Randa Things to Do
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Randa (1,406 metres above sea level) is the third-highest municipality in the Mattertal valley and is situated between Visp and Zermatt, which is about 9 km away.
The extended Baroque church in Randa, built in 1717, is a real gem.
The village of Randa has often been struck by natural disasters over the course of the centuries. In the early morning of 18 April 1991, huge boulders plunged into the valley. Three weeks later on 9 May, huge rocks plummeted into the hamlet of Lerch, the road linking Zermatt and the Brig-Zermatt Railway.
VIDEO of my visit:
- Hiking and Walking
If you want to go in Täsch in order to take the train that will bring you to Zermatt, you can easily take a train from Randa to Täsch and then take the right train to Zermatt.
The train is really confortable and clean, as well fast.
Randa What to Pack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Winter can be really cold and you can expect temperatures low to -10 °C, so plan some warm clothes, a windstopper jacket and confortable shoes that will also keep you warm and dry.
Something you shouldn't forget is some sun protection, you can easily get bourned from the winter sun, for both your lips and face.
Randa Off The Beaten Path
The 1991 rockslide is still a visible scar in the landscape.
About 22 million m3 of rock fell from a cliff near the village of Randa on 18 April 1991. A second rockslide of about 7 million m3 followed on 9 May 1991. At present, a rock mass situated above the scarp is still slowly moving toward the valley, involving several million m3 of rock.
I visited this site during a land- and rockslide excursion in June 2005.
Favorite thing: Below few words in Swiss German that you can use while visiting Switzerland.
Hello - Grüezi
Hello (to more than one person) - Grüezi mitenand
Good evening - Gueten Abig
Hi (more informal than "grüezi") - Hoi/Salü/Sali
Hi (to more than one person) - Hoi zäme
Good bye - (Uf) Widerluege/Ciao/Tschüss
Thanks a lot - Merci vilmal
See you later - Bis spöter
Monday - Määntig
Tuesday - Ziischtig
Wednesday - Mittwuch
Thursday - Dunschtig
Friday - Friitig
Saturday - Samschtig
Sunday - Sunntig
One - Eis
Two - Zwei
Three - Drüü
Four - Vier
Five - Feuf
Six - Sächs
Seven - Sibe
Eight - Acht
Nine - Nüün
Ten - Zää
Eleven - Elf
Twelve - Zwölf
Thirteen - Driizä
Fourteen - Vierzä
Fifteen - Füfzä
Sixteen - Sächzä
Seventeen - Sibezä
Eighteen - Achzä
Nineteen - Nünzä
Twenty - Zwänzk
Twenty-four - Vierezwänzk
Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Switzerland:
Road emergency: 140
Psychological support (free and anonymous): 143
Psychological support for teens and children (free and anonymous): 147
Helicopter air-rescue (Rega): 1414 or by radio on 161.300 MHz
Air rescue (Air Glaciers) (in Valais only): 1415
Favorite thing: It is always better to be informed about road conditions.
So for this reason here's a website that wil tell you every Swiss tunnel and mountain pass status, open or closed.