February 26th 2013





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Region 8 - West Switzerland and canton Valais


Overview map of region 8The western region of Switzerland and Valais extends to the east from the Furkastock mountain, the source of the Rhone river and the Rhone glacier at the Hotel Belvedere. To the canton of Vaud (french Geneva) in the west it does include most of the Swiss Alps area west of the Furka Pass. In the upper part, the upper Valais and Goms valley is Welsh or Schwyzer German spoken, while from Brig “westward” outweighs the French language. This area can be toured easily from two starting points in a day trip. On the one hand from Raron and the hotel Rarnerhof near Visp, located nearly in the center of the Valais and on the other side from the Berggasthaus Beverin at Glaspass

The Wallis or Valais, the valley of the Rhone, which bends slightly at Martigny north to Lake Geneva does supply easy crossover transit with the passes La Croix and Pillon over the Buendner Alps to Thun and Brienz with its lakes.

Also, Zermatt, Saas Fee and Leukerbad can be included in the tour, where these places are however heavily frequented by tourists. The canton of Valais is the most sunny canton of Switzerland and has the most sunny days in the year together with the canton of Ticino. Since it is very warm in the summer, we suggest traveling in the Western Switzerland region around Pentecost or at the beginning of October. The temperatures are then more pleasant for riding, the number of tourists become manageable and the prices are lower. If the weather should play a crazy role and snowfall should by a sudden start, which happend to us in in 2000, then you still have many escape options either by train car loading through the Loetschberg to the north, or through the Simplon or Furka pass railway car roll-on, roll-off. So you can even make it back to “civilization” at the end of the Valais valley up in Ullrichen.

The travel magazine "Alpentourer" and the portal "Biker beds" offer a wealth of places to stay in this region. The following recommendations are therefore purely our personal favorite and match purely our opinion.


Berggasthaus Beverin

Hostel with 30 bedrooms with single-, double and multiple beds. Bathroom on  the floor. Rustic old mountain house. Garage for motorbikes. Host rides motorbike himself. Located at Glaspass at 1.850m / 6.070ft above sea  level.

room charge incl. breakfast starting from
47,- SFR

CH-7428 Glas/Tschappina

GPS N46°40’39” E009°20’47”


Hotel Restaurant Astoria

20 bedrooms with bathroom - some with balkony, TV. Terrace with beer  garden, parking garage. Loctaed central in the Upper Goms in the middle of Grimsel-, Furka- and Oberalbpass. Tooling area with lifting platform. Touring advisor and guided tours.

bedroom with breakfast starting at 70,- SFR, half course at 105,- SFR

CH-3988 Ulrichen/Obergoms

GPS N46°30”27’ E08°18”24’


Hotel Rarnerhof

6 single rooms and 9 double rooms in Valais style, shower, TV, WLAN. Beer garden. Located right in the center of Valais, therefore  short access to the French passes. Getting ideal through the  Loetschberg train car transport.

bedroom with breakfast starting at 75,- SFR, half course at 100,- SFR

CH-3942 Raron/VS

GPS N46°18’36” E007°48’0”

Alpine pass name

period opened


from - to

driving time


Col de la Forclaz

the whole year


Martigny - Chamonix Mont Blanc

45 min

42 km/26.1mls

Col de la Croix

June - October


Les Diablerets - Villars-sur-Ollon

30 min

17 km/10.6mls

Col du Grand St. Bernard

June - September


Martigny - Aosta

90 min

74 km/46mls

Col du Pillon

the whole year


Les Diablerets - Gstaad

40 min

23 km/14.3mls


May - October


Hospental - Gletsch

90 min

29 km/18mls


June - October


Innertkirchen - Gletsch

120 min 

33 km/20.5mls


June - October


Ulrichen - Airolo

90 min

37 km/23mls


the whole year


Brig - Domodossola

55 min

58 km/36mls

Loetschberg Alp Transit

the whole year


Kandersteg - Goppenstein

20 min

34.6km/21.5mls - TOP Alpen-Sites


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