A vast expanse of Narcissus flowers adorns the mountains and valleys of Switzerland in the Spring making it a great season to explore the country. The flowers are mainly found in the Swiss region of Vaud near the towns of Montreux and Vevey. They could be best experienced by hiking. You can drive up or take the mountain trains from these cities to the beginning of the trails.
There are in fact many hiking trails which are well designed for enjoying the beautiful Narcissus fields. Choosing on which trail to take could be a bit overwhelming. However, there are official sites from each region helping to decide the trail based on the current weather and blooming state of the flowers. A summary from those sites and our personal experiences are described in this article.
Each trail has a different blooming season which is dependent on their location, height and other factors. So as to enjoy this amazing phenomenon, chose the right trail depending on the week during which the hike is planned. The broad range is from the end of April to the beginning of June.
The main locations and the blooming periods are :
Glion - Beginning to Mid May
Les Avants - Mid May
Vallon de Villars - Mid May
Caux - Mid May to End May
Les Pléiades - Mid May to End May
Mont-Pèlerin - Mid May
We did the trail of Les Pléiades and Les Avants in the end of May 2020. We found that the blooming respected the forecast and we saw a lot of flowers in Les Pléiades and hardly any in Les Avants.
1. http://www.narcisses.ch/narcisse-floraison.php : The site, though only in french, is a wealth of information helping to plan different hikes. From the above page, you can download the hiking trails integrated into google maps. The maps also show markings where Narcissus fields could be found along the trail.
2. https://www.narcisses.com : This is the main site and has all the information that you would need in English also. The site also shows the current status of the flowers - if they are in bloom or already wilted.