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Frauenzitate-Trail Unterbäch

Snowshoeing · Unterbäch
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  • Ausblick am Anfang des Frauen-Zitaten-Trails
    Ausblick am Anfang des Frauen-Zitaten-Trails
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In 1957, the women of Unterbäch were the first to be able to vote in Switzerland. The Frauenzitate trail is dedicated to the courage of these pioneers.
easy
Distance 5.1 km
2:20 h
394 m
394 m
1,595 m
1,232 m
You’ll find various quotes from famous women around the world all along the snowshoe route between Brandalp and the village of Unterbäch. From the village of Unterbäch, take the chairlift to Brandalp, where the first quotation is already displayed. East of the restaurant, take the road towards the valley until the first bend. Follow one of the many purple "Frauen Zitatenweg" signs and walk along the "Bielsuon" stream until you reach the hamlet of Ta on the left. The second quotation is in a sharp left-hand bend, before plunging into a forest of larches and spruces, and descending gently towards the village. Note that the path, which has plenty of places to sit and rest, then leads out of the forest and the village of Unterbäch appears before you in an impressive mountain setting. The highlight of the hike are two more quotes next to the Elisabeth Kopp monument, from Federal Councillors Micheline Calmy-Rey and Viola Amherd. A total of 14 quotations from women from all over the world are scattered along the route.

Author’s recommendation

The route can also be undertaken in the opposite direction with the option of tobogganing down to the village with the Brandalp-Blitz.
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Unterbäch Tourismus
Update: April 19, 2022
Difficulty
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Highest point
Unterbäch Brandalp, 1,595 m
Lowest point
Unterbäch Dorf, 1,232 m
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Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large- scale map by clicking on “Print” icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leaveanywaste in nature.
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertainweather, turn back in good time.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.

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More information about the destination: https://unterbaech.ch

Start

Brandalp Unterbäch (1,232 m)
Coordinates:
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2'627'959E 1'125'887N
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46.283822, 7.801409
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46°17'01.8"N 7°48'05.1"E
UTM
32T 407666 5126281
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Destination

Unterbäch Dorf

Turn-by-turn directions

This route is used in both winter and summer and is therefore very well marked, although the paths are not groomed. With an ascent of some 400 metres over about four kilometres, there are a few passages where the use of walking or ski poles may be useful.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The village of Unterbäch is easily accessible by public transport. You can take the SBB train from Visp to Raron. From here, it's about a five-minute walk to the Raron-Unterbäch cable car. Once in Unterbäch, walk east for about two minutes until you reach the Unterbäch-Brandalp chairlift.

Getting there

Unterbäch can also be easily reached by car. Either choose the route from Visp via Bürchen to Unterbäch or the route from Turtmann via Eischoll to Unterbäch. Tip: the Visp-Bürchen-Unterbäch route is a little more winding, but wider. The Turtmann-Eischoll-Unterbäch route is less winding, but narrower.

Parking

You can park your car in the car park at the eastern entrance to Unterbäch, or directly in the village, below the top station of the Raron-Unterbäch cable car. If you wish to drive to Raron and then take the cable car to Unterbäch, you can park free of charge in the car park marked LRU. The parking meter ticket will be refunded at the Unterbäch cable car.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'627'959E 1'125'887N
DD
46.283822, 7.801409
DMS
46°17'01.8"N 7°48'05.1"E
UTM
32T 407666 5126281
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The Unterbäch tourist office offers brochures and information on hiking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

Visp Schneesportkarte 1:50'000, Nummer 274S

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good, waterproof footwear
  • Snowshoes
  • hikingpoles
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • camera
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
5.1 km
Duration
2:20 h
Ascent
394 m
Descent
394 m
Highest point
1,595 m
Lowest point
1,232 m
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