Min. time required: 3:00
Season: early January to mid April and late June to late December
Recommended season: early January to mid April and late June to late December
Max. altitude: 3457 m (11342 ft)

What is Mittelallalin? Copy link to clipboard

Mittelallalin is a viewpoint at 3457 m altitude above Saas-Fee in southern Switzerland. It can be reached by gondola, cable car and the "Metro Alpin" funicular. The top offers mountain views, the world's highest revolving restaurant and a large ice cave with sculptures.

Mittelallalin means "mid-Allalin": it's a location on a ridge leading up to the actual Allalinhorn ('Mount Allalin').

Mittelallalin prices and reservations Copy link to clipboard

Mittelallalin cable car/funicular prices in 2023

A standard return ticket between Saas-Fee and Mittelallalin costs CHF 75. Many rail passes provide discounts.

Mittelallalin discounts for overnight guests with the SaastalCard

If you spend the night in Saas-Fee you'll get the SaastalCard.

Summer discounts with the SaastalCard

  • In summer and autumn, the SaastalCard allows free access to the mountain lifts around Saas-Fee, including the Mittelallalin journey as far as Felskinn.
  • You can buy an additional 'Metro Plus' ticket for the funicular from Felskinn to Mittelallalin for CHF 45. This allows use of the Felskinn-Mittelallalin 'Metro Alpin' as often as you like, plus access to the Ice Cave.
  • If you're not an overnight guest and/or if you're making just one trip, it's cheaper to use the 50% discount on normal return tickets offered by several rail passes.

Winter discounts with the SaastalCard

In winter the SaastalCard offers discounts on ski passes and winter hiking passes. A winter hiking pass allows access to the Saas-Fee cable cars for 2, 4 or 6 days.

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Discounted rides to Mittelallalin with your rail pass Copy link to clipboard

Adventure Card Discount 50%:
  • Saas-Fee to Mittelallalin (cableway + funicular)
Day Pass Discount 50%:
  • Saas-Fee to Mittelallalin (cableway + funicular)
Swiss Half Fare Card Discount 50%:
  • Saas-Fee to Mittelallalin (cableway + funicular)
Swiss Travel Pass Discount 50%:
  • Saas-Fee to Mittelallalin (cableway + funicular)
Swiss Travel Pass Flex Discount 50%:
  • Saas-Fee to Mittelallalin (cableway + funicular)

How to reach Mittelallalin: directions and map Copy link to clipboard

Mittelallalin can be reached by gondola and funicular from the village Saas-Fee. The total journey from the bus terminal of Saas-Fee to the top takes 30-40 minutes.

How to get to Saas-Fee

You first need to travel to Saas-Fee, which can be done by bus or by car. Saas-Fee is car-free, so you need to park your car at the entrance of the village. Find more details here.

How to reach mid-station Felskinn

After arrival in Saas-Fee, you'll walk to one of the gondola stations. Depending on the season just one of these is operational or they both are:

  • The first option is the gondola called 'Alpin Express'. It ends at Felskinn.
  • The second option is a cable car called 'Felskinnbahn' that departs just outside the village of Saas-Fee (that area is called Bifig). The valley station can be reached on foot and goes to Felskinn as well.

How to get from Felskinn to Mittelallalin

Board the underground funicular called 'Metro Alpin'. It will take you from Felskinn to Mittelallalin.

Map with the route from Saas-Fee to Mittelallalin

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Operation dates, schedules and timetable Copy link to clipboard

When is Mittelallalin open?

Mittelallalin can be reached from 29 October 2022 to 23 April 2023, and from 24 June to 31 October 2023.

Planning your trip in the Swiss timetable

You can consult the cable car funicular schedules using the links here. It's also possible to plan your trip in the Swiss timetable. These are the destinations to enter:

  • "Mittelallalin" is the name of the top station.
  • "Saas-Fee, Busterminal" indicates the bus terminal and parking lot.
  • "Saas-Fee, Alpin Express" and "Saas-Fee Bifig (Felskinn)" are the gondola valley stations.
  • "Felskinn" is the mid-station.

Best months to visit Mittelallalin Copy link to clipboard

The best months for a trip to Mittalallalin are early January to mid April and late June to late December. That's when the top can be visited. Each season has its own charm:

  • December to March is the winter season. There's normally more than enough snow at Mittelallalin and the surrounding peaks, which results in fantastic views.
  • June to September is the summer season. The contrast between snowy mountain peaks and the green Saas Valley is best in June in our opinion.
  • October and November are fall. Chances of fresh snow increase and you'll see autumn colors in the valley.

Weather tips and forecasts for Mittelallalin Copy link to clipboard

Which temperatures to expect at Mittelallalin

The top station is at high altitude, so temperatures are much lower than in Saas-Fee. Even in summer it can be around freezing point. In winter temperatures are mostly far below that: -10°C or -15°C for example.

The weather you need for a Mittelallalin excursion

A visit to Mittelallalin is best if it's (nearly) cloudless. The panorama from the top is what makes this journey so special and you don't want clouds to block the view. Indoor options such as the restaurant and the Ice Cave can be visited in all sorts of weather.

Low clouds and fog in the Saas Valley don't mean you shouldn't go up. Check forecasts and webcams for the top station first: sometimes the sky at high altitude is much clearer than at low altitude.

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What to see and do at Mittelallalin

  • You’ll have an impressive view of glaciers and many peaks of the Italian and Swiss Alps.
  • The ‘Ice Cave Allalin’ is the largest ice grotto in the world, with all sorts of beautiful ice sculptures. It’s accessible via a tunnel from the top station.
  • You can have coffee or lunch in the world’s highest revolving restaurant, providing a 360°-view over the mountains.
  • Skiing and snowboarding slopes are mostly accessible all year round. Many top snow boarders train here.
  • Mittelallalin is where many mountaineers start their tours to the summits.

Mittelallalin FAQ

  1. How long does an excursion to Allalin take?

    Allow at least 2 hours to visit Mittelallalin. Including the trip from Saas-Fee, you should allocate 3 hours to half a day.

  2. Which clothes should I wear to Mittelallalin?

    Dress in multiple thinner layers so that you can adapt to the temperature differences between Saas-Fee and Mittelallalin. Take along gloves, a scarf, sun glasses and a hat. Solid shoes help too, especially in the Ice Cave. On winter days you’ll have to dress extra warmly.

    Check weather forecasts shortly before you leave. Find more tips for suitable clothes here.

  3. Is access to the Ice Cave included in the ticket to Mittelallalin?

    No, access to the Ice Cave is not included in regular return tickets to Mittelallalin. You’ll have to buy an extra entrance ticket at CHF 20 per adult.

    If you get a ‘Metro Alpin’ ticket that allows multiple rides between Felskinn and Mittelallalin, the Ice Cave is included and you don’t need anything extra.

  4. Is altitude sickness a problem?

    Mittelallalin is located at an altitude of nearly 3500 m. Anyone can suffer from (light) altitude sickness from about 2000 m. Usually it helps to take things slow and sit down for a while.

    Special precautions apply to children under 2 years old, as well as people who are pregnant or in poor health: before visiting areas over 2500 m, you’d better consult your doctor. In most cases staying at such altitudes for just a few hours is no problem.

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Page author: AnnikaSince early childhood I've been visiting Switzerland during my holidays and I just fell in love with the country. I spent many summers in the Bernese Oberland, which still feels like my second home, and then started to explore other areas. Traveling, hiking and photographing in the Swiss Alps are my absolute favorite activities.