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Magic waters experience Grächen

Distance 14.97 km
Duration 4:35 Hours
Difficulty easy


Water flows from the Riedgletscher glacier through the water channels into the meadows in Valais. Enjoy hiking here from May to October, whether you’re a lovebird, an outdoor enthusiast or a family. Signposts and stelae with magic symbols offer a reminder that water rights were once established and controlled on notched wooden markers called tessels. This invigorating hike along the Grächen Bisses combines fun and games with water. As you stroll along relatively flat paths through shady larch forests, you'll be constantly surprised by the many highlights, as well as the number of rest areas and play areas inviting you to relax and discover more.


330 Metres
2 Stars
325 Metres
Fitness level
2 Stars
Highest point
1.825 Metres
Quality of the experience
6 Stars
Lowest point
1.565 Metres
5 Stars

Best season


POI details

The walk begins at the village square in Grächen. There are two ways to get to the entrance portal. Trail 1 leads to the sports centre and then up a steep path to Robi's Waldspielpark (recreational area). From here, follow the water until you reach the entrance gate to the Chilcheri water channel. Trail 2 also leads to the sports centre, then follows a rough track. After a left-hand bend, the entrance portal is located around 200 metres away on the right-hand side. The trail continues alongside the bisse until you reach the Riedbach stream. After a short climb, you’ll get to the Bisse d’Eggeri. Follow this waterway to head back to the start via the Äpnet alpine pasture and Grächner Lake, before descending back to Grächen itself. The entire trail is signposted.

Regular train services link the whole of Switzerland to Visp train station. Here, change onto one of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn rack railway trains which run every half-hour from Visp to St. Niklaus through Switzerland’s innermost valley. In St. Niklaus, change onto a bus for Grächen. At weekends and on public holidays, a direct bus runs direct from Visp to Grächen. Take a Post Bus and the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn for the return journey.
From Visp, follow the signs to Zermatt as far as St. Niklaus. Here, after the first roundabout, turn left towards Grächen. The resort of Grächen is partially car-free; access for private cars is permitted only as far as the village centre. Hotels, holiday home providers, taxi and transport companies all offer transport services.

We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)  

For certain walks:

  • Swimwear

Preparing your hike