This week I decided to start running again after so many setbacks the last couple of years. That means I’m gonna try run faster, longer and better – stay tuned for the second half of 2024!

Switzerland is WONDER-full – where in the world can you find so many wonderful things in such a small space (not so small, if you flatten the relief)? Switzerland is a unique country with many different facets that contribute to its overall charm and character. Where else in the world can you find so much water diversity (the blue gold of Switzerland or the water castle of Europe) in an area of around 41,000 km2? Rivers and lakes characterize Switzerland, as do mountains and hills. The two triple watersheds of Europe are unparalleled. One lies on the border between the three cantons of Uri, Valais, and Ticino, the other on the Lunghin Pass in the canton of Graubünden. They give birth to long European rivers, namely the Reuss → Rhine, the Ticino → Po, the Inn → Danube, and the Rhone.

The geographical diversity of Switzerland is impressive. The Central Plateau is bordered from southwest to northeast by the Jura range of hills and the main Alpine ridge. Only the northernmost area, Basel-Stadt, and the southernmost area in Switzerland, southern Ticino, lie outside these two striking rock formations. There is everything from glaciers (I call it the white gold of Switzerland) with their perceived northern temperatures to a southern Mediterranean climate feeling. Even in a relatively small canton, like the canton of Uri, there are countless lakes, mountains, and valleys that will make your heart beat faster.

48 of the 82 4,000-metre peaks in the Alps are in Switzerland (an Alpine record), more than 40 of them in the canton of Valais, with the Dufourspitze in the Monte Rosa massif being the highest peak at 4,634 m – WoW!

The linguistic diversity is also impressive. With four main languages and numerous dialects, there is something for everyone. The four seasons each show their impressive side and let the Swiss landscape to blossom. Yes Switzerland, you are so BEAUTY-full!

29.10.2023 – Another trail – another highlight between alpine lakes and some of the highest alpine mountains such as Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. In other words, in-between 500m asl and around 4’000m asl. The atmosphere was, as so often, special on the Gantrisch. Autumn showed itself in its full bloom.

The trail started on the Wasserscheidi of the Gantrisch Nature Park and ended after a short detour on the Stockhorn at the middle station Chrindi. Some of the prominent points along the trail were: BürgleGantrisch – Nüeneflue – Homad, and Stockhorn. A distinctive alpine mountain range.

I can only recommend the trail. It is a good trail for half a day – enJOY!

12/13/14.10.2023 – Three golden days – This golden fall season is just breathtaking. The dance of the trees, of the colours and animals – Wooooaaaah!

Some high-lights: Val Trupchun, Val Müschauns, Fuorcla Val Sassa, Val Sassa, Val Cluozza, Zernez

8.10.2023 – Another 3’000m asl hike – Arpelistock. The landscape looks very special, partly like Mars and Moon ;-). Furthermore, you will see wild animals from the Himalayas – the Yaks. It was so beautiful and with a golden finish at the Lake Louenen – Just WoW!

2.10.2023 – This is a one-day hike that has a lot to reveal. The Gotthard massif is home to the highest triple continental divide in Europe, 3’025m asl. At this point, precipitation separates into three major rivers: the Rhine, the Rhone and the Po.

This was my trail: Villa Bedretto (Val Bedretto) – Passo di CavannaRonggergrat Hüenderstock Witenwasserenstock – Rotondohütte SAC – Witenwasseren – Realp

It was a fabulous hike – 1 day hike felt like 1 week holiday. Thank you so so much!

30.9.2023 – Via Ferrata mixed with hiking. The atmoshpere was brilliant. Sulzfluh is one of the beautiful corners of Switzerland, on the border with Austria. These karrenfelds are amazing!

From Partnun to Partnun lake and then up to Sulzfluh and then via Tilisunahütte ÖAV back to Partnun

24-25.9.2023 – Crossing the cantons of Uri, Ticino and Grisons was an awe-inspiring adventure. Nothing compares with this tough and rough environment. So many beautiful pristine Alpine lakes and you feel you standing at the source of something great. The Gotthard Massif is a living source. You are at the source of four rivers: the Rhine, Reuss, Ticino and Rhone. Here history was and is made.

When you cross the canton of Ticino from Uri, you smell the Southern scent. The four cantons fit together like a puzzle. My overwhelming route was:

1st day: Realp – Gatscholalücke/Passo d’Orsirora – Laghi d’Orsirora – Passo del San Gottardo – Lago dell Sella – Giübin Vermigelhütte

2nd day: Vermigelhütte Pass MaighelsPasso BornengoValletta del Mottone – Cappanna Cadlimo CAS – Lago Scuro – Lago di Tom – Lago Ritom – Piora

One of my most beautiful 2-day hikes ever! Thank you Uri, Ticino and Graubünden!

17.9.2023 – URI – Another hike – another adventure – another stunning day. This time between Wassen (who does not know the famous “Chileli of Wassen”?) and Göschenen (the gateway to the Gotthard massif!).

I have chosen the following route:

Wassen – Chli See – Gross SeeLang See – Rohrplatten – Bandlücke Salbiten – Salbithütte SAC – Höhenberg – Salbithütte SAC – Göschenen.

It is a trek that offers a lot: High mountains with glaciers, deep valleys, many Alpine lakes, Swiss mountain huts, rough stones, and the Gotthard myth. I love it so much. Although stony and rough, the view was smooth thanks to the South-side outlook towards Göschenertal and Unteralp.

Uri

Uri is wild, Uri is a living dream!

7.-8.9.2023 – This was another two-day hike, one of the most inspiring ever. I was in a complete dream-like state from the beginning till the end. Such beauty I have seldom so deeply felt. Words cannot adequately convey the depth of emotions I experienced on this hike. I was filled with overwhelming feelings of happiness and gratitude. Every moment seemed to bring a new highlight, making it feel like a two-week vacation rather than just a two-day hike. I feel incredibly blessed to have had this experience. I’m so so blessed! – Thank you!

And this was the treck:

1st day: From Isenthal Post along the Chlital up to Gietisflue and over Rinderstöckli up to Gitschen (~ 2500m asl) – One of my favourite places! Further down to Musenalp, up to Sassigrat, down to Biwaldalp and Bösenboden, then up again to Hinter Alp, via Engelberger Egg and over Rot Grätli to Rugghubel Hut – my sleeping place.

2nd day: From Rugghubel Hut up to Engelberger Rotstock ~2800m asl (cloudy), via Engelberger Lücke further to Wissigstock ~2900m asl, then again to Engelberger Rotstock (sunny), then over Rot Grätli to Bannalp, around Walenstöcke respectively along the Walenpfad to Brunnihütte, and finally down to Engelberg.

Thank you Uri, thank you Obwalden, thank you Nidwalden – it was a heartopening adventure!