Bettmerhorn – Aletsch Glacier
A combination of close and distant views: On the one side the longest glacial flow of the Alps, and Rhone Valley with views as far as the Weisshorn and Matterhorn on the other.
The car-free Riederalp-Bettmeralp vacation spot is reached by mountain rail from the valley below. Journeys continue from the Bettmeralp with the colourful 8-seater gondolas to the point where the Aletsch Glacier appears from around the corner. Here’s the place to learn plenty about this supposed eternal world of ice at the exhibition and vantage point.
Those wanting to get closer select the glacial path to the famous Marjelensee lake, then return via Fiescheralp back to the Bettmeralp. Paths to the Aletsch woods are gentler, while the alpine route over the ridge to the Eggishorn is said to be somewhat challenging.
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Einzigartiger Aletschwald Bettmerhorn - Aletschgletscher
Train from Brig to Betten (valley station), cable car to the Bettmeralp, on foot through the village (15 minutes), gondola rail to the Bettmerhorn
View: Over the mighty glacier to the Aletschhorn, and Mischabel, Matterhorn and Weisshorn looking south-west
Attractions: Bettmerhorn ice-world experience, Aletsch Glacier and its moraines (part of Unesco World Heritage),
Culinary aspects: Valais specialities e.g. "Cholera"; culinary gondola rail rides to the Bettmerhorn
Overnight stays: Bettmerhorn none
Gletscherstube by the Marjelensee lake (only in summer) 3 rooms, 34 sleeping places
Groups: 120 seating places in the panorama restaurant, seminar facilities
Winter: Winter sports region Riederalp–Bettmeralp–Fiescheralp Aletsch arena
Special comments: The Aletsch Glacier is part the Unesco World Heritage "Swiss Alps"
Reduced rate mountain rail ascent with the Swiss Travel Pass/GA travelcard. Buy your tickets on arrival at the station.