Hiking & nature

Experience World Heritage along the Lötschberg south ramp

Explore the Mediterranean vegetation of the rocky steppe on a varied hike from Ausserberg to Brig.

The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch Unesco World Heritage Site impresses with its diversity: in addition to the largest glacier in the Alps, it includes nine four-thousand-metre peaks, deep valleys, but also the Mediterranean rocky steppe of the Valais south ramp. This makes for exciting hikes and excursions all year round.

You can reach Ausserberg, the starting point of your hike, comfortably by train.

Route description

Experience flora and fauna up close

The Mediterranean vegetation of the rocky steppe can be observed very well on this hike along the Lötschberg south ramp. The southern slopes of the Valais are also one of the last retreats of the green lizard in Switzerland, which is why it is on the red list of endangered species. So be sure to pay attention to any rustling in the undergrowth, perhaps a green lizard will show itself. 

From station to station

The hiking route starts at Ausserberg railway station and continues via Eggerberg, Mund, Birgisch and Rossegga to Naters. It takes about five hours, after 16.5 km, to reach Brig railway station. 

Thanks to public transport a hike for everyone

Arrival and departure are easy with the BLS. The hiking route itself runs through several communities with public transport connections and can be shortened as desired. The World Heritage hike is very suitable for families with children.

Key data

Start Ausserberg railway station
End Brig railway station
Distance 16,5 km
Duration 5 hours
Difficulty easy, suitable for families and children 
Elevation difference + 592 m / - 849 m
Restaurants on the way Eggerberg, Mund, Birgisch
Sights en route
  • Trielmuseum in Eggerberg
  • Safranmuseum Mund
  • Beinhaus Naters
  • World Nature Forum Naters

Opening times Today (Monday) open

In principle, the hike can be done all year round.

If individual trail sections are closed in winter, you will be informed here.

BLS suggestion

WNF Visitor Centre

Complete this exciting hike through the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch Unesco World Heritage Site with a detour to the WNF Visitor Centre. Here you can learn all about the first and largest natural World Heritage Site in the Alpine arc, its unique nature, varied culture and tradition.

Food and drink

The Jungfrau-Aletsch Restaurant, on the ground floor of the World Nature Forum, offers a freshly prepared daily menu from Tuesday to Friday. On Sundays from 09.00 to 13.00 hours, chef and owner Remo Jossen serves a rich brunch with the finest local delicacies from the Valais.

Children

An exciting experience is guaranteed for children of all ages, both on the hike and when exploring the Unesco Visitor Centre.

 

How to get there

Travel comfortably by train to Ausserberg.

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