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Glacier Theme Trail

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    Gletscherlehrpfad
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m 2000 1900 1800 2,0 1,5 1,0 0,5 km Bergrestaurant Gletschergrotte Saas-Fee LSF (Felskinn)
On the glacier theme trail you will learn at 12 stations from Saas-Fee to the Restaurant Gletschergrotte how a glacier forms the landscape and how climate and glacier are connected.
Open
easy
Distance 2.3 km
1:30 h
205 m
27 m
1,998 m
1,805 m
A full 50% of the municipal area of Saas-Fee is covered by the glacier, which is why the village is also called the "glacier village". On the glacier trail you are supposed to experience the landscape shaped by the glacier consciously and up close. At the site of the glacier trail, the two glacier tongues had almost grown together not so long ago. The locals had to tie the hooves of the cows and goats to cross the glacier and reach the glacier alp.Take a journey into the past and learn more about the history of the glacier.

The trail starts below the Felskinn valley station and leads over bridges to the old water mill. At the Felskinn valley station there is a cross from 1822, which was blessed by the locals at the time so that the glacier would not continue to grow from this point but recede. From the mill, the path leads in the middle of a beautiful forest past the glacier lake and on to the Gletschergrotte mountain restaurant.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the view during a break in the restaurant Gletschergrotte.
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Author
Saastal Tourismus AG
Update: June 03, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,998 m
Lowest point
1,805 m
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Track types

Nature trail 66.37%Path 17.40%Road 16.22%
Nature trail
1.6 km
Path
0.4 km
Road
0.4 km
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Rest stops

Mountain restaurant Gletschergrotte

Safety information

Pay attention to the cableway timetable and opening times of the restaurant.

 

Tips and hints

Saastal Tourismus AG
Obere Dorfstrasse 2
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0)27 958 18 58
E-Mail: info@saas-fee.ch
www.saas-fee.ch

Restaurant Gletschergrotte
Kempf Sandra u. Kari
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0)27 957 21 60
E-Mail: info@gletschergrotte.ch
www.gletschergrotte.ch

 

Start

Saas-Fee, Felskinn valley station (1,835 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'637'245E 1'105'511N
DD
46.100083, 7.920277
DMS
46°06'00.3"N 7°55'13.0"E
UTM
32T 416545 5105734
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Destination

Mountain restaurant Gletschergrotte

Turn-by-turn directions

Saas-Fee - Felskinn valley station - glacier lake - Gletschergrotte mountain restaurant

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the SBB to Visp and change there to the post bus in the direction of Saas-Fee (bus 511).

Getting there

Saas-Fee/Saas Valley can easily be reached by car from all directions, whether from Switzerland or abroad. From the north you can reach us via Bern via the Lötschberg car transport. From the east you come over the Furka Pass or the Furka car transport. From the south you can reach us via the Simplon Pass or Simplon car transport and from the west you drive via Lausanne along the Rhône valley to Visp and from there towards Saas-Fee.

From Visp, drive south in the direction of Saas-Fee. At the "Killerhof" roundabout after Stalden, take the second exit towards Saas-Fee. In Saas-Grund, turn right after the church in the direction to Saas-Fee

Parking

You will find parking spaces in the car park directly at the entrance to Saas-Fee.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'637'245E 1'105'511N
DD
46.100083, 7.920277
DMS
46°06'00.3"N 7°55'13.0"E
UTM
32T 416545 5105734
w3w 
///chapels.lakeside.artist
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

In German: Wanderführer Saas-Fee/Saastal (Banzhaf/Retze/Zurbriggen) ISBN 978 -3-907099-32-2

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte Saas-Fee 1:25'000 (ISBN 978-3-905756-25-8)

Hiking map Saas-Fee/Saastal

Equipment

  • Good footwear
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Weather-dependent clothing: always carry a waterproof jacket with
  • Headdress
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottle of water
  • Provisions / Food
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Map/ printout of the hiking trail (click on "Print" to download)
  • First Aid Kit

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Status
Open
Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.3 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
205 m
Descent
27 m
Highest point
1,998 m
Lowest point
1,805 m
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