Ferden, 1,375 m a.s.l.
Ferden is the first village of the Lötschental Valley and thus the gateway to probably the most authentic valley in all the Alps. Goppenstein station is known worldwide as the southern portal of the Lötschberg tunnel. After Blatten, it is the largest village in the Lötschen Valley in terms of area. Its meadows and fields, especially near the village, are among the most fertile in the valley and have given the village its name (lat. Viridarium = garden / park). A visit to the old village centre of Ferden is a must. Some of the buildings date back to the 14th/15th century and are fine examples of the architecture and construction practices of that time.