Vaduz is the capital of Liechtenstein and also the seat of the national parliament. The city, which is located along the Rhine River, has 5,696 residents. The most prominent landmark of Vaduz is Vaduz Castle, being perched atop a steep hill in the middle of the city. It is home to the reigning prince of Liechtenstein and the Liechtenstein princely family. The city's distinctive architecture is also displayed in landmarks such as the Cathedral of St. Florin, Government House, City Hall, the National Art Gallery, as well as the National Museum. Although Vaduz is the best-known town in the principality internationally, it is not the largest; neighbouring Schaan has a larger population.
Gstaad stands for alpine authenticity, a touch of luxury and intact nature. Over 500 kilometres of hiking trails and signposted trail running routes offer ideal conditions for extended days in the tranquillity of nature.
Photo: © Destination Gstaad / Tom Malecha
The holiday resort of Lenk lies at 1068 m above sea level at the top of the Simmental and is a real trail running jewel. The unique end of the valley is particularly impressive. With its varied terrain and over 200 km of trails, the green, elongated valley offers the right trail for every taste.
The valley floor of the Obersimmental is wide and flat and suitable for a casual run-in. The well-developed trail network leads to fascinating natural sites, such as the over 100 m high Iffig Falls, or the Flueseeli, situated at over 2000 m above sea level. The varied terrain, from green alpine pastures to stony alpine paths, offers enough variety even for a longer stay.
Accommodation for different requirements, from simple group houses to five-star superior hotels. Everyone is sure to find something suitable here. Information on accommodation and trail running tours can be found on our website at: www.lenk-simmental.ch
Here, in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, the Swiss Alps are at their finest. The famous peaks of Wildstrubel and Lohner tower over 3,000 m above sea level and dominate the alpine backdrop to Adelboden. The water of the imposing Engstlige Falls cascades impressively down into the valley, and all around you will find challenging pass crossings and unspoiled mountain landscapes. No wonder trail runners feel at home here. Hundreds of kilometres of well-maintained paths crisscross the charming chalet village, its hills and mountains, and over into the other valleys belonging to Adelboden-Lenk-Kandersteg.
Braunwald is located in the southern Glarus region on a high plateau at 1300 metres. The car-free mountain village is also often called the sun terrace. Braunwald is a holiday resort with a skiing area in winter and a hiking area in summer. Braunwald also offers all kinds of mountain and alpine experiences such as via ferratas, biking, hiking and paragliding. Braunwald is also geared towards families and has many child- and family-friendly activities.
Braunwald is on the Via Alpina and looks forward to many Crossing Switzerland runners!
More info on Braunwald
In Elm, a UNESCO World Heritage Site meets Europe's oldest game reserve, the small mountain village connects the Tectonic Arena Sardona, known for the Martinsloch, with the Freiberg Kärpf. Known as a skiing and touring area in winter, hiking trails go up the peaks in all directions in summer. Or down the passes, like the Via Alpina, which enters Glarus via the Foopass. Here the traditional village centre of Elm invites you to rest before the altitude rises again. With the mighty Hausstock in view, you head up to Obererbs and over the Richetlipass to Linthal.
Photo: © Maya Rhyner Elm_Hoehenweg
Engelberg-Titlis is the largest winter and summer holiday destination in Central Switzerland. The varied monastery village offers a unique holiday experience for families, beginners and professionals.
The varied activities make your stay an unforgettable mountain experience.
The surrounding mountain world is dominated by the 3,239-metre-high Titlis glacier and local mountain, as well as the 2,600-metre-high Hahnen. In winter, they guarantee snow until well into spring. Engelberg is also known for its varied skiing and freeriding area. In summer, however, everything revolves around hiking, mountaineering, climbing, biking and golfing.
Interview Andres Lietha - Director Tourisme Engelberg about Crossing Switzerland HERE
Start & Finish Lines
The race will start in Vaduz, Liechtenstein on Saturday 23 July 2022, at 22h00.
Your adventure will start and will end in Montreux, Switzerland after 390 km, crossing 7 Swiss cantons and 33 communities!
If you are having a supporting team, please check the "Communes" section with information about the cities and villages the race crosses. Useful information such as restaurants, hotels, and touristic information will be provided.
During your race you will find 5 major base camps. The exact locations will be communicated soon here on this site. Here you will be able to eat, drink, rest and get a massage. In between the base camps we offer smaller posts where you can refill your food- and drink supplies.
We are making use of the Via Alpina trail between Vaduz and Montreux. The race is completely marked. You can use the GPS track as well. Keep in mind that we might have last minute changes. Please check before the race to be sure you have the most recent version.