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Gornergrat train

Train from Gornergrat down to Zermatt, with the Matterhorn in the background.

Activities in the Valais

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

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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)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Glacier 3000

Glacier 3000 is a well-maintained winter sports and summer activities area in the mountains within easy reach of Gstaad, with beautiful views of the Alps. Its top station is called Scex Rouge, from which hiking trails, ski slopes and other attractions can be reached.

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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)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

RegioExpress Lötschberger

A beautiful scenic train ride connecting the regions of Bern, Lake Thun, the Kander valley and the Valais.

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Centovalli railway

The Centovalli railway offers a unique train journey across remote valleys in northern Italy and southern Switzerland.

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Sunnegga-Rothorn

The three mountain stations of Sunnegga, Blauherd and Rothorn above Zermatt offer many activities and wonderful views. The best view of the Matterhorn perhaps?

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    natural site, mountain top, by funicular
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Zermatt (Valais)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

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)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

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)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

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)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

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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: 5h05
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 793 - 1076 m
  • Distance: 18.1 km
  • Terrain: meadow, rocky, along railway, 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)

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: no public transport needed, valley, meadow, 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: 1879 - 2296 m
  • Distance: 7.5 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)

Gebidum Pass

Hike up to the Gebidum Pass and enjoy the views across the canton of Valais.

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  • Hiking time: 2h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1962 - 2209 m
  • Distance: 4.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Giw - Gspon

Route around the tree line with views of the highest peaks in the Valais.

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  • Hiking time: 3h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1896 - 2210 m
  • Distance: 6.6 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Moosalp

Route on the high plateau of Moosalp, with wonderful views into the Matter valley.

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  • Hiking time: 1h15
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1993 - 2121 m
  • Distance: 5.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)
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