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Hotel Castle, Blitzingen

Goms Valley – a tranquil mountain retreat
 
With its excellent and innovative cuisine and outstanding hospitality, the 4-star Hotel Castle makes an ideal base from which to enjoy some of Switzerland’s finest cross-country skiing trails. The hotel is situated in the unspoiled Goms Valley, which also offers scenic winter walking and snowshoeing options.
Hotel Castle, Blitzingen. 7 nights
Hotel Castle, Blitzingen. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Blitzingen,

for skiers and non-skiers
In the south of Switzerland, the popular Valais region has long attracted winter sports enthusiasts to some of the country’s most famous ski domains, among them Zermatt, Verbier and Saas Fee. Such lively, upscale resorts are but one face of the canton, however: venture east to the tranquil Goms Valley and you’ll soon be immersed in a beautiful landscape of traditional, onion-domed churches and ancient houses whose wooden exteriors have been slowly darkened by the sun to a rich, chestnut brown.
The Goms Valley may feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Valais’ busier resorts, but it still offers an excellent choice of ways to enjoy the snow. There is a long tradition of cross-country skiing here – the trails are considered to be among the best in Switzerland – as well as plentiful winter walking and snowshoeing options. From your base in Blitzingen, one of the string of ancient settlements that line the valley floor, you are also within easy reach of Fiesch – from where you can travel by cable car to a viewpoint overlooking the Aletsch Glacier, the largest in Europe.

Perched above Blitzingen and offering commanding views up and down the valley, the Hotel Castle is the epitome of warm hospitality and good taste. During your stay, you will be well looked after by owners Peter and Brigitte Gschwendtner; Peter is also an accomplished chef, serving up exquisite and imaginative dishes that wouldn’t be out of place in a Michelin-starred restaurant.
 

Our expert says

“For wonderful tranquillity and cuisine that is among the very best in our selection, look no further than the Hotel Castle. The great thing about the cross-country skiing here is that you can use the twice-hourly train to extend your range – it’s easy to hop on and off.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 

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Our flexible booking arrangements, commitment to safety and financial protection mean that you can book with confidence. More details >

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Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you.
  • 100km in the Goms Valley; suited to beginners & intermediates
    The Goms Valley has an extensive network of cross-country trails, connecting the twelve villages that line the valley floor and offering options to suit all levels – from easy meanders alongside the Rhône to more challenging routes across the surrounding lower slopes. A local trail pass is required to access the trails, but this pass also affords free travel on the little red trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard railway that run regularly up and down the valley.

    Due to the relatively remote location of your hotel – a 20-minute walk uphill from Blitzingen – the hoteliers operate a free shuttle bus service every morning and afternoon; this links the hotel with the ski hire shop and café located right on the trails.

    Here are a couple of our favourite options:

    Rottenloipe: up to 26km
    This easy route is the valley’s main trail, and traces the course of the River Rhône for 26 kilometres between Oberwald and Niederwald. This mighty river is still at its infant stage in the Goms Valley, where it is referred to as der Rotten, giving the trail its name. As the route also follows the local train line, you can choose where to access it and how far to ski each day; you can also opt to follow the trail in the opposite direction, should you prefer more challenging uphill sections.

    Sonnenloipe: 8km
    Similarly accessible to skiers of all levels, this shorter trail connects the villages of Münster and Obergesteln. As its name suggests, it is frequently in the sun (Sonne).
    Wide-open trails along the valley floor
  • 80km in the Goms Valley
    The Goms Valley is an idyllic place to walk during the winter months, with specially prepared paths criss-crossing the snowy meadows and following the twists and turns of the River Rhône. The many pretty villages you pass en route offer a choice of refreshment stops, and their charming, chestnut-brown chalets are a joy to visit. Should you wish to extend your reach, simply make use of the valley’s regular local train service.

    All trails are well signed, and the snow specially flattened to facilitate walking. In the detailed documentation we provide, we give an overview of our favourite options, including the following two routes:

    Rottenweg: up to 22km
    Similar to the Rottenloipe trail for cross-country skiers, this prepared walking path follows the Rhône between Niederwald and Oberwald. The route takes in all the Goms villages – each a stop on the local railway line – giving you the option to walk as far as you wish before returning to Blitzingen by train.

    Walk to the source of the River Rhône: 3km
    Or, for a superb day out, we suggest catching the train to Oberwald to then follow a scenic riverside path to the source of the River Rhône at the Hotel Rhonequelle. The route climbs gently up the mountain side, taking in a series of hairpin bends and passing beneath the old Furka Pass railway line which is now only used by heritage steam trains during the summer months. At the hotel, refuel with a hot drink, cake or home-cooked lunch before returning to Oberwald either along the same route or by sledge or ski bike!
    Pretty trails in the valley
    Excellent restaurants on the trails
  • Snowshoeing & tobogganing
    Visitors come to the Goms Valley for its excellent cross-country skiing and winter walking, but there are a few other activities to try should you fancy a break from the trails.

    Snowshoeing
    Snowshoeing has become an increasingly popular way to explore the local area – it’s a very peaceful activity, and one which perfectly complements the valley’s natural tranquillity. Snowshoes and poles can be hired locally, and there are 27 kilometres of waymarked routes in the area, some of which pass right by the hotel.

    Tobogganing
    For something completely different, why not hire a sledge and try out one of the nearby toboggan runs? There is a 250-metre run in Blitzingen itself, and a 300-metre run just down the road in Bodmen.
  • See the Aletsch Glacier
    To the north-west of the Goms Valley lies one of the world’s natural wonders – the Great Aletsch Glacier. At 23 kilometres long and up to 1,000 metres deep, the glacier represents the largest ice flow in the Alps and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    It’s one of those places you really have to see for yourself; to visit, we recommend catching the train to Fiesch and, once there, travelling by cable car to the Eggishorn viewpoint at 2,869 metres. The vistas from here are very special: as well as revealing the glacier’s full scale, the viewpoint offers a superb panorama over some of Switzerland’s loftiest peaks, including the mighty Matterhorn and Jungfrau Massif.

    Another option is to take the train from Blitzingen to Mörel, from where a series of cable cars and gondolas whisk you up to Moosfluh at 2,333 metres. This is the starting point for a highly scenic 3-hour walk which descends along the glacial ridge to Riederfurka, where there is a restaurant serving homemade cakes and tasty Alpine dishes.
    Walk high above the Aletsch Glacier ©Aletsch Arena. Christia Perret
  • Special events
    There are special gourmet meals – along with a forest walk with mulled wine – to be enjoyed at Christmas. Alternatively, see in the New Year with a gala dinner, live music and dancing.
 

Where you stay

The tiny hamlet of Blitzingen (altitude: 1297m) comprises just a handful of houses, with the hotel situated a 20-minute walk away uphill. Further services and amenities can be found in the other villages along the valley – all linked by the regular local train service, which also stops in Blitzingen.
Hotel Castle

Bedrooms

 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel
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  • 7 nights: 19 December 2020 - 01 January 2021 & 02 January 2021 - 28 March 2021

    Start varies according to travel method* | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    19 Dec - 20 Dec 2020 £1695
    26 Dec - 27 Dec 2020 £1845
    02 Jan - 12 Jan 2021 £1495
    13 Jan - 02 Feb 2021 £1535
    03 Feb - 23 Feb 2021 # £1595
    24 Feb - 02 Mar 2021 £1535
    03 Mar - 21 Mar 2021 £1490

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    * Start days: 19-27 Dec Saturday/Sunday; all other dates any day

    # Supplements apply on 13 & 14 Feb; please contact us for details

    Included travel: British Airways or Swiss Heathrow-Zürich or Geneva (1h45) (hold luggage included; timings vary, please call for details), connecting journey by rail from the airport (Zürich 3h30, Geneva 4h), & transfer (0h05)

    A supplement is payable for a single room – see 'Additional prices' below

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

    7 nights: 19 December 2020 - 01 January 2021 & 02 January 2021 - 28 March 2021

    Start varies according to travel method* | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    19 Dec - 20 Dec 2020 £1680
    26 Dec - 27 Dec 2020 £1825
    02 Jan - 12 Jan 2021 £1595
    13 Jan - 02 Feb 2021 £1635
    03 Feb - 23 Feb 2021 £1695
    24 Feb - 02 Mar 2021 £1635
    03 Mar - 21 Mar 2021 £1590

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus Eurostar and onward rail services from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford, plus any transfer to the hotel as described below (see 'Rail option from London' section).

    *Start days: 19-27 Dec Saturday; all other dates Monday to Saturday (to arrive Sunday requires Saturday night in Zurich; please contact us for details)

    A supplement is payable for a single room – see 'Additional prices' below

    Prices are subject to availability and supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Castle, Blitzingen
    Single room: 19 Dec - 28 Mar 2021 £15
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Zürich or Geneva (latest flight arrival time: 1400; earliest flight departure time: 1430 for both airports)

    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Zürich or Geneva. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Geneva easyJet 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Paris) Air France 
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    Belfast Intl. - Geneva easyJet 
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    Birmingham - Geneva easyJet 
    Birmingham - Zurich Swiss 
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    Bournemouth - Geneva easyJet 
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    Bristol - Geneva easyJet 
    Bristol - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Geneva jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
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    Glasgow - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
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    Leeds Bradford - Geneva jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    London City - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Geneva British Airways,  easyJet,  Swiss 
    Gatwick - Zurich easyJet,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    Heathrow - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Geneva easyJet 
    Luton - Zurich easyJet,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
    Manchester - Zurich Swiss 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Geneva easyJet 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Zürich or Geneva. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

  • Combining high-speed Eurostar and TGV with the clockwork efficiency of Swiss railways, this is relaxed independent travel at its finest. You’ll be in Blitzingen just in time for a dinner of exceptional cuisine!

    If you would prefer an alternative route, our rail specialists can to tailor the arrangements to suit you.

    > Travelling by train to Switzerland: what to expect
    > More about 'by rail' prices

    Route on which prices are based

    Outward journey Departure time
    from London
    Arrival time
    at hotel
    St Pancras–Paris–Lausanne–Blitzingen (Eurostar, TGV & regional rail, 11h10), transfer from Blitzingen station (5 mins) Approx 0700 Mon-Fri, 0620 Sat (it is not possible to travel from London on Sun) Approx 1910
    Homeward journey Departure time
    from hotel
    Arrival time
    in London
    Transfer to Blitzingen station (5 mins), Blitzingen–Lausanne–Paris–St Pancras (regional rail, TGV & Eurostar, 12h15) Approx 0935 Approx 2045
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • detailed documentation
  • rail travel or flights from London (regional flights available)
  • rail from/to Geneva or Zürich Airport (if flying)
 
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FAQs

  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – activities such as winter walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • If you are travelling over Christmas or New Year, or during school holidays, you should definitely pre-book lessons. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of options that we can arrange for you in advance.
    Sometimes we can’t make bookings on your behalf. In these cases you should phone or email the ski school well before your holiday to arrange a date and time; do not wait until you are on holiday to make arrangements. 

    More about Inntravel's pre-booking service >
  • Yes. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of options that we can arrange for you in advance.

    More about Inntravel's pre-booking service >
  • In the Alps, most hotels have a vegetarian menu. Please contact us for specific information about this particular hotel.
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for residents of the UK and Europe, but not Switzerland), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Switzerland, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • The official languages are German, spoken in the majority of the country; French, spoken in the south-west; Italian, spoken in the south-east; and Romansch, mostly limited to the Engadine valley. The currency is the Franc. Swiss time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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