The west side of the Männlichen plateau drops off in a precipice, while the east flank dips towards the glacier village Grindelwald -- in the midst of this natural throne lies the Mountain Hotel Männlichen, built in 1870 when Alpine tourism was just starting off.
It is hard for a hotel to have better location: right between Rhone valley and Aletsch Glacier, in the middle of flower-filled meadows, on the fringe of the Aletsch Forest and far-off of all the hectic hubbub.
For many centuries the 1880-meter-high Glas Pass between Heinzenberg and Piz Beverin was the most important connection between Thusis in the Domleschg Valley and the remote Safien Valley.
The Edelweiss has grown in stature over the past three generations and is now an excellent three-star establishment. The two buildings, both of them built in traditional chalet style, command wonderful views of the mountains of the Lötschental, whether from the room balconies or from the restaurant's spacious terrace. In addition to the three-star rooms, there is also a floor with five family rooms in the cheaper, two-star category to enable even groups and families on a budget to explore the lovely Lötschental.