One thing I really love about Switzerland is how easy it is to organize a nature getaway here. Here is my algorithm:
- Open a map.
- Pick a village next to the mountains and a forest that has a train station or at least a bus stop. A lake nearby would be a bonus.
- Open the website of the village or the nearest cable car. It will almost for sure contain a description of hike trails including elevation/descent numbers and the map of all trails.
- Pick a trail, buy a ticket and go!
A serious advantage of the approach is that like this one can find wonderful and not very famous places which means no tourists and healthier nature. One of such Alpine gems is Wasserauen in the canton of Appenzell.