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Aug 16, 2016 - 2:24 PM

Travelling in late October and cannot decide whether to stay in the town of Brig or up the mountain in Fürgangen. Travelling with two young children. Anyone been there who could offer advice? Love the look of Fürgangen but concerned that there would be more to do if we base ourselves in Brig. Thank you in advance :)

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Aug 17, 2016 - 9:26 AM in reply to jennyburung

Hi Jenny,

I haven't been to Fürgangen-Bellwald myself (yet!), but the following thoughts come to mind:

- Brig has much better transport connections if you intend to travel around a bit

- Brig has better options when the weather is unpleasant

I wasn't sure whether you meant you were thinking of staying near the Fürgangen-Bellwald railway station/cable-car station in the valley, or in Bellwald up on the mountain.

If Bellwald on the mountain, it seems you will need to travel up and down by cable car each time you want to go somewhere else (6 minute trip). Return fare for adults is CHF 13,60; for children aged 6-16 CHF 6,80. If you have a Swiss Travel Pass or Half-fare Card, you get a 50% discount, and it seems you can also get multi-trip tickets at a small discount.

I got this information from the website below, but it is only in German:


The "Preise" tab has prices

There is also a timetable on that site ("Fahrplan")

The "Revision" tab has details of service interruptions to the cable car service due to maintenance. That includes the first Tuesday of each month, as well as the half-yearly maintenance period 21 October to 5 November 2016 (except for 30-31 October and 1 November). A bus replacement (12 seats or so) will be in place for the October-November maintenance period.

There's a panorama map here, that gives you a good idea of the lie of the land if you haven't seen it already:


Bellwald apparently is designated as a family-friendly resort, but it's not clear what would actually be on offer in October, which would be between seasons.

www.myswitzerland.com/ en-au/bellwald.html

Hope you find this helpful.


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Aug 17, 2016 - 9:36 AM

In addition to the good feedback by Alpenrose: I've been to both towns but only stayed overnight in Brig. Fürgangen is only a settlement of a few houses and the access point to the lift up to Bellwald. I'm not sure if there's accommodation in Fürgangen, but there is in Bellwald. Allthough accessibility to Bellwald is pretty good for such a remote town (see Alpenrose's notes), it's still a place to enjoy the peace and quiet, and the surrounding area. To explore a larger region, e.g. Zermatt, Brig would be a much better base.

The chairlift further up the mountain, to Furggulti, operates until September 25. That's an indication it might be pretty quiet in Bellwald in late October.

If you let us know your decision we can help with accommodation suggestions, if needed. Additional information would be required to do so.

Last modified on Aug 17, 2016 - 9:38 AM by Arno
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Aug 17, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Thank you so much Alpenrose 666 and Arno! Your advice is perfect. Much appreciated!


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