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Culture and traditions week
Culture and traditions week

Culture and traditions week

02 - 10 September 2023

The program of the culture and traditions week is varied, and promises insight into the traditions, stories, festivities and culinary as in the past



Program 2022

Program 2023 follows

50 years old Music + 50 Year traditional costume association gives 100% a Party
The traditional costume assocation and the old Music from Saas-Grund celebrate their 50th anniversary.


  • 3 p.m.: Holy mass in the parish church
  • Approx. 4 p.m.: Marching into the school square
  • Followed: By concert performances by the invited associations
  • Various food stands, bars and entertainment on the festival grounds

The traditional costume association and the old music from Saas-Grund are looking forward to your visit.

Attend an organ concert with Sarah Brunner in Saas-Grund.

  • Date & Time: Sunday, 4 September 2022 | 5 p.m.
  • Duration: approx. 1 hour
  • Place: Parish church Saas-Grund
  • Price: Free of charge (collection)

Experience stories from the Valais by candlelight.

  • Date & Time: Monday, 5 September 2022 | 8 p.m.
  • Place: Gletscherstube (Community center)
  • Price: Free of charge (collection)
  • Language: In German

Are you interested in the history of the Mattmark Dam? And how important the Mattmark Dam is today?
If you are interested, you should not miss this appointment.

  • Date and Time: Every Tuesday | 2 p.m.
  • Meeting point: At the information board in front of the Restaurant Mattmark
  • Price (incl. aperitif): CHF 10.- with SaastalCard | CHF 12.- without SaastalCard
  • Language: In German | From 5 persons
  • Inscriptions: Until 6 p.m. the evening before | Saas-Almagell Service Centre | | +41 27 958 18 88

Enjoy a film in the middle of breathtaking mountain scenery.

  • Program: "An heiligen Wassern" (FSK 6)
  • Date & Time: Wednesday, 07 September 2022 | 8.15 p.m.
  • Place: Open-air stage old Town | Saas-Grund
  • Price: Adults CHF 10.- | children (6-16 years) CHF 5.-
  • Note: In German | limited number of seats | warm clothes & blankets recommended

Chapel feast "Zur hohen Stiege" followed by a procession. 

  • Date and time: Thursday, 08 September 2022 | 10 a.m.
  • Place: Chapel "Zur Hohen Stiege" | Saas-Fee
  • Price: Free of charge

Experience a guided tour of the round church and learn more about the spectacular late Baroque building.

  • Date and time: Thursday, 08 September 2022 | 6 p.m.
  • Place: Round Church | Saas-Balen
  • Price: Free of charge

Discover the flower village of Saas-Almagell on a Gourmet Hike and enjoy local culinary delicacies and musical entertainment along the way.

  • Date and time: Friday, 09 September 2022 | 11:30 a.m.
  • Meeting point: Furggstalden valley station
  • Price: CHF 79.- per person (incl. 5 courses with wine accompaniment, coffee and schnapps)


  • The gondola ride is free of charge with the SaastalCard
  • The Gourmet hike will take palce with a minimum of 20 inscriptions
  • Please bring good shoes
  • In case of rain, the route will be adjusted -> don't forget an umbrella


  • 1st stop: Furggstalden (starter).
  • 2nd stop: Zum See (soup)
  • 3rd stop: Zollhaus (2nd starter)
  • 4th stop: Restaurant Monte-Moro (main course)
  • 5th stop: Lake (dessert)


Experience how the Alpine herdsmen return to their villlage after a summer up on the Alp. The cows are beautifully decorated.


  • 10 a.m.: Alpine procession from "Hoferälpji"
  • Approx. 12 p.m.: Arrival of the procession in Saas-Balen.
  • Afterwards: Big cheese sale and festive food and drinks in Saas-Balen
  • 12 - 6 p.m.: Musical entertainment

In September 2022 the fourth Mattmark semi marathon takes place. The start is next to the round chirch in Saas-Balen and leads among larch trees to Saas-Grund and Saas-Almagell towards the the hamlet "Zermeiggern". On the historical path you'll get to the dam Mattmark where the most beautiful part awaits you: the last 7 km around the beautiful lake Mattmark.
For those who prefer to take it a little easer it is also possible to only do the lake tour around lake Mattmark or participate at the Nordic Walking / Fun categorie.The kids race will be along the dam.

  • 11:00 a.m.: Catering | Saas-Almagell village square
  • 2.30 p.m.: Award ceremony | Saas-Almagell village square

Fancy a night in the Saas Valley?

After a good dinner you can enjoy a relaxing stay in our holiday destination in one of over 500 different accommodations.