Saas-Balen

Valais

Saas-Balen, the “Pearl of Serenity”, is perfect for hiking, relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet, while Mother Nature treats you to the most breathtaking views. Time seems to stand still up here - and yet there are plenty of opportunities to recharge your batteries by being active.

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The road through this rustic village leads down into the valley where the better-known Saas destinations are located. Those driving into Saas-Balen will inevitably find their eyes drawn to the Fellbach waterfall, which makes for an impressive natural spectacle as it thunders down to the rocks below. It is no less a majestic sight in the winter, when it is frozen into an ice sculpture; visitors at that time of year might also find their gaze alighting on the village ski lift.

A closer look reveals more gems, such as the round church “Assumption Day”, a protected monument from the late Baroque period. Consecrated almost 200 years ago in 1812, it has lost none of its magical appeal and lends the “Pearl of Serenity” an almost divine air.

Summer

Hikers on the idyllic trails leading to the sleepy hamlets of Matt and Heimischgartu will discover something new every step of the way. Take a break, soothe your soul and dip your feet in an icy cold mountain stream – what could be more invigorating? Watch the locals make cheese on the Hoferalp – at 2,260 metres, it is one of the highest alps in Europe – and take home delicious, flavourful memories of the Gspon high route to Saas-Grund.

Highlights

  • Fellbach waterfall – an impressive natural spectacle by the Fellbach stream.
  • Baroque round church – late Baroque village church whose round shape is unique in Switzerland.
  • Start of the Saas Valley cross-country ski trail – a perfectly groomed trail through snowy larch forests and along the frozen Vispa river, surrounded by impressive 4,000-metre peaks.
  • Heimischgartu – an idyllic hamlet above Saas-Balen.

Top Events

  • Alpine Festival Hofer Alp – after the Yodel Fair visitors get to enjoy the festival activities and culinary specialties (August).

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