Running in Switzerland

Why trail run in Switzerland

Switzerland offers some of the most beautiful and diverse trail running terrain in the world, with alpine meadows, rugged peaks, and crystal-clear lakes. The country’s well-maintained trail network and stunning scenery make it a popular destination for trail runners of all levels.

When to trail run in Switzerland

The best time to trail run in Switzerland is during the summer months of June to September, when the weather is typically mild and the trails are in their best condition.

Popular trail running cities in Switzerland

Zermatt, Grindelwald and Interlaken are popular trail running cities in Switzerland known for their stunning alpine scenery and well-maintained trails.

Run travel in Switzerland

Run adventures in Switzerland

Run the Alps – Bernese Oberland Trail Run Tour – This 7-day inn-to-inn trail running tour in Switzerland takes you through the alpine pastures of the Bernese Oberland and into the Swiss Alps as you enjoy views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.

Run the Alps – Eiger Trail Tour – Enjoy this 7-day run adventure in one of trail running’s homes as you run from Mürren and Grindelwald and wind your way through the Bernese Oberland’s challenging terrain, then take part in one of the four classic Eiger trail races.

Run the Alps – The Grand Bernese Oberland Traverse – This point-to-point 12-day trail run will have you running and fast-hiking 15-20km through high country and green valleys, alongside waterfalls, glaciers and iconic mountain peaks in the Swiss Bernese Mountains.

Run the Alps – Great Cafés of the Alps – Indulge in coffee, pastries, and trail running in the Alps with this 8-day running tour from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland.

Run the Alps – Matterhorn Ultraks Tour – 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.

Run the Alps – Via Valais – Trail run the Haute Route through the Alps with this 10-day running tour through the mountainous Swiss Canton of Valais in this 10-day running tour that ends in Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn.

Run camps in Switzerland

Swiss Alps 100 Endurance Run – 2023 Training Camp – 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.

Switzerland run travel in 2023

See our updated 2023 calendar of available run travel experiences in Switzerland.

Bucket list trail races in Switzerland

Some popular trail races in Switzerland include the Sierre-Zinal, the Jungfrau Marathon, and the UTMB. These races offer challenging courses through beautiful alpine terrain and are considered bucket-list races for many trail runners.

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