Switzerland's mountain trails
Thanks to its varied mountainous territory, Switzerland offers an impressive number of mountain trails. To be classified as a mountain trail, a mountain path must be unpaved and cover several hundred metres of total ascent/descent.
Almost every weekend between spring and autumn, trail running races varying from 5 to 170km in length take place in various parts of Switzerland. Marc Lauenstein, a 38-year-old former orienteering world champion from Neuchâtel, is a dentist and amateur athlete who competes in some of the world's best known mountain races.
For him, Switzerland remains the mountain trail country par excellence. The country's varied terrain and diversity of landscapes – spanning the Jura mountains, the Swiss plateau, the Pre-Alps and the Alps – offer an endless number of excellent trails.
Switzerland boasts numerous trails whose breathtaking landscapes and physical challenges have earned them a legendary status. Marc Lauenstein talks to us about his favourite trails: