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The Best View Points in Switzerland

16 April 2018

The Best View Points in Switzerland

With 45 summits over 4,000 metres high, Valais is feasibly the home to some of the best view points in Switzerland. The majestic four-thousand-metre peaks form a panoramic backdrop and provide a unique setting in which to experience winter sports. Skiing, snowboarding, sledging, ski touring, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more, treat yourself to a getaway high in the sky – Valais promises visitors a winter full of highlights and spectacular views.

Mont-Fort, Nendaz – beautiful views, accessible to all

The Mont-Fort in Nendaz is one of the best view points in the Alps. From this incredible spot, the most beautiful alpine mountains, from the Matterhorn to the Mont-Blanc, reveal themselves. Adding ease to the experience, everyone can reach the summit effortlessly thanks to the cable car lift system, which allows guests to enjoy this breath-taking view with all the members of their group regardless of their skiing ability.

If you are looking to ski from Mont-Fort, the two main characteristics of the Mont-Fort – Gentianes – Tortin ski run are steepness of its slope and the altitude of its summit at 3330m. Unlike most ski runs, the Mont-Fort has not been prepared by a piste basher. The slope is too steep to allow this. The preparation is limited to securing the area around the slope after each snowfall, making this slope the only one of its kind.

Eggishorn, Aletsch Arena – a 360 panorama

Take the cable car from Fiesch to the Eggishorn for a 360° panorama you won’t forget. At 2927m, the viewpoint offers spectacular sights, including the entire length of The Great Aletsch Glacier and smaller sibling the Fiescher Glacier.

Once you’ve admired the glaciers in all their glory, just turn around for a view of the higher peaks: the Mönch, the Eiger, the Jungfrau, the Wannenhorn and the Finsteraarhorn, and to the west the Weisshorn, the Mischabel group with the Dom, and the Matterhorn.

This impressive viewpoint is just a 20-minute journey from Fiesch; the change at Fiescheralp is easy as it is in the same building and suitable for those with limited mobility. The Eggishorn is suitable for wheelchairs and prams.

Gornergrat, Zermatt – climb majestic mountains by rail

Surrounded by 29 4000-metre peaks, including the majestic Matterhorn and Dufourspitze, the Alps’ third-longest glacier, the Gorner Glacier, the Gornergrat commands outstanding panoramic views.

Plus, you can take it all in from the comfort of your seat, because the historic Gornergrat Railway climbs up and down the mountain giving you a tour of the area’s marvellous viewpoints. Stopping at different stations, the Gornergrat Railway experience also allows you step out and explore more of what the mountain has to offer. 

The Matterhorn Group also operates two hotels – the Riffelhaus 1853 and the 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat – as well as several restaurants, so there’s plenty of different ways to experience the sensational mountain scenery. 

Plaine Morte, Crans-Montana – sensational summit strolls

Plaine Morte’s summit strolls are worth every minute, with views of the Rhone Valley, Valais side valleys and high Alps nicely lined up and standing to attention in the south - from Mischabel to Matterhorn and Mont-Blanc. Plaine Morte is the starting point of a 12kms long slope, which offers skiers a thrilling ride through high passes back to Barzettes station.

It’s also a great destination for glacier cross-country skiing in the Winter, providing guests the opportunity to explore the magnificent views from multiple points. Alternatively, in winter guests can also experience the scenic beauty from a sledge pulled along the wide glacier by husky dogs.

Mittelallalin, Saas-Fee – the world’s highest revolving restaurant

When visiting the Saas-Fee Valley guests have the chance to lunch in the world’s highest revolving restaurant at 3’500m. As soon as you see the views at the top of the Mittelallalin, you’ll understand why there’s a revolving restaurant at this remarkable point. You can even see the lights of Milan!

To get to the top of the mountain you need to take the world’s highest underground train, the Metro Alpin. Getting up on the top of Mittelallalin early in the morning, for the Special Virgin Skiing, is one of the most spectacular activities you can do. There is nothing more beautiful and impressive than admiring the sun rise from the top of the mountain.

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Mont-Fort image: ©Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
Eggishorn image: ©Frederic Huber
Gornergrat image: ©Pascal Gertschen
Plaine Morte image: ©CMTC Vincent Weil

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