Scenic Walks With A Mountain Restaurant En Route

Easy to moderate walks in the Swiss mountains

 

Here is a selection of some of the best walks through the Swiss mountains. We have chosen these walks in conjunction with the tourist offices, based on the criteria of having a difficulty level of easy to moderate, offering great views, and featuring a stop along the way in a mountain restaurant.

The restaurants you will find in the mountains range from small family-run 'huts' to busier places with wide, sunny terraces. What they all have in common are great views, a warm welcome and hearty Swiss food, often sourced from the local area. En guete!  

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From Wengen Männlichen Route: Cable car to Männlichen - walk to Tschuggen - Honegg - Kleine Scheidegg restaurant - train to WengenThis beautiful route through the Bernese mountains is accompanied by fantastic panoramic views over the Grindelwald valley and the famous north face of the Eiger as well as the Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. Length of walk: 4.6km Highest point: 2,229m above sea level Take a break: Your alpine walk finishes at Kleine Scheidegg, where you will find the lively Röstizzeria restaurant. Their terrace is wonderful on sunny days and specialities of the house include the 'Hörndlitopf ' main meal and 'Roundabout' dessert.
From Wengen
Männlichen
Route: Cable car to Männlichen - walk to Tschuggen - Honegg - Kleine Scheidegg restaurant - train to WengenThis beautiful route through the Bernese mountains is accompanied by fantastic panoramic views over the Grindelwald valley and the famous north face of the Eiger as well as the Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. Length of walk: 4.6km Highest point: 2,229m above sea level Take a break: Your alpine walk finishes at Kleine Scheidegg, where you will find the lively Röstizzeria restaurant. Their terrace is wonderful on sunny days and specialities of the house include the 'Hörndlitopf ' main meal and 'Roundabout' dessert.
 
From Grindelwald Bachalpsee, First mountain Route: Cable car to First - walk to Bachalpsee - Gassenboden - Faulhorn - Bussalp mountain restaurant - bus to GrindelwaldViews of the Schreckhorn on a gentle trail past deep blue mountain lakes. It is steeper towards the Faulhorn but you will be rewarded with magnificent views, including 7 major lakes on a clear day. Length of walk: 9.8km Highest point: 2,680m above sea level. Take a break: At the end of your walk, a well deserved rest in the Bussalp mountain restaurant, with fabulous views of the Jungfrau mountains from the sunny terrace. There's local Bussalp cheese, cold platters, schnitzel and plenty of desserts.
From Grindelwald
Bachalpsee, First mountain
Route: Cable car to First - walk to Bachalpsee - Gassenboden - Faulhorn - Bussalp mountain restaurant - bus to GrindelwaldViews of the Schreckhorn on a gentle trail past deep blue mountain lakes. It is steeper towards the Faulhorn but you will be rewarded with magnificent views, including 7 major lakes on a clear day. Length of walk: 9.8km Highest point: 2,680m above sea level. Take a break: At the end of your walk, a well deserved rest in the Bussalp mountain restaurant, with fabulous views of the Jungfrau mountains from the sunny terrace. There's local Bussalp cheese, cold platters, schnitzel and plenty of desserts.
 
From Mürren Allmendhubel Route: Train to Grütschalp - walk to Bletschenalp - Allmendhubel mountain restaurant - funicular to Mürren. This is a rewarding and not too difficult walk, which has splendid views over the Lauterbrunnen Valley, the Trümmelbach Gorge and the magnificent mountain trio of the  Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Length of walk: 5.1km Highest point: 1,932m above sea level. Take a break: The famous views from the Allmendhubel mountain restaurant are an absolute delight. There is a large selection of Swiss specialities on offer in the restaurant, including bacon and egg röstis and fondue made with mountain cheese.
From Mürren
Allmendhubel
Route: Train to Grütschalp - walk to Bletschenalp - Allmendhubel mountain restaurant - funicular to Mürren. This is a rewarding and not too difficult walk, which has splendid views over the Lauterbrunnen Valley, the Trümmelbach Gorge and the magnificent mountain trio of the  Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Length of walk: 5.1km Highest point: 1,932m above sea level. Take a break: The famous views from the Allmendhubel mountain restaurant are an absolute delight. There is a large selection of Swiss specialities on offer in the restaurant, including bacon and egg röstis and fondue made with mountain cheese.
 
From Saas-Fee Hannig Sun Trail Route: Cable car from Saas-Fee to Hannig - walk to Café Alpenblick mountain restaurant - zig-zagging walk down to Saas-Fee. The Hannig is famous for its sunny slopes and you can enjoy this gentle walk on wide paths with information boards. Enjoy the petting zoo and crèpes with blueberries from the forest at the top station. Length of walk: 3.4km Highest point: 2,336m above sea level. Take a break: Nestled in the larch forest, the Alpenblick has a sun terrace with fantastic views over the mountains. It offers regional specialities such as Alplermagronen and a Valaisian platter as well as homemade cakes. 
From Saas-Fee
Hannig Sun Trail
Route: Cable car from Saas-Fee to Hannig - walk to Café Alpenblick mountain restaurant - zig-zagging walk down to Saas-Fee. The Hannig is famous for its sunny slopes and you can enjoy this gentle walk on wide paths with information boards. Enjoy the petting zoo and crèpes with blueberries from the forest at the top station. Length of walk: 3.4km Highest point: 2,336m above sea level. Take a break: Nestled in the larch forest, the Alpenblick has a sun terrace with fantastic views over the mountains. It offers regional specialities such as Alplermagronen and a Valaisian platter as well as homemade cakes. 
 
From Zermatt Gornergrat railway Route: Train from Zermatt to Riffelalp - walk to Chämi-Hitte mountain restaurant - walk to Winkelmatten and on to Zermatt centre. This pleasant walk leads from Riffelalp down through the pine-scented forests with glimpses of the Matterhorn. In Winkelmatten you will find the pretty chapel and Haus Salzgeber dating from 1607.  Length of walk: 5km Highest point: 2,228m above sea level. Take a break: The Chämi-Hitte allows you to enjoy splendid views of the Matterhorn and the region. This is a traditional mountain restaurant which offers specialities including venison cutlets, meat from the lava stone grill and homemade apple strudel.
From Zermatt
Gornergrat railway
Route: Train from Zermatt to Riffelalp - walk to Chämi-Hitte mountain restaurant - walk to Winkelmatten and on to Zermatt centre. This pleasant walk leads from Riffelalp down through the pine-scented forests with glimpses of the Matterhorn. In Winkelmatten you will find the pretty chapel and Haus Salzgeber dating from 1607.  Length of walk: 5km Highest point: 2,228m above sea level. Take a break: The Chämi-Hitte allows you to enjoy splendid views of the Matterhorn and the region. This is a traditional mountain restaurant which offers specialities including venison cutlets, meat from the lava stone grill and homemade apple strudel.
 
From St. Moritz View across to the Corvatsch Route: Funicular from St. Moritz to Chanterella - walk to El Paradiso mountain restaurant - Alp Suvretta & Champfèr - bus to St. MoritzBeautiful panoramic views on this walk through the mountains. Enjoy the splendour of the Alps, the purest air at Alp Suvretta and the dark green pine trees on your journey down to Champfèr. Length of walk: 5-6km Highest point: 2,211m above sea level. Take a break: El Paradiso mountain hut is midway through your walk. It offers a full menu including the regional speciality of Bündner Gerstensuppe (Swiss barley soup). There is a terrace with spectacular views over the Alps and a mountain lake.
From St. Moritz
View across to the Corvatsch
Route: Funicular from St. Moritz to Chanterella - walk to El Paradiso mountain restaurant - Alp Suvretta & Champfèr - bus to St. MoritzBeautiful panoramic views on this walk through the mountains. Enjoy the splendour of the Alps, the purest air at Alp Suvretta and the dark green pine trees on your journey down to Champfèr. Length of walk: 5-6km Highest point: 2,211m above sea level. Take a break: El Paradiso mountain hut is midway through your walk. It offers a full menu including the regional speciality of Bündner Gerstensuppe (Swiss barley soup). There is a terrace with spectacular views over the Alps and a mountain lake.
 
From Davos Stafelalp, Rinerhorn Route: Train to Frauenkirch - walk the sculpture trail - Stafelalp mountain restaurant - Frauenkirch - train to Davos. This idyllic footpath to the Stafelalp features 12 wooden and stone sculptures, with information boards. You can also see where the expressionist painter Kirchner lived and worked. Length of walk: 4km Highest point: 1,894m above sea level. Take a break: The Berghaus Stafelalp is a rustic mountain restaurant with a warm welcome. Try the Stafelalp cold plate with its local cured ham, sausage and cheese or for something hot, the homemade barley soup or rösti are recommended. If you've room for dessert, the nut tart is excellent.
From Davos
Stafelalp, Rinerhorn
Route: Train to Frauenkirch - walk the sculpture trail - Stafelalp mountain restaurant - Frauenkirch - train to Davos. This idyllic footpath to the Stafelalp features 12 wooden and stone sculptures, with information boards. You can also see where the expressionist painter Kirchner lived and worked. Length of walk: 4km Highest point: 1,894m above sea level. Take a break: The Berghaus Stafelalp is a rustic mountain restaurant with a warm welcome. Try the Stafelalp cold plate with its local cured ham, sausage and cheese or for something hot, the homemade barley soup or rösti are recommended. If you've room for dessert, the nut tart is excellent.
 

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