Brig–Naters–Blatten near Naters
On the Belalp Route you travel from Brig to Blatten near Naters, a typical village of the Valais region. From there a gondola takes you up to the beautiful Belalp hiking and skiing area.
From Brig, the Belalp-Line takes you to Blatten bei Naters, where you can take a cable car ride up to the remarkable Belalp. However, before hitting the heights, a tour of Brig’s Old Town and the imposing Stockalper Castle with its three Kaspar, Melchior and Balthasar towers is well worth the time. Those wishing to see the sights and explore in a more leisurely way take the «Kleiner Simplon Express» train – but don’t miss out Saturdays in summer on a visit to the Swiss Guards museum (above Naters) during the scenic round trip. Discover the old Naters village centre and 600-year-old linden tree (PostBus stop Naters, Marktplatz) – along with quaint stone roofs that help shape the picturesque Blatten bei Naters surroundings. Cable cars are the key to reaching the traffic-free Belalp, where spectacular views of the Aletsch Glacier and ancient Aletsch forest (PostBus stop Blatten b. Naters, Post) await you. And of course in winter you can enjoy a thrilling sled ride from Belalp to Blatten – as well as revel in Switzerland’s craziest folks’ mass decent from the Belalp each January, the Belalp witch.
The PubliCar routes (departing Brig, railway station at 10:50 p.m. and 12:15 a.m., and departing Blatten near Naters, Post Office at 11:10 p.m. and 12:35 a.m.)are subject to a CHF 4 PubliCar surcharge.
The PubliCar routes (departing Brig, railway station at 10:50 p.m. and 12:15 a.m., and departing Blatten near Naters, Post Office at 11:10 p.m. and 12:35 a.m.)operate only on advance reservations. Call tel. +41 (0)58 386 99 99no later than 8 p.m.
Route open all year
Travel-date details/validity: view timetable/timetable information
PostBus Switzerland Ltd
P.O. Box 560
|Tel.:||+41 (0)58 386 99 10|
Bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle.
You can find more information at Biking and Postbus.
Limited wheelchair access to the postbus
Not all vehicles are wheelchair-accessible. For information call tel. +41(0)58 386 69 00.
Explore the area of the Belalp Route on foot
- on the Aletsch Panorama Trail
Section 1 Blatten (Belalp)–Bettmeralp
or on the well-marked hiking trail system
Belalp–Riederalp suspended bridge: Chilling views
From the historic Hotel Belalp, a hiking path leads over the 124 meter-long suspended bridge that takes you high above the rugged Massa Gorge to the Aletsch forest and finally to Riederfurka. Enjoy unique panorama views surrounding Europe’s longest mass of ice - namely the Aletsch Glacier!
Brig-Simplon Tourismus AG
P.O. Box 688
|Tel.:||+41 27 921 60 30|
Massa Gorge: As deep as deep can be
The wildly romantic Massa Gorge is best discovered on an adventurous hike to see the sights. And the even more adventurous can partake in thrilling canyon trips through the depths of the gorge!
Belalp Alpin Center
CH-3914 Blatten b. Naters
|Tel.:||+41 27 921 60 45|
P.O. Box 688
|Tel.||+41 27 921 60 30|
|Internet||www.brig-belalp.ch (in german)|
Stockalper Castle: an empty palace
The castle was built in the 17th century by Kaspar Stockalper, and represents Switzerland’s largest private construction of the times. Thanks to his knowledge in trade, Stockalper was richer and more powerful than other noble gentry. Today, the castle is uninhabited and visitors enjoy guided tours.
Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
|Tel.:||+41 27 921 60 30|
Museum Stockalper Castle
Alte Simplonstrasse 28
|Tel.:||+41 79 412 27 77|
UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch: alpine highlights
The World Heritage Site includes the largest glaciated area in the Alps, the most impressive peaks and the loveliest valleys. Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, the Aletsch region, Lötschental Valley, and many other jewels of the Bernese and Valais Alps are part of it.
Management Center UNESCO World Natural Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn
P.O. Box 444
|Tel.:||+41 27 924 52 76|