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Hike across the Goms Bridge to the music village of Ernen to Fiesch

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This walk is one for the whole family, crossing the Goms hanging bridge, suspended high over the Lammaschlucht gorge. Wander through the beautiful Binntal Landscape Park with its historic villages.  Once over the Mosshubel hill you reach the ‘Music Village’, Ernen, and from there walk on to Fiesch.
easy
Distance 4.8 km
1:30 h
106 m
234 m
1,233 m
1,007 m

The hanging bridge, ‘Goms Bridge’, spans the Lammaschlucht gorge and the young river Rhone at a height of 92 metres.  It is 280 metres long and was opened in 2015 to replace the path through the gorge itself, which had become dangerous due to frequent landslides. The bridge is open all year round and is supported by three steel ropes and a footway made of local larch wood.

From Mühlebach the path climbs gently up the Mosshubel hill, also known as the ‘Gallows’ hill.  The gallows are on the western crest and in 1764 the last men to be condemned by the magistrates of Zendens Goms were executed here.

On the track from Mosshubel to Ernen you get a great view of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway’s line and perhaps you will be lucky enough to see the famous Glacier Express train running along it. During the summer months four trains run in each direction and all of them must manage the line that goes through the Goms.

There is a children’s playground near the village square in Ernen where the kids will love to spend some time. From Ernen the track continues over meadows towards the beginning of Fiesch.  Depending on the time of year you could see goats, sheep or the famous Herens cattle on the fields.

Author’s recommendation

The hanging bridge is wide enough for a child’s buggy or pedestrians with bicycles.  The hike can also be done by bike.
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Author
Delia Inniger
Update: March 05, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
Mosshubel, 1,233 m
Lowest point
Neubrigg, 1,007 m
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Rest stops

Wirtschaftt St.Georg
Café Amy's Schafstube
Café Bed&Breakfast Hängebrigga

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

 

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on “Print” icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.

Tips and hints

Are you travelling to the Aletsch region / Goms region by public transport? If you are travelling by public transport for several days, it is worth using the Adventure Card. This gives you 2-5 days of free travel on a large train and post bus network as well as discounts on mountain railways.

Further information:

Start

Fürgangen train station (1,190 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'654'779E 1'140'186N
DD
46.410797, 8.151066
DMS
46°24'38.9"N 8°09'03.8"E
UTM
32T 434753 5140041
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Destination

Fiesch train station

Turn-by-turn directions

You reach the hanging bridge 2 minutes away from the train stop in Fürgangen.  The entire construction, including the safety railings and concrete foundations, weighs a mighty 57 tons.  At the bridge it is possible to buy drinks and small snacks for your hike. 

After crossing the hanging bridge you pass the outskirts of Mühlebach village and here the path goes briefly along the road.  Not long after the bridge across the Milibach stream the track forks right and leads up Mosshubel hill.  Going back down from the hill the track leads to Ernen.  The church square in Ernen is an ideal place for a rest, to sit on a shady bench and enjoy a wonderful view.  The way now leaves Ernen and continues over meadows to Ärnerfeld and finally down to the Neubrigg power station where you cross over the Rhone.  A short 10 – 15 -minute hike upwards takes the walker to the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway’s station in Fiesch.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The Matterhorn Gotthard Railway runs hourly between Brig and Fürgangen. There are two connections per hour during the day for the return journey from Fiesch to Brig.

Getting there

The hike is a route tour with different start and end points. We therefore recommend travelling by public transport. The Matterhorn Gotthard Railway runs hourly between Brig and Fürgangen.

Parking

Since there are only a few parking spaces near the suspension bridge in Fürgangen, we recommend travelling by public transport.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'654'779E 1'140'186N
DD
46.410797, 8.151066
DMS
46°24'38.9"N 8°09'03.8"E
UTM
32T 434753 5140041
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The brochure Cultural Heritage in Ernen explains more about the history of the village of Ernen and the gallows hill.

Author’s map recommendations

Swisstopo maps 1:25'000: 1269 Aletschgletscher

Book recommendations for this region:

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Equipment

We recommend:

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, to download)

Related Offers

from CHF79.50

3 Days
Available until October 23, 2022

This ticket is a combined mountain transport and rail ticket.  You can visit the Aletsch glacier and the Gornergrat for 3 days.  

Provider:  Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn | Source:  Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
4.8 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
106 m
Descent
234 m
Highest point
1,233 m
Lowest point
1,007 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Accessibility Linear route Suitable for strollers

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