The four municipalities of the Saas Valley in Valais
Where Switzerland ends. And your recovery begins.
To the east and south, Valais borders on Italy, to the west on France. With its unique and diverse landscape, it is a land of contrasts: In the mountains, majestic four-thousand-metre peaks and fascinating glaciers, in the valley along the Rhone extensive vineyards and authentic side valleys. In one of them - the Saas Valley - the Free Holiday Republic of Saas-Fee awaits you.
With the four municipalities of Saas-Balen, Saas-Grund, Saas-Almagell and Saas-Fee, the Saas Valley is a one-of-a-kind holiday paradise in both summer and winter, where the highest mountains in Switzerland form a special guard of honour just for you. From the highest rotating restaurant in the world to idyllic mountain lakes, gentle marmots and the world’s largest ice pavilion, there’s a wealth of rewarding attractions just waiting for you in the Free Republic of Holidays, Saas-Fee.
Saas-Balen (1483m above sea level) lies at the northern border of the Free Republic of Holidays, Saas-Fee. The small mountain village, featuring the impressive Fellbach waterfall, entices visitors with scenic hiking paths up to spots such as the Weilern Matt and Heimischgartu. Cheese lovers shouldn't miss out on a tasty trip up to Europe's highest Alpine pastures on the Hoferalp, whereas art fanatics should swarm to Saas-Balen: its round church, built in 1812, is one-of-a-kind in Switzerland. What's more, the church is located right by the starting point of a 26km-long cross-country ski trail, which leads visitors through snow-covered larch forests.
Saas-Grund (1559m above sea level) is situated at the heart of the Free Republic of Holidays, Saas-Fee, enchanting visitors with its rustic houses and narrow streets. Just above Saas-Grund, you'll find the starting points for numerous hiking trails, such as the Almagelleralp and Gspon high Alpine trails, starting at the Kreuzboden, and the famous '18 4,000-metre Peaks' trail at Hohsaas. In wintertime, Saas-Grund blesses visitors with constant snow cover and sunshine. Alongside its immaculately prepared slopes, an 11km-long toboggan run completes this unique holiday adventure.
The car-free village of Saas-Fee (1800m above sea level) lies at the foot of the highest mountain in Switzerland, the Dom (4545m above sea level), which can be viewed in all its glory from the world's highest revolving restaurant. In the summer, visitors can enjoy a huge number of day trip destinations, along with 350km of hiking paths and themed trails. Of course, let's not forget the cuddliest citizens of the Free Republic of Holidays, Saas-Fee either: the famous tame marmots. During the winter, the outstanding snow conditions and well-kept slopes make Saas-Fee the ultimate haven for winter sports pros, as well as anyone who just wants to give it a go.
Tucked away in the picturesque tributary valleys, Saas-Almagell (1672m above sea level) is the southernmost village in the Free Republic of Holidays, Saas-Fee. This idyllic spot enchants hikers with the Suonen Trail up to Saas-Grund and the adventure trail from Furggstalden to the Almagelleralp. You can also follow the Roman flagstones up to the Monte Moro or Antrona passes. In winter, Saas-Almagell attracts guests with its wide slopes and beautiful cross-country ski trails. For more fun in the snow, visitors will also find cool toboggan runs, an ice rink and picturesque winter hiking trails.