37 km long, 1,357 m of elevation. Ten communities in the Nikolaital and Mattertal from Visp to Zermatt are taking part – this is the new bike trail which is opened on 16th July 2016. Ten communities of the Nikolaital have been involved. The bike trail goes along the dry-stone walls and is always sited on the side of the valley where the sun shines – depending on day’s hours. Left and right the four-thousand metre peaks in Valais.
At times, one rides along the old cantonal road, which is still used only for agricultural vehicles. The route is over meadows and through larch forests, past vineyards and always with the bubbling and turbulent Vispa in one’s ear. Only in the village of Stalden do riders have to shift to the heavily travelled cantonal road before returning to the bike trail again after a short section. Otherwise, one is always underway without automobiles. The athletic high point is the stretch between Kalpetran and St. Niklaus.
And now the question arises: comfortably downhill from Zermatt to Visp or approach the 1,357 m of elevation from below facing sweat and tears? One has the choice – downhill or uphill.
The bike trail is suitable for children over 12. Precondition: the bike must be mastered. Because the Visp-Zermatt route does have a couple of really steep sections.
Do Not Forget Swimwear
But between Täsch and Randa, there is the idyllic Schalisee with bathing possibilities, a water skiing installation and grills as well as a small stand where drinks and snacks can be purchased. Bathing in the Vispa is forbidden.
Train Travel for Bikes and Relaxing Bikers
Whoever would like to make this outing more relaxing may also leave out a section of the route and travel with the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. This is easy and convenient with the Bike Ticket. There are train stops at Stalden, Kalpetran, St. Niklaus, Herbriggen, Randa and Täsch along the Visp-Zermatt section. Restaurants and shopping opportunities are always available.
Official opening ceremony on Saturday 16th July 2016
The new bike trail will be inaugurated on Saturday 16th July 2016. With torch relay, Apero at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt. Information follow.