Six Beautiful Walks Near Geneva

 
 

Discover the beautiful walks near Geneva to suit every level of ability and surrounded by stunning scenery.

 

04th August 2015

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With verdant vineyards, towering mountains, and charming Swiss villages mere footsteps from your sumptuous guestroom at the lakeside Hotel d’Angleterre, there’s every reason to explore some of the beautiful walks near Geneva. Whether you want a leisurely amble among the vineyards or a challenging hike, there’s something for everyone in the countryside surrounding the city.

Sentier du Rhône
Medium: 20km / 5 hours

Beautiful sunny scene along the Sentier du Rhône trail © Didier Baertschiger/Flickr

Fancy getting the best of both urban and natural landscapes on your Geneva walk? Then the Sentier du Rhône route is the one for you. Starting at La Jonction in Geneva, the trail passes through an attractive quarter of the city before greener surrounds replace the cityscape. The trail continues along the banks of the Rhône and later takes in lovely little villages, such as Avully and Cartigny, along the way.

Entre Arve et Lac
Easy: 19km / 4 hours 15 minutes

 
This trail offers great views of Geneva and the River Arve   sam74100 iStock Thinkstock

This trail offers great views of Geneva and the River Arve © sam74100/iStock/Thinkstock

One for oenophiles and nature-lovers, the Entre Arve et Lac route provides spectacular views over Geneva as the trail cuts through the vineyards bordered by Lake Geneva on one side and the Arve River on the other. As the trail meanders through the verdant countryside, walkers will encounter plenty of picturesque wine terraces where local vintages and tasty morsels will be available to sample.

Alpine Panorama Trail
Medium: 510 km

 
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This area is well known for the quality of its dairy products © Bychykhin_Olexandr/iStock/Thinkstock

The Alpine Panorama Trail is epic in more ways than one: the route offers countless fantastic views of the Alpine peaks, as well as beautiful views of traditional Swiss farmland in the foothills, and it’s over 500km long. Helpfully, the trail has been divided up into 30 stages, with Stage 30 starting (or ending, depending on your preference) in Geneva. But wherever you are on the route, thanks to the area’s agricultural heritage, you’re practically guaranteed to be near a tavern or shop offering delicious local dairy products – perfect for keeping your strength up.

ViaJacobi
Medium: 450km

 
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The ViaJacobi trail is a great way to take in cultural sights like St. Pierre Cathedral © CalraNila/iStock/Thinkstock

The ViaJacobi is one of the best walks near Geneva for those looking to soak up some Swiss culture and history whilst also admiring the natural scenery. Another vast route (at around 450km), Stage 19 of the ViaJacobi takes around four hours and ends at Geneva’s beautiful St Pierre Cathedral, while Stage 20 meanders through the countryside around the city, taking in the Compesières fortress, which is now a museum. The latter section of the trail will take around two hours and is clearly signposted, making for an easy afternoon stroll.

Rive Droite
Difficult: 32km / 8 hours

 
The sight of the Satigny vineyards is worth the walk   winseyed iStock Thinkstock

The sight of the Satigny vineyards is worth the walk © winseyed/iStock/Thinkstock

Beginning and ending in Meyrin (former agricultural village turned main site of CERN), the Rive Droite trail passes through Satigny, Switzerland’s largest winegrowing district. Experienced hikers should take the day to do the whole route or, for those more interested in a pre-prandial stroll than a full-day hike, choose a section strategically for the reward of great food and wine at the end.

Entre Arve et Rhône
Medium: 27km / 6 hours 40 minutes

 
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Don’t miss the chance to try some of the area’s delicious local wine © somchaij/iStock/Thinkstock

Beginning by crossing the Rhône, this trail continues through the spectacular countryside and up to the canton’s penultimate highest viewpoint, offering incredible views of the Nation’s Vineyard. But if you need more of a carrot than that: along the way you’re sure to come across a number of Ambassadeurs du Terroir – restaurants, sites and estates where local produce and wine is made available for hikers and walkers. After all, who wouldn’t want a Swiss treat mid-hike?

After an invigorating day taking in the beauty of the Swiss countryside, return to the sanctuary of Hotel d’Angleterre on the shores of Lake Geneva to relax and unwind. Perhaps a drink at the bar followed by an in-room massage for the ultimate in holiday decadence?

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