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Fairy-Tale Week Saas Valley 22 - 29 July 2017

“Once upon a time…”

Fairy tales are one of the oldest forms of literature in the world and have been delighting readers of all ages for centuries. Every country, every region, and every community has its own fables and legends. The Saas Valley’s Fairy-Tale Week is dedicated entirely to this phenomenon. Immerse yourself in enchanting worlds of wonder, sorcery, heroes and heroines!

There are countless myths and legends surrounding the origin of our village’s name, Saas-Fee. Could it have something to do with the faeries (fairy is “Fee” in German) that are said to dwell in our forests? We’re not sure, but anyone who has taken a walk among the trees in the quiet hours of the morning or evening will agree that the idea doesn’t seem so far-fetched. Come and discover more about this and many other bewitching tales.

Program Magical moments for little and big ones
"Märliwucha Saastal"

Note: Click on the program title to see more information.

Different creative spots invite kids to participate and let their hearts beat quicker.

Next to the primary school in Saas-Grund

9 a.m.: Mass
from 10 a.m.: Fun and Games for all ages
from 12 a.m.: BBQ, Raclette, Coffe, Cakes and Ice cream
Afternoon (every full hour): Dance and singing group, Schwyzerörgeli

Creative Posts
Make up
Fairytale Corner
Candle pulling
Sense of smell and touch
Creating a purse
Wool corner
Creating a tea light
Stone decoration

CHF 15.00 for a card of 10 activities

The composer from Talis Festival, Alumnus Tzu Chin Hsu, has arranged Poulenc's piece about the famous story of the beloved Elephant "Barbar" for our youngest audience. The children will be introduced to the work through a crafts project before hearing the piece up close performed by the Talis musicians.

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Village square, Saas-Fee

Enjoy open-air the remake of the swiss world success „Schellen Ursli“. The film will be shown in swiss dialect with english subtitles.

8.30 p.m.

Eventpavillon, village square, Saas-Almagell

Go on tour with our beautiful red train "Allalino" and listen to a great fairy tale while you cruise trough the glacier village Saas-Fee.

Dates: 24/25/26 and 28 July 2017
Time / Meeting point: 4.10 p.m., Post square Saas-Fee
Possible exit spots: Gletscherbrücke, Village square, Alp-Hitta, Post square
Price: Free of charge
Language: German


• 24.07.2017
Brüderchen und Schwesterchen, Schneewittchen, Rotkäppchen

• 25.07.2017
Gestiefelter Kater, Wolf und die Sieben Geislein, Prinzessin auf der Erbse

• 26.07.2017
Dornrösschen, Tapfere Schneiderlein, Aschenputtel

• 28.07.2017
Frau Holle, Hans im Glück, Kännchenvoll



We are particularly excited to welcome the Klapperlapapp Fairy-Tale and Legends Festival to Saas-Fee.

Engaging storytellers will regale festival visitors with delightful and exciting fairy tales from a variety of lovingly decorated stages. The stages will be situated around Melchboden, which provides just the right setting with its dreamy woodland, picture-perfect pond, and nearby Fairy-Tale Trail.

Food and drinks
Food and drinks will be available in the witch’s house on site. From sausages to grill on your own over to candyfloss, Snow White apples, Fairy tale tea and cakes you find everything that the heart desires. Priceliste

How to get to Melchboden
Follow the steep road from the chirch up to the Restaurant Schäferstube. The road leads you to the hamlet "Hohnegg". From there it's only a short walk to Melchboden.


Click here to see the program

Tickets are now available on Starticket. During the week of the event, tickets are also available at the tourist office in Saas-Fee or at the box office at the fire place Melchboden.


1-day pass
normal price with citizens' pass* Family pass (4 - 6 people)
CHF 20.00 CHF 16.00 CH74.00
2-day pass
normal price with citizens' pass* Familienpass (4 - 6 people)
CHF 38.00 CHF 30.00 CHF 142.00

* Can only be purchased by showing a valid citizens' pass.

Relax by candlelight with wine in hand, in the traditional Saaserstübli. Here you can listen to exciting tales from Valais along with helpful notes and explanations.(Only in German!)

8.15 p.m.

incl. 1 drink CHF 12.-, with Citizens' pass CHF 10.-

until Thursday 12 a.m.
Tourist office Saas-Grund
Tel. +41 27 958 18 55

Self made puppets from Puppentheater Loosli tell the great story of Rumpelstilskin. (in German)

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Restaurant Kreuzboden, Saas-Grund

Legendary ideas for a magical holiday

A short walk along the Fairy-Tale Trail close to the fire place Melchboden is a real treat for all fans of fabulous tales. The trail is open year-round and signs placed along the path will tell you why, for example, no more serpents can be found by the road from Saas-Almagell to Saas-Fee.

There are also plenty of mystical and spectacular experiences to be had at the redesigned Ice Pavilion. Journey deep into a secret and beautiful ice palace at an altitude of 3,500 m. Discover the rich and glittering treasures hidden beneath the thick ice of the Fee Glacier, guarded by giant ice dragons, spiders and bears. Welcome to a very magical place!

Further magical offers:

The most spectacular way from Saas-Fee to Saas-Grund

From 22 - 29 July you can enjoy the upper part of the Gorge Alpine, called "The Teaser", for a special family price.

Meeting Point: 3.00 p.m. Busterminal / Post
Duration: 1.5 hours
Priceen: CHF 200.- for the whole family (max 5 people)

Terms of condition:
Minimum 1 child + 1 adult per group
Max. 5 people per group
The kids are at least 120 cm big (6 years)
If a kid is younger thant 9 years it needs to be accompanied by 2 adults.
Not afraid of heights.

IVBV-certified guide
climbing gear an helmet

personal gear:
Good shoes (Outdoor or trekking boots)
Outdoor clothing
Backpacks can be taken with you

Saas-Fee Guides
Obere Dorfstrasse 53
Tel +41 (0)27 957 44 64



Did you know that there are dwarfes living in the middle of the village in Saas-Fee?
They built their little home in Cesar Sport Alpin. Dwarfs? You don't believe us? Come by and take a look at yourself.

Cesar Sport Alpin
Dorfstrasse 12
+41 27 957 37 33



Witches, magic and special decoration. Wednesdays the Hotel Etoile transforms into their very own fairy-tale. Music, food and even the clothes of the employees match the theme for the night. (for hotel guests only)

Wednesday, 26. July 2017

Erlebnishotel Etoile
+41(0)27 958 15 50


The Beau-Site terrace is always a good place for an afternoon tea or coffee. For the Saastal Fairy-Tale week it get's even better! Have a have a fairy tea at the beautiful fairy-tale corner during the week. 

Sunstar Boutique Hotel Beau-Site Saas Fee
Obere Dorfstrasse 30
Saas Fee
T +41 27 958 15 60



Buch Sauxa-Fei

Ein wahres Märchen aus den Walliser Bergen. Auf 24 Seiten erleben die Leser das Abenteuer der Entdeckung von Saas-Fee durch die beiden mutigen Strolche Alice und Felix aus dem Unterland.

Ab sofort können Sie dieses wunderbare Kinderbuch auf dem Tourismusbüro in Saas-Fee beziehen.

CHF 15.-