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Riederfurka – Knebelbrücken Trail

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    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Riederfurka – Knebelbrücken Trail
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Riederfurka – Knebelbrücken Trail
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Riederfurka – Knebelbrücken Trail
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
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Superb pleasure hike with a few exposed spots around Riederhorn. Trail features: superb views and log bridges. The historic, Victorian Villa Cassel on Riederfurka is simply magnificent.
closed
moderate
Distance 9.6 km
3:45 h
606 m
608 m
Starting in Riederalp, this hiking trail takes you around the Riederhorn. The trail begins with a climb up to Riederfurka, then gently loops round around the Riederhorn below the Casselweg trail down to Oberried and then back to Riederalp. On the way, you pass three ‘Knebelbrücke’ bridges, and some trail sections are somewhat exposed. From mid-June to mid-October, this hiking trail at the heart of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site offers huge variety: you cross a total of three bridges (German: Brücken) made of round wooden logs (German: Knebel) – hence the name “Knebelbrücken” Trail. In the past, the constructions were a little more primitive and hazardous. Today, the bridges are passable without difficulty, though somewhat exposed. As you go, you look out towards the villages in the valley and the Gibidum reservoir above the Massa Gorge. The gorge was carved into the rock long ago by the ice of the Great Aletsch Glacier. One particular highlight of the hike is the historic Villa Cassel, built in 1902, on Riederfurka. Surrounded by green meadows and set against a backdrop of snow-capped 4000-metre mountains, the magnificent building doesn’t quite fit into the unspoilt landscape. It was the private holiday residence of Sir Ernest Cassel, an extremely wealthy Anglo-German banker. Before descending towards the Knebelbrücken, we recommend a bite to eat in the tea room of the Victorian villa, where illustrious guests such as Winston Churchill once came and went. Today, the historic house is home to the Pro Natura Centre Aletsch, a nature conservation centre plus guesthouse – and at the same time the gateway to the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Author’s recommendation

The hike can be shortened by taking the cable car from Ried-Mörel to Riederalp (West).
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Aletsch Arena AG
Update: November 02, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Riederfurka, 2,066 m
Lowest point
Nieschbord, 1,492 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Summer sports report

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Aletsch Arena AG 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. 
  • Do not leave any waste in nature. 

Tips and hints

Aletsch Arena AG
Furkastrasse 39
CH-3983 Mörel-Filet
+41 27 928 58 58
info@aletscharena.ch

www.aletscharena.ch 

Start

Riederalp, cable car station (West) (1,925 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'645'190E 1'136'264N
DD
46.376228, 8.025977
DMS
46°22'34.4"N 8°01'33.5"E
UTM
32T 425092 5136311
w3w 
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Destination

Riederalp, cable car station (West)

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail starts at Riederalp cable car station (West) and heads up to Riederfurka. It then runs above the Massa Gorge on its way down to Oberried, before climbing back up to Riederalp.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Mörel-Filet, then on foot to the Riederalp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG). From here you ride up to Riederalp.

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Mörel-Filet exit, then follow signs for the parking facilities. Take the Riederalp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG) up to Riederalp.

Parking

  •  Limited parking spaces (charges apply) at Mörel-Filet station. Further parking options are signposted.
  • Large multi-storey car parks (charges apply) at the entrance to Mörel-Filet and in the village centre.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'645'190E 1'136'264N
DD
46.376228, 8.025977
DMS
46°22'34.4"N 8°01'33.5"E
UTM
32T 425092 5136311
w3w 
///larger.rigs.spoiled
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)   

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.6 km
Duration
3:45 h
Ascent
606 m
Descent
608 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Geological highlights

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