Welcome to Switzerland, a runner’s paradise nestled in the heart of the Alps. Prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking beauty of snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and charming alpine villages. Switzerland offers a running experience like no other, with its well-maintained trails, invigorating mountain air, and a perfect blend of natural splendor and cultural richness. Whether you seek an exhilarating trail run, a rejuvenating retreat, or a focused training camp, Switzerland promises an unforgettable running holiday that will leave you in awe of its natural wonders.
When To Run In Switzerland
Switzerland’s weather varies depending on the region and altitude, but generally, the best time for running in the country is from late spring to early autumn (May to October). During this period, you can expect milder temperatures, longer daylight hours, and optimal trail conditions. Summer (June to August) offers pleasant running weather in the mountains, while lower elevations may be warmer. Spring and autumn provide cooler temperatures, stunning foliage, and fewer crowds, making them ideal for peaceful runs amidst nature’s beauty.
The Must-Run Spots In Switzerland
Discover the must-run spots that showcase Switzerland’s awe-inspiring landscapes and iconic destinations:
Zermatt: Conquer the Trails of the Matterhorn
Set against the backdrop of the legendary Matterhorn, Zermatt is a trail runner’s paradise. Embark on a journey through alpine meadows, dense forests, and rugged mountain trails as you soak in the grandeur of one of the world’s most famous peaks. Explore the Gornergrat ridge, traverse the Five Lakes Trail, or challenge yourself on the Vertical Kilometer® course. Zermatt offers endless opportunities for runners seeking adventure and unparalleled natural beauty.
Interlaken: Lakeside Bliss and Mountain Magic
Nestled between the serene Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Interlaken is a gateway to Swiss alpine wonders. Run along the lakeshores, absorbing the tranquility and reflecting the majestic peaks of the Jungfrau region. Take on the Hardergrat Trail, known as one of the world’s most beautiful ridge runs, for an unforgettable alpine experience. With its picturesque landscapes and easy access to nearby trails, Interlaken is a haven for runners seeking a perfect blend of lakeside charm and mountain magic.
Engadine: Alpine Splendor in the Swiss Alps
Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of Engadine, a high-altitude valley nestled in the Swiss Alps. Run amidst pristine lakes, rolling meadows, and towering peaks that create a postcard-perfect backdrop. Explore the trails around St. Moritz, known for their breathtaking vistas, or venture into the rugged wilderness of the Bernina Pass. Engadine offers an idyllic setting for runners seeking alpine splendor and a sense of serenity in nature’s embrace.
Run Travel Events in Switzerland 2023
Running Holidays in Switzerland
Run the Alps – Eiger Trail Tour – July 10 – 16, 2023
Kick off this Switzerland trail run adventure from Mürren and Grindelwald while in the shadow of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau as you wind your way through the Bernese Oberland’s challenging terrain. While you’re around, take part in one of the four classic Eiger trail races, or cheer on the runners, as you enjoy this 7-day run adventure in one of trail running’s homes.
Run the Alps – Bernese Oberland Trail Run Tour – July 16 – 22, 2023
This inn-to-inn trail running tour in Switzerland takes you through the alpine pastures of the Bernese Oberland. Enjoy views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau during the day, and unwind at Swiss mountain hotels at night. There will be plenty of multi-course feasts (with local Swiss cheese and other delights!) to help power the climbs.
Run the Alps – Great Cafés of the Alps – July 24 – 31, 2023
Coffee, pastries, and trail running in the Alps. There’s not much more most runners need for a good holiday, and this Run the Alps 8-day running tour has it in spades. You’ll start this adventure in Chamonix, France then head to Zermatt, Switzerland, taking in the trails and tarts along the way!
Run the Alps – The Grand Bernese Oberland Traverse – August 10 – 21, 2023
Epic may not do this 12-day run adventure across the Swiss Bernese Mountains justice. This point-to-point trail run will have you running and fast-hiking 15-20km through high country and green valleys, alongside waterfalls, glaciers and iconic mountain peaks.
Run the Alps – Matterhorn Ultraks Tour – August 22 – 28, 2023
This 7-day running adventure starts in the hot springs resort of Leukerbad before heading over to Zermatt, the most famous mountain town in the world and home to the Matterhorn. Runners will take on sections of the Ultraks Skyrunning trail race as they gaze up at a collection of 4,000 meter peaks and powerful mountain scenery imaginable.
Run the Alps – Via Valais – September 3 – 12, 2023
Get ready to trail run the Haute Route through the Alps. Using trails picked with trail runners in mind, you’ll traverse the mountainous Swiss Canton of Valais in this 10-day running tour. The fun starts in the Swiss village of Arolla, a famous mountaineering base, then you’re off toward Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn.
Running Camps In Switzerland
Swiss Alps 100 Endurance Run – 2023 Training Camp – June 29 – July 3, 2023
This training camp takes place at Fiescheralp and includes daily organized runs, dinners each night, invited speakers each night, and plenty of time to enjoy the Swiss Alps.
Trail Running Factory – Eiger Ultra Trail – June 29 – July 4, 2023
Prepare yourself for one of the most challenging races in the Swiss Alps, the Eiger Ultra Trail by UTMB, with Trail Running Factory’s hut-to-hut high altitude camp in Grindelwald. Experience the breathtaking beauty of this region as you traverse through Grosse Scheidegg, First, Faulhorn (2680m), Schynige Platte, Wengen, Männlichen, and Kleine Scheidegg, before taking on the awe-inspiring Eiger North Face traverse. Led by UTWT Champion Gediminas Grinius, this camp is designed for both seasoned pros and beginners eager to tame the trails. Get familiar with the Eiger Ultra Trail course, attend insightful lectures, and join the trail running family from around the world. Enjoy an alpine adventure like no other, running from hut to hut and sleeping above 2000m. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain four days of trail experience in the Swiss Alps and potentially secure an entry without lottery to the Eiger Ultra Trail race
Expand Your Running Horizons
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