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The Via Alpina crosses 14 of the most beautiful Alpine passes. Straight through six Swiss cantons with a vast variety of culture, geology and topography. Wide roads end in high ridge trails. The route is lined with one of the world’s most diverse variety of flora and fauna.

Description

The Via Alpina crosses 14 of the most beautiful Alpine passes. Hikers experience a fascinating variety of culture, geology and topography on a journey across six Swiss cantons. Peaceful oases of relaxation alternate with flourishing tourist centres.

Wide roads end in dizzying, breezy ridge trails. There’s no better way to get to know the many facets of Swiss Alpine culture. Discover ultra-modern alps with pipelines and a showroom on the path as well as alp huts where pigs, goats and cows watch an Alpine herdsman making cheese in a copper cauldron over an open fire.

The scene changes from a pleasant family holiday resort to stylish Gstaad. The route is lined with one of the world’s most diverse variety of flora and fauna. Shifts, thrusts, depressions and rockfalls are evidence of an interesting geological structure. Breathtaking panoramas interchange with tiny wayside gems and there are many gastronomic treats in store.

An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted

Technical information

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Start location
Vaduz (Gaflei, FL)
Destination
Montreux
Direction
One way
Ascent
23600 m
Descent
24800 m
Distance
390 km
Multiday route
20 days
Technical requirements
Medium
Physical requirements
Difficult
Season
May - October
Elevation profile
23600Meter ascents
24800Meter descents
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Theme
To a mountain peak, With panoramic view, Over a pass
Signalization
Signalisation in both directions
More information https://www.schweizmobil.ch/en/wanderland/route1

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Quick Facts

Route number

No. 1
Stages: 20

Distance

390 km

Ascent

23600 m