If you travel from far or close running the race is one part of the adventure. You are in one of the most beautiful spots in the world and there is much more to see and experience at locations around the race location.
On this page you can find some places we recommend to visit before or after the race. While arranging any activities please make sure what the current COVID19 status is for that location or establishment. Some locations might need prior reservations to keep the visitor count low.
1 . Zermatt and Gornergrad
Zermatt is the highest ski area in the Alps. The village is surrounded by glaciers and mythical mountains such as the Matterhorn and is a Mecca for alpinists. As a symbol of the Valais, the Matterhorn with its distinctive pyramid shape is known all over the world. The Gornergrat Bahn takes you from Zermatt to one of the most beautiful viewpoints to admire the mountain of mountains.
Gornergrad is 10,135 feet above sea level. You will be driving to Täsch and take the train
to Zermatt. Or you can take the train from Fiesch to Zermatt too. Zermatt is a village without cars. You will then take the Gornergrat Bahn to the top. Pretty awesome YouTube video
about the train ride.
2 . Saas Fee, Mittelallalin and Ice Pavilion
The Metro Alpin Saas-Fee is the highest underground funicular in the world. It connects the Felskinn mountain station near the Fee Glacier, on which guided hikes are offered, with the Mittelallalin. Here you will find the highest rotating panorama restaurant in the world and the famous ice pavilion, the largest glacier cave in the world.
You will be driving to Saas Fee or take the bus since there is not train going to Saas Fee. In Saas Fee you take the cable railway
half way up. Then you'll take a Metro Alpin underground train
to the top - 11,483 feet. On top there is a restaurant
which rotates 360 degrees in 1 hour to show the Swiss Alps. And you can go to the Ice Pavilion (video
3 . Amazing Viewpoint Eggishorn
If you want the most incredible view of the Swiss Alps as close by the race location then we highly recommend going to the Eggishorn. You will take the gondola in Fiesch towards Fiescheralp and change to a mountain cable car which takes you to the Eggishorn. The Eggishorn is also the finish line of the Swiss Alps 100 Vertical.
You will not believe your eyes and check out this YouTube video
. On a clear day you will have a 360 degree view of the Swiss Alps including the Aletsch Glacier and the Matterhorn. There is the restaurant Horli-Hitta where you can refresh yourself with a beverage and eat something which soaking in the views. With ten billion tons of ice, the Great Aletsch Glacier is the largest glacier in the Alps and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4 . Natural Hot Springs in Leukerbad
Every day 3.9 million liters of mineral-rich, 51 degrees Celsius hot water gush from the local springs into the 30 thermal pools of Leukerbad. There are two main hot spring facilies: the Burgerbad
, which is very family friendly and the Alpentherme
, which is directed towards adults without children.
The Burgerbad offers indoor and outdoor pools, children's paradise pool, vitality pool, waterfall, 44C (111F) grotto, water slides, and more. The Alpentherme is simpler with one indoor and one outdoor pool but you will find less children here. They also offer a clothing-optional Roman-Irish bath on the 2nd floor.
Keep in mind that it's a longer drive there which will take about 1 hour. If you take public transportation you'll have to take the train from Fiesch to Brig, the train from Brig to Leuk, and the bus from Leuk to Leukerbad.
5 . Natural Hot Springs in Brigerbad
If you want to enjoy a natural hot spring but don't want to drive too far the Thermalquellen Brigerbad
is a good alternative. The drive from the race to Brigerbad is about 30 minutes. You can also take the train from Fiesch to Brig and the bus from Brig to Brigerbad.
They offer a great selection of baths inluding an Therme outdoor and indoor pools, steam baths, thermal grotto, clothing-only and clothing-optionals saunas.
6 . St-Léonard Underground Lake
The lake St-Léonard
underground is the largest in Europe, at 300 metres long, 20 metres wide and 10 metres deep. The boat trip enables visitors to discover the nooks and crannies of this lake cavern with its distinctive atmosphere. There is also an educational area where you can learn more about how the lakes and the Alps as a whole were formed.
It was discovered in 1943 by Jean-Jacques Pittard. Prior to 1946 the water-level was much higher, but an earthquake with a force of 5.6 on the Richter-scale opened additional fissures in the cave on January 25, 1946 made it more readily navigable.
7 . Gelmerbahn
A trip on the Gelmerbahn
is an experience like no other, with a turquoise mountain lake awaiting you after the rattling 12-minute trip backwards up the mountain.
With a gradient of 106 per cent, it is undoubtedly the steepest passenger funicular railway in Europe. Originally built to transport building material weighing several tonnes, this technological masterpiece now offers an unforgettable rail experience. Once you have reached the top, we recommend a tour around the wild, romantic Lake Gelmer or a hike up to the Gelmerhütte.