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Hike from Fiesch to Niederwald via Ernen, Mühlebach, and Steinhaus

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  • Wanderung von Fiesch via Ernen, Mühlebach, Steinhaus nach Niederwald
    / Wanderung von Fiesch via Ernen, Mühlebach, Steinhaus nach Niederwald
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  • / Wanderung von Fiesch via Ernen, Mühlebach, Steinhaus nach Niederwald
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung von Fiesch via Ernen, Mühlebach, Steinhaus nach Niederwald
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung von Fiesch via Ernen, Mühlebach, Steinhaus nach Niederwald
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung von Fiesch via Ernen, Mühlebach, Steinhaus nach Niederwald
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung von Fiesch via Ernen, Mühlebach, Steinhaus nach Niederwald
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung von Fiesch via Ernen, Mühlebach, Steinhaus nach Niederwald
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Wanderung von Fiesch via Ernen, Mühlebach, Steinhaus nach Niederwald
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
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This idyllic, varied hike through the villages of Unnergoms leads past some notable buildings on its way to the birthplace of the world-famous hotelier César Ritz.
open
moderate
Distance 8.6 km
2:40 h
331 m
141 m
The starting point of this tour, which takes you past a number of notable buildings, is the Hotel du Glacier, which was built in 1847 and is the oldest hotel in Fiesch: from here, pass by the schoolhouse, the Kreyghaus and the Präfektenhaus on your way to the historic centre of Oberegg and its picturesque houses. Take the street that leads to the turn-off to Ernen. Turn left towards Hotel Christania, pass the Milachra development and follow the path which leads under the bypass down to the power station. After crossing the bridge, continue via the old mule track through Ärnerfäld and up to Ernen, which was awarded the Wakker Prize for its exemplary preservation of its village architecture. Be sure to plan a tour of the village! Continue via Galgen, Mühlebach and Steinhaus to Niederwald. César Ritz, the founder of the renowned hotel chain, was born in Niederwald and is buried in the village cemetery. There you take the train back to Fiesch.

Author’s recommendation

The Ritz hotels are world famous. Their founder, César Ritz, was born in Niederwald, where there is a visitor’s centre in his honour. It’s well worth a visit!
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Aletsch Arena AG
Updated: July 02, 2021
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  • 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. 
  • Do not leave any waste in nature. 

Tips and hints

Aletsch Arena AG 
Furkastrasse 39 
CH-3983 Mörel-Filet 
+41 27 928 58 58 

www.aletscharena.ch 

Start

Fiesch, hotel du Glacier (1,052 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'653'521E 1'139'336N
DD
46.403249, 8.134612
DMS
46°24'11.7"N 8°08'04.6"E
UTM
32T 433479 5139216
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Destination

Niederwald, railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

Fiesch – Niederernen – Ärnerfeld – Ernen – Mühlebach – Steinhaus - Niederwald

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Fiesch, on foot to the start of the tour.

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Fiesch exit, follow Furkastrasse as far as the parking facilities. 

Parking

Large pay car park at the valley station of the Fiesch-Eggishorn cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG). 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'653'521E 1'139'336N
DD
46.403249, 8.134612
DMS
46°24'11.7"N 8°08'04.6"E
UTM
32T 433479 5139216
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Get a free panoramic map at the cable car stations and info centres of the Aletsch Arena.  

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1269 Aletschgletscher 

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)

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Status
open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.6 km
Duration
2:40 h
Ascent
331 m
Descent
141 m
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