The Moosalpregion extends over the four independent communities of Bürchen, Törbel, Zeneggen and Embd. The four villages are completely different and make the Moosalpregion what it is. Find out more about the destination in the community portrait.
Bürchen is situated on a west-facing plateau between 1,250 and 1,600 m.a.s.l. and can be reached in 15 minutes by car from Visp. Nestled between rolling hills and protective forests, Birkendorf offers an unforgettable view of the Bietschhorn and the Rhone Valley. The village is characterized by its typical scattered settlement character with many individual hamlets. Due to its cultural and touristic diversity, the intact nature and the breathtaking mountain scenery, the community is a popular vacation destination in summer and winter. Bürchen has direct access to the mountain railroads in winter and the majority of the more than 700 chalets can be reached by ski and snowboard.
Due to its optimal location, a variety of excursions can be made from Bürchen to nearby destinations such as Saas Fee or Zermatt.
Altitude: 1'360 meters
Area: 13.41 km2
Population: 715 (December 2017)
Population density: 53 inhabitants per km2
District: West of Raron
Zeneggen is situated in a quiet location at an altitude of about 1,400 m above sea level. The village is situated on a sunny terrace above the Visper and Rhone valleys and, like the neighboring communities of Bürchen and Törbel, at the foot of the Moosalp. The village offers a magnificent view of the Valais and Bernese Alps. The pristine nature with a rich fauna and flora invites to sporting activities away from mass tourism.
The lower, middle and upper Hellela offer a special highlight. These are large, terraced clearings in the large forests around Bürchen and Zeneggen. The meagre meadows growing in the dry steppes are protected and contribute to the special biodiversity of songbirds, butterflies and grasshoppers. Here you can enjoy a particularly clear view of the striking Bietschhorn.
Altitude: 1'370 meters
Area: 7.51 km2
Population: 282 (December 2017)
Population density: 38 inhabitants per km2
High above the Visper valley, 1500 m.a.s.l., on a sunny south-facing slope, lies the quiet and rustic mountain village of Törbel. The village is characterized by the sun-browned houses and the narrow alleys as well as a very closed construction. A typical Valais mountain village, as it is rarely found anymore. In summer, the hiking area Moosalp-Törbel offers an extensive hiking network of more than 75 km with high-altitude trails, smaller mountain tours and easy hikes to the neighboring villages as well as beautiful viewpoints. Particularly popular is the vantage point "Stand", from which you have an outstanding view of 12 surrounding four-thousand-meter peaks in the Valais and Bern.
The guided tour of the village through the open-air museum "Urchigs Terbil" is a special experience. You will learn a lot of interesting facts about the former life in a Valais mountain village.
Altitude: 1'497 meters
Area: 17.31 km2
Population: 470 (December 2017)
Population density: 27 inhabitants per km2
Embd is a rustic, steep and terraced Valais mountain village at 1,358 m.a.s.l., which is characterized by its typical quartzite stone roofs. The winding alleyways always offer an overwhelming view of the imposing mountain world. A visit to Embd is worthwhile at any time of the year. Experience a quiet, very well-kept mountain village that has preserved its original village character. The unspoilt mountain village can be reached by the Matterhorn-Gotthard railroad via Kalpetran, further on by the Kalpetran-Embd cable car or by road from Stalden.
Special features are the yak farm and the children's hiking trail "Gogwärgji", which make a trip to Embd worthwhile. If this is not enough, you can take a train ride with the nostalgia train in the direction of the Schalb. The small wooden train takes you up the mountain in a special way every hour.
Altitude: 1'356 meters
Area: 13.37 km2
Population: 301 (December 2017)
Population density: 23 inhabitants per km2