Moni & I have just got back to Bern after spending 7 nights on the Bettmeralp mountain in the Aletsch Arena in Wallis Switzerland.
And WOW, what an amazing place the Aletsch Arena is. Vast areas of lush green land, views to snow-topped peaks of the famous Swiss Alps, the sound of cowbells all around, fresh mountain air filling our lungs, hot sunny days to warm us on our walks, typical Swiss dishes like Alpler-macaroni with apple pure, or Walliser teller, Vermicelli oh and great coffee.
I could go on and mention lots of other highlights… so let me get into this post and explore some more.
Day 1244 – July 28th, 2017
Day 1 Bettmeralp
The Aletsch Arena, The Greatest Glacier of the Alps
To get to the Bettmeralp region we took the train where we drove the car direct on to the wagon, pretty cool right.
Gondola up the Bettmeralp
Once through the mountain, we made our way down the mountain and along to the Bettmeralp gondola station.
The car would stay here for the week in the overfull car park. Now to buy tickets to the top…
There are two gondolas that operate, one for passengers with baggage and one for those without. The ticket cost is 19.60 Sfr return. Here is the link to the Aletsch arena prices.
The trip takes 7 minutes and they run roughly every half hour.
Our accommodation on the Alp was in a wonderful Swiss Chalet called Sankt Florian. It is the one in the back in the picture below.
A little look inside the chalet
Two comfortable bedrooms, one with a balcony the other with big windows facing the Bettmerhorn. A cosy lounge dining room, a tiny kitchen where you bang your head on the exhaust fan, and a bathroom with shower and toilet.
This is the view we have from the east facing balcony. We look down to the gondola station and valley below. Directly to the right is the Waldhaus hotel and to the left the Wurzenbord peak.
Our first walk into the Bettmeralp village
A stunning afternoon, perfect for a slice of Swiss Wähe and coffee.
Next up we shopped in the local Coop for provisions before heading back to the Chalet to settle in and discuss the plans for our first hike in the Swiss Alps tomorrow.