Gnarled, even slightly bizarrely shaped, but beautiful: the Swiss stone pines of Aletsch Forest in Switzerland’s Aletsch Arena are well-preserved and magical, just like something from a fairy tale. Up to 1000 years old, they bear witness to the passing of time and are the origin of this enchanted forest with its unspoilt nature. The Swiss stone pines are without a doubt the main attraction in Aletsch Forest on Riederalp in Valais, which has been a nature reserve since 1933. There are also magnificent spruces and larches in the 400-hectare Pro Natura nature reserve. Aletsch Forest in the Aletsch Arena is a place that is full of life too: you might spot red deer, chamois, black grouse, golden eagles or the cute pygmy owl on a hike in Aletsch Forest. And every now and then you are afforded unobstructed views of the mighty Great Aletsch Glacier. While you are walking mindfully, carefully and thoughtfully through the beautiful, mystical forest, it is also worth looking down from time to time. With luck, you will discover colourful alpine roses alongside the trail. To find out more about the plants, animals and nature of Aletsch Forest in the Aletsch Arena in Switzerland after your hike, visit the Pro Natura Centre Aletsch in Villa Cassel on the edge of Aletsch Forest on Riederalp. The Pro Natura Centre Aletsch on Riederalp opened in 1976 and was the first nature conservation centre in Switzerland. It is dedicated to protecting and preserving nature in the Aletsch Arena with its unique fauna and flora.