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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!

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)
  • 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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Guided Stockalper Palace tour in Brig

Explore the impressive 3-tower 17th century castle with a guide. Afterwards, you can enjoy the gardens on your own.

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  • Attraction type: culture, monument
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Brig (Valais)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

Half day ski experience for beginners in Saas-Fee

The ski instructor will meet you in your hotel in Saas-Fee or a central place in the village. You'll get the required equipment, and also clothing if needed. Then you'll be taken to the slopes for a ski lesson. The entire activity takes about 3 hours.

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  • Attraction type: sport, winter sports
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Saas-Fee (Valais)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
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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 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 and 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)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

Glacier Express tours 2 to 4 days

Choose from various independent tour packages to enjoy the Glacier Express. From 1 night to see the highlights, to 3 nights to see the whole route, including Zermatt and St. Moritz. You can add more nights to explore the towns (recommended). Also you can optionally add lunch on board.

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6 days of Swiss Panoramic Trains

Enjoy the Gornergrat cogwheel train, the Glacier Express, Bernina Express and wonderful alpine views while traveling across the Swiss Alps.

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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: 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)

Riffelalp - Sunnegga

Trail through high mountainous terrain, forests and along some tiny lakes.

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  • Hiking time: 2h30
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 2187 - 2349 m
  • Distance: 7.9 km
  • Terrain: along lake, rocky, meadow, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Town walk Zermatt

Discover Zermatt during this one hour village walk.

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  • Hiking time: 1h00
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 1612 - 1678 m
  • Distance: 3.5 km
  • Terrain: town
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Furi - Zermatt

Short walk through the forests near Zermatt.

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  • Hiking time: 1h15
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 1612 - 1994 m
  • Distance: 4.2 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Grächen - Hohtschuggo - Grächen

Relaxed walk across the woods near Grächen.

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  • Hiking time: 2h30
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1605 - 1793 m
  • Distance: 7.3 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Hannigalp - Grächen

Simple trail across the forests and along the Suonen waterworks.

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  • Hiking time: 2h00
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 1620 - 2125 m
  • Distance: 5.8 km
  • Terrain: forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Herbriggen - Täsch

Nice valley walk with impressive views up the high peaks.

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  • Hiking time: 2h30
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 1249 - 1444 m
  • Distance: 8.7 km
  • Terrain: meadow, town, valley, forest
  • Region: Matter 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)

Mörel - Brig

Demanding wonderful trail down to the town of Brig.

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  • Hiking time: 4h15
  • Difficulty: difficult
  • Elevation: 671 - 1123 m
  • Distance: 9.4 km
  • Terrain: meadow, town, valley, forest
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

Täsch - Zermatt

Walk along the railroad to the famous mountain resort Zermatt.

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  • Hiking time: 1h30
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1441 - 1633 m
  • Distance: 5.7 km
  • Terrain: meadow, along railway, valley, 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)

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)
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