Gletsch - Historical settlement

Gletsch lies in the middle of a wild mountain landscape, formed by the power of the water. Since the opening of road over Furka pass in the 1860s, Gletsch has become an important transit station for alpine horse-drawn carriages. Here the tourists interrupted the almost 14-hour carriage ride between Brig-Andermatt and -Meiringen to spend the night, to rest and to enjoy the view of the glacier.

The period of glory ended with the beginning of the First World War and the multiplication of the traffic speed in the 1920s: postal cars and railways made long-term stays in Gletsch unnecessary.
By the end of the 1930s, the number of guest beds offered decreased by more than a half. The loss of service function, the impossibility of a winter season and the retreat of the glacier resulted in abandonment of the Seiler family business in 1984. For more than 30 years the hotel has now been operated by the canton of Valais.

The canton of Valais, the district of Obergoms and the Furka mountain railway line (DFB) advocate Gletsch. The hidden treasures in and around Gletsch are made accessible to the guests. The descriptions of the various attractions are available at the InfoPoint.

Gletsch offers all visitors – from groups to individual travellers right up to families – a real experience in the grandiose world of the Central Alps.



Anglican chapel

Every second Saturday, church service at 5 p.m. in the Anglican chapel.

Glacier du Rhône hotel

All visitors are welcome in the historical Glacier du Rhône hotel (1857).
Spoil yourself in the dining room or on the panoramic terrace.

Lambrecht weather station

The Lambrecht weather station in front of the Glacier du Rhône hotel
was erected in 1903 and completely renovated in 2012.

Small hydro power stations

Historic small hydro power stations (1899 and 1942). Demonstration on request
at the InfoPoint Gletsch.

Exhibition at the 
Outbuilding 'Blaues Haus'

'Landscape at the Rhone Glacier and its representation through the ages'

Nature trail Gletsch

On a 30-minute tour through 5 stops, you will learn more about
the variety of a glacier apron.


Audioguide Tour
Experience a historical tour of Gletsch close up with the audio guides. On the 90-minute tour you learn history, life and business in this important commercial and tourist resort of the last century. The audio guide unit is available at the InfoPoint Gletsch.
Cost: CHF 3.00 / free with the guest card

InfoPoint Gletsch
During the summer months, Gletsch InfoPoint informs you about sights in the surrounding tourism regions, and offers information about the area of Gletsch, as well as Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke AG (The Furka mountain railway line DFB). The Gletsch InfoPoint is open on days when the Furka steam trail route operates from 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. T+41 27 973 14 90

Obergoms Tourismus AG
Furkastrasse 53
CH-3985 Münster
T +41 27 974 68 68