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Bürchen and Unterbäch
Suonenweg Brandalp–Eischoll
Suonenweg Brandalp–Eischoll
Route 181, Brandalp–Breite Stäg–Eischoll
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Bürchen and Unterbäch
Rhone Route
Rhone Route
Stage 3, Brig–Sierre
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Bürchen and Unterbäch
Valais Panorama Bike
Lunggi Trail
Moosalp Plateau Bike
Bürchen
Bürchen and Unterbäch

Bürchen and Unterbäch

The Valais villages of Bürchen and Unterbäch lie on a sun-drenched terrace high above the Rhone Valley and command magnificent views. These small, family holiday resorts are a walkers’ paradise from spring to autumn and popular family winter sports’ regions in winter.
There are fabulous views from this sunny high plateau, situated on the Augstbordhorn at an altitude of about 1200 m. It is accessible from Visp and Turtmann by road and cable railways run from Raron to Eischoll and Unterbäch. On the opposite side of the Rhone Valley towers the imposing Bietschhorn.

The resort of Bürchen, also known as «Birkendorf» has devoted itself entirely to the birch trees, after which it is named. Along the Birch Trail you can learn everything there is to know about this native tree. Visitors to the area can enjoy 220 km of footpaths and 70 km of cycle trails. Special children's entertainments are organised in July and August.

The village of Unterbäch grew from several hamlets and, in 1957, it became famous throughout Switzerland for allowing women to vote at the ballot box for the first time, against the will of the Swiss government. Unterbäch therefore became known as the «Swiss women's Rütli». There is a theme trail devoted to this particular aspect of Unterbäch's history, featuring quotes from famous women. There are also 60 km of mountain bike trails to explore.

Summer

Because the climate here is so dry, farmers in the Moosalp region, as in many other areas in the Valais, have constructed irrigation channels. There are now footpaths along these so-called «suonen». Watch cheese being made in the huge «Käse-Chessi» in the alpine cheese dairy. Rent a «monster scooter» and enjoy an exhilarating ride from the Brandalp down to Raron.

Many of the cows that spend the summer on the Moosalp are of the Eringer breed. This is a pitch black cow famous from cow fighting in canton Valais. Today, Eringer cows are almost exclusively found in Valais. Driving the cows is a colourful event that draws crowds of onlookers from near and far every day.

Winter

Snow is guaranteed in the ski regions of Bürchen / Törbel und Unterbäch / Ginals, and chair- and ski-lifts are available to take skiers and snowboarders up to heights of 1200 m to 2500 m. The ski resorts place their focus on the families: children up to age 9 can use all of the transport facilities free of charge. There are also courses for cross-country skiers and sled tracks. A gastro-safari offers culinary delights in the snow to tingle the taste buds and keep body and soul together.

Highlights

  • Suonen – these ancient, man-made irrigation channels are typical features of the Valais, and it’s very pleasant to wander along them. Discover the historic irrigation technology on a small scale at the irrigation channels and puddle park in Unterbäch.
  • Stand – There is a rewarding walk through the nature conservation area to the viewing point at Stand.
  • Family fun – snow tubes, sledding, snow scooter park, hiking trail for children «MoosAlbi and his forest animals», outdoor fireplaces and much more in the Moosalp region.
The Valais villages of Bürchen and Unterbäch lie on a sun-drenched terrace high above the Rhone Valley and command magnificent views. These small, family holiday resorts are a walkers’ paradise from spring to autumn and popular family winter sports’ regions in winter.
There are fabulous views from this sunny high plateau, situated on the Augstbordhorn at an altitude of about 1200 m. It is accessible from Visp and Turtmann by road and cable railways run from Raron to Eischoll and Unterbäch. On the opposite side of the Rhone Valley towers the imposing Bietschhorn.

The resort of Bürchen, also known as «Birkendorf» has devoted itself entirely to the birch trees, after which it is named. Along the Birch Trail you can learn everything there is to know about this native tree. Visitors to the area can enjoy 220 km of footpaths and 70 km of cycle trails. Special children's entertainments are organised in July and August.

The village of Unterbäch grew from several hamlets and, in 1957, it became famous throughout Switzerland for allowing women to vote at the ballot box for the first time, against the will of the Swiss government. Unterbäch therefore became known as the «Swiss women's Rütli». There is a theme trail devoted to this particular aspect of Unterbäch's history, featuring quotes from famous women. There are also 60 km of mountain bike trails to explore.

Summer

Because the climate here is so dry, farmers in the Moosalp region, as in many other areas in the Valais, have constructed irrigation channels. There are now footpaths along these so-called «suonen». Watch cheese being made in the huge «Käse-Chessi» in the alpine cheese dairy. Rent a «monster scooter» and enjoy an exhilarating ride from the Brandalp down to Raron.

Many of the cows that spend the summer on the Moosalp are of the Eringer breed. This is a pitch black cow famous from cow fighting in canton Valais. Today, Eringer cows are almost exclusively found in Valais. Driving the cows is a colourful event that draws crowds of onlookers from near and far every day.

Winter

Snow is guaranteed in the ski regions of Bürchen / Törbel und Unterbäch / Ginals, and chair- and ski-lifts are available to take skiers and snowboarders up to heights of 1200 m to 2500 m. The ski resorts place their focus on the families: children up to age 9 can use all of the transport facilities free of charge. There are also courses for cross-country skiers and sled tracks. A gastro-safari offers culinary delights in the snow to tingle the taste buds and keep body and soul together.

Highlights

  • Suonen – these ancient, man-made irrigation channels are typical features of the Valais, and it’s very pleasant to wander along them. Discover the historic irrigation technology on a small scale at the irrigation channels and puddle park in Unterbäch.
  • Stand – There is a rewarding walk through the nature conservation area to the viewing point at Stand.
  • Family fun – snow tubes, sledding, snow scooter park, hiking trail for children «MoosAlbi and his forest animals», outdoor fireplaces and much more in the Moosalp region.

Arrival and return Bürchen and Unterbäch

Adresse

Tourismusbüro Unterbäch
Dorfstrasse 35
3944 Unterbäch
Tel. +41 (0)27 934 56 56
info@unterbaech.ch
www.unterbaech.ch

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Hotel-Restaurant Ronalp
Hotel-Restaurant Ronalp
Bürchen
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Hiking in

Bürchen and Unterbäch
Suonenweg Brandalp–Eischoll
Suonenweg Brandalp–Eischoll
Route 181, Brandalp–Breite Stäg–Eischoll
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Cycling in

Bürchen and Unterbäch
Rhone Route
Rhone Route
Stage 3, Brig–Sierre
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Mountain biking in

Bürchen and Unterbäch
Valais Panorama Bike
Lunggi Trail
Moosalp Plateau Bike