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The Saas Valley in winter

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Contents

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Welcome to the Saas-Fee/Saas Valley holiday region

Sustainability -> 04

Authentic mountain villages -> 04

Overnight stays, guest nationalities and lengths of stay -> 05

Facts and figures -> 09

Highlights in winter 2021/22

SaastalCard

Winter hiking pass

Events

Cuisine

Familien

Icepavilion

Aqua Allalin

Foxtrail

Icesports

Activities on the mountain

Skiing and snowboarding

Day-trip destinations

Adventure

Winter Via Ferrata

Ice climbing

Gorge Alpine

Zip Lines

Husky experiences

Culture/heritage

Rex Culture Centre

Saas Museum

Exhibition on Father Johann Josef Imseng

How to get here/contact info

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Welcome to the

Saas-Fee/Saas Valley

OVERNIGHT STAYS, GUEST NATIONALITIES AND LENGTHS OF STAY

DEVELOPMENT OF OVERNIGHT STAYS IN SAAS-FEE

2000-2021

holiday region

SUSTAINABILITY

Best Tourism Villages by UNTWO

As part of its ‘Best Tourism Villages’ initiative, the World

Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been seeking out

the best tourism villages in the world. As a member

state of the UNWTO, Switzerland was entitled to submit

three candidates, all of whom received awards on

2 December 2021. No other country was as successful

as Switzerland. Saas-Fee received an award, as did

Gruyères and Valposchiavo. Tourism villages where

traditional activities such as agriculture and forestry

are practised, and which also use tourism as a way to

promote and preserve their cultural heritage and use

it for sustainable tourism development were eligible to

apply. Saas-Fee, for instance, impressed with its strong

focus on sustainable development, the agricultural activities

in the area and the local added value generated

by tourism in the Saas-Fee/Saas Valley holiday region.

Sustainability

AUTHENTIC MOUNTAIN VILLAGES

The Saas Valley is made up of four traditional mountain

communities: Saas-Fee, Saas-Grund, Saas-Almagell

and Saas-Balen. Saas-Fee is the biggest and most

tourist-focused of the four communities – yet it has still

managed to keep all of its rustic village charm. In the

Saas Valley, visitors can stroll down cobblestone alleys

between centuries-old barns and charming Valais-style

houses. In these communities, there is a special charm

in everything that is authentic, traditional and rustic.

-> Saas-Fee

Saas-Fee is located at the base of the Dom, the tallest

mountain in Switzerland. Cars are not allowed in

the village, which is one of Switzerland’s more popular

winter destinations. The Saas-Fee glacier is home

to one of Europe’s rare summer ski areas, and the

Mittelallalin features the highest-altitude revolving

restaurant in the world. With its sun-bleached barns,

cobblestone streets and wooden Valais-style houses

framed by the Mischabel mountain range, Saas-

Fee has a special charm that attracts up to 9,000

guests in the high season.

-> Saas-Grund

Saas-Grund enchants visitors with its rustic buildings

and narrow, winding streets. The village is the

starting point for numerous hiking trails, such as the

Almageller and Gsponer mountain trail or the popular

‘18 Four-Thousanders’ circular trail in Hohsaas;

the latter offers the best views of the Mischabel

massif.

-> Saas-Almagell

Nestled between picturesque side valleys, Saas-Almagell

is the southernmost village of the four. It’s

particularly popular with hikers, as Saas-Almagell

is the starting point for many different trails. This is

where the adventure trail from Furggstalden to Almagelleralp

starts, as well as the route to the Monte

Moro Pass and Antrona Pass via the Mattmark Dam.

-> Saas-Balen

The village of Saas-Balen is located at the mouth of

the Saas Valley. Visitors should make time for a detour

to the imposing Fellbach Waterfall. Saas-Balen

is also the starting point for tons of hiking trails,

such as those leading to the hamlet of Matt or to

the Heimischgartu alpine pasture. Architecture fans

shouldn’t miss the late baroque Round Church built

in 1812. It’s the only one of its kind still standing in

Switzerland.

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Parahotellerie

Hotellerie & Gruppen

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2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

DEVELOPMENT OF OVERNIGHT STAYS IN SAAS-GRUND,

SAAS-ALMAGELL AND SAAS-BALEN FROM 2005–2021

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Korrektur im Folgejahr

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

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Parahotellerie, Berghütten & Pauschalen

Hotellerie - Hotel & Gruppen

Correction Correction in the following l'année suivante year

Hospitality-adjacent Parahôtellerieindustry

Hotels and Hôtellerie groupset groupes

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452’234

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Correction in the following year

Hospitality-adjacent industry

Hotels and groups

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OVERNIGHT STAYS BY COUNTRY AND SEASON FOR THE 2020/21 FISCAL YEAR

Country

OS

Winter Summer Year

Market share

in %

OS

Market share

in %

OS

Market share

in %

Switzerland/Liechtenstein 357'912 86.68 236'398 57.81 594'310 72.32

Germany 22'514 5.45 49'663 12.15 72'177 8.78

France 9'759 2.36 11'300 2.76 21'059 2.56

Italy 1'850 0.45 6'912 1.69 8'762 1.07

Austria 852 0.21 8'402 2.05 9'254 1.13

Great Britain 2'420 0.59 8'077 1.98 10'497 1.28

Netherlands 2'550 0.62 19'457 4.76 22'007 2.68

Belgium 3'082 0.75 15'020 3.67 18'102 2.20

Luxembourg 1'251 0.30 922 0.23 2'173 0.26

Denmark 467 0.11 555 0.14 1'022 0.12

Sweden 178 0.04 2'095 0.51 2'273 0.28

Norway 25 0.01 3'239 0.79 3'264 0.40

Finland 101 0.02 679 0.17 780 0.09

Spain 797 0.19 2'963 0.72 3'760 0.46

Russia 564 0.14 2'364 0.58 2'928 0.36

Poland 4'005 0.97 2'288 0.56 6'293 0.77

Czech Republic/Slovakia 832 0.20 4'094 1.00 4'926 0.60

Slovenia 259 0.06 1'997 0.49 2'256 0.27

Rest of Europe 1'911 0.46 3'280 0.80 5'191 0.63

USA 364 0.09 11'178 2.73 11'542 1.40

Canada 180 0.04 6'066 1.48 6'246 0.76

Rest of the Americas 230 0.06 174 0.04 404 0.05

Africa 70 0.02 85 0.02 155 0.02

Israel 0 0.00 3'108 0.76 3'108 0.38

Japan 70 0.02 2'778 0.68 2'848 0.35

China/Hong Kong/Taiwan 170 0.04 1'710 0.42 1'880 0.23

Rest of Asia 260 0.06 3'350 0.82 3'610 0.44

Australia, Oceania 239 0.06 759 0.19 998 0.12

Other 10 0.00 0 0.00 10 0.00

Total 412'922 100.00 408'913 100.00 821'835 100.00

OVERNIGHT STAYS BY MONTH FOR THE 2020/21 FISCAL YEAR

Winter Saas-Fee Saas-Grund Saas-Almagell Saas-Balen Total

November 19'232 4'113 877 26 24'248

December 54'191 15'138 7'821 636 77'786

January 38'811 9'176 6'347 280 54'614

February 83'310 30'456 18'311 1'213 133'290

March 57'723 13'196 7'136 119 78'174

April 41'913 7'883 3'252 279 53'327

Total Winter 295'180 79'962 43'744 2'553 421'439

Summer Saas-Fee Saas-Grund Saas-Almagell Saas-Balen Total

May 3'538 2'284 673 80 6'575

June 11'401 9'402 5'531 176 26'510

July 63'942 48'270 17'703 1'454 131'369

August 77'107 46'664 18'905 1'293 143'969

September 49'134 21'476 9'576 704 80'890

October 46'557 14'413 5'139 331 66'440

Total Summer 251'679 142'509 57'527 4'038 455'753

Total: Year

(excluding all-inclusive)

546'859 222'471 101'271 6'591 877'192

All-inclusive 202'159 35'799 17'289 6'765 262'012

Total: 2020/21 year 749'018 258'270 118'560 13'356 1'139'204

Winter | Summer 54% 46% 36% 64% 43% 57% 39% 61% 48% 52%

Mountain huts 3'093 21'763 24'856

Shared house 5'424 25'077 30'501

All-inclusive 129'169 132'843 262'012

Total Destination 550'608 588'596 1'139'204

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FACTS AND FIGURES

-> The Saas-Fee/Saas Valley holiday region is surrounded

by 18 four-thousand-metre peaks. The

ones in brackets are those not that are not visible

from the location: Allalin, Alphubel, Täschhorn, Dom,

Lenzspitz, (Nadelhorn), (Stecknadelhorn), (Hohberghorn),

(Dürrenhorn), (Strahlhorn), (Rimpfischhorn),

Weissmies, Lagginhorn.

-> From Hohsaas, 18 four-thousand-metre peaks can

be seen (‘18 Four-Thousanders’ circular theme trail

on Hohsaas).

-> The road to Saas-Fee was first built in 1951. They

decided to stay car-free. Saas-Fee has remained

that way ever since.

-> There are 300 electric vehicles in Saas-Fee (private

individuals cannot apply for an electric vehicle. Only

hotels, businesses, craftsmen and landlords with

over 20 beds).

-> The first tourists were from England. That’s why

there is an Anglican church in Saas-Fee (today the

Evangelical church). The Britannia hut was also built

by Englishmen in 1912 (hence the name Britannia).

-> Initially, there was only summer tourism (mountaineers,

researchers, botanists); winter tourism began

in 1951.

-> Johann Josef Imseng (statue in front of the church)

was a tourism pioneer and pastor. He built the first

hotel in the Saas Valley (in Saas-Grund) in the middle

of the 19th century. Johann Josef Imseng was the

first Swiss skier. He laid the foundation for the development

of skiing. In 1849, he mastered a downhill

run to Saas-Grund on self-built skis.

-> The only Alpine World Cup to take place in Saas-

Fee was held in 1988. Adelboden had too little snow,

so the giant slalom was moved from Adelboden to

Saas-Fee to the Plattjen ski area’s black piste. Alberto

Tomba (Tomba la bomba) won. An investment

of three million francs would be needed to make the

piste able to host the World Cup – an unrealistic

sum.

-> In 1984, Wham shot their famous video for ‘Last

Christmas’ in Saas-Fee. They actually wanted to

film in Gstaad, but there wasn’t enough snow. Here

is the tour itinerary for the ‘Last Christmas’ video

shoot: Felskinn valley station, Hotel FerienART (now

known as Walliserhof), Steinmatten cultural centre

(indoor shots were filmed there) + chalet in the hamlet

of ‘Schliechte’: the famous Last Christmas chalet

...

-> Saas-Fee is only 120 kilometres from Milan as the

crow flies. In clear weather, you can see the lights

of Milan from the revolving restaurant. And vice versa:

from the Torre Branca lookout tower in Milan, you

can see the Mischabel massif of Saas-Fee.

-> The Monte Moro Pass and the Antrona Pass were

once important crossings to the south, also known

as smuggling routes.

-> The Counterfeiters (1925), the most famous work

of the Nobel Prize in Literature winner André Gide

(1869–1951), is set in Saas-Fee (and Paris).

-> Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902)

spent two weeks in Saas-Fee in 1896. There is a

bust in front of the Saas Museum + plaque at the

Hotel Metropol, the successor of the building he

originally stayed in.

-> Carl Zuckmayer (1896–1977), one of the most-performed

playwrights in the German-speaking world

in the second half of the 20th century, lived in Saas-

Fee from 1957–1977 (in Haus Vogelweid). There is a

Carl Zuckmayer trail with quote stones.

‘A day not spent here in Saas-Fee is like half a day

for me.’ (Carl Zuckmayer)

-> Visitors to the Saas Fee/Saas Valley destination

can benefit from numerous discounts thanks to the

SaastalCard. All patrons of our partner organisations

receive our SaastalCard visitor ticket and can thus

take advantage of countless attractions in the area,

such as unlimited usage of the PostBus throughout

the entire Saas Valley. In summer, visitors with the

SaastalCard can use all mountain lifts (except for

the Metro Alpin) in the Saas Valley for free, starting

from a stay of one night.

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Highlights in winter

2021/2022

SAASTALCARD IN WINTER

Starting from the first night of your stay, all PostBus

rides in the Saas Valley are included with the Saastal-

Card (not valid for arrival and departure with PostBus).

Guests with the SaastalCard also benefit from discounts

of up to 30 per cent on a total of 30 offers.

SaastalCard

WINTER HIKING PASS

With the SaastalCard, guests receive a discount on the

Winter Hiking Pass. The Winter Hiking Pass allows you

to use all the cable cars in the Saas Valley, making winter

hiking more enjoyable.

Winter hiking pass

ICE CLIMBING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ice Climbing World

Championships had to be postponed for a year. The Ice

Climbing World Championships will now take place in

the Saas-Fee multistorey car park from 27–29 January

2022. The event will kick off on 26 January with the

opening ceremony at the Kalbermatten sports ground.

Although ice climbing as a competitive sport is still a relatively

new trend, Saas-Fee has already hosted many

successful events. Saas-Fee has been a World Cup venue

since 1999. The annual World Cup is now well established

among the athletes and their many fans.

ICE CLIMBIMG WC

ALLALIN RACES

It’s the taking part that counts: at least, that’s sure to be

the mantra of many amateur racers who will tackle this

spectacular race course at the foot of the Allalinhorn on 1

and 2 April 2022. The glacier races set against a unique

backdrop are a unique skiing experience for both participants

and spectators.

The first Allalin Races took place in 1946. Back then, nine

young skiers took off from the summit of the 4,027-metre-high

Allalinhorn and dashed down to Saas-Fee, 2,227

metres below. Only five riders managed to make it to the

end of the unprepared course. Today, the race starts in

the ski resort and the course is well prepared before the

race.

However, with the course covering 9 km and 1,800

height difference, the course remains a challenge. The

fastest skiers will reach speeds of around 140 kilometres

per hour.

MENTELITY GAMES

The Mentelity Games is a four-day skiing and snowboarding

event for people with a physical disability. The

Games will be held from 5–8 April 2022 in Saas-Grund

and will be financed by donations collected during the

12-hour race.

The four-day skiing and snowboarding event will offer a

range of courses with coaches, trainers and Paralympic

athletes from all snow disciplines for all levels of ability.

Hohsaas 12 Hours

A 12-hour knockout race will be held on 2 April 2022 to

collect donations for the Mentelity Games. Anyone can

enter. The race starts at midnight and ends at midday.

Afterwards, there is a closing party.

Mentelity Games

MOON LIGHT FIGHT

17 April 2022

The Moon Light Fight will be back on Easter Sunday,

17 April 2022 after a two-year break from competition.

The parallel event promises excitement for everyone.

Full moon and floodlights create a unique atmosphere

on the Jowang slope.

Moonlight Fight

WINTER BUCKET LIST

Winter season 2021/2022

The Bucket List is the perfect way to discover the 300

days of sunshine per year, 150 kilometres of pistes,

60 km of winter hiking trails, 54 km of snowshoe hiking

trails and the 18 four-thousand-metre peaks in the

Saas Valley.

Bucket List

Moonlight Fight

Allalin Rennen

Allalin races

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Families

Families always feel particularly welcome in the Saas-

Fee/Saas Valley holiday region! The destination is affiliated

with the ‘Families Welcome’ seal of approval from

Switzerland Tourism.

SAAS-FEE

There is a children’s park at the ski school meeting point

in the car-free glacier village. With a conveyor belt, children’s

ski lift, carousel and fun learning equipment, little

ones can quickly get to grips with snow sports. As well

as visiting one of the largest ice pavilions in the world

on Mittelallalin, we also recommend taking a ride on the

Feeblitz toboggan run. If the weather is bad, try the Aqua

Allalin swimming pool featuring a slide.

SAAS-GRUND

While the grown-ups enjoy a sunny skiing and snowboarding

area on Hohsaas, children can discover the

joy of winter sports in a separate piste area on Kreuzboden

above Saas-Grund. This features a magic carpet,

a race course, see-saws, obstacles and much more.

The fun slope offers even more fun for all guests, with

a wide variety of elements. For younger guests, there is

Cuisine

Here, you’ll find everything from traditional Valais specialities

to international gourmet cuisine. The culinary

offerings of the more than 100 restaurants in the Saas-

Fee/Saas Valley holiday region are vast and diverse.

These include several mountain restaurants and huts,

which offer a fine Valais platter, home-made delicacies

and a glass of good Valais wine. There’s also a range of

après-ski options with countless cafés, bars and pizzerias.

Cuisine

Après-Ski

You can learn more from our ‘Cuisine in the Saas Valley’

brochure:

Brochure

a ‘Kidsweek’ at Kreuzboden for three weeks in winter.

Ski equipment hire, ski pass, ski lessons and lunch are

included in the weekly price.

SAAS-ALMAGELL

The Furggstalden ski resort above Saas-Almagell is

home to Dragon Kian’s Adventure Land. Here, children

can enjoy a tepee with a ball pool and an igloo where

kid’s films are shown. On the snow-tubing track, the

whole family can whizz down the slope in giant rubber

tyres, for free. There are also children’s skidoos and a

carousel with a playground for little ones.

SAAS-BALEN

The Saas-Balen ski area in the Saas-Fee/Saas Valley resort

region is perfect for nature lovers looking for peace

and quiet and for beginner skiers. The beginners’ lift is

located on the outskirts of Saas-Balen and is ideal for

children and families.

ICE PAVILION

High above Saas-Fee, at 3,500 metres above sea level,

visitors will find the gateway to the interior of the Fee

Glacier. The Ice Pavilion, which measures 5,500 cubic

metres, was completely refurbished in the spring of

2016. Now the history of this 2,000-year-old ice formation

is being retold for a new generation. Mythology,

fairy tales and legends. The Ice Pavilion in Saas-Fee offers

new insights into the fascinating world of ice and

invites visitors to marvel and dream. This also includes

an avalanche simulation with lighting effects and an

impressive pressure wave that can be felt all over the

body.

Ice pavilion

AQUA ALLALIN

Anyone who visits the Aqua Allalin can be sure to embark

on a very special alpine journey of well-being –

the spectacular mountain panorama that’s visible here,

even from the whirlpool, is simply breathtaking. Various

saunas and pools, massage showers, relaxation rooms,

a 25-metre swimming pool, children’s pool and adventure

slide take care of relaxation in Saas-Fee/Saas Valley.

The Bio-Soft sauna is particularly suitable for beginners,

older people and anyone with cardiovascular

problems, as its lower temperature (between 55 and

60 degrees) means it’s gentler for visitors with health

issues. The entire facility is accessible for those with

disabilities.

Aqua Allalin

FOX TRAIL

Foxtrail, a well-known scavenger hunt for families,

friends or companies, provides a playful way to explore

several regions of Switzerland. The fox has left its

tracks in Saas Valley, too. On the ‘Allalin’ Foxtrail, teams

in Saas-Fee and Saas-Grund follow in the footsteps of

the legendary Father Johann Josef Imseng. To uncover

all his secrets, they must search his historic home for

clues, coax important information from marmots, and

climb way, way up. An exclusive ride in an electric vehicle

will keep participants on their toes and provide an unforgettable

experience. The Allalin Foxtrail takes about

2.5 hours in winter and 3.5 hours in summer. In summer,

there’s also a shorter route of approx. 2.5 hours.

Foxtrail

ICE SPORTS

With four ice rinks in the four villages of the Saas-

Fee/Saas Valley region, you are spoilt for choice

for your favourite ice sports. Ice skating, ice hockey,

curling or ice stock sport: there’s something

for everybody here.

Ice skating

Spending a couple of hours on the bare ice is one

of the oldest winter pastimes, and is especially popular

with groups. Private, family and group skating

lessons are offered at all ice rinks in the Saas

Valley.

Curling

Curling, a winter sport played on ice, offers a great

change of pace. Two teams of four players try

to slide their curling stones towards the centre of

the target circle and then sweep the ice in front of

them. This team game is suitable for beginners and

can be played on the natural ice rink in Saas-Fee.

Ice stock sport

Ice stock sport, or Bavarian curling, is another great

alternative. This ice sport is played with a round

ice stock and a daube, a rubber disc. The daubes

are placed at a distance of 15 to 20 metres away on

the ice. The aim of the game is to get the ice stocks

as close to the daube as possible. It is especially

enjoyed by groups and families. Ice stock sport

can be played in Saas-Fee, Saas-Grund and Saas-

Almagell. Ice stock sport guidance is offered in the

last two locations.

Ice sports

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Activities on the

mountain

SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING

With 150 kilometres of pistes and many sunny days,

the Saas Valley has something for every level. The fun

starts right on the doorstep and continues up to 3,600

metres above sea level. Natural snow is not a luxury

here, it is guaranteed throughout the season. The high

alpine location also offers a unique panorama and runs

of up to 1,800 metres altitude.

Skiing and snowboarding

Lots of sun, lots of fresh snow

The high Alpine location of Saas-Fee/Saas Valley has

advantages for all snow sports enthusiasts. The official

winter season starts here as early as the end of October.

That’s six weeks earlier than most other snow sport

resorts. Even when there’s thick fog in the lowlands, the

sun still shines brightly up here. The Magic Pass is also

valid for skiing in Saas-Fee from as early as 30 October

2021. There’s plenty for fans of powder too: reliable as

Swiss clockwork, powerful low-pressure systems push

moist air from the Gulf of Genoa towards the two mountain

ranges of Mischabel and Monte-Rosa.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Cross-country skiing on perfectly maintained trails

through snow-covered larch forests and along the

frozen Vispa river. The cross-country ski trails in the

Saas Valley are open from mid-December to the end of

March (depending on temperatures and snow conditions).

With enough snow, there are 26 km of classic and

skating routes.

Cross-country skiing

TOBOGGANING

The Saas Valley offers three fantastic toboggan runs.

In Saas-Grund you can slide from Kreuzboden over an

incredible 11 km into the village and enjoy a spectacular

view of the Mischabel range and the Mattmark region.

The 6 km long route starts in Saas-Fee from the Hannigbahn

mountain station and runs over Sonnenberg

(Sun Mountain) to the glacier village. The Saas-Almagell

toboggan run stretches 3 km from Furggstalden

into the village. Toboggans can be rented from the cableway

stations in all three locations.

WINTER HIKING

A 60 km long winter hiking network offers multiple winter

hiking options. Among the highlights is the Winter

Mattmark Tour. The relaxing winter hike far away from

any skiing, leads along the cross-country ski trail to

Ejiu Sand and then over snowy hills to the Mattmark

dam. The Hannig Sun Trail heads south from the Hannig

mountain station. In Saas-Grund you will find the

Kreuzboden trail, which leads through the hamlet of

Brunne and then heads up the Triftalp to Kreuzboden.

This tour offers a fantastic view of the Saas mountains.

The winter hiking trail to the Britannia Hut leads you

through the midst of a magnificent glacial world.

Winter hiking

SNOWSHOE HIKING

White landscapes as far as the eye can see and complete

silence – that’s what you can expect on snowshoe

hikes in the holiday region of Saas-Fee/Saas Valley.

There’s something for everyone amongst the various

trails surrounded by Switzerland’s highest mountains.

One of the highlights is the Sunset@Lagginjoch experience.

While the ski slopes on Hohsaas are gradually

emptying, it’s time to scale the Lagginjoch. A mountain

guide accompanies the snowshoe hikers in their thirst

for action as they climb 500 altitude metres of easy terrain

over the Hohlaub Glacier to the Lagginjoch. As the

last rays of the sun descend, you can enjoy a tremendous

view of the surrounding 4,000-metre peaks and

down at the Laggintal valley.

Snowshoe hiking

GLACIER ADVENTURE

This breathtaking tour over the Fee Glacier starts at the

Längfluh mountain station. Kitted out with snowshoes,

ski poles and a climbing harness, you will climb up

the Fee Glacier secured to the mountain guide’s rope.

Crossing monumental ice peaks and crevasses, you

will reach the highest point on the glacier plateau, the

Panoramaplatz. Then a flat descent leads to the Spielboden

station.

Glacier adventure

SKI TOURS

Another popular activity in the Saas Valley is ski touring.

If you enjoy high Alpine activities, you’ll be in paradise

here. Our Saas mountain guide offices will be happy to

help you plan and organise a tour.

Ski tours

DAY-TRIP DESTINATIONS

Mattmark Dam – Power Spot

Visitors will find the biggest earthwork dam in Europe:

the Mattmark Dam in the south of the Saas Valley. It’s a

popular day-trip destination, not only for to its fascinating

technical aspects but also because of its wild and

romantic setting. The dammed crest of Lake Mattmark

(2,200 metres) is only accessible on foot in winter.

From up here you can enjoy an unobstructed view of

the reservoir lake and a spectacular panorama of the

Monte Moro Pass. In winter, the dam can be accessed

by taking a winter hike, snowshoe tour or ski tour.

Hannig – Sunny Mountain

The Hannig - Sunny Mountain (2,336 m above sea level)

is a popular destination in both winter and summer. At

the top of the mountain station, you can enjoy the view

of the Saas mountains from the terrace of the Hannig

mountain restaurant. After soaking up the sun, there’s

plenty to experience on the mountain. Whizz through

the wintry landscape on a toboggan or enjoy relaxing

winter hikes with breathtaking views.

Längfluh – Glacier World

Längfluh takes visitors much closer to the glaciers than

most paths. If you want to go even further, it’s best to

connect with a mountain guide for a tour on the Fee

Glacier.

Mittelallain – Absolute Highlight

The Mittelallalin (3,500 metres above sea level) lies

above Saas-Fee and is surrounded by four-thousandmetre

peaks. The highest revolving restaurant and the

largest ice grotto in the world can be found right at the

foot of the Allalinhorn (4,027 m above sea level). These

highlights can be reached by the highest underground

train in the world, the Metro Alpin. Ski down the slopes

from 3,600 to 1,800 m above sea level, climb your first

four-thousand-metre peak or just enjoy the view.

Kreuzboden – Family Mountain

Kreuzboden is a popular destination for families both

in summer and winter. The fun slope offers even more

fun for all guests, with a wide variety of elements. You

can enjoy great views of the Mischabel Group from the

ski slopes, as well as during activities such as winter

hiking, snowshoe hiking and tobogganing.

Day-trip destinations

Tobogganing

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Adventure

WINTER VIA FERRATA

A very special trip awaits you on the winter via ferrata

in Saas-Grund. It starts right at the edge of the village,

then it’s a steep climb upwards. The approx. 150 metres

of altitude gain are easily manageable if you are fit and

have a head for heights. The tour is led by a mountain

guide and culminates in a spectacular abseil of about

40 metres. The whole experience lasts about two hours

and is perfect for families, companies, clubs or other

groups.

Winter Via Ferrata

ICE CLIMBING – CLIMBING DOME

In previous years, ice climbing has been offered exclusively

for the pros at the Ice Climbing World Cup, but

it is now open to all interested climbers. In winter, the

Saas-Fee car park is home to climbing routes with varying

degrees of difficulty.

Ice climbing

Anyone with some climbing experience who wants to

have a go on the ice can do so during the Ice Climbing

World Cup at the Kalbermatten sports ground. You will

be supported by trained staff.

GORGE ALPINE / ALPINE CANYON

Led by a mountain guide, you will climb through

the wild Feeschlucht gorge, which leads down

from Saas-Fee to Saas-Grund. The spectacular

tour passes frozen waterfalls and crosses suspension

bridges, ladders and steel cables. Highlights

of the crossing are a fast zip line and cable pulleys.

The tour is not suitable for people who are afraid of

heights and is not permitted for children under 12

years of age. All visitors must be accompanied by

a mountain guide.

Gorge Alpine

ZIP LINES

The zip lines in the rope course are also open in

winter. After a short introduction, you will be ready

to practise on the training course in the trees.

Once you’re ready, you can move on to the big zip

lines across the gorge.

Zip lines

HUSKY EXPERIENCES

During the winter months, huskies come to the

Saas Valley. They offer a great experience for

young and old alike. You will be pulled through

snowy landscapes by the huskies and get up close

with these furry friends.

Husky experiences

Gorge Alpin, Saas-Fee

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Culture and heritage

Allalinhorn, Saas-Fee

REX CULTURE CENTRE

Saas-Fee gained a new treasure in December 2019: the

new culture centre ‘Rex’ now offers a colourful theatre,

music and film programme in the glacier village. Two

minutes on foot from the bus station, the former Rex

cinema has been transformed into a multifunctional

venue for events. The German actor, writer, director and

theatre producer Michael Klemm and his wife Nadja are

responsible for the project. Klemm, who has written

numerous plays and novels, is known for his long acting

career. He has worked as a director and actor at the

Residenztheater in Munich, among other places, and

has appeared in several film and television productions.

We look forward to experiencing a varied spectrum of

cultural events at Rex.

SAAS MUSEUM

When you visit the four-storey Saas Museum, you’ll go

on a journey back in time in the Saas-Fee/Saas Valley

holiday region. Some exhibits of the museum include a

Saas flat from the turn of the century, folkloric objects,

beautiful and traditional historic costumes, sacred art

and – a special highlight – the study of the famous

writer Carl Zuckmayer, who lived in Saas-Fee for twenty

years. The building housing today’s Saas Museum is the

former parsonage of Saas-Fee, which was built in 1732.

Another storey was added in 1855. In 1983, this old traditional

Saas-style house was reimagined as a museum

thanks to the initiative of local historian Werner Imseng.

EXHIBITION

FATHER JOHANN JOSEF IMSENG

To this day, the work of the pastor and tourism pioneer

Johann Josef Imseng (1806–1869) is of great importance

in this region. He also went down in history as the

first person to ski in the Alps, on 20 December 1849.

On that day, the Saas Valley lay under a thick blanket

of snow. A distress call reached the ears of the valley’s

Father Johann Josef Imseng, who was staying in Saas-

Fee. He had been called to the bedside of a dying man

in Saas-Grund. In an act that marked a pivotal moment

in history, he tied homemade wooden boards to his hiking

boots and set off, completing the first-ever downhill

ski run in Switzerland. Johann Josef Imseng was not just

an excellent pastor. He also actively promoted tourism

in the Saas Valley with the aim of fighting poverty. He

opened his doors to guests, worked as a mountain

guide, and told his guests all about the history and customs

of the Saas Valley. The visionary pastor even arranged

for hotels to be built. It was thanks to his intervention

that people felt comfortable visiting this place.

He was himself a man of the mountains and took part in

many of the early mountain climbs. The memorial exhibition

in honour of this pioneer of Saas tourism can be

visited in the old parsonage of Saas-Grund during the

summer months.

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Getting to the

Hannigalp, Saas-Fee

Saas Valley

Whether you’re travelling by car or by public transport:

the Saas-Fee/Saas Valley holiday region is easy

to reach from anywhere in Switzerland. There are direct

train connections from all major Swiss cities to

Visp; from there, you can reach the Saas Valley in just

50 minutes by taking Bus 511. We may be practically at

the southernmost tip of Switzerland, but your journey

couldn’t be easier: you only need to change trains once,

and the unique scenery is included free of charge! The

journey takes three hours from Zurich, Geneva and

Basle and just two from Berne. If you’re arriving by car,

you’ll find plenty of parking spaces for car-free Saas-

Fee in the large multistorey car park right at the entrance

to the village.

CONTACT US!

Saastal Tourismus AG

Obere Dorfstrasse 2

CH-3906 Saas-Fee

Email: media@saas-fee.ch

Tel. +41 27 958 18 58

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Obere Dorfstrasse 2

CH-3906 Saas-Fee

Email: sales@saas-fee.ch

Tel. +41 27 958 18 75

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