Summer at home

Reach for the top

Meet Michael Iten: influencer, photographer and climber of peaks. What he loves best is traveling all around the world. But to be safe during lockdown, he has been rediscovering Switzerland – including the region Victorinox calls home. And it’s clear why: there are over 65,000 hiking destinations around our country and they are all breathtaking.

You've probably had enough of balconies and the garden by now and are ready for a nearby outdoor adventure. This is where Michael comes in. He’s sharing his favorite recommendations for hiking in Switzerland with us. So you can go outside for fresh air, natural beauty, and peace and quiet. Explore new paths and enjoy the view. It will not only give you a lot of energy, you’ll also burn calories along the way.

For Michael, the trip starts before he even goes out the door: “I always pack my rucksack for the exact hike I’m going on that day. But I never forget to pack the basics, like enough water and fruit. They are especially important if you want to go a little higher up. I always make sure to have a rain and wind jacket, as well as warm clothes and dry socks – even in the middle of summer. And I never leave the house without protein bars and a power supply for my camera and smartphone.”

So where should you go? Michael recommends two very special tours, one for beginners and one for more experienced hikers:
“For beginners, I recommend the Wildspitz on Rossberg – the highest peak in Canton Zug. The hike starts at the Cholerhütte or Halsegg. It's very family-friendly, but you still get a nice workout. And the top gives you a wonderful view over the Mythen mountains, as well as both Lake Lauerz and Lake Zug. The hike takes about 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on where you start."

“Experienced hikers will really love the Leistchamm. I start from Arvenbühl. There is no funicular, so you’ll have to go all the way on your own steam: it takes about 3 hours to get to the top. This is a very steep hike, mostly over rocks and scree. And one side is quite steep, so you have to be careful. There’s no place to grill and no restaurant, but what you do get is a wonderful view over Lake Walen and the Glarner Alps. And when you turn around you’ll see all the way to the Alpstein mountain range and the Säntis peak. A magical place for a picnic!”

If that hasn’t got you packing your rucksack already, have a look Michael’s impressive gallery of photographs. It’s the perfect argument for an active lifestyle, so you can be your best you.