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Riederalp and Bettmeralp are located on a south-facing terrace above the upper Rhone valley. They are both summer and winter resorts. In addition the smaller winter resort of Fiescheralp (not permanently inhabited) lies close but higher at 2,200 metres.
North of Riederalp and Bettmeralp lie the 23 km long Aletsch Glacier, part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO Heritage Site.
Riederalp can be reached only by cable car from Mörel. Bettmeralp is also reachable by cable car but from Betten Talstation. Mörel and Betten Talstation are located on the railway line between Brig (closest) and Andermatt. The cable cars usually operate from early in the morning untill 9 p.m.
The same for Fiescheralp from Fiesch but with more restricted timetable.
There is no direct connection between the two villages, however a 30 minutes walk is sufficient to reach the other. From Bettmeralp a cable car lead to the summit of the Bettmerhorn. The higher summit of the Eggishorn can be reached by cable car from Fiescheralp approx. 1 hours by feet from Bettmeralp.
The village of Belalp enjoys the same situation but lies on the other side of Aletsch. An impressive bridge connects the two. It is a one day hiking.