What's in the picturesque Swiss National Park in the Alps?

 The Swiss National Park - part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve worldwide, is famous for its beautiful scenery of the Alps.

The Swiss National Park is located in Engadin and is Switzerland's largest nature reserve . It was the first national park in the Alps and Central Europe, known for its abundance of Alpine flora and fauna in a pristine landscape that has remained virtually unchanged. Visitors can admire the winding clear blue rivers, beautiful mountain peaks and beautiful alpine forests.


Forest inside the Swiss National ParkForest inside the Swiss National Park


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The Swiss National Park is home to four beautiful seasons, in the spring when the snow melts, color and life once again return to the area. During the month of May, heavy snowfall can still occur in the National Park, and it is not uncommon for large avalanches to fall. This is also the time when spring flowers in Switzerland begin to bloom.

In late May, the trails in the lower and sunnier parts of the park become accessible. Trails in the higher elevations are still under the snow and are usually only traversed at the end of June. This is a quiet time of year and a good time to observe wildlife, the Birds are especially active at this time of year.


Spring flowers in the Swiss National ParkSpring flowers in the Swiss National Park


During the summer months, numerous walks in the Swiss national park and numerous species of plants await visitors. July and August are ideal times to visit the National Park. All trails are accessible; long days and pleasant temperatures. Blooming flowers, colorful butterflies a feast for your eyes. In the higher regions, many plants flower in the summer months. In alpine regions, flowering may be delayed until August, depending on snow conditions. Depending on the weather, the main flowering season may be delayed by 2 to 3 weeks.


Summer, July and August are the most blooming times - Swiss National ParkSummer, July and August is the time when flowers bloom the most


In autumn, the golden trees, blue sky, first snow ... are the characteristics of the Swiss national park. When autumn comes, the days shorten and the temperature drops. Nights can be cold and the first snows fall in the upper regions. Footpaths can be frozen in many places. The annual highlight of the National Park is the red deer race - when hundreds of stags can be heard snarling along with the splendid display of golden pines.


The first snows of the season begin to fall - Swiss National ParkThe first snows of the season begin to fall in the high mountains


In winter,  the Swiss National Park is closed to visitors. From mid-November onward, the snow is often so heavy that footpaths are no longer visible and there is a risk of avalanches. In winter, animals in the wild retreat to territories where they can find protection and food, undisturbed by humans.

Hiking in the Swiss National Park

Where to Stay in the Swiss National Park

Filli Andris Campground is the only campground in Zernez that places you right at the entrance to the national park. It's located near the train station and when you get off the train and out onto the street you'll see a clear signboard (with a tent graphic on it) directing you to the campsite.


Zernez Town - Swiss National ParkThe town of Zernez


Camping at the Filli Andris campsite is almost as comfortable as staying in a hotel. They have a dedicated kitchen with power outlets, wifi, a mini bar and a restaurant. The campground is spacious and well located. The bathrooms are located in a private building with heaters and enough showers for everyone. Reception can give you information, hiking tips and maps. You can also buy cooking ingredients and food from the front desk.


How to get to the Swiss National Park?

The best way to get here is to fly to Zurich or nearby cities and take a train or bus from there.

If you are traveling in Switzerland for more than a week, I recommend buying a 4-day train ticket. It will cost around 260 CHF. Transport here is very expensive and if you want to go to many areas, these 4 days will save you some money.


Zernez Town Station - Swiss National ParkZernez . town station


Zernez is the closest town to the national park. It is also the closest town to the entrance and the easiest way to get to Zernez is by train.

Interesting food roads to walk

Alp Da Munt: This is a small walking path located just behind the campsite at the entrance to the Swiss National Park . The climb can be done easily in 2-3 hours. You can do this trail trip if you have at least 3-4 hours of daylight left on that day.


Entrance to Alp Da Munt - Swiss National ParkEntrance to Alp Da Munt


The trail starts from the plain behind the campsite. You can start the trail by exiting the campsite from the entrance, following the path until you reach the river, then walking towards the mountains.


The road opens up to the mountain view - Swiss National ParkThe road opens to a mountain view


Right at the foot of the mountain, you will see a trail leading north along the ridge. Follow that path until you come to an empty spot. It will take about 45 minutes to start and follow the directions to return.


Go higher and you'll see a view like this - Swiss National Park VườnGoing higher you will see a view like this


Munt La Schela: For this trail, you'll have to take a bus from a bus stop near the Tourist Information center to Buffalora, a 30-minute drive from town. From there, follow the yellow sign labeled Munt la Schela.


To Munt La Schela you will have to take a bus - Swiss National ParkTo Munt La Schela you will have to take a bus


The trail starts from what looks like a river bed to a hill, past people's farms and gradually climbs up. On the way, you will see a lot of sheep and cows grazing.


Walk through a trail that looks like a riverbed - Swiss National ParkGoing through a trail that looks like a riverbed


As you follow the path, you will see so many mountains that may make you wonder which one is Munt la Schela. Keep going until you see a yellow sign directing you to the way to the top.


Swiss National ParkThe top of the mountain Munt la Schela núi


Swiss National Park is a place for those who love nature, love the beautiful mountain scenery in Switzerland. With most of the area still quite unspoiled, this land is where animals and plants are best developed in their native environment.