Spending one day in Bettmeralp, Switzerland lets you soak in the Swiss Alps’ beauty, enjoy outdoor adventures, and explore its car-free village. Bettmeralp, located in the district of Raron in Canton Valais, is a picturesque village with quaint chalets and charming streets. It is the perfect destination for those looking for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Bettmeralp is a charming alpine village with traditional wooden chalets, offering stunning views of many high mountain peaks including the Matterhorn. From various vantage points, you can also view Switzerland’s largest glacier – the Great Aletsch Glacier. We have just come back from Bettmeralp and I can guarantee that it’s such a fantastic destination. And I can highly recommend that you spend at least 1 day in Bettmeralp, Switzerland.
Here are five of the top hikes to do in one day in Bettmeralp, Switzerland to make the most of it:
Whether you visit Bettmeralp in the summer or in the winter, you won’t be disappointed. I suggest visiting Bettmeralp on a good day since most activities here are outdoors. One day is not likely to be enough here since there are so many things to do.
Whether you’re looking for a 1-day itinerary or a list of things to do in Bettmeralp, this article is for you. Here are a few ideas for how you can spend one day in Bettmeralp, Switzerland.
Bettmeralp 1 Day Itinerary: What can you do?
1. Start Your Day With a Cozy Breakfast
Consider having breakfast at your hotel or apartment if possible, as there aren’t many bakeries in Bettmeralp. If you decide to dine outside, the top option is in Mörel-Filet down in the valley. Otherwise, there is a supermarket nearby.
- Snack Bättmerträff (Betten Talstation, 3993 Grengiols) – Situated at Betten Valley Station, they serve up fresh goodies, provide budget-friendly breakfast options, and offer swift, friendly service.
- Cafe Imhof (Hauptstrasse 75, 3992 Bettmeralp) – The café boasts breathtaking views and delicious desserts. However, the service isn’t top-notch.
After enjoying breakfast, consider strolling to your hike’s starting point. If you have an Aletsch Arena Visitor’s Card, make sure you bring it to avail of discounts for cable cars, railways, facilities, and events.
2. Pick a Hike that Suits You Best
Having spent several days in Aletsch Arena, we took on various hikes. Among our hikes were the Geology Trail, the trek from Moosfluh to Hohfluh, the Aletsch Promenade, and hiking around Bettmeralp and the lakes. My recommendations are based on our last trip to Bettmeralp.
From Bettmeralp, I recommend going up Bettmerhorn for awesome views of the Great Aletsch Glacier. If you prefer staying in the village, taking a stroll along the Aletsch Promenade from Bettmeralp to Fiescheralp or Riederalp, or even all three, is a great option. You might even catch a glimpse of the Matterhorn if you’re lucky.
Here is a list of the best hikes in Bettmeralp:
- Lake Bettmersee Circular Trail (easy, family-friendly) – This hike, spanning four kilometers, starts from Bettmeralp’s top station. Walk eastward, passing a chapel and charming chalets to reach Bettmersee, a serene mountain lake. It’s child-friendly due to the pram-friendly hiking trail, benches for relaxing or picnics, a paddling pool for kids, available boats for rent, and diverse leisure activities like stand-up paddle-boarding, beach volleyball, and barbecuing.
- Aletsch Promenade Hike (easy) – The hike begins at the top station of the Bettmeralp cable car, leading west on the wheelchair-accessible Aletsch Promenade to the Riederalp mountain station, covering 3.07 km with a minimal elevation change in about an hour. Alternatively, you can start from Riederalp and walk in the opposite direction.
- Bettmerhorn – Märjelensee – Bettmeralp (moderate) – This is a moderate hike that lasts between 5 and 6 hours. It starts at Bettmerhorn’s aerial cable car top station. Descend towards Roti Chumma with striking views of the Great Aletsch Glacier. Pass by Märjela, Märjelensee, and the Gletscherstube mountain hut. Return to the Aletsch Arena plateau via Unneres Tälli or Oberes Tälli (or through the lit Tälligrattunnel). Head downhill to Fiescheralp before looping back to Bettmeralp.
- Winter Trail Bettmersee – Gopplerlücke (easy, winter) – This winter trail from Bettmeralp to Riederalp Mitte gently ascends through Bettmeralp village, crossing flat sections and shared toboggan tracks. It provides a serene winter hike with gradual inclines, ideal for snowy adventures.
- Bettmerhorn – Riederfurka – Riederalp (moderate) – This trail starts at Bettmeralp’s mountain station, ascends by gondola to Bettmerhorn viewpoint, follows a scenic westward route to Gletscherbahn Moosfluh, offering breathtaking glacier views, continues through an adventure trail to Riederfurka’s Pro Natura Centre, and concludes by descending to Riederalp.
Another hike that might be interesting is the Culture Discovery Trail between Bettmeralp and Betten. Along the way, you will pass by the alpine pastures, as well as the hamlets of Ried and Domo.
Several other hikes are accessible in the area, but these are the top ones I suggest. Some routes are used for skiing and snowboarding in winter, so the trails will be different. In case you want to check out more hikes, you can visit https://www.aletscharena.ch/en/activities/hiking for more information.
3. Visit a Great Aletsch Glacier Viewpoint
After finishing your hike, I recommend that you explore one of the glacier viewpoints. If you’ve already visited Bettmerhorn, I suggest checking out Eggishorn, easily accessible from Fiescheralp.
The 4 Best Viewpoints for Seeing Aletsch Glacier
Glaciers are stunning natural wonders with their massive size and rugged landscapes. I always find these breathtaking and inspiring. There are so many glaciers to see in the canton of Valais. Riederalp, in particular, is quite near the Great Aletsch Glacier. You can admire the glaciers from the hiking trails or the mountain station viewpoints.
The best viewpoints for seeing the Aletsch Glacier are the following:
- Eggishorn (2,869 meters) – Enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the Swiss Alps, including the Aletsch Glacier, Valais Alps, and surrounding peaks. On a clear day, you may have the opportunity to see the iconic Matterhorn, one of the most famous peaks in the Alps as well as Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains.
- Bettmerhorn (2,647 meters) – Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps.
- Moosfluh (2,333 meters) – Similar to Bettmerhorn, Moosfluh provides captivating views of the Aletsch Glacier, allowing you to appreciate its vast expanse.
- Hohfluh (2,227 meters) – While slightly lower in elevation, Hohfluh still offers impressive views of the Aletsch Glacier and surrounding peaks.
I suggest having your lunch or snack at Horli-Hitta on Eggishorn. This amazing restaurant allows you to savor delicious local cuisine while enjoying the fantastic views around you.
4. Enjoy a Pleasant Walk around Bettmeralp
Bettmeralp is a charming car-free village with cute alpine chalet-style houses located at an altitude of 1,948 meters above sea level. Even though it doesn’t have a lot of shops, it’s still a lovely, traditional place with beautiful views from various spots in the village.
The Aletsch Promenade is easy to stroll along, with a wide and nearly flat path. It’s perfect for those who want a relaxed walk while soaking in panoramic mountain views. In the Aletsch Forest nearby, you can enjoy the beautiful nature by walking on winding trails and feeling the peace of the quiet alpine woods.
Here are some must-visit spots in Bettmeralp:
- Lake Bettmersee – Lake Bettmersee is a small alpine lake located near the village of Bettmeralp
- Kapelle Maria zum Schnee Bettmeralp – This lovely chapel makes a fantastic landmark and is perfect for taking pictures.
- Wurzenbord – Wurzenbord is a viewpoint near Bettmeralp accessible via the Wurzenbord chairlift at 2,218 meters. It is also a nearly three-kilometer downhill flow trail that goes from the Wurzenbord viewpoint down to Bettmeralp.
- Seilpark Baschweri Bettmeralp – The rope park, nestled in a scenic spot, provides thrilling adventures for kids on the courses. There is also a creatively designed playground nearby, including a wooden cable car.
If you’re up for more activities, you can also enjoy skiing, sledding, biking, trail running, yoga, and tennis. The Aletsch Arena website gives a great overview of all these activities: https://www.aletscharena.ch/en/aletsch-arena/places/bettmeralp.
Recommended Hotels in Bettmeralp, Switzerland
Bettmeralp offers a variety of hotels to suit different budgets. I recommend spending at least one night here, especially in the summer when you can receive the Visitor Card.
In Bettmeralp, there are plenty of apartments and chalets to choose from, with about 70 options available on Booking.com. Keep in mind that many of them typically have a minimum stay requirement of one week.
If you need help selecting a hotel or an apartment in Bettmeralp, here are some recommendations:
- Boutique Hotel La Cabane (4-star) – A beautiful boutique hotel in Bettmeralp with an excellent breakfast buffet, fantastic location, and friendly staff.
- Hotel Slalom (3*-star) – A charming hotel styled like a chalet, offering a hearty breakfast, situated right in the village center with stunning views, and run by welcoming hosts.
- am Bärgbach (Apartment) – This apartment in Bettmeralp boasts a dreamy location amidst a car-free zone, offering breathtaking panoramic views from its two balconies. With perfect amenities and friendly, accommodating hosts, it’s an ideal spot for families, featuring modern facilities and everything you need for a wonderful stay.
How to Spend 1 Day in Bettmeralp in Winter
If you come in winter, here are the things you can do in Bettmeralp on a 1-day trip:
- Skiing and snowboarding – In Bettmeralp, there are slopes for all skiing levels—easy, medium, and challenging. It’s the ultimate winter activity in the entire Aletsch Arena.
- Cross-country skiing – You can go cross-country skiing for free in Bettmeralp and nearby Riederalp. If you’re an experienced cross-country skier, the Goms region is one of Switzerland’s biggest areas for it, offering 100 kilometers of trails.
- Sledding – There are sled routes from Moosfluh to Riederalp (3.2 kilometers) or Bettmeralp (2.7 kilometers). You can take a longer sled ride from Fiescheralp to Lax (11 kilometers)
- Snowshoeing – Bettmeralp has many snowshoe trails, ranging from easy to difficult. There is a 4-kilometer trail from Bettmeralp to Riederalp that you can do by yourself. They also offer full-moon snowshoe tours and guided tours.
Some summer hiking trails are also available in winter.
More Things to Do near Bettmeralp, Switzerland
Bettmeralp has many interesting attractions worth checking out. It is highly recommended to spend at least one day there, if not a week. Here are more attractions to visit near Bettmeralp, Switzerland:
- Brig – Explore the town of Brig and the Stockalper Palace, go shopping, and enjoy the delightful blend of past and present.
- Furka Pass – Drive through Furka Pass, a breathtaking mountain pass known for its winding roads and panoramic views.
- Rhône Glacier – Experience the Rhône Glacier and its Ice Cave, a fascinating cave carved into the glacier.
- World Nature Forum – Visit the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site Center in Naters to learn about the region’s geological and cultural significance.
- Märjelensee – Enjoy the lake system at the eastern edge of the Aletsch Glacier nestled in a basin between the Eggishorn and Strahlhorn mountains.
- Bellwald – A quaint mountain village with narrow streets and traditional chalets, offering a peaceful escape.
- Ernen – Stroll through the historic village of Ernen, with its well-preserved buildings and charming town square.
- Goms Bridge – Cross the impressive Goms Bridge, a suspension bridge with stunning views of the Rhône Valley.
- Binntal Nature Park – Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Binn Valley Nature Park, the first regional nature park in the entire Canton of Valais.
- Fiescher Glacier – The Fiescher Glacier, though smaller than Aletsch, ranks as the Alps’ second-longest glacier (15.1 km) and the third-largest (31.2 km) after Aletsch Glacier and Gorner Glacier.
How to Get to Bettmeralp
Bettmeralp is a small car-free village that can be accessed from Betten. The easiest way to reach Bettmeralp is through the following:
- Coming from abroad, fly to the closest international airports: either Zurich Airport or Geneva Airport.
- From either Zurich Airport or Geneva Airport, take the train to Brig.
- In Brig, take the train or drive to Betten. There is a parking lot in Betten.
- Take the Bettmeralp Cable Car from Betten to Bettmeralp.
Summary: 1 Day in Bettmeralp, Switzerland
Bettmeralp may not be as large as Geneva or Bern, but it certainly is extremely charming. Bettmeralp is a fantastic mountain resort that offers an array of hiking trails, panoramic views, skiing opportunities, and various outdoor activities.
Given this, I strongly suggest planning your visit when the weather is favorable, as it will not be as enjoyable during bad weather conditions.
Enjoy your trip to Bettmeralp!
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Darla Uhl is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country.
Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.