Hiking paths and hiking routes
The cantonal organisations of Swiss Hiking are running a network of more than 60,000km of hiking paths. In the framework of SwitzerlandMobility they are running the project Hiking in Switzerland with a multitude of national, regional and local hiking routes within their network. Additionally, there a various regional and local hiking routes from other organisations.
Hiking in Switzerland
Hiking in Switzerland describes 6 national routes (No. 1-6), 57 regional routes (No 22-99), and 143 local routes. The national and regional routes are tagged with a green square beside the yellow guidepost. This square contains the number and the name of the route.
The routes should be described with relations.
|route=hiking||This is a hiking route.|
|name=*||official name of the route (for example: "Via Alpina")|
|ref=*||Number of the route, as written on the guidepost (without nwn/rwn classification)|
|network=nwn/rwn||Type of the route. nwn for national routes, rwn for regional routes|
|symbol=*||description of the way marker, preferably in the local language, e.g. weisse 47 auf grünem Rechteck (white 47 on green rectangle)|
|operator=Wanderland Schweiz||official operator|
See the separate status page.
Hiking path network
The following section is a proposal. Comments are welcome
The hiking network in Switzerland allows nearly any place to be reached by foot. The paths are usually maintained by the cantonal organisations of Swiss Hiking. The paths are classified by three levels of difficulties: Hiking paths (yellow markers), mountain paths (white-red-white markers) and alpine paths (white-blue-white markers).
The hiking network is different from common hiking routes: only the line between guideposts are labeled, not whole routes. Tagging works if only those lines between the nodes are added to a route relation. The nodes themselves are tagged as hiking guidepost.
The hiking nodes are labeled guideposts. Each of them contains a small white signboard with the name of the place (usually open fields names) and the elevation over mean sea level. They should be tagged as described on tag:information=guidepost.
|name=*||Name from guidepost label, for example:|
|ele=*||If available, elevation over mean sea level, for example:|
|hiking=yes||Define hiking guidepost|
|image=*||Photo of guidepost: for more details such as hiking duration, direction,
Use a suitable category on Wikimedia Commons, e.g.:
A way between two guideposts is tagged as a usual hiking relation.
|route=hiking||This is a hiking route|
|network=lwn||local hiking network|
|symbol=*||free-text description of way marker, preferably in the local language|
|osmc:symbol=*||machine-readable description of the way marker: yellow::yellow_diamond (hiking path), red:white:red_bar(mountain path), blue:white:blue_bar(alpine path)|
|operator=*||official operator, if known. Example: "Verein Berner Wanderwege"|
|note=begin-end||(optional) Start and end hiking node of the route. Example: "Breitenau-Egg"|
|osmc:name=*||descriptive Name for the OSMC Reit- und Wanderkarte. Without this tags the route will not be rendered. It is also used for the directory of hiking routes.|
|name=*||descriptive Name for the OSMC Reit- und Wanderkarte. Without this tags the route will not be rendered. It is also used for the directory of hiking routes.|
Hiking routes are typically included in the GIS platforms of the cantons. Some of these datasets are published as open data.
|Thurgau||WMS, respectively WFS, service of hiking routes in the canton of Thurgau published on opendata.swiss|||
- The Waymarked Trails: Hiking by user:lonvia shows the Wanderland network as well as the local routes. The map is updated minutely.
- Switzerland is also rendered on the OSMC Reit- und Wanderkarte. Routes of the local hiking network will only be shown if the osmc:name-Tag and name-Tag is set.
- The Garmin maps of openmtbmap.org show the hiking routes of Switzerland.