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Basic information about central Switzerland

The hiking regions in the heart of Switzerland are characterised by diversity and authenticity. There are not only fantastic landscapes to discover, but spectacular high-altitude hiking trails, mountain panoramas and unforgettable summit adventures also await you along the historic hiking trails. A highlight of central Switzerland is the canton capital of Lucerne, located directly on the beautiful Lake Lucerne. The lake is one of the most popular excursion destinations in central Switzerland and was created by the Reuss Glacier during the last ice age. Lake Lucerne is not only right in the heart of Switzerland, but also in the middle of the mountains such as Lucerne’s local mountain, the Pilatus, the Rigi, the Seelisberg or the Stanser Horn. Hiking holidays in central Switzerland can be a successful experience for every mountain lover and promise a uniquely beautiful setting for a variety of active experiences – on a hiking holiday without luggage.

The most popular hiking tours in central Switzerland

Round tour Lake Lucerne

Impressive hiking panoramas await you during your holiday without luggage on the Round tour Lake Lucerne, 7 days. From the first mile of hiking, the panoramic views and wonderful natural landscapes inspire. The starting point of this active trip is the popular canton of Lucerne. The first day’s stage takes you to the foot of Mount Pilatus, over the Renggpass and further down to the shores of the Alpnachersee. The next day you will experience the wildlife observation path along the mountain ridge of Schwalmis and Oberbauen. The fourth day of hiking takes you to Rütli and further on by boat to Brunnen. On the fifth day’s stage you can enjoy the hiking trails on the Rigi, which are among the most beautiful in the country. The last day of hiking takes you from Rigi Kaltbad to Merlischachen, where you can enjoy unique views of the Swiss Alps on the Seebodenalp and reminisce about the wonderful hiking experience.

Facts and details about central Switzerland

Facts and details

  • Location: Central Switzerland
  • Time to travel: Best hiking time is from April to October
  • Special feature: Lake Lucerne, including the well-marked hiking trails, is one of the most beautiful hiking regions in Switzerland.
  • Cuisine: In the heart of Switzerland there are wonderful delights for foodies who appreciate particularly good cheese. The traditional Älpermagronen is a traditional gratin made from potatoes, pasta, onions, cheese and cream – served with a little apple sauce.
  • A popular dessert in the region is the Zug cherry cake with cherry cream and syrup.

Climate in central Switzerland

From spring to autumn, every season offers something special. Whether in the spring awakening, the summer or the golden season of autumn, hiking holidays in central Switzerland are always a good idea. The climatic zones are often very different, despite the small area. In Lucerne, rainfall is much less common than in the more Mediterranean region at the foot of the Rigi, where even palm trees and southern fruit thrives. Our tip: due to the changeable weather conditions, it is advisable to pack appropriate hiking equipment – rainwear is a must.

Tour character

Hiking holidays in central Switzerland are a real pleasure. From pristine landscapes to impressive mountains, there is something for every hiker who is hungry for exercise. The routes on our hiking tour Round tour Lake Lucerne, 7 days sometimes leads to high trails, as well as having longer daily stages so good basic level of fitness and surefootedness is required. Well-developed and easy hiking trails await you. A good basic level of fitness is required for the sometimes demanding climbs over the Jura mountains.

Questions and answers about hiking holidays in Central Switzerland

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Our hiking holidays in Central Switzerland can be booked from April or May to October.

There are particularly beautiful hiking areas in Central Switzerland around Lake Lucerne. The varied hiking paths from Lucerne to Rigi Kaltbad ensure a wonderful hiking experience. An equally wonderful break in the nature of inner Switzerland awaits you.

You can experience these all-round organised hiking tour in Central Switzerland:

All Eurohike Walking Holidays in Central Switzerland are also ideal for hiking with a dog. The best routes, dog-friendly accommodation and hiking paths, which are also easy to manage for your four-legged friend, ensure a wonderful break on an active holiday.

One of the highlights in Central Switzerland is the Round tour Lake Lucerne. The mild climate and the fantastic natural landscapes around the lake, which are embedded in the mountains of the Prealps, ensure an unforgettable active holiday. The city of Lucerne is particularly worth seeing. The cultural center of Central Switzerland scores with attractive sights, shopping opportunities and the fantastic location directly on Lake Lucerne.

There is not only a lot to try in terms of scenery, but also in terms of culinary delights when hiking in central Switzerland. Central Switzerland is shaped by the influence of France, both linguistically and culinary. Wonderful dishes with freshly caught fish from Lake Lucerne, delicious wines from the vineyards in the Jura hills and the Vitznau vineyards, or the classic fondue and raclette – the Eurohike Walking Holidays in Central Switzerland ensure wonderful moments of pleasure.

  • Our insider tip: all beer lovers will get their money's worth in the Vitznauer brewery. The light aromatic beer is produced purely by hand and is considered to be particularly digestible.
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