Upper Valais attractions

Top Choice Glacier in Upper Valais

Aletsch Glacier

At 23km, the Aletsch Glacier is the longest glacier in the European Alps and a Unesco World Heritage site. While most view the glacier from its head at Jungfraujoch in the Bernese Oberland, the best views are from E…
Top Choice Cable Car in Zermatt

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Views from Zermatt’s cable cars are all remarkable, but the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is the icing on the cake. Ride the world's highest-altitude 3S cable car to 3883m to gawp at 14 glaciers and 38 mountain peaks …
Top Choice Natural Feature in Upper Valais

Furka Pass

Marking the cantonal frontier with Uri is the vertiginous Furka Pass (2431m), the run up to which offers superlative views over the fissured Rhône glacier. From the tiny Valais village of Gletsch (1762m) the road cl…
Top Choice Glacier in Furka Pass

Rhône Glacier

Coming from Valais, the mesmerising Rhône Glacier is first seen from the tiny hamlet of Gletsch. This glacier is the source of the Rhône River, which flows the length of Valais, into Lake Geneva, then south to the M…
Top Choice Museum in Zermatt

Matterhorn Museum

This crystalline, state-of-the-art museum provides fascinating insight into Valaisian village life, mountaineering, the dawn of tourism in Zermatt and the lives the Matterhorn has claimed. Short films portray the fi…
Cable Car in Fiesch

Fiesch & Eggishorn Cable Car

The Aletsch Glacier is a mind-boggling sight and riverside Fiesch on the valley floor is a top place to access it. From the village, ride the cable car up to Fiescheralp, change to the Eggishorn cable car and contin…
Natural Feature in Brig

Simplon Pass

This mountain pass (2005m) links Brig with Domodossola in Italy. In the middle of the 17th century, Kaspar von Stockalper used it for bringing salt by mule from the Mediterranean and became hugely wealthy. A pass ro…
Glacier in Saas Fee

Allalin

Year-round, the underground Mittelallin funicular climbs to an icy 3500m where the world’s highest revolving restaurant on the Allalin glacier basks in glorious 360-degree views of Saas Fee’s 4000m glacial giants. W…
Viewpoint in Zermatt

Sunnegga

Take the Sunnegga Express 'tunnel funicular' up to Sunnegga (2288m) for amazing views of the Matterhorn. This is a top spot for families – take the Leisee Shuttle (free) down to the lake for beginner ski slopes at W…
Museum in Bettmeralp & Riederalp

Centre Pro Natura d'Aletsch

A summer-must in Riederfurka (2065m), a chairlift ride or 20-minute walk uphill from Riederalp (1925m), is this Alpine garden and exhibition on local flora and fauna. It's at Villa Cassel, an exquisite villa built a…