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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 Europe’s highest-altitude cable car to 3883m and gawp at 14 glaciers and 38 mountain peaks over …
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 Railway in Zermatt

Gornergratbahn

Europe's highest cogwheel railway has climbed through picture-postcard scenery to Gornergrat (3089m) – a 30-minute journey – since 1898. On the way up, sit on the right-hand side of the train to gaze at the Matterho…
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 Swiss in Zermatt

Chez Vrony

Ride the Sunnegga Express funicular to 2288m, then ski down or summer-hike 15 minutes to Zermatt’s tastiest slope-side address in the Findeln hamlet. Delicious dried meats, homemade cheese and sausage come from Vron…
Top Choice Swiss in Saas Fee

Spielboden

This stylish bergrestaurant, next to the cable-car station of the same name at 2450m, is a real treat. Its unassuming exterior hides a striking 'mountain chic' interior with contemporary wooden furnishings, appealin…
Top Choice Swiss in Leukerbad

Walliserkanne

Fondues, perfectly crisp wood-fired rösti and game dishes make this cosy address run by the Grichtling family since 1931 a Valaisian highlight. But the real treat is the house speciality – gargantuan meat steaks siz…
Top Choice Swiss in Zermatt

Bayard Metzgerei

Join the line for a street-grilled sausage (pork, veal or beef) and chunk of bread to down with a beer on the hop – or at a bar stool with the sparrows in the alley – of this first-class butcher’s shop.
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…