Attractions and hiking trails in the Valais, Switzerland

Valais - Attractions and hiking trails

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View from the Gornergrat, with the Matterhorn on the left.

Activities in the Valais

These are the attractions that we recommend. Hiking trails, cogwheel trains and more!

SIGHTSEEING TIPS FOR THIS REGION

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Glacier Express

The world famous train offering a full day of magnificent views of the Swiss Alps.

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Gornergrat

Cogwheel train to the highest peaks of the Swiss Alps.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip;
    natural site, mountain top, by train
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Mittelallalin

A spectacular trip leading to the largest ice grotto and highest revolving restaurant in the world.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Saas valley (Valais)

Bettmerhorn

First class view of the largest glacier in the Alps.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

Eggishorn

Go here for the very best views of the Aletsch glacier.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

Klein Matterhorn - Glacier Paradise

The highest cable car in the Swiss Alps. Enjoy the view of glaciers and peaks over 4000 m high.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Privately guided tour of Zermatt with Gornergrat mountain train

Your private guide takes you for a walking tour across Zermatt. Next, you'll board the mountain train up to Gornergrat to have lunch and enjoy the Matterhorn view. Finally you'll get a tour in the local museum. The tour requires at least 2 people. Transportation is included, food & drinks aren't.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by train;
    city tour;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: private guide
  • Region: Zermatt (Valais)
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

REGIONAL HIKING SUGGESTIONS

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Bettmerhorn - Märjelensee - Fiescheralp

Extraordinary trail along the Aletsch Glacier with many beautiful views of the Bernese and Valaisian Alps.

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  • Hiking time: 2h45
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 2180 - 2647 m
  • Distance: 9.3 km
  • Terrain: rocky, meadow, high alpine terrain
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

Hohtenn - Lalden

Impressive trail along the southern ramp of the Lötschberg railway. Many views across the Rhône valley.

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  • Hiking time: 5h40
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 801 - 1126 m
  • Distance: 18.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, rocky, along railway, forest
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

Lang glacier

Informative one or two day hike in the beautiful Lötschen valley.

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  • Hiking time: 3h30
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1770 - 2140 m
  • Distance: 8.9 km
  • Terrain: meadow, rocky
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

Lauchernalp - Fafleralp

Panoramic views across the Lötschen valley.

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  • Hiking time: 2h50
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1772 - 2085 m
  • Distance: 8.8 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

Riederalp - Aletschwald - Bettmeralp

A visit to the Aletsch forest with a grand view of the glacier.

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  • Hiking time: 3h15
  • Difficulty: difficult
  • Elevation: 1905 - 2243 m
  • Distance: 9.8 km
  • Terrain: meadow, high alpine terrain, forest
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

Rotenboden - Riffelalp

Great high Alpine hike with plenty of wonderful views of the Matterhorn and more.

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  • Hiking time: 1h45
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 2209 - 2816 m
  • Distance: 5.1 km
  • Terrain: meadow, high alpine terrain, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Unter dem Berg - Saas-Fee

Alpine nature, 3 churches and 16 chapels.

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  • Hiking time: 2h40
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1554 - 1930 m
  • Distance: 8.3 km
  • Terrain: meadow, town, valley, forest
  • Region: Saas valley (Valais)

Binn - Freichi - Binn

Explore the secluded Binn valley, known for its minerals.

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  • Hiking time: 4h15
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1402 - 1875 m
  • Distance: 12.1 km
  • Terrain: meadow, valley, forest
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

Fiescheralp - Riederalp

Pleasant walk around the tree line, with lots of panoramic views. Optionally, you can make a side trip to the Aletsch glacier.

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  • Hiking time: 2h00
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 1861 - 2303 m
  • Distance: 7.3 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

Furggstalden - Furggtälli - Zermeiggern

High Alpine scenery and conifer forests near the Italian border.

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  • Hiking time: 3h15
  • Difficulty: difficult
  • Elevation: 1741 - 2302 m
  • Distance: 9.4 km
  • Terrain: meadow, high alpine terrain, forest
  • Region: Saas valley (Valais)
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