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Leukerbad in Switzerland – famous for its hot springs




Leukerbad is in the district of Leuk and is a municipality located in the canton of of Valais in Switzerland. It is situated on an altitude of 1411 meters above sea level. The place is surrounded by imrpressive cliffs and comes into the secluded valley from the south and the town of Leuk in the Rhone valley. It is famous for its hot springs for a long time, the Romans were the first to recognize them and their healing properties.
There is a thermal spa resort that lies in a Valais side valley. Every day 3.9 million liters of hot water gushes from 65 thermal springs in the mountain spa resort of Leukerbad. There are thermal baths open to public. There are many sporting activities in the area. Skiing in winter and hiking in summer are the popular ones. In winter, snowmaking, snow boarding, sledging etc., are also part of winter sports here. After which one can regenerate in the warm, relaxing water of the thermal baths. The centre of Leukerbad is traffic-free. Leukerbad Sports Arena offers plenty of indoor sports facilities irrespective of the weather to enjoy.
To the east, the Daubenhorn at 2942 m. above sea level; to the north the Gemmi Pass (2322 m.) and the Balmhorn (3698 m.); to the west the Torrenthorn (2998) are there. For skiing, this place has two drag lifts from the village, or the cable cars can also be taken to get to skiing areas of Torrent and Albinen. The heart of the ski area is the Rinderhutte, above the tree line at 2340m in the centre of a giant powder field, where seven lifts arrive or depart, including the top of the main cable car up from resort. There are plenty of off piste and tree skiing opportunities around Leukerbad’s slopes. Leukerbad operates an 18km high altitude cross country loipe at Gemmipass at 2350m, served by its own cable car separate to the downhill ski area. There are three different access points to the main slopes, a cable car and a gondola at separate departure points. Now, a new detachable six-seater chairlift has also been introduced for convenience. This is a replacement for the two existing ski lifts.

The Top Events
• Varner Weinwochen (Aug – Sep)
• 10th Gemmi Triathlon (Sept)
• Alpine Descent of the Sheep (Sep )

Places to see:
• Gemmi Pass: It is accessible from Leukerbad by cableway. It is steep cliff path and one can view the Bernese and Valais Alps. It is at an altitude of 2322m. The region is known for hiking trails to Kandersteg, Adelboden or the Wildstrubel. There is “Daubensee”, a beautiful lake which is ideal for walks and picnics. This lake is also perfect for cross-country skiers. Other than that snow-shoe trail or sledging downhill or just a walk can also be done. Gemmi Pass also has access to the longest climbing path in Switzerland, with long, vertical ‘ladders’ on the Dabenhorn, almost 3000 meters high (2943 m).
• Torrent Alp: The Torrent Alp can be reached by a cable-car. This brings to the Rinderhütte, which is at an altitude of 2313 m. above sea level. For skiing, over 50km of runs is available and also provides network for hiking and mountain bike trails. From the Rinderhütte, spectacular view of the 4’000 m. peaks of the Valais, French and Italian Alps is enjoyable.
• Burgerbad: It is the biggest alpine thermal spa complex in Europe. It has ten thermal baths.
• Lindner Alpentherme: It is a Wellness and bathing complex with Roman-Irish bath.
• Leuk: This is a town that is located on the southern slope of the Rhone Valley. It has many historic buildings that belong to the diocese of Sitten. It is also equipped with 18-hole golf course.
• Pfyn Forest: It is a meadow landscape and the biggest pine forest of Switzerland that is located on the border between the German and French-speaking Valais.
• The Swiss ski resort of Leuerbad: It has 18 individual pistes and 16 ski lifts. Each ski lift can uplift 12,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
• Skiing: There are two airports within two hours drive. One can enjoy ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Leukerbad. Sion Airport is just one hour to drive from which one can be on the piste quickly.

How to get there:

By train: Trains arrive in the lower town from where one can catch bus to reach the town of Leukerbad.
By Bus: Buses leave every hour to the upper town and spas.
On foot: One can go to Leurkerbaud over the Gemmipass from Kandersteg by hiking.
Get around: The Ring Jet bus which is local to the town goes around the town every 30 minutes.

Best time to visit / climate:

The best time to visit Leukerbad is winter, if one wants to enjoy the skiing, cross-country ski trails, sledging, snowmaking, snowboarding, indoor skating, ski pistes and above all thermal baths of the place.
One has activities for summer too like hiking and mountaineering. One can enjoy the hiking trails of the Gemmi Pass and Torrent and Albenin along Daubensee to Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland and can reach by cable ways.

Location on Google Maps:


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Directions from Geneva to Leukerbad on Google maps:


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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants):

• Tripadvisor (hotels, restaurants)
• http://www.travelpod.com/hotels/Leukerbad.html
Booking.com
Leukerbad.ch
• http://www.gtahotels.com/cities/leukerbad.htm
• http://www.hotelclub.co.uk/Switzerland/Leukerbad-hotels/

Blogs / Sites about Leukerbad:

Tripadvisor
Travelpod
• http://realtravel.com/de-16308-leukerbad_real_trips
Travelbuddy
Wunderground.com
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leukerbad
• http://wikitravel.org/en/Leukerbad

Images and photos of Leukerbad:

Google Search
Tripadvisor
http://switzerland.europe-mountains.com/valais/leukerbad-gallery.aspx
Travelpod
• http://travel.webshots.com/album/550886482zdOUzM

Videos of Leukerbad (link)

Leukerbad on youtube:

Thermal Spa in Leukerbad

Incredible snowdive in Leukerbad




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