7 Things To See And Do In Saas-Fee, Switzerland

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9 February 2017

Nestled neatly in the lofty Swiss Alps the dreamy resort village of Saas-Fee is a gateway to miles of glorious pistes for skiing and snowboarding. It also provided the location for Wham!’s hit single ‘Last Christmas.’ However, it has so much more to offer than just this, with beautiful restaurants, outdoor activities and truly idyllic scenery.

Skiing & Snowboarding

Saas-Fee is located at the foot of ‘four-thousanders,’ or mountains 4,000 meters above sea level. As such, there is always plenty of snow; on the highest peaks, snow exists even in summer. Due to its 150 kilometers of pistes, it attracts skiers and snowboarders of all levels. If you are looking for a little more direction, ski schools and private lessons are available throughout the winter season.

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Visit the Ice Grotto & Revolving Restaurant

On the peak of Mittelallalin, overlooking Saas-Fee, you can find the world’s biggest ice grotto, accessible by cable car all year-round. It contains an array of information on life on the mountain and the history of the glacier itself. Once you have visited the grotto, why not relax and grab a drink or a bite to eat in in the world’s highest revolving restaurant, three!xty, offering truly stunning panoramic 360-degree views of the surrounding ice world.

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Take a Guided Tour

Saas-Fees’ scenery has an ethereal quality to it. In winter, freezing temperatures facilitate the formation of icicles and a thick blanket of snow over the village, which sparkles throughout the night. However, in warmer months, this is swapped for rolling green hills and spring colors. A number of guided tours are on offer including sessions of abseiling over gauges, mountain climbing and biking, a hike into neighboring Italy and even assisted glacier hiking — not for the fainthearted!

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Eat at Restaurant Bodmen

Restaurant, Swiss, Ice Cream, $$$
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Restaurant Waldhüs Bodmen Saas-Fee
Restaurant Waldhüs Bodmen Saas-Fee | Courtesy of Emma Larkin-Tannetta
Bodmen is a traditional Swiss restaurant a short walk out of the village and set aside a hill overlooking the valleys. It simply oozes character. The menu is traditional Swiss, and includes the usual array of cheese fondue, rosti and, of course, a varied selection of sausages. It offers an incredible dessert menu too, with a truly impressive variety of ice creams.

Shop, Stay and Party at Popcorn

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POPCORN, Saas-Fee | Courtesy of Emma Larkin-Tannetta
The younger generation of the village live by the adage: ‘You haven’t been to Saas-Fee, unless you’ve been to Popcorn.’ Popcorn encompasses a shop selling trendy branded ski wear all year-round, a club that is popular with the avid free-styling skiers and snowboarders and a hotel with affordable rates, allowing you to ‘stay longer and party more.’ The best part is without a doubt the all-day breakfast, perfect for the late risers.

Curling and Ice Skating

Located at the base of the mountains is an ice rink, providing the opportunity to ice skate amid beautiful surroundings while also being an ideal location for curling. If you have never played this game before, fear not, as you will pick it up quickly. It is also the perfect activity for groups of friends to follow with warm mulled wine.

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Wind Down at Aqua Allalin Spa and Fitness

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After all the vigorous work of skiing and hiking, why not soothe those aching muscles and relax and unwind at Aqua Allalin? With a range of facilities and treatments available from whirlpools, saunas and baths, you will be spoilt for choice. And, of course, enjoy all of this within the glorious surrounding alpine views.