Glacier 3000 is one of Switzerland’s most undiscovered alpine paradises. It is located on the border of the cantons of Berner Oberland, Vaud and Valais and has some of Switzerland’s most spectacular highlights.
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Its impressive suspension bridge linking the summits of two mountains (the only one in the world), the world’s highest mountain toboggan run and its glacier walk make it one of the most breathtaking experiences in the Alps. And that puts it on a par with the Jungfraujoch, the Titlis, the Gornergrat, the Pilatus or the Schilthorn.
What to do in Glacier 3000
Glacier 3000 is a fantastic place to spend a full day and come back with a sense of accomplishment.
As is always the case in this type of place, the first thing we all do is head for the panoramic terraces in order to enjoy the fantastic views of the Alps. Glacier 3000 will not disappoint in this respect either, and depending on where you are situated you will be able to see different peaks.
The first place to take photos is just off the cable car. The mountain toboggan run is just down to the left and from here you can start warming up your camera or mobile phone to immortalise the stunning alpine scenery.
If you go up one level, you will see a great terrace with a small bar where you can have a snack or just a drink with spectacular views.
This is one of the main attractions of Glacier 3000 and it is no wonder: to be able to slide at 40 km/h down the mountain slide at the highest altitude in the world is a unique experience.
The circuit is amazing, with several impossible curves and wonderful scenery as you speed down the track. It also lasts a long time, as the descent lasts for 1 km.
On the way back, you and the sled are comfortably lifted up by a telehandler. Children can go on their own, but only from the age of 8 years. If you want to go with your small child, it is also possible, but in the same sledge as the adult.
Undoubtedly a world attraction, this 108 metre long and 80 cm wide bridge is the only one in the world that connects the summit of two peaks; View Point and Scex Rouge. Crossing it is an adventure for many, as it moves and the sensation of vertigo is quite high.
Once you have passed the test you will reach the Scex Rouge. The views are magnificent, among the most famous peaks you can see the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau and it is a unique experience that you will remember for the rest of your life.
Souvenir and watch shop
In the shop you can buy typical Swiss souvenirs: chocolates, caps, water bottles, Alpine colours or St. Bernard cuddly toys among others.
Between the suspension bridge and the Alpine Coaster is the building that serves as Glacier 3000’s top station and restaurant.
The building was designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta. If its design is avant-garde and attractive on the outside, inside it has a cosy and glamorous feel.
But the best thing is the view, on one side a panoramic view of the Alps. It’s a luxury to have breakfast or lunch in front of the snowy kingdom. But maybe you prefer to have a direct view of the spectacular suspension bridge. No matter where you sit, you won’t be able to stop looking through the glass.
There is a great option to make the most of Glacier 3000 and the Botta restaurant. This is the Peak Brunch, a breakfast-lunch at 3,000 metres above sea level.
The brunch is exquisite and the service is excellent. Milk, juice, coffee, croissants, eggs prepared to your liking, a selection of cheeses, local cold meats, jams and cereals, plus fresh fruit will take your mind off eating until dinnertime.
Don’t forget to book by e-mail to ensure that you can enjoy this gastronomic experience – absolutely recommended!
This is the easiest and quickest way to get down and enjoy the glacier ride or snow fun. The views from the chairlift are also breathtaking so the ride becomes an experience in itself.
You can get to and from the Quille du Diable without any effort, thanks to this monster of the snow equipped with caterpillar tracks.
If you prefer walking, this hike in the snow is simply fantastic.
The goal is the Quille du Diable (2,908 m), an imposing rock that rises defiantly from the cliffs and borders the Valais. The walk through the snow is not difficult, but you must be aware of the altitude and, above all, of the sunshine.
Sunglasses, a hat and sun cream are essential. The rock can be seen almost from the beginning and it takes almost an hour to reach the refuge of the space, a small hut where you can have something to drink or eat.
As soon as you start the glacier walk, you will find a snow park on the right with sledges to launch you down a slope.
During the glacier walk you can also enjoy a circular husky sledge ride or a helicopter flight over the area. These spectacular activities must be booked in advance.