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A Swiss German Hiking Dictionary

In the mood of my last post about hiking in Switzerland I thought it fitting to introduce a basic Swiss German hiking vocabulary. Indeed, in Switzerland it is customary for hikers to greet each other when crossing or overtaking another hiker Now, you can definitely hike in Switzerland without knowing any Swiss German but I think it's still nice to be able to greet the people you'll meet on the trails with a local greeting, don't you agree?!

How to greet in Switzerland

Grüezi - formal greeting, polite greeting, is used for strangers, can be used any time of the day
Guete Morge - good morning
Guete Tag - good day
Guete Abig - good evening
Hoi - hi, hello, informal greeting for friends or young people in general
Hallo - hi, hello, informal greetings for friends or young people in general
Hoi zäme - hello all, informal greeting for a group of friends or young people

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Hiking in Switzerland

It's summer in Switzerland and that means the hiking season is upon us. If you've ever spent some time walking or cycling outside in Switzerland, you must have seen noticed the classic yellow markers showing you the direction, the time it takes to reach your destination and the type of trail you'll be hiking.

Thanks to a long and old tradition of hiking in the valleys and mountains (and the flatlands), an extensive network of hiking trails all over Switzerland was developed over the decades. Currently, there are over 60'000km of hiking trails cover all of Switzerland. Almost as much as roads: Switzerland only counts with 71'400km of roads! Most of the hiking trails are located in the cantons of Grisons, Berne and Valais - including some challenging alpine hiking trails. However, there are plenty of hiking trails nearby as well. Just outside of Zurich, for example, you have several hours worth of hiking on the Uetliberg and Albis.

About a third of Switzerland's …