The monument for "King X" is to be found on a small square opposite of the old Stockalper-palast. King X is not a real person of history but rather a persiflage about people who pretend to "know everything" and are right all the time.
This monument was made by U.Wirz, born 1943 in Brig, he is a sculptor, painter and architect.
"Denkmal für die Rechthaber und Machtspieler" is his name for this sculpture, so "Monument for Bossiness and powerplays" might be a translation.
a modern sculpture
This modern sculpture is using some of the original rails of the cogwheel-train that will take you from Brig to Zermatt. There are 2 ordinary rails for the wheels and in the middle the train has also a special rail with teeth, that is added at the steep parts of the train-track.
Town between Mountains
Brig is situated in a valley between high Alps. They say Hannibal was leading his groups to Rome this way. So this is an ancient route through the Alps. See more on page .
"On Rhone River"
Brig is situated on the Southern bank of the river Rhone. On the opposite bank is Naters. At the time I visited the town the color of the river was completely white. I think there is much chalk in the water.
Hike info for Fiesch
choose from four beautiful viewing points that can be reached from the Rhône valley via the train stations of Mörel, Betten and Fiesch (refer to the map). You can take the gondola from there. The gondola station is located next to the train station in Mörel and Betten. A five minute walk is required in Fiesch.
From Mörel, you will reach Riederalp, where you either walk (10 minutes) to the chair lift that takes you to Hohfluh, or to the gondola (10 minutes) that takes you to Moosfluh. From Betten, you will reach Bettmeralp. It is one kilometre (0.6 miles, 15 minutes) walk to another gondola which takes you to the Bettmerhorn. From Fiesch, you will reach Fiescheralp, where you can continue to the Eggishorn straight away.
The mountain trail from Bettmerhorn to Märjelensee (Märjelen Lake) is heavily sign-posted and flagstones have been adjusted and straightened to make the hike more comfortable. The hike's highlight is the famous Märjelensee Lake at the glacier's edge, which filled nearly the entire small valley a hundred years ago.
Starting out at the mountain cable car station of Bettmerhorn, this wonderful mountain trail leads (at first with gradual and then in a few large loops) past the ice terrace, high above the Great Aletsch Glacier and via stone steps to "Red Chumma" ("Rote Chumma"). You continue on a wide path that was hewn into the rock, towards Märjelensee (Märjelen Lake). The area surrounding the lake is reminiscent of a polar landscape. You then continue onwards through the Tälligrat tunnel (a shorter path, the tunnel is lit) or around Tälligrat (a longer path, but more attractive) to Fiescheralp and back to Bettmeralp.
Other attraction: Great Aletsch Glacier - UNESCO World Nature Heritage Exhibition "Bettmerhorn Ice World
The hiking path that begins right at the top of Mt. Eggishorn is called "From the glacier to the lake". You need no longer expect steep inclines, but primarily a sensational view of the entire Aletsch glacier instead. Once you have gazed to your heart's content at the fantastic panorama, you make your way to Märjelen Lake.
The entrance to the mountain trail called "From the glacier to the lake" is located right behind the Horrli-Hitta. A30 minute descent on the serpentine mountain path leads to the first signpost "Glacier hut, Tälligrat, Märjelen". It takes 15 minutes to hike across the romantic trail to the vantage point (with its majestic views) at the small lake on Tälligrat mountain. The descent to Märjelen/Gletscherstube at the signpost of Tälligrat follows. It will take you 45 minutes to get to the Gletscherstube mountain hut.
Aletsch Glacier hike begins at the middle station of the Eggishorn cable-car, on the Kühboden. A wide trail with great views leads towards Bettmeralp. At all times, one can see the Mischabel range, with each mountain at least 4'000 meters high. At the Furri Hut, go right up the rather steep but short trail to the Aletsch Forest, passing by the Rote Kumma. And now for the highlight of the hike: follow the trail towards Altstafel Mauer to wind up in Riederfurka. From here, there is a wide trail leading down to Riederalp.
Starting point: Aerial cable-car station Kühboden.
Destination: Mountain station of the Riederalp cable-car.
Take the Eggishorn cable-car from Fiesch to Kühboden; return by aerial cable-car from Riederalp to Mörel, and from there by train to Fiesch.
Walking time: 3 h
Altitude difference/Condition: 150 m ascent and descent / easy
Breiten-Aletsch to Glacier-Riederalp (5-6 hrs)
Today, you take the cable car from Mörel to Reideralp at 2230m or higher to Moosfluh at 2335m. This spectacular walk will take you past the impressive Villa Cassel, Winston Churchill’s ex-summer residence and then towards the mighty Aletsch Glacier, claimed to be Europe’s longest and biggest glacier, with a length of 24 kms. You can walk alongside the glacier and through the Aletsch forest before descending to Bettmeralp and back along the gentle path to Riederalp. There is even a nine hole golf course, the highest one in Switzerland, and an alpine museum where you can see how Swiss cheese is made. You can explore the villages of Riederalp and Bettmeralp on your own before descending to Breiten either by cable car or by foot.