Cardada Cimetta

Cardada Cimetta

Have you ever stopped to think that right above Locarno there is a panoramic viewpoint that's very easy to reach, which offers spectacular sights from the lowest point above sea level in Switzerland, the river Maggia's delta in Ascona, right up to...more

Lavaux Vineyard Terraces: The Swiss Wine Route

Lavaux Vineyard Terraces: The Swiss...

A three hour hike on the Vineyard Trail from St. Saphorin to Lutry is filled with temptations. Terrace after terrace offers fabulous views over Lake Geneva. While local delicacies beckon from the pubs, the winegrowers keep their cellar doors wide...more

Nearly Touching the Matterhorn

Nearly Touching...

Apart from actually climbing the Matterhorn, there is hardly a more...more

The historic Water Route

The historic...

Scorched by the sun and difficult to access, the steep Valais hillsides...more

Cardada Cimetta

Have you ever stopped to think that right above Locarno there is a panoramic viewpoint that's very easy to reach, which offers spectacular sights from the lowest point above sea level in Switzerland, the river Maggia's delta in Ascona, right up to the summit of Monte Rosa, the highest in the whole country?

Since 1906, the funicular railway has carried residents and guests from the centre of Locarno up through the gorge to Orselina, the starting point of today's designer cable car to Cardada. The panoramic chairlift makes the final ascent to Cimetta, situated high above Lake Maggiore at 1,450m.

Lavaux Vineyard Terraces: The Swiss Wine Route

A three hour hike on the Vineyard Trail from St. Saphorin to Lutry is filled with temptations. Terrace after terrace offers fabulous views over Lake Geneva. While local delicacies beckon from the pubs, the winegrowers keep their cellar doors wide open for you to get a taste of the landscape. The Lavaux wine region is so spectacular that it has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2007.

From St. Saphorin in a diverse route going uphill and downhill through the vines to Lutry. Indeed, it is on the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces where bon vivants get into top gear.

Nearly Touching the Matterhorn

Apart from actually climbing the Matterhorn, there is hardly a more difficult hike in this area than the one leading from the Schwarzsee to Zermatt, passing by Trift and the Trift Gorge.

Apart from actually climbing the Matterhorn, there is hardly a more difficult hike in this area than the one leading from the Schwarzsee to Zermatt, passing by Trift and the Trift Gorge. But the effort is well worth it:singular vistas are the hiker's steady companion and an especially impressive part of the hike is that the Matterhorn seems close enough to touch.

The historic Water Route

Scorched by the sun and difficult to access, the steep Valais hillsides are often watered using the so-called "suonen", or irrigation channels. Dug into the ground, hanging from rocks or carved from them, they are a constant reminder of the farmers' struggle against drought. Today, picturesque hiking trails follow these historic water channels.

A hundred kilometers of hiking trails follow the historic water channels ("bisses") around the sun-drenched resort of Nendaz. This route starts from the village centre and continues along the "Bisse du Milieu" (Middle Channel) to Planchouet, with its water catchments. Return to the village via the "Bisse Vieux" (Old Channel).