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Hiking in the Swiss Nature Photos from the community celebrating Switzerland's national day

August 1, 2021

Hiking in the Swiss Nature

We asked you to send us your favourite photos of hiking in the Swiss nature, and we’re more than happy to publish a selection of the very best to celebrate Switzerland’s National Day, 1 of August 2021. The response was great, thank you to everyone who participated!

We walk, and our ideas wonder. It is as if the body’s machine in motion produces mental fumes that caress rocks, clouds, roots and earth. A fresh wind releases us of dead ends and worries weighing on our minds.

Do not believe any idea that was not born in the open air and of free movement — in which the muscles do not also revel” said Nietzsche. What happens when we let our legs guide us? Walking allows us to think and not to think at the same time. For some, it is the muscles of the body that trigger the muscles of the brain, but for others, it is the legs and thighs themselves that think, while freeing the head from the past and the future, to live the unique and eternal present.

Having, then, formed the project of describing the habitual state of my soul […], I saw no simpler and surer way to carry out this enterprise than to keep a faithful record of my solitary walks and the reveries which fill them when I leave my head entirely free and let my ideas follow their bent without resistance or constraint. These hours of solitude and meditation are the only ones in the day during which I am fully myself and for myself, without diversion, without obstacle, and during which I can truly claim to be what nature willed.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Reveries of the Solitary Walker

I invite you to share with us your moments of hiking in Switzerland. A selection of photos will be uploaded to the website and published in a special gallery on August 1st. Join us! We wish you all a happy national day!

Jean-Daniel Ruch,
Ambassador of Switzerland in Israel

“Kunkelpass” next to Tamins, Graubünden
River Doubs, next to St. Ursanne, Jura
Flims, Graubünden
Luzern
The Luisin, Valais
Jaunbach Gorge, Fribourg
Viamala ravine, Graubünden
The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Vaud
Lake Crestasee, Graubünden
Verbier, Valais
Charmey, Fribourg
Grimsel pass in direction Furka pass, Bern/Valais
St. Gallen
Dents du Midi, Valais
Seewis-Dorf im Prättigau, Graubünden
Gurten, Bern
Between Nendaz and Siviez, Valais
Gurten, Bern
Gadmen, Bern
Schlieren, Zürich
Bisse du Ro, Valais
Cully, Vaud
Moutier mountian, Bern
Lausanne-Ouchy, Vaud
Panorama Wanderung at Schynige Platte, Bern
Werdenberg Castle, St. Gallen
Lake Thun, Bern
Lake Thun and the Niesen, Bern
Verbier, Valais
Totseeli, Arosa, Graubünden
Val Bavona, Ticino
Wasenalp, Simplon Pass, Valais
Wildhaus, St. Gallen
Zermatt, Valais

We hope this gallery made you want to put your body in motion and walk by the beautiful lakes, mountains and valleys of Switzerland, or wherever you are in the world.

These hours of solitude and meditation are the only ones in the day during which I am fully myself and for myself, without diversion, without obstacle, and during which I can truly claim to be what nature willed.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Reveries of the Solitary Walker
Gottard Pass

House of Switzerland also put some of our photos in a beautiful gallery, check it out here.

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