No hunting here, nor farming. No avalanche barriers scar the high slopes like claw marks left by a giant. Streams and rivers flow unhindered, free from banks and barriers; creatures creep and crawl, fly and flutter obeying only the laws of nature. In the Swiss National Park, humans are mere observers; a hike here promises an unadulterated experience of pure nature!
At the beginning of the 20th Century, a group of visionaries set out to turn a stretch of Swiss territory into a vast natural reserve enjoying absolute protection, in which natural processes could follow their course unhindered. Ever since, the Swiss National Park has enchanted guests with its pristine natural beauty. Visits are of course allowed and actively encouraged – because it is through observation of these undisturbed habitats and their wealth of plants and animals that we gain valuable findings to help us live in closer harmony with nature.
The 21 hiking routes with a total length of 80 km extending over an area of 170 sq. km offer plenty to suit all tastes. Those seeking a leisurely stroll can simply see where the trails take them; families with children can happily plan a whole day’s outing. Nature lovers can climb paths leading as high as 3,200 m to observe chamois and ibex in their natural habitat. All the trails promise every walker a unique natural spectacle.
For flora and fauna to remain undisturbed, visitors must play their part.
Follow absolutely the strict conservation regulations of the park authorities and in so doing show your respect for nature. The three most important rules: Never leave the marked trails; no fires of any kind; no dogs.
To discover the secrets of this gigantic mountain reserve with its exceptional diversity of wildlife – from red deer, golden eagles and chamois to the ubiquitous marmots, not to mention a wealth of flora – hikers should join one of the many walks guided by experts. The park’s professional guides offer tours with a tremendous variety of themes: each quite different, all fascinating.