Aletsch Arena
Aletsch Arena
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The Aletsch Arena resorts have much in common: being part of the Alps' first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The views of the imposing 400-metre Valais peaks. Their proximity to the Great Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps. And yet, Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiesch-Eggishorn each have their own distinctive character - which means you can find your very own favourite holiday destination in the most liberating nature experience of the Alps.
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,044 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
During my visit, my plan was to visit all the viewpoints available during the time. Those were Eggishorn, Bettmerhorn, and Moosfluh. I went to the highest viewpoint in the morning and went downhill as the day progressed do I only needed to walk downhill.

I have no words to explain the beauty of the Aletsch Glacier. No wonder why it has a UNESCO World Heritage site. Turns out it's the biggest glacier in the Alps. The clear weather totally helped! It's sad that the glacier is melting away though.

At Eggishorn, there was construction and it was interesting to see helicopters flying steel beams onto the construction site. It gave me an appreciation on how hard construction is at the mountaintops. The quality and worksmanship of Swiss engineering. At this viewpoint, I was able to see both Mont-Blanc and Matterhorn. So that was a nice surprise.

The walk to Bettmeralp took an hour long. You can also go down to the train and go back up by gondola if you don't feel like walking. It will take the same time. But for me, I walked for some fresh air. Bettmerhorn had an exhibit which turned out to be the creepiest exhibit ever. I would recommend to see for yourself.

I walked an additional half hour to get to the final viewpoint of Moosfluh and their interpretative walk provided information on how glaciers shape the landscape.
Written November 21, 2023
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mike g
Burleigh Heads, Australia417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
there are swiss mountain villages - and then there is bettmeralp, accessible only by aerial tramway and with virtually no vehicles on its few streets. it's just one of the little-known (outside europe) picturesque places in the aletsch area.
i love visiting places like this, where i won't meet crowds of english-speaking tourists - yet everybody speaks english (and you can drink the water!).
for me, summer in the swiss alps is a special time. snow still covers the high peaks while at the populated lower levels wildflowers bloom in the fields. you can ride the aerial cable cars to places like the eggishorn lookout at 2,927m (9,600ft) for spectacular 360-degree views...and where i was lucky enough to see and hear a group of alpenhorn players conduct a mountain-top rehearsal. it doesn't get any more swiss than that.
you can hike along mountain paths and just when you feel like a little something to eat or drink, around the next corner you find a restaurant with a sundeck overlooking amazing views ready to welcome you and your stomach.
a highlight to see and perhaps explore with a guided tour is the 23km (14.5mi) aletsch glacier. it weighs the same as 72.5 million jumbo jets and has enough water to provide one litre a day for everybody on earth for six years.
be sure to visit the Pro Natura Center Aletsch at Riederalp for more information about both the glacier and surrounding area.
Written June 29, 2015
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spottster
Zurich, Switzerland131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
Imposing, gigantic, simply impressive. Actually difficult to describe the unique scenery of this area. You feel the cool, hear the cracking, though the glacier is melting at a fast pace.
Written August 27, 2018
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A_Baden2014
Baden, Switzerland166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Another fantastic New Year celebration and winter sport in the snows of Bettmeralp. Excellent ski slops, majority very broad with a lot of space which enables safe skying and a lot of joy.
Written January 5, 2020
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lifejourney4two
Australia27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
A special area of unique beauty - walking on the glacier was so interesting and the size of it was immense.
Written July 2, 2019
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Zeus mcvean
19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
Let me warn you that this is a very noisy, disorganised place.
We arrived fist thing in the morning to find a huge que of people waithing right across the car park with trollies laden with suit cases and ski gear waiting to get the one lift up to the third floor where the gondelar up to the village departs. This floor was so packed with people becase only one godellar travells every 20 mins to the first level of the village and one every 20 mins to the ski resort area. Not only is it holiday makers queing but a mix of skiers/ staff and suppliers too.We arrived at 8.20 am and finally reached the first chailift to ski at 11.30.
Let me warn you too that because there are no vehicals allowed in the village at is a wash with agressive taxi ski-doo’s moving very quickly up and down the main road. So much so that my youngest nearly got hit twice and i once lifting her out the way, just on the walk to the restaurant.
Not to mention the constant noise up and down all day by these thing that never stop.
Yes it is a very beutiful veiw from the top but it is tarnished by the chaotic infre-structure that runs the place.
Written February 18, 2019
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Andy_61
Kölliken169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
In summer for hiking or in winter for skiing or snowboarding on endless pistes of all grades. Traffic free villlages offer silent accommodations, but also pubs, bars and restaurants of bvarious categories make your great vacation complete
Written February 8, 2019
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Qamer_Zia
Frankfurt, Germany1,415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
We chose to view this magnificent glacier from Bettmerhorn viewpoint and that is how you can reach there. If you come by a car, paid parking is available at the base station (Bettentalstation). From here you take the cable car to reach Bettmeralp and then walk about 1km through this small village towards Bettmer lake to reach the cable car station for Bettmerhorn and then finally to the Bettmerhorn view point.

Bettmeralp: Beautiful village with nice views (hiking or cable car is the only way to reach here as it is a car free zone). It has a small Bazar where you will find few shops to eat and drink or to buy a souvenir. Bettmer lake is very beautiful and you can also rent a boat to be in the middle of it. Mini golf and a small playing area for the children were also there.

Bettmerhorn: Restaurant at the top is a lovely place to sit and enjoy the views (we did not eat there though). From here in just 1-2 minutes you will reach the view point (few wooden benches are there nearby to relax and enjoy a sunny day) to witness the longest glacier in the Alps and a mighty creation of glacial periods. You can also view Matterhorn peak from here and for better/360 degree views you can hike further up to the Cross. Next to the restaurant there was also an exhibition area.

Viewing the glacier from Eggishorn is another option so you can compare with Bettmerhorn (price and fun) to decide.
Written November 17, 2018
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Indygo005
Dubai, United Arab Emirates357 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
What can one say about this place, coz one is just awestruck at this pure, serene sight.. people go silent in awe, forget speech, it's like a moment so rare, to find paradise.

The Aletsch glacier is 23 kms long and is the longest ic flow in the alps, covering an area of 117.6 sq kms. The ice of the Great Aletsch Glacier weighs 26.5 billion tons, equivalent to 250,000 Eiffel Towers. This is truly a Unesco world heritage site, to visit and find paradise.

On Wednesdays there are guided hikes on the glacier for which you need to book in advance. Information is available on the website aletscharena .ch
Written July 15, 2016
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Lydia H
Melbourne, Australia172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
Maybe because I live in Australia where we do not have any glaciers, but I am crazy about glaciers, and have wanted to see the other side of the Aletsch Glacier for a long time (you get to see the other side of it from Jungfraujoch).

We were staying in Brig, so we took the short train ride to Betten Talstation, from where we got the cable car to Bettmeralp. As we visited in March, the place was like a winter wonderland - and I have not stopped raving about this place ever since. Bettermalp would have to be one of the prettiest villages I have ever seen anywhere! Bettermalp is a car free village, which makes it very easy to walk around, and most of the chalets are ski in, ski out.

We got the cable car from Bettermalp (after quite a walk) to Bettmerhorn from where you see the amazing Aletsch Glacier. It is truly spectacular - the scenery is breathtaking. We were virtually the only tourists there (everyone else was busy skiing), so we spent quite a bit of time just taking in the view before my husband literally dragged me away.

I would recommend anyone visiting Europe - please visit Switzerland, you'll never regret it (yes it will put a hole in your bank balance, but you only live once), and if you visit Switzerland, you must visit Bettermalp and Bettmerhorn!

My dream is to hire a chalet at Bettmeralp for a week to improve my skiing and to visit the Glacier again and again.
Written January 2, 2017
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