The summer heat is history, the sunlight is slowly becoming softer and bathes the increasingly yellow and red leaves on the trees in a golden glow. What better way to chase away the autumn fog or clouds than with our hiking tips while you can still see far into the distance?
When does the colourful time begin?
Since the leaves don´t change colour from one day to the next, that is a good question. Especially if you want to plan ahead and combine your trip with an overnight stay in the area where you are hiking.
The following portals are recommended for colour forecasts in Switzerland:
- The autumn colour monitor of SRF Meteo: Here the Swiss map turns from green to yellow, orange, deep red and brownish – depending on the progress of the autumn colours.
- The foliage tracker of Switzerland Tourism: This interactive map shows the extent to which leaves are changing colour and provides a lot of additional information. Here you will also find information on parks, mountain railways, restaurants, adventure and hiking trails and much more.
3. Mystical paths through the moor
The splendour of autumn is particularly beautiful and mysterious in the moors of the Entlebuch UNESCO biosphere. The large Sörenberg moor circuit is a family-friendly theme trail and easily accessible from Lucerne. Lucerne Youth Hostel welcomes you to the picturesque Rotsee lake.
4. Radiant forests in the Valais
For the second adventure, you should preferably explore the 5-lake trail near Zermatt. Benches where you can take a rest and picture-book scenery with the Matterhorn can be found on the shore of Lake Grindji, among other places.
In the evening you can rest your tired feet in the Top Family Hostel– here too, of course, with views of the legendary Matterhorn.
5. Autumn chestnut trail in Ticino
If you like to scuffle your feet in the leaves and occasionally come across some ripe chestnuts, you should not miss the chestnut trail.
The route along the “Sentiero del Castagno” is considered easy, but still takes more than three hours. However, there are delightful grottos along the way that tempt you to stop for a break – and the view of the Alto Malcantone is unforgettable.
The starting point can be easily reached by public transport from Locarno, where you can also stay overnight in the youth hostel.
6. Above the sea of fog on the Üetliberg
And it’s also an easy way to leave the valley fog behind. Above the fog, warmth, panoramas and a good dose of sunshine await. Exercise and fresh air are an added bonus on the Üetliberg – Albispass hike.
You can book accommodation for the night at the nearby Zurich Youth Hostels, with or without a trip to the city’s booming nightlife.
7. Magnificent view from Chellenchöpfli (BL)
The Baselland region also receives glowing reviews as an autumn hiking country. The classic hike up the Chellenchöpfli is especially recommended here. The circular hike from Wasserfallen presents you with golden views and takes you past the highest point in the Basel region.
Reigoldswil, the valley station of the gondola lift, is easily reached by train and bus from Basel. In Basel itself, staying at the Design Youth Hostel means you will be in a prime location.
On which hike did you enjoy the Indian Summer the most? Tell us your insider tips in the comments!
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