Ice grotto in the Rhone glacier (Furka pass)

Easily accessed and always fascinating, the 100-metre long blue ice tunnel and ice chamber which has been cut new into the Rhone glacier every year since around 1870. Nowhere else in Europe can you drive so close to a glacier as here. The grotto is just less than 2,300 metres above sea level on the Valais side, 3 km below the top of the Furka pass. Follow the sign for Belvédère, approx. 180 metres from the Furka pass road and Hotel-Restaurant Belvédère.

Opening hours

  • Open from the start of June to the second half of October
  • Daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., in mid-summer to approx. 19.30
  • The grotto may be closed at short notice due to snowfall or adverse weather conditions

Duration

  • Individual viewing without guide
  • You should reserve approx. 30 minutes for visiting the grotto

Entrance prices

  • Adults: CHF 7.00
  • Young people up to age 18 and students: CHF 5.00
  • Children between 5 and 12 years of age: CHF 3.00
  • Discounts available on request for groups of 15 or more

Did you know that...

  • At the start of the season in June the grotto is over 100 metres long and that it shrinks by more than 30 metres in the course of the summer?
  • In the region of the ice grotto the glacier moves 30 to 40 metres every year – about 10 cm per day – and that this artificial ice cave has to be cut out of the ice from scratch every year?
  • It takes around four weeks to create the ice grotto?
  • The ice grotto is checked every day and that major movements in the glacier often necessitate maintenance work?

Contact
Eisgrotte Belvdère
T +41 27 973 11 29
www.gletscher.ch