The Swiss canton of Valais is breathtaking. It stretches across the long valley of the Rhone River, which runs from the Rhone Glacier to Lake Geneva, and through numerous side valleys. The Valais lies in the heart of the Alps and has a whopping 45 peaks that exceed 4,000 metres (13,123 ft). The region is home to the world-famous Matterhorn and lots of other legendary mountains like the Dufourspitze, Switzerland's highest peak. Mont Blanc is also not far away. The highest mountain which is entirely located in Switzerland is the Dom.
It may sound like you have to climb challenging mountains to enjoy the magnificent panoramas in the Valais, but that’s not necessarily the case. Mountain railroads and cable cars shorten the number of metres you have to climb. This way you can reach high altitudes without too much effort and enjoy panoramic hikes between glaciers and rocky peaks.
From an easy alpine ridge crossing between Bettmerhorn and Eggishorn to the wide and comfortable path that leads over the Gemmi Pass, there is the right Tour for everyone. On the way, you marvel at mighty glaciers, stop at the panoramic terraces of rustic inns and let yourself be enchanted by the majestic Matterhorn.
This is a true panoramic hike: You can enjoy spectacular views of the Valais glacier world and only have to climb 300 meters in altitude. The Aletsch Arena mountain railways make it possible for you.
It starts at the mountain station of the Bettmerhorn gondola lift. Already here you have a magnificent…
The mountain railways of the Aletsch Arena take you high up into the glacier world. With the Aletsch Discovery Pass, which is available as a one-day or multi-day ticket, you can be very flexible and mobile. It includes all mountain railways that take you from the valley up to the plateau. So you can relax and go on wonderful hikes with magnificent views - in summer and in winter. If you take another train back down to the valley at the end of your hike, you can also use the train route between Brig and Fürgangen with the Aletsch Discovery Pass.
More information: aletscharena.ch/planen-buchen/angebote-erlebnisse/angebote/aletsch-discovererpass
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In the face of the Matterhorn: A cog railway runs from Zermatt to the 3,100 meter high Gornergrat. From there you have a fantastic view of the world-famous peak of the Matterhorn. On the hiking trails on the Gornergrat you can take short walks as well as challenging mountain hikes.
You can get your ticket for the Gornergratbahn here: valais.ch/shop/de/product/gornergrat-rundfahrt
If you want to cover part of the descent on foot, the hiking ticket is the right one for you: gornergrat.ch/de/stories/wandern-am-gornergrat
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Numerous mountain railways lead from Zermatt up to the summit world. Your companion to be able to enjoy as many of the breathtaking views as possible is the Peak Pass. It gives you unlimited travel on the Gornergratbahn and on the mountain railways in the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and Sunnegga-Rothorn areas - perfect if you want to see as much of the mountains around Zermatt as possible and get the best views of the Matterhorn. Also included is the route of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn between Randa and Zermatt.
You can get your Peak Pass here: valais.ch/shop/de/product/peak-pass
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This wonderful panoramic hike sends you on the trail of the first package tour through Switzerland, which was organized by Thomas Cook in the 19th century. His tour group also hiked through the mountains here and the landscape has lost none of its fascination since then.
From Leukerbad you can climb up…
This alpine hike promises magnificent views and cozy places to stop for refreshments. If you use the mountain railways, the vertical meters are limited and you can enjoy the wonderful panorama with moderate effort. However, the route is still demanding and even in summer you can still come across snowfields…
Panoramic views and always downhill: From Saas-Fee you take the Hannigbahn up to the Hannig mountain station at 2,340 meters. Now you hike back down into the valley through a fantastic glacier landscape.
You cross the slopes of the Mischabel chain and climb steeply downhill on a ridge in many hairpin…
Three extraordinary mountain railways and an amazing view of Mont-Blanc: VerticAlp Emosson takes you from the Trient Valley to the Emosson reservoir, which is surrounded by mountain peaks. High up, you first take a steep funicular, then a panorama train with open carriages and finally another funicular with a mini cabin.
You can get tickets here: verticalp-emosson.ch/de/voyagez. The excursion with the mountain railways is in season from June 16th to October 10th.
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Climb a mighty summit and that with less than 500 meters in altitude? This is possible if you start at 2,000 meters, in this case from the Simplon Pass. This hike starts relatively comfortably on the wide pass. Passing the Hopschusee it then becomes more challenging.
While it goes steeply uphill, you…
On this route you earn a fantastic all-round view from the summit of the Pointe de Bellevue with a few meters of altitude. Up there you can hardly get enough of it, because there is so much to discover. Among other things, you can let your eyes wander over the rocky and glaciated Valais and Bernese Alps…
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