Leukerbad is a mountain spa resort town in Switzerland. Situated in a valley high in the alps (4596 feet) and surrounded by rugged tall cliffs and waterfalls, it is a beautiful quiet place to stay and much cooler than valley locations in summer. Leukerbad is also central to and within 2-3 hours of the major Swiss alps tourist destinations such as the Matterhorn, the UNESCO World Heritage List Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn region including the Aletsch glacier and Jungfraujoch (top of Europe). There are two trams up from Leukerbad providing great views of the alps.
View from east side of Leukerbad towards west
Trains arrive in the lower town with buses leaving hourly for the upper town and spas.
Buses run up the valley into Leukerbad about every 30-60 minutes. The roads are very windy, but has great views over the Rhône valley. Less recommended for those that get easily motion sick.
While not necessary a rental car makes it easy to get around to the many close trams and trains to the high alps. Resorts in Leukerbad have private parking with pay parking in town fairly limited. The drive up from the valley is beautiful and the windy roads are fun.
The adventurous can hike into Leukerbad over the Gemmipass from Kandersteg.
The Ring Jet bus does a circuit around the town every 30 minutes. Nevertheless, the easiest and quickest way to get around are your own two feet.
Taxis in the village are expensive even by Swiss standards (also as it will drive around the village), so if you are on a budget: walk (will rarely take more than 10 minutes to reach your destination)
- Gemmipass viewpoint and lake(webcam here)
- Village square with water fountain
- Old village with traditional buildings unique to the region and to the village
- St. Laurent Gallery (Daily: 14:00 - 17:45; Tuesday closed; Entry free)
- small Alpentherme shopping centre
- Roman catholic church of the 15th century with beautiful interiors
- House of James Baldwin where he wrote his famous book Stranger in the Village, just North-east of the village square
- See the different hot-springs throughout the village and read the information given at the specific sites (blue boards)
- There are several spas, ranging from the public to private spas in the big hotels. Already the romans have used the hot springs to relax
- close to the village is the Thermalquellensteg, an elevated trail going through the gorges of the Dala river with two briges crossing the current and breathtaking views of a waterfall.
- Gemmi-running: Challenge - Run up the footpath from 1411 to 2348 m above sea level. If you make it in less than 1 hour you get a free ride with the cable car down (ask at the reception for more information)
- Hiking: Fantastic hiking trails around the village (1hr - 6hr or more) (ask for a free hiking map at the tourist information centre or alternatively use the Swiss governments online maps
- Get the cable car of Gemmi or Torrent to have magnificent views and additional hiking trails
- star gazing: get a little outside the village and see the clear night sky
within the village
- see temporary exhibitions at the St. Laurent gallery
- if you happen to be in Leukerbad the last week of June, there is the International Literature Festival with sometimes even well known authors (check their website for more information)
- the local carnival is around February
- Ski: Great skiing in winter with 50km of slopes on Torrent and much less crowded than other ski resorts, even during high season
- Nordic skiing for short distances at the bottom of the village and for longer slopes on the lake grounds on the Gemmi
- Snowshoe walking around the village on hiking trails or around the Gemmi and Torrent area
- Trail running along the hiking trails
- Above mentioned Gemmirunning
- Large sports centre Sportarena with free usage if you are staying in one of the apartments or hotels with the provided Leukerbad card plus. Large variety of sports with large indoor tennis, badminton, ice-skating, football field, gym and outdoor running track
- The longest fixed-rope climbing route in Switzerland: For via ferrata lovers there is one of the longest via ferratas in the alps going to the Daubenhorn. A guide is recommended and you need good and serious preparation and planning to do this activity!
- Gemmi adventure via ferrata: A shorter and fun via ferrata is on the Gemmi (equipment can be rented at the village). Great fun, and quite a challenge.
Shopping is not a high priority in Leukerbad, but there are a few pretty shops in the old town.
There are plenty of restaurants in the town, all of which are fairly expensive. There is a fast food in the centre of the town called Gilji's Take Away with good and creative burgers (even vegetarian ones).
- Lounge 1411 alt. Friendly and young owner, opened just a few years ago.
- Chinchilla Pub. Classic English pub.
- Courage Club. Local club.
- Haus Cristal, Tuftstrasse 30, ☎ 027 470 16 84, . Modern apartments available for 3 nights and longer. Located 5 minutes uphill from the village square, right next to the skiing piste descending from Torrent to Obere Maressen and close to a number of trailheads. Reduced tickets to the Walliser Alpentherme available for guests. edit
- Residence Les Naturelles, Gribelierstrasse 37, CH 3954 Leukerbad, ☎ 027 472 29 29, . Residence Les Naturelles is a resort comprised of 5 chateau style buildings. accomodations vary from small units for couples to larger units for families. All are nicely furnished, well maintained and clean. Positiined on the high east side of the valley all the units have beautiful views of the town, valley and surrounding mountains. edit
- Gemmipass: 6 hour hike to Kandersteg
- trails to Crans Montana, Lötschental or Leuk
- Schwarenbach Berghotel former customs house now a hostel and restaurant.
- morning/afternoon trip to the close-by village of Albinen, with traditional wooden housing and great views (short 30 minute bus ride, discount with the Leukerbad card plus)