Bettmeralp (Aletsch Arena)

Valais

The car-free village of Bettmeralp which is only accessible by a large-car cableway is located in the immediate vicinity of the impressive Aletsch Glacier, the first Unesco World Heritage Site of the Alps. The family-friendly summer and winter holiday resort boasts almost 300 sunny days a year.

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Bettmeralp is located on a sun terrace high above the Rhone Valley with a view of the four-thousand-metre-high peaks of the Valais including the Weisshorn, Dom and Matterhorn. The resort has been awarded the "Families Welcome" quality certificate and offers a children's article hire service as well as a children's activity programme. Even the hiking trails have been designed with small children in mind: pushchair-friendly hiking trails are part of what's on offer.

Summer

Summer holidays in the area of the Unesco World Heritage Site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch are breaks in unspoilt countryside. The holiday resorts of Belalp, Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiescheralp are located in this attractive hiking area characterised by the Aletsch Glacier, the biggest glacier in Europe. The nearby vantage points Bettmerhorn (2643m) and Eggishorn (2926m) offer impressive views of the 23-kilometre-long glacier. Young and young-at-heart visitors have the opportunity to indulge in sport and excitement on scooter trails and downhill bike courses. Romantic Lake Bettmer is perfect for fishing and making a splash in summer. In bad weather the indoor swimming pool with a slide provides an ideal alternative.

Highlights

  • Bettmerhorn - interactive staging of the ice world, from the ice terrace view of the Aletsch Glacier
  • Lake Bettmer - idyllic mountain lake with sports possibilities located immediately above the holiday resort of Bettmeralp
  • Mountain trail to the Eggishorn and Lake Märjelen area with a fantastic all-round view of the Aletsch Glacier
  • Big Aletsch Glacier - 23 kilometres long, this is the biggest and most imposing glacier in the Alps with 27 billion tonnes of ice
  • Aletsch Forest - the larch and mountain pine forest is home to the oldest trees - about 900 years old to be precise - in Switzerland

Top Events

  • Alpine Open-air Cinema Festival Aletsch (July)
  • Schafscheid (or sheep market) Riederalp/Bettmeralp (September)

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