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Carl Zuckmayer Winter hiking trail

Winter Hikes · Saas-Fee
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  • Haus Vogelweid back in the day
    / Haus Vogelweid back in the day
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  • / Winter auf dem Carl Zuckmayer Weg
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  • / Carl Zuckmayer
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  • / Carl Zuckmayer with his dog 1973
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  • / Carl Zuckmayer's handwriting
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m 2100 2000 1900 1800 5 4 3 2 1 km Café Alpenblick
Open in winter and summer alike, this trail was created in 1996 in honour of author Dr Carl Zuckmayer. 
Distance 5.4 km
1:30 h
220 m
220 m
This marked trail leads from Zuckmayer's former home, Haus Vogelweid, in the Wildi district, to Bärufalla and then on to Mälchbodu., prior to ending at Café Alpenblick in the middle of a snowy forest on the sun-drenched Hannig Mountain. The winding path that starts behind Café Alpenblick leads back to Saas-Fee. The northern front offers spectacular views over Saas-Fee and leads to Honeggu, a hamlet just above the outskirts of Saas-Fee. From here, the path branches off towards Wildi and leads back to the starting point at Haus “Vogelweid”.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy a break at Café Alpenblick with a magnificent view of Saas-Fee.
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Update: November 04, 2021
Highest point
2,040 m
Lowest point
1,818 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Café Alpenblick

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. 
  • 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.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.

Tips and hints

More informationaboutthedestination:

Saastal Tourismus AG
Obere Dorfstrasse 2
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0)27 958 18 58


Summer Trail


Saas Fee, Haus Vogelweide (1831 m) (1,831 m)
2'638'054E 1'107'113N
46.114450, 7.930864
46°06'52.0"N 7°55'51.1"E
32T 417385 5107319


Maison Vogelweide Saas-Fee

Turn-by-turn directions

From the House “Vogelweid” the trail leads you to Bärufalla and then on to Mälchbodu and to ending at Café Alpenblick The winding path that starts behind Café Alpenblick leads back to Saas-Fee. The northern front eads to Honeggu. From here, the path branches off towards Wildi and leads back to the starting point at House “Vogelweid”.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the train to Visp, followed by the post bus to Saas-Fee. From the bus terminal, take  Lomattenstrasse and then Wildistrasse for the start of the trail.

Getting there

Take the cantonal road to Visp, and at the roundabout near the Landbrücke continue south towards Saas-Fee and Zermatt. At the ‘Killerhof’ roundabout after Stalden, take the second exit towards Saas-Fee. At Saas-Grund, turn right towards Saas-Fee at the intersection after the church.


The covered public parking area is located immediately as you drive into Saas-Fee village.


2'638'054E 1'107'113N
46.114450, 7.930864
46°06'52.0"N 7°55'51.1"E
32T 417385 5107319
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The Saas-Fee tourist office offers brochures and information on hiking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

Winter hiking map Saas-Fee/Saastal


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

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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