For most people, relaxing in a thermal bath sounds like the perfect end to a trip — especially with a scenic background like the Alps. Although this might sound too good to be true, it’s the reality that awaits visitors to Leukerbad, Switzerland.
So if you want to treat yourself, there’s no better place to go than Leukerbad. Here’s what you can expect from your getaway.
Leukerbad’s thermal baths and mountains
This huge resort is located beneath the Gemmi Pass in the heart of the Alps. It’s open all year long, so trekkers, skiers, and snowshoers can take refuge after finishing their adventures.
People have been unwinding here since Roman times — which makes sense, given the site’s amazing geology. The natural hot springs generate almost four million liters of water every day, at steaming, bubbling temperatures of 122°F (51°C). The hot water is perfect for soothing aching muscles and even preventing diseases like arthritis and rheumatism. What’s more, the resort purifies and tests the water daily, so you can rest easy when it comes to hygiene.
But Leukerbad isn’t all rest and relaxation. Since it’s nestled against the Alps, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a few more hikes before heading home. Try going to the top of the Gemmi Pass, where you’ll catch views of nearby Lake Daubensee and the surrounding mountains.
If you’re not ready to get on the trail again, you can take a tram to the Gemmi Pass or the Torrent region. At the top, you can participate in winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, and playing at the snow park. In the summer, try mountain biking or paragliding.
On the last Sunday in July, visitors can experience the annual Shepherds’ Festival. At this event, shepherds from Canton Valais and Canton Bern herd their sheep up to Lake Daubensee. The public is welcome to join in, so cable cars run from Leukerbad as early as 6 a.m. The festival is a great chance to interact with the Swiss while watching the ceremonies, listening to music, and getting up close and personal with 800 sheep.
Relax in Leukerbad after an Alpenwild adventure
If your muscles are already begging for post-trek special treatment, then exploring Leukerbad is the perfect way to unwind. We’re happy to book a stay for you, whether you’d like to visit after a guided, self-guided, or completely independent adventure. Just give us a call or send us an email!
We also hike into Leukerbad on our Eiger to the Matterhorn trek — so if you’re booked on this trip, you’ll get to experience the scenic mountain pass and the thermal baths for yourself!
Cover photo by swiss-image.ch/Marco Schnyder