Under larch trees along the Rhone River


The Rhone Glacier receded 9,000 years ago. Even then, life in Goms is sometimes hard. For example, not only was Obergesteln hit by avalanches, it also suffered two fires. Because the houses were not rebuilt with larch wood, Obergesteln is called “the Ticinese village in Valais”.

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Technical information

Begin of tour:Oberwald Railway Station
Point of arrival:Niederwald Railway Station
Access starting point:Train
Access point of arrival:Train
Physical fitness:easy
Hiking time:5h10
Length:18.5 km
Season:May to October


A person who did not want to stay here was Cesar Ritz, the legendary hotelier who was born in Niederried. A fountain now commemorates his career from rags to riches. Who knows, perhaps he would have stayed if he had known that tourism would boom here one day.

The hiking tour starts where the Glacier Express disappears into the mountain, in Oberwald. The hiking trail to Niederried follows the left side of the Rhone, which is called “Rottu” by the local population. The villages lie on the opposite side. An excursion is always possible. The path along the Rhone is also a popular winter hiking tour. Although the Upper Goms is considered snow-assured, it does not receive a lot of precipitation – a benefit for the hiker.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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