Saas-Fee - a resort village in the Swiss Alps

Saas-Fee nestles deep in the Saas valley amidst the highest summits of the Swiss Alps. It is the only car-free health resort in the Alps that can be easily reached by car or by public transport (train & local bus). Visitors fall immediately under the spell of its panorama of singular beauty. Thirteen mountains, over four thousand metres high, encircle the glacier village, and give it its distinctive name, "Pearl of the Alps".

Facts & Figures

The Saas Valley is located in Southern Switzerland. Our ski slopes lie along the same latitude as the palm trees of Ascona. The Saas Valley enjoys the Mediterranean climate of the South: plenty of sun, pleasant temperatures and no fog.

You need the following equipment on your hiking tours: protection against the sun (hat, cream, glasses), warm clothing (cap, headband, scarf), gloves.

Local culture

The effect of the clubs and societies - Saas-Fee has turned into a world-famous ski resort during the past decades. Tourism absorbs the strength of the entire village population to a large extent. And still the big world cannot crush the small world. Through a fine-meshed net, the community with its approximately 1250 inhabitants is kept together, connected by 36 flourishing clubs and societies which run through the entire structure like blood vessels, establishing contacts among the population, maintaining and strengthening the feeling of solidarity despite all hectic states, and having a magical effect in the international resort through their activities.

Carl Zuckmayer - This famous playwrighter originally came from Nackenheim in Germany. He was a Rhine-Franconian, a typical son of one of Germany's most colourful regions. Now Saas-Fee is quite a different world. Yet it attracted him, captivating and enthralling him already on the occasion of his first visit in 1938, and it never let go of him: the mountains, the glaciers, the forests, the tranquility of the landscape, the vilage, and later on - after his return from America - particularly the hamlet of "Wildi" in the northern part of the community where in 1957 his wife after a long search found The "most beautiful house" that was for sale. The special atmosphere of the wooden house fascinated him. He mentioned voices which could be heard in the house. "I hear them talking, in winter nights when the wood crackles and sighs, calls and whispers. These are the voices which go on talking when our own voices are no longer heard. They appease my dreams, they fill me with tranquility and confidence."

He truly needed such tranquility in order to write his last great works, particularly his glittering life's work "Als wär's ein Stück von mir", in order to exchange letters with Karl Barth, the great theologian of the Reformed Church, at a high level, marked by "late friendship". Curiosity had captivated him until his death. Thus the fence around his property was the magically drawn ring, an external sign that his spirit sought composure and calmness behind it.

On January 18, 1977 Carl Zuckmayer died. He was buried in Saas-Fee. Amid the graves of the villagers one can find the grave of Carl Zuckmayer and his wife Alice. It is a simple grave, with a polite reference to the others around it.

The Saas Museum - Owned by the community of Saas-Fee. Initiator Werner Imseng. The typical Valaisian house forms an ideal framework for the historical museum. Having stepped inside, one experiences the warm wood of the larch walls, the rooms and chambers with the low ceilings and the narrow hallways which seem to invite visitors in a magical way to proceed ever further and to climb the stairs. The house has a great variety of exhibits (2190 objects) from the sectors lifestyle, customs and traditions, craft, clothing, glaciology and mineralogy. A spectacular piece is the originally reproduced, Spartanically furnished study room of Carl Zuckmayer.

The Tourist Office - Each year, the Tourist Office endeavours to offer to visitors a wide spectrum of cultural events. With classical concerts in the parish church and rock concerts at the recreation center the Tourist Office tries to fulfill the wishes of visitors. International stars form the music scene such as Ivan Rebroff or the legendary Golden Gate Quartet have created unforgettable musical memories for many a listener in the midst of the magnificent mountain world.

Must sees

Ice Pavillon - An adventure of the very special kind. A journey to the secrets of the Fee glacier. Experience the feeling of real ice. The Ice Pavilion is open to visitors daily during the Summer and the winter seasons. The Ice Pavilion can be reached directly from the mountain station of the cable railway "Metro-Alpin" at an altitude of 3'500 m. by a 70 m underground access gallery. Being the world's biggest ice cavern, the Ice Pavilion of Saas-Fee has a dimension of 5’000 m3. The integrated crevasse (on the left, marked with a dotted line on the plan below) has the dimension of 3'750 m3.

Revolving restaurant - If our visitor decides to visit the highest revolving restaurant in the world, he can enjoy a succession of fantastic mountain landscapes that will unfold before him. The full circle takes one hour. It begins with the imposing ice mass of the Allalinhorn just a stone's throw away, across to the Mischabel Range, which includes the highest mountains on Swiss territory. The view then opens out to the Wallis Valley and the Bernese Alps: the Aletschhorn, the Finsteraarhorn, even the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau peaks are visible. This generous panorama expands still further to the Graubünden Alps. On a particularly clear day, visitors will even be able to see the plains of the River Po in Italy.

Gorge Alpin - A very special kind of adventure can be enjoyed in the passage through a gorge between Saas-Fee and Saas-Grund. The so-called Alpine Gorge is a route amidst the elements of air, water and rock, a safe adventure without any contact with the water, and is, in fact a “Klettersteig”, (a dynamic secured climbing route) with numerous spectacular highlights. The route begins in a leisurely fashion. The first steel cables are ideal for getting to know how to use the “Klettersteig” equipment. And then things really get going!. The steep rock faces require careful footwork to negotiate pegs, ladders, tree trunks and rocks. You will soon find yourself under the spell of this fascinating sport. The most breathtaking part is the “tyroliennes”, cable pulleys straight out of a James Bond film! You glide from one side of the gorge to the other hanging from a pulley, secured by your mountain guide.

Popcorn - the Snowboardpoint: For the best headstart, Popcorn Shop and Bar flow limitless into eachother. While one is searching through the top snowboard brands and trendy fashion labels, the other can sit at the bar and enjoy delicious cocktails shaken to your desire in front of your eyes. Popcorn was elected as one of the most sympatic bars, with a mixed crowd from locals, guests, professionals from the sporting scene entertained by DJ’s and Live Bands, and also professional snowboarders named Popcorn as Party Place Number 1 in Switzerland.

Feeblitz Bob-Sleigh Run - The unique adventure in the pearl of the Alps. Speed down the slopes during summer or winter-great fun for young and old alike.

Bakery Museum - Visit the Bakery Museum located in the Imseng bakery. Baking in the past ans present, a fascinating experience for young and old. Baking for children is aregular event.

Saaser Museum - The Saas Museum us a mine of information about the traditions of Saas-Fee and the Saas valley. One of the most popular exhibits is the original study of Carl Zuckmayer, the German writer who made Saas-Fee his second home.

Sports & Recreation

Ski slopes - Winter: 100 km ski slopes for every skier. 50 % red, 25 % blue and 25 % black runs, 1 Superpipe, 1 Quarterpipe, 4 Kickers for snowboarders. Day tickets, half-day tickets, choice of day tickets, Saas all round ticket. Summer: 20 km ski slopes for average to very good skiers. Skiing from 7.30 am until about 2.00 pm (high Summer until midday). Whole day and choice of day tickets. Snowboard park with 1 Halfpipe, 1 BoarderCross, 2 Kickers. Day tickets and weekly pass.

Wintersports - Indoor: 2 indoor tennis courts, 4 badminton courts, swimming pool, (sauna, solarium, sanarium, whirlpool, steam bath, solar sun bathing, high and low pressure solarien, fitness room, massage, table tennis, table foot-ball, billiards). Outdoor: Skiing and snowboarding, Carving, cross country skiing, telemark skiing, tobogganing (twice a week night-time tobogganing), winter walking (30 km of prepared paths), curling, ice-stick-shoot, ice skating/natural, ski tours, ice climbing, Alpine Gorge, Toboggan run "Feeblitz". Husky Power.

Summer - Indoor: 2 indoor tennis courts, 4 badminton courts, wellness "Bielen leisure centre (sauna, solarium, whirlpool, steam bath, solar sun bathing, high and low pressure solarien, table tennis, table foot-ball, billiards). Outdoor: mountainbike course, football, 7 tennis courts, volleyball, basketball, unihockey, minigolf, pit-pat, cannoning (with the Saas mountaineering school), vita parcours (fitness course), Alpine Gorge, Toboggan run "Feeblitz"

Food & Entertainment

There are 60 restaurants in the village and region of Saas-Fee whit wide choice ranging from simple meals to Valaisan specialities and gourmet menus.

Après Ski

Amusement 24 hours every day! After the fun on the slopes refresh yourself at one of the various Après ski and Snow Bars and get a first party feeling for a promising night out. Let’s party! At trendy meeting points, in cosy bars and pubs you will find action until early in the morning.

For the best headstart, Popcorn Shop and Bar flow limitless into eachother. While one is searching through the top snowboard brands and trendy fashion labels, the other can sit at the bar and enjoy delicious cocktails shaken to your desire in front of your eyes. Popcorn was elected as one of the most sympatic bars, with a mixed crowd from locals, guests, professionals from the sporting scene entertained by DJ’s and Live Bands, and also professional snowboarders named Popcorn as Party Place Number 1 in Switzerland.

Let the night become to the day! In the Western Saloon, in the music club or in the Whiskey bar. Chose of over 300 sorts of whiskey and Davidoff and Havana cigars.

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