Plan a route here

Grande Dixence

Dam · Wallis · 2,353 m
Responsible for this content
Valais Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • The Grande Dixence dam
    / The Grande Dixence dam
    Photo: Valais
Situated at the head of the Val des Dix, Grande Dixence is the highest gravity dam in the world, and something of a record-breaker! The height of its wall, 285 metres, remains unmatched. Its weight, approximately 15 million tonnes, makes it heavier than the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The dam is 200 metres wide at its base. At the top it «slims down» to just 15 metres. The Grande Dixence dam is open to the public from mid-June to the end of September. Four guided tours inside the wall are organised every day. You can also visit our exhibition pavilion and go up to the top of the dam wall on foot or by cable car.
Profile picture of Valais/Wallis Promotion
Valais/Wallis Promotion
Update: April 20, 2018


2'597'198E 1'103'001N
46.078517, 7.402425
46°04'42.7"N 7°24'08.7"E
32T 376471 5104012
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Recommendations nearby

recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 31.3 km
Duration 6:25 h
Ascent 1,547 m
Descent 904 m

Thirty kilometres long and 1,783 metres high, this second leg of the Via Valais takes you from hut to hut in the heart of an exceptional alpine ...

from Josianne Jaggi,   Valais
Hikes · Wallis
Sentier des bouquetins
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 8.4 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 600 m
Descent 600 m

Loop taking in the Grande Dixence dam, the Lac des Dix and a neighbouring valley: fascinating theme trail (hydropower, flora, fauna, geology) with ...

from Corrado Wyssen,   Valais
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 2
Distance 17.9 km
Duration 6:15 h
Ascent 891 m
Descent 1,028 m

The 2nd stage of the Tour du Val d’Hérens leads from the world’s tallest dam along Switzerland’s largest reservoir to the foot of glacier-strewn ...

from Delia Inniger,   Valais
recommended route Difficulty difficult closed
Distance 38.2 km
Duration 2:45 h
Ascent 2,077 m
Descent 447 m

This climb allows you to explore Hérémence as you make your way through spectacular landscapes and discover the world’s highest gravity dam, the ...

from Valais,   Valais
Hikes · Switzerland
Dixence to Arolla
Map / Dixence to Arolla
Difficulty difficult
Distance 17.9 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 879 m
Descent 947 m

A long, rugged stage with a couple of passes to cross, this is another serious hike, but a beautiful one to Arolla.

from Troy Haines,   Alpinehikers
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 15.9 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 674 m
Descent 626 m

The first stage of the Tour du Val d’Hérens is a panoramic high-level hike with a dramatic backdrop: glacier-draped peaks and Europe’s tallest dam.

from Delia Inniger,   Valais
Trail Running · Valais
Via Valais Verbier-Zermatt
recommended route Difficulty difficult closed
Distance 308.2 km
Duration 69:15 h
Ascent 18,498 m
Descent 18,537 m

From Verbier to Zermatt, this 225-kilometre, nine-stage route offers sports enthusiasts 14,000 metres of uphill in the heart of a grandiose setting ...

from Josianne Jaggi,   Valais
Hikes · Switzerland
cabane Louvie to Dixence
Map / cabane Louvie to Dixence
Difficulty difficult
Distance 14.8 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 1,113 m
Descent 1,203 m

A long, rugged, remote hike over numerous passes, with stretches often filled with snow until late in the summer.  Good weather and energy are a ...

from Troy Haines,   Alpinehikers

Show all on map

Questions and answers

Question from Pascal Lhôte  · June 19, 2022 · Community
Ha oui hihhihi
Show more


Write your first review

Help others by being the first to add a review.

Photos from others

Special features

Place to visit
  • Content
  • Show images Hide images
2D 3D
Maps and trails
  • 8 Routes nearby