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Lötschberger Südrampe

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  • Lötschberger railway trail
    / Lötschberger railway trail
    Photo: Matthias Pfammatter, CC BY-ND, BLS AG
  • Hikers on the Lötschberger railway trail
    / Hikers on the Lötschberger railway trail
    Photo: Matthias Pfammatter, CC BY-ND, BLS AG
  • Hikers on the Lötschberger railway trail
    / Hikers on the Lötschberger railway trail
    Photo: Matthias Pfammatter, CC BY-ND, BLS AG
  • Picnic place on the Lötschberger railway trail
    / Picnic place on the Lötschberger railway trail
    Photo: Matthias Pfammatter, CC BY-ND, BLS AG
  • Hiking path on the railway trail above Brig.
    / Hiking path on the railway trail above Brig.
    Photo: Jessica Huter, CC BY-ND, Brig-Simplon Tourismus
  • Photo spot at the Stockalper Palace
    / Photo spot at the Stockalper Palace
    Photo: Brig-Simplon Tourismus, Valais/Wallis Promotion
Map / Lötschberger Südrampe
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Extension to the popular trail along the pioneering Lötschberger railway, created to mark the line’s centenary. Fascinating rail history, superb views across the Rhône valley.

easy
10.4 km
3:30 h
460 m
650 m

When the pioneering Lötschberg tunnel and railway line opened in 1913, the new route provided the first year-round link between Valais and the Swiss capital. Together with the Simplon tunnel, it offered a fast and comfortable way of travelling across and under the Alps.

The stretch of line south of the tunnel is the setting for one of the region’s best-loved hikes: the Lötschberger-Südrampe («Lötschberg south ramp»). To celebrate the line’s centenary, the trail was extended from Lalden station all the way to the historical town of Brig.

Our hike begins at Eggerberg, just west of Lalden, about 200 vertical metres above the valley floor. From here it traverses the sunny, south-facing slopes until dropping down to the Rhône by Brig. The railway is quieter following the opening of another pioneering line in 2007: the Lötschberg base tunnel, 400 vertical metres lower, which can accommodate trains travelling at up to 250 km/h.

The first stretch of the hike leads fairly close to the railway line until it passes the Brigerbad thermal pool complex down on the valley floor. With its 12 indoor and outdoor pools, its water slides and spa, this is one of the country’s largest thermal spa facilities.

The trail now traces a route some way above the railway line: first below the saffron-growing village of Mund, then along a «Suone» irrigation channel, the Driestneri, created to provide water for the line’s fire prevention installations. 

Just before reaching Naters, the trail passes over a former top-secret underground fortress. Today this hosts two museums: one devoted to the site’s military history, and another to the Swiss Guard in the Vatican, for which Naters has supplied more soldiers than any other Swiss municipality.

 

Highlights: 

  • Theme trail with info panels exploring more than a century of pioneering rail history
  • Sunny position, open views across Rhône valley
  • Two fascinating museums plus Brig: historical charm and Mediterranean atmosphere

Author’s recommendation

Allow time to ride the entire Lötschberger south ramp by train: a spectacular 20-minute ride each way between Hohtenn and Brig, trains hourly.

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Eggerberg, railway station, 900 m
Lowest point
Brig, railway station, 672 m
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Safety information

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Für alle Wanderungen:

  • Führen Sie eine Karte mit sich. Laden Sie die komplette Beschreibung des Wanderwegs mit einer Karte in grossem Massstab herunter, indem Sie auf «Drucken» oben rechts auf der Seite klicken.
  • Benutzen Sie ausschliesslich markierte Wanderwege und berücksichtigen Sie alle Wegweiser und Anweisungen - zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit, zum Schutz von weidenden Tieren und in Respekt von Wildtieren.
  • Schliessen Sie Tore nach dem Durchgang wieder.
  • Verhalten Sie sich rücksichtsvoll gegenüber anderen Wegbenutzern, Pflanzen und Tieren.  

Für Bergwanderungen: 

  • Führen Sie einen zusätzlichen Sonnenschutz mit. UV-Strahlen in Höhenlagen können sehr stark sein, sogar bei bedecktem Wetter.
  • Planen Sie Ihre Wanderung sorgfältig: Beachten Sie dabei das erforderliche Fitness Level von allen Teilnehmern, Wettervorhersagen und Saisonabhängigkeiten.
  • Die Wetterbedingungen können in den Bergen sehr schnell und ohne Vorwarnung ändern. Eine angemessene Kleidung und ausreichend Proviant (Essen und Trinken) sind sehr wichtig. Bei unbeständigem Wetter, kehren Sie besser frühzeitig um. 

Für hochalpine Wanderungen:

  • Informieren Sie Ihre Familie über Ihre Wanderroute. Wenn möglich, vermeiden Sie es, alleine unterwegs zu sein.
  • Begeben Sie sich nicht auf Gletscher ohne einen Bergführer.
  • Beachten Sie Warnsignale, die auf Gefahren hinweisen an Flussufern, entlang von Wasserläufen unterhalb von Staudämmen und Stauseen: Der Wasserstand kann schnell und ohne Warnung ansteigen.

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)  

For certain walks:

  • Swimwear

Tips, hints and links

More information about the destination: 

Start

Eggerberg railway station (862 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.306709, 7.881307
UTM
32T 413857 5128734

Destination

Brig railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting from Eggerberg railway station, the trail is clearly marked throughout.

The first stretch of path follows a route a short distance uphill of the railway line, before crossing it via a footbridge after about 1.7 km. The trail now follows the line closely as it leads above the villages of Lalden and Brigerbad on the valley floor. As the trail approaches the Brigerbad thermal pool complex, it re-crosses the railway and traces a route uphill of the line all the way to Brig. The entrance to the underground museums in Naters lies a couple of minutes’ walk to the right of our hike.

The full Lötschberger-Südrampe trail leads from Hohtenn railway station via Eggerberg to Brig: a distance of about 27 km.

The full trail also forms the final half of the Walliser Sonnenweg («Valais Sun Trail»), a long-distance hike that leads in 4 day-stages from Crans-Montana to Brig.

Public transport

Train to Brig, change onto «Lötschberger» train to Eggerberg. Find full timetable information at sbb.ch.

Getting there

A9 motorway and main road up the Rhône valley to Visp; then follow signs for Eggerberg.

Parking

Car park (fee payable) at Eggerberg railway station; also at Brig railway station at end of walk.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Brig and the BLS (railways) have got brochures and information material about hiking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1288 Raron / 1289 Brig


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Reviews

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A Ageev
August 15, 2019 · Community
too much sun and almost no shady places to rest. do not go during hot summer days.
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Done at August 15, 2019
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
10.4 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
460 m
Descent
650 m
In and out Multi-stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value

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