Riederalp-Bettmeralp

Riederalp and Bettmeralp are two car-free villages in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. They are located a few kilometres from each other at 1,900 metres.

Understand

Riederalp and Bettmeralp are located on a south-facing terrace above the upper Rhone valley. They are both summer and winter resorts. In addition the smaller winter resort of Fiescheralp (not permanently inhabited) lies close but higher at 2,200 metres.

North of Riederalp and Bettmeralp lie the 23 km long Aletsch Glacier, part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO Heritage Site.

Get in

Riederalp can be reached only by cable car from Mörel. Bettmeralp is also reachable by cable car but from Betten Talstation. Mörel and Betten Talstation are located on the railway line between Brig (closest) and Andermatt. The cable cars usually operate from early in the morning until 9PM

The same for Fiescheralp from Fiesch but with more restricted timetable.

Get around

There is no direct connection between the two villages, however a 30 minutes walk is sufficient to reach the other. From Bettmeralp a cable car lead to the summit of the Bettmerhorn. The higher summit of the Eggishorn can be reached by cable car from Fiescheralp approx. 1 hours by feet from Bettmeralp. The village of Belalp enjoys the same situation but lies on the other side of Aletsch. An impressive bridge connects the two. It is a one day hiking. You can hire bikes from the cable car station in Betmmeralp. Most travelling is done by foot,however there are many cable cars within a short walking distance from the center of Bettmeralp to go up mountains like bettmerhorn and see the magnificent Aletsch Glacier.

See

Do

Buy

There are a variety of stores in the village, there are 2 food shops the CO-OP which is a Swiss supermarket chain, and is very well stocked and another small supermarket.

Eat

There are many restaurants dotted along the main street with quality food on offer.

Drink

There are many bars along the main street of Bettmeralp and Reideralp frequented by both the locals and tourists.

Sleep

The apartments and houses in the village are generally good value, though they are a lot more expensive in the winter than in the summer. They are usually very clean and up to the standard that one would expect.

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