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    Winter Wonderland in the Goms Valley

    Oberwald - Obergesteln - Ulrichen - Geschinen - Münster

    Winter Wonderland in the Goms Valley

    Oberwald - Obergesteln - Ulrichen - Geschinen - Münster

    This winter walk along the Rhone River and the wide open Goms Valley is particularly magical on a sunny day after a fresh snowfall! The trees and the water simply sparkle and lift up the spirits for those who endure the foggy Swiss winters in the lowlands. Even in the high elevations where narrow valleys sometimes see little sunshine for many weeks, the Goms valley is wide and flat and full of sunshine. This also makes it a favourite of cross-country skiers, of which there are hundreds gliding across the landscape.

    The trail called the “Rottenweg” starts in Oberwald just west of the 15.4 km long Furka tunnel, and leads you along the Rhone River and through typical Valais mountain villages, all the way to Niederwald if desired, a total of almost 20 km. You can plan your walk for as short or as long as you like, as there are a total of 10 train stops along the Matterhorn-Gotthard line.

    For this walk we chose the 9-km section between Oberwald and Münster, a brisk and pleasant 2-hour afternoon walk finishing with a visit to the quaint village of Münster with its shingle-roofed church and old Valais stable-homes, some of which have been renovated with modern interiors. In earlier farming days, the stables were often built above the living quarters, on stilts on wide flat rocks to prevent the mice from getting into the stored hay.

     

    Published on 23.01.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 31.12.2013
    Published on 23.01.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 31.12.2013

    Route Details

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    Region
    Valais
    Time Required
    2 hours 40 minutes
    Distance
    9 km
    Ascent
    30 m
    Descent
    30 m
    Season Start / Season End
    December - March
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Panorama
    Experience
    Points of Interest
    The small Valais villages in the Goms Valley.
    Starting Point
    Train Station Oberwald
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Destination
    Train Station Münster
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Oberwald, Obergesteln, Geschinen, Münster
    Accommodation
    Oberwald, Münster VS

    Route Description

    00:00: In Oberwald, head to the river to the southeast of the train station. Continue southwest along the river until the wooden bridge at Ulrichen.

    01:00: Arrive at Obergesteln train station. Continue along the river.

    01:20: At the wooden bridge in Ulrichen (just before the train station), turn right, and then left again to continue southwest along the prepared walking trail, North of the airport landing strip. Note that the walking trail does not go through the village of Ulrichen (take a detour if you want to view it).

    02:10: Arrive at Geschinen train station.

    02:40: Arrive at Münster train station. The regional trains in both directions usually cross here and run at least once an hour.

    Allow approx. 30 minutes if you want to go into the town of Münster as it is a bit of an uphill walk into the town.

     

     

     

     

     

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