Many people might know, that Switzerland has some breathtaking natural places as we mentioned already in our posts about Ascona & also in the Lugano post.
But of course Switzerland not only satisfies with its Mediterranean flair, but mainly with its picturesque mountains and all the possibilities that goes with it.
One very charming location is the Fiescheralp in South Switzerland.
A famous region not only for Winter sportsperson and Skiers, but also for hikers, paraglider and many many more.
Not to forget the Aletsch glacier, area wise the biggest and longest glacier of the Alps.
So we spent a weekend with friends in this region and discovered Switzerland for the first time with its majestic mountains.
On a height of more than 2,200 meters we experienced a fantastic hiking.
Despite it was still late summer, in these heights there was already ice and frost, especially during the night.
Our route was to go with the cable car from the small village Fiesch 1,162 meters up high to the Horli-Hitta and from there hiking to the around 3,000 meters high Eggishorn.
Eggishorn & Jungfrau (Virgin) Aletsch Glacier
The Eggishorn, as well as the region Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn belong meanwhile to the UNESCO world heritage.
The Aletsch with its around 14 miles length is the longest glacier in the Alps.
With a thickness of 900 meters at the so called Konkordia place it is also from that perspective very impressive.
Unfortunately the global warming does not stop here.
On the contrary, the melting of the glacier of about 50 meters a year is quite alarming.
Another interesting fact is that with 1 meter of fresh snow it takes 10 years application time to receive 1 cm blue, crystal clear glacier ice.
Through Mordor to the Glacier parlor
From the Eggishorn we were then hiking for around 2 hours over the Tälligrat to the 4,3 miles distance located glacier cabin Märjelen.
The hike led us through sloping and rising terrain. Suitable equipment and good shoes are essential here.
The landscape here between the stone rocks, wafts of mist that cover the top of the mountains – this landscape is truly breathtaking and suddenly you have the feeling to stand somewhere in middle earth.
But once you made the tour and your knees survived this steep track, you will be pampered with such delicious dishes in the Glacier cabin (Gletscherstube) Märjelen! A refreshing beer, some Swiss specialties – that cheers your heart!
Dreamlike view from Tälligrat
Meanwhile the day was more than half over and there was still the way back into the valley including a march of approximately 2 hours.
This was already the short track (- 1 hour saving) by walking through an illuminated tunnel directly below the Restaurant “Gletscherstube”.
From there you get directly to the other side of Tälligrat and then you just follow an enlarged hiking path by having the most amazing view to the Fiescheralp.
Such impressions – such a day!
At the end of the day all of us were pretty much tired, but nevertheless we had a great BBQ, which was the perfect ending of a perfect day.
The pendant bridge Goms
Sunday on the way back we stopped by at the 2015 new built pendant bridge in Goms.
This impressive bridge has a length of 280 meters, is 92 meters high and just 1.40 meters wide.
The bridge itself has some quite important functions:
- Connecting the hiking areas Bellwald and Ernen
- Annexation of the Rottenweg and the Gommer Höhenweg
- Annexation to the cantonal bike lane Gletsch – Lake Geneva
- All-year connection to the Verbindung zum landscape garden Binntal
- connection to public transport from Ernen-Mühlebach
- underpass of Kantonsstreet
Much fun you will have while standing on the bridge due to its permanent swinging.
And a great view from over there is included.
The grass green Lake Grimsel
Last but not least there was the so called Lake Grimsel.
Located in the Canton Bern you will pass by this 95 million m³ huge impounding reservoir coming from the mountains.
On the day of our visit there was quite a scary-beautiful scenery waiting for us. The frosty mountain weather was covering everything into a fine ice coat, wafts of mist were covering the rocky landscapes and the lake into a mysterious picture.
The lake was dammed up in the year 1932 and with its rising a part of the formerly existed Grimsel area disappeared in the water.
The Grimsel hospice, as well as a mountain pass were gone.
Every year during the spring time, when the lake reaches its lowest point, some parts of the building are visible again – spectacular!
The Lake Grimsel gets its characteristic green color from the Granit rocks around.
Our Aletsch photo gallery
All our photos from that weekend you find in our Gallery.
For us ended a fantastic hiking-weekend in one of the most charming mountain areas of Switzerland.
Next time we tell you about our impressions from the Lago di Como in Italy…
Till then, stay “travelfriendly” 🙂