Everyone who takes a hike in the Swiss Alps for the first time is simply stunned by the mountain hut system in Switzerland. No less than 150 huts are owned by the Swiss Alpine Club while there’s a large number of private huts and refuges that make hiking in the Swiss Alps unique.
No need for tents, sleeping bags, cooking pots – the modern and organized hut system offers hikers light-weight packing! Thanks to the convenient ‘stations’ located throughout the Swiss Alps, hikers have opportunities to organize two-day or multi-day hikes without worrying about where they’ll spend the night. And these huts offer not only shelter, but warm meals, fresh water, or shower, as well. And no less important – these are the places where we have a lot of fun and make friends.
These are only a few of the Swiss mountain huts that made our hikes easier and more fun. Check them out!
Europahütte – Europa Hut (2,265 m)
In beautiful larch forest, above the village of Randa, the famous Europa hut lies on the Europaweg route between Grächen and Zermatt, one of the most beautiful 2-day hikes in the Alps.
After the 2-hour ascent from Randa, here you can take a rest on the spacious patio or try swiss culinary specialties like fondue, or you can spend the peaceful night surrounded by magnificent landscape. Anyone who has ever visited the hut agrees that the views from the hut are simply spectacular.
When you look southwest of the hut, you can see the newly-built Charles Kuonen Bridge – the longest hanging pedestrian bridge in the world. The bridge is a part of the trail’s section towards Zermatt.
La cabane Panossière (2645 m)
The FXB Panossière mountain refuge is facing the Grand Combine, one of the highest mountain massifs in the Alps. The hut is a starting point for many ascents and it’s particularly interesting to hikers who would like to enjoy the view of the glorious Corbassière Glacier which lies east of the hut.
The hut was built in 1891 and it was devasted by an avalanche in March 1988. Today’s hut is rebuilt in 1996 and it offers a pleasant accommodation and simple, yet delicious meals, but above all – it offers impressive views and warm, friendly atmosphere.
Refuge de la Pilatte (2.572 m)
Refuge de la Pilatte is located in Isere, in the south of the massif of Ecrins, at the foot of the Bansa and the Pilatte glacier. It is a part of The Ecrins National Park and it’s accessed from the mountain village of La Bérarde, requiring 3-hour ascent.
The hut is situated on the cliff, which adds an extra excitement and it offers magnificent views of Les Bans, Ailefroide and Les Ecrins.
La Cabane de Moiry (2825 m)
One of the Swiss hut’s with the most amazing view, Cabane de Moiry overlooks an incredible river of ice – Glacier de Moiry. The magnificent landscape can be admired from the inside because the hut features large, panoramic windows.
This stunning location is reached after a steep and demanding yet exciting ascent, but it’s well worth the effort. The Swiss Alpine Club, the owner of the hut, has done the cabane up in 2010, so the cabane now features a modern built extension next to the old stone building.
The hut is located above the town of Leukerbad and near the Gemmipass – the pass that connects Leukerbad in the canton of Valais with Kandersteg in the canton of Bern. The stunning path leads through the high-alpine landscape and past the beautiful, small mountain lake Lämmern.
Here you can stay for the night and enjoy food and drink service before you continue your journey. The beautiful Lämmerenhütte is a common starting point for further hikes like Adelboden in the Bernese Oberland.
What are your experiences with mountain huts in Switzerland? Share your thoughts and advice with us in the comment section!
Cover photo taken at the Cabane de Moiry.