Chapel trail

The Kapellenweg leading from Saas-Grund to Saas-Fee is lined with 15 small chapels. German author Carl Zuckmayer took this path on his very first visit to Saas-Fee back in 1938. At the end of that hike, his first sight of the majestic Mischabel Chain left an impression that literally lasted a lifetime. Setting off from Saas-Grund, and heading in the direction of Saas-Almagell, the trail follows the River Saaser Vispa to ...

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Rediscovering the Saas Valley’s alpine flora

The Saas Valley’s early guests were not exclusively daring mountaineers. Many came for the unique flora: the Saas Valley was an El Dorado for alpine flowers. Botanical tourism can be traced back as far as Pastor Johann Josef Imseng (1806-1869). The world of alpine flowers fascinated the people of the 19th century just as much as the mountains did. As a pioneer of tourism and enthusiastic mountain guide, Imseng took on ...

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Saas-Fee circular hike

The well-known Dorfrundgang village walk in Saas-Fee is a leisurely walk around the glacier village. The hike described here, on the other hand, the Saas-Fee Circular Hike is a different route altogether. Both routes start in the Wildi, the northernmost part of the village. In the surrounding forest, you have a great chance of spotting native wildlife such as chamois, rabbits, roe deer and squirrels. They tend to come out ...

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On-trend: Trail running

Trail running is everywhere nowadays. But what exactly is it? Why is it so fashionable? How and where can you do it? Find your answers here. What is trail running?Trail running is all about ditching the pavement. As soon as you tie up your trainers and stray away from traditional roads and treadmills, you can consider yourself a trail runner. Contrary to popular belief, it's not typically a risky extreme sport. ...

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On trend: mountain biking

Jump on, start pedalling, and off you go. With beautiful scenery flying by, the wind in your hair and a cooling breeze on your skin, the soul can‘t help but relax. Mountain biking is in, and people are pedalling everywhere – us included. Discover the Saas Valley bike experience with us. Bikes are in fashion right now; the e-bike boom continues and demand for the “bike experience” has grown enormously in ...

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Carl Zuckmayer Trail

In 1938, Carl Zuckmayer fell in love with the mountains of Saas-Fee. Twenty years later, he settled in the glacier village, and today you can follow his footsteps on his favourite walk – now known as Carl Zuckmayer Trail. It begins in front of Zuckmayer's house on Obere Wildistrasse, Saas-Fee. From outside Vogelweid house, hikers can admire its charming larch wood exterior, white shutters, and heavy slate tiled roof. “This is ...

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The ever-changing path

The Saas Valley mountains offer a rare opportunity to get close to glaciers. A guided mountain tour on the Fee Glacier is the perfect way to get even closer. Snow crunches under our snowshoes. From a distance, we are but specks on the huge field of white that is the Fee Glacier. Precipitous walls of ice tower overhead, shimmering like giant sapphires. The glaciers have been a big part of life in ...

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Snowshoeing on glacial moraine

We're hiking from Kreuzboden to the Hohsaas mountain restaurant on snowshoes; enjoying the fresh powder on the sunny side of the Saas Valley, and a coffee at the Weissmies Hut. The snow crunches underfoot. Now and then, laughter drifts towards us from the ski slopes. I stop for a moment, squinting in the sunlight. Huge mountain peaks, freshly covered in snow, tower in every direction, topped by a clear blue sky ...

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A new chapter in an eventful story

The Walliserhof Grand-Hotel & Spa celebrates its reopening in December 2019. This is a glimpse at the storied history of one of Saas-Fee’s iconic establishments. She frantically tightens her bright, chiffon sarong around her hips and adjusts her beach hat. Then she wipes a bead of sweat from her lip, takes a deep breath, and plunges back into the Walliserhof events hall, a tray full of cocktails in one hand. ...

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Saas Valley wildlife

Hunters and gamekeepers sound like they should be on opposite ends of the spectrum. After all, their occupations serve conflicting purposes. But, actually, they are closely connected. Saas Valley chamois, marmots, eagles, bearded vultures, roe deer, red deer, field and mountain hares, badgers, foxes, grouse, and martens… They all have one thing in common: Helmut Anthamatten, the Saas Valley’s gamekeeper for the last 33 years. His job is to protect ...

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