A centuries-old mule trail linking Austria and Italy passes through Switzerland in four scenic stages. The section between Pontresina and Tirano offers a mixture of high-mountain thrills and Mediterranean charm.
How well tourism and mountain farming go together at Lenzerheide is quite evident on a hike from Alp Scharmoin through Alpine forests and past the impressive waterfall of Sanaspans to the Alp of the same name.
You have barely walked half an hour before finding yourself in the middle of spectacular Jura scenery. Nothing breaks the silence from all directions. Higher up, the scene changes. The vegetation round the mighty domed peak of La Dôle is almost alpine, with buttercups and wild gentians as far as the eye can see.
The hike from Montsevelier across the ridge path to Delémont is a tour through a landscape that is green throughout. The tour offers a great opportunity to actively experience the use of two languages. If you only hear French in Montsevelier, the farmer on Fringeli will speak a true Baselbiet German dialect. After another hour of hiking, you will once again be greeted in French in the Nature Friends' House (Naturfreundehaus) on Retemberg mountain.