Belalp – frontal Aletsch Glacier views

Blatten / Brig

Rooted in the beginnings of tourism, and constructed way back in1858, the Hotel Belalp and its chapel stand in a prime spot where you enjoy frontal views of the Aletsch Glacier.

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Today the way to the Belalp is no longer on the back of a donkey instead by gondola rail and cableway from Blatten or Brig – with the Aletschbord viewing point just a walk away.

More strenuous mountain hikes lead to the Sparrhorn (3021m), the Oberaletsch hut or the 124 meter-long hanging bridge to the Aletsch forest and game trail – and interesting visits to the local dairy or Tyndall monument are open to you too.

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Altitude: 2130m
Accessibility:
Train to Brig, PostBus to Blatten, gondola rail/cable car to Belalp
Sparrhorn chairlift (up to 2664m) in operation from mid July until mid August
View: Over the lower section of Aletsch Glacier, Aletsch forest with Bettmerhorn and Eggishorn, Rhone Valley and Brig across to the Monte Leone, Fletschhorn and Mischabel; as well as the Matterhorn and Weisshorn from the Aletschbord viewpoint
Attractions: The tongue and slowly retreating Aletsch Glacier, shepherds’ end of summer weekend (black-nosed sheep )
Culinary aspects: Valais specialities, cheese dishes and cakes in hotels and restaurants
Overnight stays: Hotel Belalp 20 rooms with 36 beds
Hotel Aletschhorn 4 rooms and dormitory for 35
Hotel Sparrhorn double roomr
Hamilton Lodge & Spa Belalp 19 roomsr
Pension Chalet Sepp double and family room and dormitory for groups
Groups: Restaurant Hotel Belalp 100 places, seminar room on the top floor (15–20 people)
Hotel Sparrhorn 40 and 110 places
Winter: Winter sports region up until 3118m altitude
Special comments: Churchill supposedly wrote home from Aletsch region: «I’m sleeping as peacefully as a marmot in hibernation and feel healthier than ever.»

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