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Ausserberg
Walliser Sonnenweg
Walliser Sonnenweg
Stage 3, Gampel–Ausserberg
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Walliser Sonnenweg
Stage 4, Ausserberg–Brig
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Ausserberg
Rhone Route
Rhone Route
Stage 3, Brig–Sierre
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Ausserberg

Ausserberg has a history rich in myths and legends that goes to back to medieval times. The village is an ideal starting point to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn
Ausserberg lies at an altitude of 1008 metres and has a population of 650. It is a typical Valais mountain village with intact, well-preserved centre and easy and fast access by railway from Brig. The village is situated in a beautiful and diverse landscape with its own microclimate. Natural irrigation and fertile soil makes fruit farming (cherries, plums, apples) and arable farming (potatoes, grains) possible at an altitude of 1580 metres on Alp Leiggern above Ausserberg. There is a beautiful chapel here, containing a valuable wing altar consecrated to the Virgin Mary that now belongs to the Swiss National Museum. The nearby, less fertile and drier Alp Raaft also has a remarkable chapel, from which the winged altar was removed for security reasons and is now within the Ausserberg Parish Church.

The area surrounding the Lötschberg tunnel’s southern ramp is a sun trap. «Only natives and salamanders can survive here», it used to be said. Water was valuable, and the legendary irrigation channels or so-called Suonen transported glacial melt water over great distances to the fields. Many of today’s hiking trails follow the routes of these channels, many starting at Ausserberg. Some of the channels, for example the Niwarch constructed in 1381, are a spectacular sight and lead along precipitous cliff faces.

The culture theme trail from Ausserberg to Raron leads past drystone walling that is a natural habitat for snakes, birds, plants and numerous small animals and insects. One of the region’s highlights with easy access from Ausserberg is the cultural and natural landscape of the Aletsch Forest and Glacier, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn.

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn
  • Characteristic, well-preserved and intact villagescape
  • Culture theme path from Ausserberg via St. Germann to Raron
Ausserberg has a history rich in myths and legends that goes to back to medieval times. The village is an ideal starting point to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn
Ausserberg lies at an altitude of 1008 metres and has a population of 650. It is a typical Valais mountain village with intact, well-preserved centre and easy and fast access by railway from Brig. The village is situated in a beautiful and diverse landscape with its own microclimate. Natural irrigation and fertile soil makes fruit farming (cherries, plums, apples) and arable farming (potatoes, grains) possible at an altitude of 1580 metres on Alp Leiggern above Ausserberg. There is a beautiful chapel here, containing a valuable wing altar consecrated to the Virgin Mary that now belongs to the Swiss National Museum. The nearby, less fertile and drier Alp Raaft also has a remarkable chapel, from which the winged altar was removed for security reasons and is now within the Ausserberg Parish Church.

The area surrounding the Lötschberg tunnel’s southern ramp is a sun trap. «Only natives and salamanders can survive here», it used to be said. Water was valuable, and the legendary irrigation channels or so-called Suonen transported glacial melt water over great distances to the fields. Many of today’s hiking trails follow the routes of these channels, many starting at Ausserberg. Some of the channels, for example the Niwarch constructed in 1381, are a spectacular sight and lead along precipitous cliff faces.

The culture theme trail from Ausserberg to Raron leads past drystone walling that is a natural habitat for snakes, birds, plants and numerous small animals and insects. One of the region’s highlights with easy access from Ausserberg is the cultural and natural landscape of the Aletsch Forest and Glacier, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn.

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn
  • Characteristic, well-preserved and intact villagescape
  • Culture theme path from Ausserberg via St. Germann to Raron

Arrival and return Ausserberg

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Tourist Info Visp
Balfrinstrasse 3
3930 Visp
Tel. +41 (0)27 946 18 18
info@visp.ch
www.vispinfo.ch

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Hiking in

Ausserberg
Walliser Sonnenweg
Walliser Sonnenweg
Stage 3, Gampel–Ausserberg
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Walliser Sonnenweg
Walliser Sonnenweg
Stage 4, Ausserberg–Brig
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Cycling in

Ausserberg
Rhone Route
Rhone Route
Stage 3, Brig–Sierre
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Mountain biking in

Ausserberg
Valais Alpine Bike
Visp-Zermatt Bike
Giw Enduro