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Nine lonely but beautiful Swiss valleys

No, the Alps are not overcrowded. Only parts of it. There are still valleys in Switzerland that offer unspoiled nature and tranquility. We present nine particularly beautiful ones to you.

The mountain calls and everyone comes, under the peaks there is a lot of activity. Hiking, the biggest Swiss national sport, is experiencing a boom again. Walking through nature offers many people an antipole to hectic everyday life.

And so comes what has to come: on particularly popular trails, hikers are more and more often standing on their feet. On nice days there is a crowd, piling up and strangulation.

Do you prefer peace and quiet while hiking? We introduce you to nine lonely, but all the more beautiful Swiss valleys.

1. Val Calnègia - rough charm

With a lot of noise, a waterfall falls over a rock face in Val Calnègia. It's hard to believe that there is a path that leads up this wall into the remote side valley of Val Bavona.

Enormous natural forces have shaped the Ticino valley: slow glacier flow, landslides, erosion, avalanches and floods. Nevertheless, people have succeeded in wresting a modest livelihood from nature. Remnants of this time can be found from the hamlets of the valley floor to the most remote alpine meadows.

Walls, old reclamations, farm buildings or stairs were all made with dry stone walls. The cavities between the rocks were made into shelters for the cattle or as a dwelling.

The Val Calègia is surrounded by high mountain peaks. In winter no sunbeams reach the valley, so it is only inhabited in summer.

2. Kaltbrunnental - enchanted place

The Kaltbrunnental is an enchanted place, not only because of the dense, rustic forest. So dreamy and magical that it wouldn't be surprising if fairies came out from behind the moss-covered rocks. And even if that doesn't happen, the valley holds some secrets.

The valley lies in the cantons of Solothurn and Baselland. It extends with up to 60 meters high, steep rock faces from Meltingen along the Ibach to its confluence with the Birs near Chessiloch.

Stone age hunters have stayed here again and again over the millennia. There are three prehistoric caves in the narrow, shady valley. The caves offered protection from wild animals and storms.

Today the local cave exploration association provides information about this geologically interesting area on the "karst nature trail". For example about the 48 animal species that live in the caves, the peculiarities of the underground landscape and other details of cave exploration.

3. Sagenmülital - waterfalls and orchids

The Aargau village of Linn is known for its age-old fame: the Linner Linde, popularly known as "d’Lende vo Lenn". With a trunk circumference of around 11 meters and a height of 25 meters, the tree is the mightiest linden tree in Switzerland. The age of the tree is estimated to be 800 years.

If you walk from the linden tree through the village to the wild and romantic Sagenmülitäli, the next surprise awaits you soon: the quarry waterfall.

Actually there are three waterfalls, because three streams converge in the valley; the Gallenkircher Bach, the Bächli and the Linner Bach, and no one can be reluctant to fall over a waterfall before the union.

At five and a half meters, the Linner Bach waterfall is the highest in the canton of Aargau. The sparse pine forest is also the habitat for two dozen species of orchids.

4. Vallon de Nant - 1,000 plants

From Bex in the canton of Vaud, a road leads into the wild Vallon de Nant. This lies below the Dent de Morcles - Grand Muveran (in the east) and Pointe des Savolaires - Pointe des Martinets (in the west) mountain ranges.

The valley is as small as its vegetation is rich: deciduous and fir forests, berries and more than 1,000 plants have been spotted on the various altitudes. This abundance of plants was the reason why the valley was placed under protection in 1969.

The “Thomasia” alpine garden in Le Pont de Nant, laid out in 1891, provides an insight into this diversity of plants. The fauna is also extremely diverse, especially the bird world. Fantastic beautiful hikes can also be undertaken in the area.

5. Rear Lauterbrunnen Valley - 72 waterfalls

The rear Lauterbrunnen valley in the Bernese Oberland fascinates with its magnificent high alpine landscape and countless waterfalls. And yet it is still an insider tip and not overcrowded. A little paradise, momoll.

Torrents, which arise on the edge of the glacier, roar through several levels of terrain on their way into the valley. The Lauterbrunnen Valley has 72 waterfalls. Particularly worth seeing: the Holdribach and Talbach falls.

The high valley impresses with varied vegetation, a beautiful high moor and many mountain meadows. Ibex and chamois can be seen on the slopes.

The world is still in order in the rear Lauterbrunnen valley. During the hike you hardly meet a soul - an insider tip for those who are looking for peace and a fascinating landscape.

And those who stay at the Berghotel Obersteinberg take a journey into the past: There is neither electricity nor showers in the hospitable house. When it gets dark, candles are lit - this is called "candle hotel".

6. Weisstannental - few people, a lot of nature

If you come from the Walensee and turn off at Mels in the St. Gallische Weisstannental, you will enter another world. The narrow mountain road curves steeply through a high fir forest up into the secluded valley, in which 300 people live and work, spread over the two hamlets of Schwendi and Weisstannen.

Today the Weisstanner try to complement their nature and tranquility with interesting offers adapted to the valley culture: An old sawmill on the Dorfbach in Weisstannen was brought back to life, and a herb garden was planted next to it. Fine wood-fired bread is made in the “Bachüsli” and tasty cheese on the Alp.

The place could hardly be more remote. Neither is it nicer. Lavtinabach, Piltschinabach, Sässbach, Muttenbach, Guetentalbach: they all flow together in the Batöni waterfall arena in the Weisstannental valley and, with the 81 meter high Piltschinabachfall, the Sässbachfall (86 meters) and the Muttenbachfall (45 meters), ensure an exhilarating feeling. It is a special energy place.

Eagles and ibex are also among the attractions in the valley. An insider tip is the hike over the long transition from the Foopass to the Elm in Glarus.

7. Maderanertal - gnarled forest and wild flowers

Only half an hour away from the hustle and bustle of the Gotthard motorway is a natural paradise where cowbells instead of car horns set the tone: the Maderanertal in the canton of Uri. If you are looking for a wild mountain valley with rich flora and a romantic mountain backdrop, this is the right place for you.

The valley, registered in the federal inventory of landscapes and natural monuments, became famous for its wealth of high alpine scenarios, beautiful minerals and precious game, as well as picturesque waterfalls.

The car stays in Bristen, a cable car facilitates the ascent to the Golzernalp sun terrace above the Maderaner valley. The houses in the hamlet of Golzern are tightly packed under the steep slopes of the Grosse Windgällen and the Golzerensee is dreaming darkly.

Through gnarled mountain forest and wild flowers it goes down to Balmenegg, where international customers were once served princely in a splendid hotel. Tempi passati. What has remained is the romance, the tranquility and the grandeur. And the shine of the rock crystals, which are offered everywhere along the way in the Maderanertal spotlight paradise.

8. Brecca - magnificent panoramic hike

The Breccaschlund above the Schwarzsee in the canton of Friborg leads into a wild and at the same time enchanted area. It is home to a multitude of alpine flowers and animals and is the inspiration for numerous legends. Night traditions are still alive and hikers are welcome guests in the dairies.

Particularly grandiose: the panorama hike from Riggisalp via Alp Brecca down to the enchantingly beautiful Schwarzsee. The peaks along the hiking route are not among the highest and most famous in the country, but they form an imposing silhouette.

The more western the peaks, the more French their names sound (Combiflue, Patraflon). Both watch high above the scenic Brecca gorge.

Along the hiking trail you can eat in the three cozy alpine huts St. Antoni-Brecca, Marbach-Brecca and Cerniets. And at the end of the hike, the lake invites you to take a bath.

9. Val Frisal - the highest primeval forest

Some claim that the Val Frisal is the most beautiful high valley in the Alps. Either way: The three kilometer long valley at 1,885 meters above sea level with a trough-shaped glacier end and wonderfully meandering watercourses is definitely a unique place.

The splendor of the mountains surrounding the valley in Graubünden is also fantastic. Everything seems perfect to unwind. The official route only leads to the entrance to the valley, from then on everyone is on their own.

The ascent into Val Frisal leads along the Flem (German village stream) and past the Scatlè at Chischarolas, the smallest but highest primeval forest in Switzerland. Some of the spruces here are up to 600 years old and over 30 meters high.

And one more important tip at the end, which is valid for all hikes: Good footwear is always an advantage.

There are even more hidden Swiss valleys on the Switzerland Tourism website.

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