "only" 2502 m above sea level, its summit has a high alpine climate due to its exposed position. It is the highest peak of the Appenzell Alps and a mountain of weather records. in 1999, the highest snowfall ever recorded in Switzerland was 8.16 meters. The Säntis also holds the record for wind speed with 230 km/h.
The Säntis is a popular excursion destination in Eastern Switzerland, which you can reach either by cable car from Schwägalp or on foot via one of the many hiking trails in the Alpstein. On the Schwägalp, at the foot of the Säntis, you will find the Nature Adventure Park with various themed trails and in winter the legendary Laternliweg.
Zug's local mountain is an easily accessible and versatile excursion destination. You can get there either on foot, by car or with the Zugerberg train. This popular vantage point offers something for families as well as for sportsmen
Families appreciate the children's ski lift, the toboggan run, the adventure playground, scooter bikes and the Zugiblubbi adventure trail. For the more active visitors there are more than 80 km of hiking trails, the most famous bike trail in the region, fast freeride and downhill tracks, paragliding flights and much more. In winter, you can skate on natural ice on a frozen pond.
Especially since the region around Lake Zug is often hit by thick layers of fog in the winter months, the escape to the Zugerberg comes in handy in these cases
Monte Tamaro is located in Ticino between Lugano, Locarno and Bellinzona. The cable car goes up to Alpe Foppa, from where it is another 300 meters of altitude, or about an hour's hike, to the top of Monte Tamaro
The special thing about Monte Tamaro is that from here you can see the highest and the lowest point of Switzerland at the same time. The Dufourspitze is the highest point at 4634 meters above sea level and the Lago Maggiore is the lowest point at 193 meters above sea level. On a clear day and with a little luck you can also see the Matterhorn.
Monte Tamaro is another varied destination for a day trip, offering something for all interests. Especially the summer toboggan run, the Tyrolienne, the rope park and the children's playground attract families in summer
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Monte Generoso, as the most important panoramic mountain of Ticino, offers some extraordinary attractions. There are, among others, the Bear's Cave, the Observatory, the "Fiore di pietra" by architect Mario Botta and various themed walks with information panels. On Monte Generoso you will also find ice-age plants that have survived nowhere else
If you're looking for a view over northern Italy and Ticino, Monte Generoso is definitely worth a day trip. If only to ride the cogwheel railroad, which is over 130 years old, up the mountain. But beware, the train only runs between April and November.
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Visiting all 8874 mountain peaks is definitely not realistic and probably not your goal. Nevertheless, you don't have to miss out on breathtaking views and varied activities on your day trip in Switzerland
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