1 Rhone Route
1 Rhone Route

Cycling in Switzerland

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Rhone Route

Stage 2, Oberwald–Brig

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Rhone Route

The young Rhone, known in the Goms Valley as the «Rotten», flows through an authentic natural and cultivated landscape. Pretty villages with beautiful baroque churches, stone pine forests, insect-rich flower meadows and a tangy resin aroma accompany cyclists through the sunny high valley.
Even Johann Wolfgang Goethe is said to have been enchanted by this unique, sunny high valley. Several of its villages are listed in the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property because of their typical larch houses and many ornate baroque churches. The Goms Valley is a mecca for cross-country skiers in winter and a magnificent landscape for hiking and cycling at other times of the year. This stage follows the «Rotten», in many cases along natural paths. It stretches over 50 kilometres, constantly undulating on the way down to Brig. Most of the route is bordered by alluvial forests, which are of great significance in the valley. Cyclists will soon fall under its spell and only the approaching Glacier Express or perhaps even a pretty hoopoe will bring them back down to earth.

Even so, it’s worth stopping from time to time to visit places like Niederwald, which has one of the best preserved villagescapes in the whole of Valais. Afterwards, the scent of countless herbs hangs in the air. The route runs rapidly downhill through an enchanting, leafy forest to the Rotten with its refreshingly cool waters. By this point, we have already entered the Binntal Nature Park. Another worthwhile detour leads from Mühlebach to the suspension bridge that spans the Lamma Gorge at a height of 92 metres. The «Goms Bridge» connects the two hiking and cycling areas of Bellwald and Ernen.

A splendid panoramic view of deciduous and pine forests can be enjoyed in Ausserbinn. The Binntal valley is famous for its rich variety of minerals, so this section will make mineral enthusiasts feel just as much at home as cyclists and motorbike riders. It’s followed by an abrupt change of terrain and a natural path that runs steeply downhill to the Roman bridge. If the rain is heavy and the soil is too deep, it’s advisable to push the bike here. With a bit of luck, visitors may discover a «Grengiols tulip» around the village of the same name; this endemic species can only be found here. The descent to Mörel is thrilling, though the following section along the main road through Bitsch may be a bit too loud for most. Things become more leisurely on the final section along the Rhone to Brig – and into the heart of the Valais Alps.
The young Rhone, known in the Goms Valley as the «Rotten», flows through an authentic natural and cultivated landscape. Pretty villages with beautiful baroque churches, stone pine forests, insect-rich flower meadows and a tangy resin aroma accompany cyclists through the sunny high valley.
Even Johann Wolfgang Goethe is said to have been enchanted by this unique, sunny high valley. Several of its villages are listed in the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property because of their typical larch houses and many ornate baroque churches. The Goms Valley is a mecca for cross-country skiers in winter and a magnificent landscape for hiking and cycling at other times of the year. This stage follows the «Rotten», in many cases along natural paths. It stretches over 50 kilometres, constantly undulating on the way down to Brig. Most of the route is bordered by alluvial forests, which are of great significance in the valley. Cyclists will soon fall under its spell and only the approaching Glacier Express or perhaps even a pretty hoopoe will bring them back down to earth.

Even so, it’s worth stopping from time to time to visit places like Niederwald, which has one of the best preserved villagescapes in the whole of Valais. Afterwards, the scent of countless herbs hangs in the air. The route runs rapidly downhill through an enchanting, leafy forest to the Rotten with its refreshingly cool waters. By this point, we have already entered the Binntal Nature Park. Another worthwhile detour leads from Mühlebach to the suspension bridge that spans the Lamma Gorge at a height of 92 metres. The «Goms Bridge» connects the two hiking and cycling areas of Bellwald and Ernen.

A splendid panoramic view of deciduous and pine forests can be enjoyed in Ausserbinn. The Binntal valley is famous for its rich variety of minerals, so this section will make mineral enthusiasts feel just as much at home as cyclists and motorbike riders. It’s followed by an abrupt change of terrain and a natural path that runs steeply downhill to the Roman bridge. If the rain is heavy and the soil is too deep, it’s advisable to push the bike here. With a bit of luck, visitors may discover a «Grengiols tulip» around the village of the same name; this endemic species can only be found here. The descent to Mörel is thrilling, though the following section along the main road through Bitsch may be a bit too loud for most. Things become more leisurely on the final section along the Rhone to Brig – and into the heart of the Valais Alps.
50 km
Asphalted: 36 km
Natural surface: 14 km
620 m | 1300 m
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Oberwald
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Push-only passage
Pushing section: 1.5 km Ausserbinn-Hockmatta (historic path with partly bad surface through Binnaschlucht gorge).
Traffic volume
Beware: busy main roads Mörel–Bitsch (roundabout). Alternative: load on train Fiesch–Brig, please note rail recommendation No. 13.
Bypass Mörel-Brig
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Bypass Mörel-Brig
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Mörel–Brig
or
Brig–Mörel
Reason: dangerous stretch, main road Mörel–Brig.
Cycle transport: limited space.
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Biking in swiss parks
The cycling route runs between Blitzingen and Grengiols through the Binntal landscape park. The regional nature park is famous for its minerals, flora and intact sites. Niederwald, Mühlebach and Ernen are among the most attractive Valais villages.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Brig
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Accommodation

Hotel Astoria
Hotel Astoria
Ulrichen
Hotel Nufenen
Hotel Nufenen
Ulrichen
Hotel Furka
Hotel Furka
Oberwald
Sport u.- Holiday-Camp
Sport u.- Holiday-Camp
Oberwald
Hotel Glocke AG
Hotel Glocke AG
Reckingen VS
Hotel Restaurant Tenne
Hotel Restaurant Tenne
Gluringen
Hotel Joopi
Hotel Joopi
Reckingen VS
Bauernhof Bergland Produkte
Bauernhof Bergland Produkte
Ernen
Gasthaus Jägerheim
Gasthaus Jägerheim
Ausserbinn
Hotel Alpenblick
Hotel Alpenblick
Ernen
Hotel des Alpes
Hotel des Alpes
Fiesch
Gasthaus Heiligkreuz
Gasthaus Heiligkreuz
Binn
Badehotel Salina Maris
Badehotel Salina Maris
Breiten ob Mörel
Bed & Breakfast Breiten
Bed & Breakfast Breiten
Breiten ob Mörel
Hotel Ambassador
Hotel Ambassador
Brig
Hotel Europe
Hotel Europe
Brig
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Bookable offers

1 Rhone Route
1 Rhone Route
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Places

Ulrichen
Ulrichen
Obergesteln
Obergesteln
Oberwald
Oberwald
Grimselpass
Grimselpass
Blitzingen
Blitzingen
Münster VS
Münster VS
Bellwald
Bellwald
Aletscharena - Fiesch-Fiescheralp
Aletscharena - Fiesch-Fiescheralp
Binn
Binn
Aletscharena - Bettmeralp
Aletscharena - Bettmeralp
Aletscharena - Riederalp
Aletscharena - Riederalp
Rosswald
Rosswald
Brig
Brig
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Places of interest

Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway
Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway
The organic cheese dairy Goms
The organic cheese dairy Goms
Birthplace of Cäsar Ritz
Birthplace of Cäsar Ritz
Pumptrack Bellwald
Pumptrack Bellwald
Binntal Nature Park
Binntal Nature Park
The magic forest from Ernen
The magic forest from Ernen
Twingi gorge (Ausserbinn–Binn)
Twingi gorge (Ausserbinn–Binn)
Villa Cassel, Center Pro Natura Aletsch
Villa Cassel, Center Pro Natura Aletsch
Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn
Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn
Spa Resort Breiten
Spa Resort Breiten
Traverse the white Massa
Traverse the white Massa
Suspension Rope Park Blatten
Suspension Rope Park Blatten
Museum of the Swiss Guards
Museum of the Swiss Guards
Saffron - The Red Gold from the village
Saffron - The Red Gold from the village
Castle Kaspar Stockalper
Castle Kaspar Stockalper
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Swimming

Reckingen outdoor baths
Reckingen outdoor baths
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