Lötschental

Valais

Lauchernalp: Lötschental

Lauchernalp: Lötschental

Wiler

Wiler

Lauchernalp: Hockenhorngrat

Lauchernalp: Hockenhorngrat

Lauchernalp: Piste

Lauchernalp: Piste

Lauchernalp: Lötschental-Gandegg, Gletscherbar

Lauchernalp: Lötschental-Gandegg, Gletscherbar

Lauchernalp: Wiler - Bergstation Luftseilbahn Wiler

Lauchernalp: Wiler - Bergstation Luftseilbahn Wiler

Lauchernalp: mit Blick zur Lötschenlücke

Lauchernalp: mit Blick zur Lötschenlücke

Goppenstein: Autoverlad BLS in

Goppenstein: Autoverlad BLS in

Lötschental lies embedded in an imposing mountain landscape between the Valaisian and Bernese Alps. The mostly undeveloped valley with its still authentic villages lures visitors to enjoy a vacation in pristine surroundings, far from the large tourism centers.

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Even in prehistoric times people wandered through the Lötschental and across the pass of the same name - as attested to by finds from the Bronze Age and the Ice Age. Up until the Middle Ages the Lötsch Pass was an important connection between the Bernese Oberland and Valais.

Even today the Lötschental is the starting point for innumerable mountain tours in a pristine landscape. Two hundred kilometers of hiking trails lead through the valley, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Region Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. Old customs such as the well-known shrovetide tradition "Tschäggätä" have been preserved here. The Lötschental skiing region is located at the Lauchern Alp above Wiler, where a mountain train takes visitors high up to the glacier skiing region.

Summer

The walk from the Lauchernalp across the Lötschenpass into the Bernese Oberland to Kandersteg ranks among the classics of the region. Fafleralp, situated right at the rear of the Lötschental is the starting point of the Lötschental ‘high route’ across south-facing Alpine pastureland through to the Lauchernalp.

Highlights

  • Mask carving course – learn traditional mask carving under the expert guidance of traditional mask carvers.
  • Lötschental Legend Trail – visitors of all age groups on the tracks of Lötschental’s legends, myths and fairy tales.
  • Hockenhorn – one of the highest mountain summits in Switzerland able to be traversed by hikers (3293 m).
  • World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch – listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2001.
  • Ferden, Kippel, Wiler and Blatten – Lötschental villages with practically untouched, historic village centres.

Top Events

  • «Tschäggätä» – a wild Lötschental carnival tradition (start of February to Ash Wednesday).
  • Corpus Christi procession – a religious procession with the colourful «Herrgottsgrenadieren» (Grenadiers of Our Lord) (end of May/start of June).

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