5 Reasons to Visit Saas-Fee

5 Reasons to Visit Saas-Fee

Are you fond of wild mountains, looking for peace and lots of outdoors activities to do? Then Saas-Fee, one of the most charming mountain resorts in Switzerland, is the place. Wonder why? I just spent a few days over there and believe there are at least 5 reasons to visit Saas-Fee.

Saas-Fee-Glaciers

1. A village with no cars. Living in a big city, with lots of traffic, pollution and noise, arriving in a village without cars made me feel as if I reached paradise. Kids running in the little streets, lots of people peacefully walking, a few passionate on mountain bikes…

And the fabulous silence during the night, so intense to seem surreal.

2. Breathtaking views. Your eyes won’t be disappointed, as Saas-Fee overlooks stunning glaciers. The village faces the ‘Feegletscher‘, the Allalin and other mountains over 4,000 meters. Turning by 360 degrees, wherever you look the view is amazing.

For a closer view of the glaciers and the Allalin, you can take the cable car and the Metro-Alpin underground funicular up to the ‘Mittelallalin‘ station at 3500 m above the sea-level. Once there, you can visit  the biggest ice grotto in the world and the highest revolving restaurant in the world.

Saas-Fee-Alpenblick-Hut

3. Awesome hiking trails. There are countless hiking possibilities: long, short, in the sun, in shade, easy, more difficult. I particularly enjoyed two trails.

The first one up to Plattjen (2,570 m), a 2,5 hours walk starting from Saas-Fee (but if you feel lazy, you can also go up by cable car) with awesome views of the glaciers from the lovely ‘Vernissage‘ mountain hut.

The second is the trail from the village to Hanning (2,350 m – approx 2 hours or by cable car) and possibly further to Maellig (2,700 m -1 hour from Hannig). Along the way, indulge yourself with a drink and a piece of home-made cake at the mountain hut ‘Alpenblick‘, whose terrace overlooks the glaciers and offers breathtaking views.

4. Summer ski and snowboard. Saas-Fee offers one of the nicest summer snowboard ski areas in the Alps, 20 km of glacier slopes with great conditions for both skiing and snowboarding.  And if you are a fan of ski races you might even meet champions of  national and international ski teams training in Saas-Fee.

Saas-Fee-Allalin

5. Good value for money. There’s a large range of possible accommodations, including small hotels and apartments, at very fair prices. Besides, a good number of hotels are offering a very interesting discount package, including free cable cars (which, indeed, are very expensive) and Post buses to move around in the valley.

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16 Comments
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  • Alvina
    Posted at 22:28h, 14 March Reply

    I spent a short ski break in Saas Fee last year. Great skiing but beware – as there a lot of glaciers the way up involves a lot of tee-bars and button lifts…. Still a wonderful village with great Apres.

  • Traveling Ted
    Posted at 19:48h, 30 July Reply

    I recently did some skiing in Salt Lake City, Utah. This post reminds me of that great trip. Thanks for evoking great travel memories.

  • Lauren
    Posted at 16:04h, 30 July Reply

    I used to live in Saas Fee – a really beautiful place.

    Do watch out for the tuktuk drivers – you can’t hear them coming and they have a knack of running over tourists’ feet!

    Also…after 10pm, if you make any noise you get arrested!

    Oh! You’ve brought back some fab memories 😀

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 16:17h, 30 July Reply

      WoW! Must be great to live in Saas-Fee! You’re right about the tuktuk… I was about to get crashed more than once 🙂 So good to know that you share my passion for the mountains and the glaciers of such a wonderful place!

  • Jeremy B
    Posted at 18:30h, 28 September Reply

    This is beautiful! Looks like a perfect place to go hiking and enjoy the mountains – my kind of destination!

    • admin
      Posted at 00:15h, 01 October Reply

      Yes,I’m sure you would like it. Silence, peace and lots of lovely hikes…

  • Ladyexpat (Nancie)
    Posted at 01:42h, 17 August Reply

    This brings me back to why I loved Switzerland when I visited many moons ago. Wonderful post Simon.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 08:01h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Nancie. Nice to know that you share my love for the beautiful Switzerland.
      Cheers!

  • Erica
    Posted at 08:02h, 27 July Reply

    Beautiful pictures! If I wasn’t so clumsy attempting to snowboard I would try to go more places with snow.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 08:21h, 27 July Reply

      Oh, but besides snowboarding there’s so much to do in places like Saas-Fee…

  • Mary
    Posted at 06:52h, 26 July Reply

    Anyplace with natural wonders and no traffic noise is a place for me. Thanks for sharing.

  • Gray
    Posted at 22:08h, 25 July Reply

    Wow, this place is like right out of Sound of Music or something. No cars at all? How do they get around? Walking, biking, train? Other? They must be in great shape if they’re getting around on their own steam, so to speak.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 08:19h, 27 July Reply

      No cars at all in the village, Gray. There are small electric taxis otherwise… walking or biking! You can arrive in Saas-Fee by car, but have to leave it in the parking, at the village entrance. Reaching Saas-Fee and going around in the valley is very easy. There are lots of bus and Swiss public transportation might be expensive, but very reliable!

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