Outdoor activities in Switzerland for the adventurous

Nov 24, 2017

Snow-capped peaks, picturesque lakes, pretty towns, chocolates and watches. What else is there in Switzerland? Well, a range of exciting activities held amid dramatic landscapes may help you to appreciate the country’s natural beauty – and test your bravery.

Float down the Aare River

AARE RIVER RAFTING

Go rafting or canoeing on the Aare that flows through the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bern – tour company Aarebootsfahrten offers guided tours. If that sounds like too much work on a hot day, you can also hop on to a dingy and float downriver.

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Go canyoning at Interlaken

INTERLAKEN CANYONING

Smaller than other canyons around the world, the Saxeten Canyon is an ideal place for a three-and-a-half hour canyoning experience – nothing too arduous. Dive into a range of activities like abseiling, rocky water slides and pool jumps, on a tour with Interlaken Adventure.

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Find your way out of a maze

LABYRINTHE ADVENTURE

Make your way through Labyrinthe Adventure, a theme park in the Valaisian town of Evionnaz with a meticulously landscaped garden maze. The park is packed with challenges and obstacle courses that are suitable for younger travellers, including a climbing wall, miniature golf course, a treasure hunt and other games.

 Visit the Hell Grottoes caves

HELL GROTTOES

These 6,000-year-old stalactite and stalagmite caves in Lorzentobel – not far from Zurich – are equipped with cutting-edge LED technology and an informative and entertaining audio guide that makes spelunking fun for the entire family, including kids.

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Take on the cliff walk at Mount Titlis

Hold on to your nerves as you cross the roughly 98m distance on the Titlis Cliff Walk, a suspension bridge that hangs at a dizzying 3,000 metres above sea level, connecting two cliffs.

 Hike on a glacier at Aletsch

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This 23m-long hike is a highlight of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch, and takes about two days to complete. Meant for the seriously fit, the journey leads you across the massive Aletsch Glacier, which sprawls over 80 sq km, and comprises over 27 billion tonnes of ice.

Hang on tight on a fixed rope trail

MAMMOTH FIXED ROPE TRAIL

The Mammoth Fixed Rope Trail Zermatt is for daredevils who need their daily dose of adrenaline. High on the hills over Zermatt, walk on the edge – literally – holding a rope, with footholds and ladders for assistance in difficult spots. 

Toboggan down the Bernese Alps

TOBOGGANING BERNESE ALPS

Zip down the snowy slopes on a wooden sledge at Grindelwald in the Bernese Alps. The 15km-long run features a vertical drop of 1,600m. The views – the Eiger and Jungfrau, among other peaks – make the heart-pounding adventure all the more delightful.

– BY CHARUKESI RAMADURAI

PHOTOS: INTERLAKEN ADVENTURE, LABYRINTHE ADVENTURE, MY SWITZERLAND