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Fiesch

The place for active holidays and anyone seeking peace and quiet

With its location on the banks of the Wysswasser glacier river, Fiesch occupies an idyllic spot in the Aletsch Arena. The village is steeped in an atmosphere of calm, and daily life ticks by at an unhurried pace – despite the town being extremely popular with sports enthusiasts and families alike for winter and summer holidays in Switzerland. Which isn’t surprising, because once you take a closer look, you soon realise that Fiesch has so much to offer. It is the starting point for an excursion to the Eggishorn view point, from which you can see the entire 20 kilometres of the Great Aletsch Glacier, the Fiescher Glacier and 40 mountains of 4000 metres or more. It is also the gateway to Goms, where 100 kilometres of cross-country ski trails and the music village of Ernen await you. What’s more, from Fiesch it’s just an 8-minute ride to the skiing area of the Aletsch Arena.

 

Fiesch, at 1,050 metres above sea level, is easy to get to by public transport or by car via Brig and, in summer, also via the Furka and Nufenen passes. Come to Fiesch – for some active relaxation.

 

 

Superb starting point for outdoor activities and gateway to Goms

Happiness is whizzing down the slopes on your skis or snowboard. And even greater happiness is to be had when you’re the first to carve out some turns on the freshly prepared slopes. This is precisely what lies in store for guests in Fiesch who book the Aletsch Arena First Track offer. The adventure starts at 7:15 with a cable car ride up to Eggishorn. From there you have the magical Valais mountain world to yourself as you head off in the direction of a fortifying breakfast at Alpenlodge Kühboden. One of Fiesch’s nicknames is “The gateway to Goms”. As such, it opens up countless further options for activities for holidaymakers, such as cross-country skiing on the 100 kilometres of trails in Goms.

Fiesch is also the ideal holiday resort for sports enthusiasts and families in spring, summer and autumn. As a starting point for walks, hikes, glacier or bike tours, paragliding and many other activities, here every day can be packed with new experiences.

 

Why Fiesch is ideal for holidays in summer as well as in winter

There are many good reasons to take a holiday in Fiesch in summer and in winter. In summer, Fiesch is a superb place as the starting point for countless walks, hikes and bike tours in the Aletsch Arena; it is close to Bellwald, to the music village of Ernen and the Goms region. You can also stroll across to the Great Aletsch Glacier and even take a guided walking tour of the glacier. In winter, Fiesch offers good connections to the varied skiing area of the Aletsch Arena and to the cross-country trails in Goms.

But one thing remains the same all year round: the fresh Valais mountain air, the fantastic panorama and the positive lifestyle vibe all help to really relax and refresh you during your well-deserved holidays in Switzerland.

Winter

What activities can you look forward to in winter?

Everyone’s skiing – and some are snowboarding. Whichever you prefer, Fiesch is and always will be an ideal starting point for endless fun on the snow, as the entire 104 kilometres of slopes in the ski resort of the Aletsch Arena are within easy reach. Perfectly groomed slopes, guaranteed snow cover and a fabulous mountain panorama, including views of the Great Aletsch Glacier, make for an all-round successful day on the slopes. For anyone who prefers to ski on the level for a change instead of downhill, there are over 100 kilometres of cross-country trails to explore in nearby Goms.

Summer

What activities can you look forward to in summer?

Leave your own tracks on a glacier, peer cautiously into the formidable crevasses and experience the intense blue of the perpetual ice: a tour on the Great Aletsch Glacier is one of the absolute highlights of summer holidays in the Aletsch Arena. Setting out from Fiesch, the glacier is reached via Fiescheralp and Märjela. However, you are only allowed onto the glacier if accompanied by a mountain guide. Hiking to the edge of the Great Aletsch Glacier is permitted for everyone and is a spectacle particularly well suited to families with kids.

 

 

Food and drink

Fiesch is a true gourmet paradise. That’s a good thing: because a day packed with adventures and activities makes you hungry and thirsty. How about a visit to the local beer sommelier, to Heidi’s Hütte on Fiescheralp with its 12 GaultMillau points – or would you prefer a glass or two of exquisite Valais wine? One dish you simply must try is the Goms Cholera. Don’t worry, it’s not as dangerous as it sounds. It’s actually a traditional covered vegetable pie. All kinds of delicacies are served in the fantastic restaurants in Fiesch.

 

Accommodation

Fiesch has a range of smaller hotels, chalets and also holiday apartments to choose from. The best way to book your bed for the night is to use our webshop.

Everything in one place

Sport Resort Fiesch

With its own train station (“Feriendorf – Fiesch”) right on the doorstep, as a starting point for sports activities on-site or in the surrounding area and offering up to 1200 beds: the Sport Resort in Fiesch is one of the best-known group accommodations in Switzerland. Open all year round, it also welcomes individual guests or seminar delegates, and offers a choice of accommodation options ranging from single rooms and dormitories to rustic chalets. And thanks to the indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, rope park, miniature golf course and fitness centre, there’s definitely plenty of fun and entertainment to be had at the Sport Resort.

 

Fiesch

A place for family holidays

The Gogwärgini are the industrious little dwarfs who, legend has it, once lived in Upper Valais. Kids can get to know the dwarfs better on the Gogwärgini themed trail and hunt for hidden treasure at the same time. Treasure maps can be obtained from the Aletsch Arena Guest & Info Centre in the public transport hub, which is the starting point of the trail. On their way to the playground in Fieschertal, children will encounter eight hand-carved wooden dwarfs. Other great offers and activities for kids in Fiesch include:

 

  • Taking a leisurely bike tour from Fiesch into the Fieschertal valley

  • Visiting the little goats, the ibex and the other animals in the Aletsch Zoo

  • Climbing hand over hand along the Eggishorn via ferrata

  • Getting from treetop to treetop in the ropes park of the sports resort

  • Marvelling at dinosaurs in original size on the dinosaur trail

  • Listening to exciting stories with Aunty Astrid, the fairy-tale lady

View Point

Eggishorn

Standing at Eggishorn view point, you’re likely to suffer from a total sensory overload for a moment or two. Because you not only take in the entire 20 kilometres of the Great Aletsch Glacier all at once, but you’re also left speechless at the sight of the Fiescher Glacier, 40 mountains of at least 4000 metres and the view across to the Matterhorn as well as to the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

 

ÖV-Hub

Rail, PostBus and cable car all in the same place

All transport lines come together at the public transport hub in Fiesch, which opened in December 2019. The hub houses the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway station and the valley station of the new 10-seater gondola lift to Fiescheralp operated by Aletsch Bahnen AG. The PostBus terminal is located right next door. All facilities are barrier-free.

Having the train, PostBus and cable car all in the same place in Fiesch makes arrivals and the onward journey much easier for winter sports enthusiasts, hikers and holidaymakers in the Aletsch Arena

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