A DAY IN SAAS-FEE
So today I decided to visit the pretty village of Saas-Fee in Switzerland which is a famous ski resort and is accessible all year round, even in the heat of summer. Located in the Saastal region, Fee is the main place where tourists flock to see it’s amazing mountain range, get their adrenalin rush on the slopes or hike around the alps. With the Allalinhorn mountain reaching a massive 4,027 metres above sea level, you can see it all around and it is truly a magnificent sight.
There’s plenty to do in Fee if you wanted to visit for a day or even stop here for a few nights. Although it is usually the buzz of Apres-Ski in Winter, the town is such a pretty place in Summer as well.
As I was based in Mürren on the Berner Oberland side, there were two options for me to get over to the Wallis side. I could either drive over the Grimsel Pass or go under it using the Lötschberg Tunnel. To save time, I decided to use the Tunnel. Costing 27 Swiss Francs a single journey, it isn’t cheap but it’s definitely a journey to remember. You car is parked on an open steel train and you make your way through the tunnel to the South side!
Either side of the train ride you will be greeted with amazing views of the Valley’s, with mountains, fir trees and hills as far as the eye can see!
The Town of Fee
When you arrive in the town of Fee, you’ll notice that it is such a quintessentially Swiss village, with wooden houses, colourful flowers and lush greenery all around, it really can’t get any prettier. There are some great restaurants, shops and cafés in the centre to take a break from exploring if you fancy a coffee or pastry!
Adventure on the Alpine-Express
My highlight of the trip to Saastal was riding the Alpine Express up to the Allalinhorn. To get up to the summit, you need to take two long cable car rides and a fast funicular up through the mountain. You will notice the altitude as you ascend and how the temperature drops dramatically.
When you reach the top you have a couple of options. You can relax at the restaurant and admire the view with a hot drink, venture up the pathway in the snow or ski along the slopes. You can also rent a skidoo for a ride! The scenery all around you in the mountain looks unreal!
Meet the Marmots
Saas is famous for it’s Marmots and you can feed them while you’re here in their natural habitat. You will need to get a Cable Car up to see them – they love carrots and will thank you for them!
What to Eat
On the day I decided to visit, there was a cute little market selling hand crafted souvenirs on the run up to Swiss National Day. There were also vendors who had stalls from the many bakeries in the town. All the ‘Backerei’s’ in Saas do some delicious pastries with influences inherited from their French neighbours. I indulged in a not-very-traditional Swiss doughnut but it was so pretty I had to have it!
What to Drink
Although it wasn’t winter season and I wasn’t joining in on the Apres-Ski after my day on the slopes (sigh), I wanted to try some of the famous Jaeger-tee that I had seen on the menu at so many restaurants. It was served hot with an orange on the side and was very tasty – but also strong, very very strong!
Want more to Explore?
Fee is the main village to visit here but there is Saas-Grund, Saas-Balen and Saas-Alm a Gell all accessible in the surrounding areas to explore. There’s just so much to see and do is Saastal, you must put this on your itinerary when you visit Switzerland!
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