Winter hiking

Activities

Carl Zuckmayer Winter hiking trail

Open in winter and summer alike, this trail was created in 1996 in honour of author Dr Carl Zuckmayer. 

This marked trail leads from Zuckmayer's former home, Haus Vogelweid, in the Wildi district, to Bärufalla and then on to Mälchbodu., prior to ending at Café Alpenblick in the middle of a snowy forest on the sun-drenched Hannig Mountain. The winding path that starts behind Café Alpenblick leads back to Saas-Fee. The northern front offers spectacular views over Saas-Fee and leads to Honeggu, a hamlet just above the outskirts of Saas-Fee. From here, the path branches off towards Wildi and leads back to the starting point at Haus “Vogelweid”.

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Turn-by-turn directions

From the House “Vogelweid” the trail leads you to Bärufalla and then on to Mälchbodu and to ending at Café Alpenblick The winding path that starts behind Café Alpenblick leads back to Saas-Fee. The northern front eads to Honeggu. From here, the path branches off towards Wildi and leads back to the starting point at House “Vogelweid”.

Start: Saas Fee, Haus Vogelweide (1831 m) (1831 m)
Destination: Maison Vogelweide Saas-Fee (1831 m)

Author's recommendation

Enjoy a break at Café Alpenblick with a magnificent view of Saas-Fee.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2040 m 1818 m

  • Ascent

    220 m

  • Descent

    220 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 1.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Take the train to Visp, followed by the post bus to Saas-Fee. From the bus terminal, take  Lomattenstrasse and then Wildistrasse for the start of the trail.

Approach

Take the cantonal road to Visp, and at the roundabout near the Landbrücke continue south towards Saas-Fee and Zermatt. At the ‘Killerhof’ roundabout after Stalden, take the second exit towards Saas-Fee. At Saas-Grund, turn right towards Saas-Fee at the intersection after the church.

Parking

The covered public parking area is located immediately as you drive into Saas-Fee village.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • goodfootwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • camera
  • hikingpoles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. 

  • 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.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leaveanywaste in nature.
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertainweather, turn back in good time.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.

Literature

The Saas-Fee tourist office offers brochures and information on hiking in the region.

Maps

Winter hiking map Saas-Fee/Saastal