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Casselweg themed trail around the Riederhorn

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  • Themenweg Casselweg rund um das Riederhorn
    / Themenweg Casselweg rund um das Riederhorn
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  • / Themenweg Casselweg rund um das Riederhorn
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Themenweg Casselweg rund um das Riederhorn
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
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A wonderful pleasure hike around the Riederhorn, with spectacular views and interesting insights into the summer holidays of the British upper class at Villa Cassel.
Open
moderate
Distance 6.2 km
2:15 h
219 m
219 m
2,097 m
1,923 m

From Riederalp West, walk up to Riederfurka, where the Casselweg themed trail starts and finishes, at Villa Cassel. The circular hiking trail takes you right round the Riederhorn in about an hour. There are only a few gradients to overcome, but several of the paths are somewhat exposed. From mid-June to mid-October, information boards along the path give you interesting glimpses into the life of Sir Ernest Cassel and his aristocratic guests. At the turn of the 20th century, the imposing Villa Cassel on Riederfurka was the glamorous summer residence of the English banker and his exclusive guests from aristocracy and high finance. The Casselweg themed trail offers insights into their lives and recounts anecdotes from the time when members of the English upper class spent their summer holidays on Riederfurka. This hike ends with the descent to Riederalp West.

Author’s recommendation

The exhibition and alpine garden at the Nature Conservation Centre in Villa Cassel on Riederfurka are well worth seeing! Be sure to plan a visit!
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Author
Aletsch Arena AG
Update: May 18, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Highest point
2,097 m
Lowest point
1,923 m
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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, top station of the gondola west (1,925 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'645'203E 1'136'257N
DD
46.376167, 8.026152
DMS
46°22'34.2"N 8°01'34.1"E
UTM
32T 425105 5136304
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Destination

Riederalp, top station of the gondola west

Turn-by-turn directions

Riederalp West – Riederfurka – Riederhorn – Riederfurka – Riederalp West

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). Take the cable car up to Riederalp. 

Getting there

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

Parking

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

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'645'203E 1'136'257N
DD
46.376167, 8.026152
DMS
46°22'34.2"N 8°01'34.1"E
UTM
32T 425105 5136304
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 

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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)   

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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
6.2 km
Duration
2:15 h
Ascent
219 m
Descent
219 m
Highest point
2,097 m
Lowest point
1,923 m
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