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Hotel Castle, Blitzingen

Goms Valley – a tranquil mountain retreat
 
Above the peaceful village of Blitzingen, with panoramic views across the Goms Valley, sits the charming 4-star Hotel Castle, offering outstanding hospitality and fine cuisine. It is the ideal base from which to enjoy Switzerland’s best cross-country skiing trails.
Hotel Castle, Blitzingen. 7 nights
Hotel Castle, Blitzingen. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Blitzingen,

for skiers and non-skiers
Within the predominantly French-speaking and popular Valais region of southern Switzerland lies the less well-known German part. Its population comprises just one third of the whole canton (which is known to them by its German name, Wallis) and they are proud of the area’s understated charms, including the tranquil and beautiful Goms Valley. Besides its beauty, this high valley boasts a strong snow record and a long tradition of cross-country skiing – indeed, many consider its terrain to be the best in Switzerland. Trails link the many pretty villages, as does the railway line – the famous Glacier Express takes this route through southern Switzerland.
Midway along the valley, not far from the mighty Rhône Glacier, is the peaceful village of Blitzingen, one in a string of ancient settlements whose wooden houses are the colour of roasted chestnuts. Perched above it, with commanding views up and down the valley, is the 4-star Hotel Castle, the epitome of warm hospitality and good taste.
 

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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Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you. The cross-country skiing is excellent but, equally, Blitzingen makes a good base for non-skiing holidays too.
  • Best for: beginners, improvers & intermediates
    The high Goms Valley is widely considered to be the best cross-country domain in Switzerland and, as you would expect of a network of this calibre, it caters well for all levels – particularly beginners, improvers and intermediates – with routes ranging in length from 3 to 45 kilometres. Access to the 100 kilometres of trails could not be easier with the hotel’s shuttle bus service down to the village, a journey which takes around five minutes.

    The cross-country trails connect 12 villages along the valley. You can ski from village to village in either direction, opting for easy meanders alongside the Rhône or more challenging routes across the surrounding lower slopes. For a lovely day’s outing, catch the train to Oberwald at the far end of the valley and ski back – mainly downhill – through the various villages to Blitzingen. For more of a challenge, the same route is also possible in the other direction!

    Trails: 100km to 1300m (both classic & skating)
    Cross-country skiing
  • Good choice of routes
    Winter walkers are well catered for by 80 kilometres of prepared trails which lead up and down the valley. We provide suggestions as to the most rewarding walks, but do not provide detailed route notes – the designated winter walking trails are well signposted.

    Snowshoeing is also gaining in popularity here, with 27 kilometres of waymarked routes, some of which pass right by the hotel.
    Winter walking
    Snowshoeing
  • Downhill skiing & more
    If you fancy some downhill skiing, the largest domain is above Fiesch, just a 20-minute train ride away. Alternatively, tobogganing and dog-sledding are both available locally.

    Pistes: 104km to 2869m in the Aletsch Arena (comprises 57 pistes: blue 25, red 29, black 3, served by cable car, gondola, chairlifts & draglifts) accessed from Fiesch by rail (17mins)
    Best for: beginners, improvers, intermediates & advanced
    Toboggan run
  • See the Aletsch Glacier
    We highly recommend catching the train to Fiesch and, once there, taking the cable car that whisks you to the Eggishorn at 2,927 metres. The vistas from the viewpoint here are impressive; for even more spellbinding views over the Aletsch Glacier there is a high-level path which is well worth exploring. At 23 kilometres long and up to 1,000 metres deep, the glacier is Europe’s largest, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another option for exploring by rail is to travel to Zermatt, the chic resort beneath the mighty Matterhorn.
  • Ask Peter!
    However you choose to spend your days, if you need any advice on where to ski, walk or explore, your host Peter Gschwendtner, an experienced hiker and mountaineer who scaled Everest in 2004, will be delighted to help.
  • 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

Blitzingen (altitude: 1297m) is a very small – and consequently very peaceful – village. It's so small that there are no shops, but these, and other facilities, can be found nearby in the valley via the good rail service. The Hotel Castle is set above the village, about a 20-minute walk away, though the staff operate a shuttle bus service every morning and afternoon to ferry guests to and from the trails.
Hotel Castle

Bedrooms

 

Extend your stay

 
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  • 7 nights: 21 December 2019 - 22 March 2020

    Start Saturday or Sunday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    21 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £1625
    28 Dec - 29 Dec 2019 £1745
    04 Jan - 12 Jan 2020 £1395
    18 Jan - 02 Feb 2020 £1445
    08 Feb - 09 Feb 2020 £1495
    15 Feb - 16 Feb 2020 # £1695
    22 Feb - 23 Feb 2020 £1495
    29 Feb - 15 Mar 2020 £1395

    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.

    # Supplement applies on 15 Feb; please contact us for details

    Included travel: British Airways or Swiss Heathrow-Zürich or Geneva (1h40) (hold luggage included; timings vary, please call for details), connecting journey by rail from the airport (Zürich 3h30, Geneva 4h), & transfer (0h05)

    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: 21 December 2019 - 22 March 2020

    Start Saturday or Sunday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    21 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £1575
    28 Dec - 29 Dec 2019 £1695
    04 Jan - 12 Jan 2020 £1460
    18 Jan - 02 Feb 2020 £1495
    08 Feb - 09 Feb 2020 £1560
    15 Feb - 16 Feb 2020 £1595
    22 Feb - 23 Feb 2020 £1560
    29 Feb - 15 Mar 2020 £1460

    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.

    Included travel: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Blitzingen (TGV/Regional rail). Approx duration out 11h/home 12h30 including changes & transfer (0h05).

    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: 21 Dec - 22 Mar 2020 £15
  • Cross-country all levels; adult High season Low season
    6 days’ classic ski hire and 6-day train & trail pass £145 £145
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Zürich, Geneva (latest flight arrival time: 1400; earliest flight departure time: 1430 for both airports)

    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,  Flybe 
    Birmingham - Zurich Swiss 
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    Bournemouth - Geneva easyJet 
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    Bristol - Geneva easyJet 
    Bristol - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Cardiff - Geneva Flybe 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Geneva jet2 
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    Edinburgh - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
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    Exeter - Geneva Flybe 
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    Glasgow - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
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    Inverness - Geneva Flybe 
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    Leeds Bradford - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Liverpool - Geneva easyJet 
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    London City - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    London City - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
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    Gatwick - Geneva British Airways,  easyJet,  Swiss 
    Gatwick - Zurich easyJet,  Swiss 
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    Heathrow - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    Heathrow - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
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    Luton - Geneva easyJet 
    Luton - Zurich easyJet,  Vueling 
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    Stansted - Geneva easyJet 
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    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
    Newquay - Geneva Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Geneva Flybe 
    Norwich - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Geneva Flybe 
    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.

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

  • 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 packages 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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 buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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 travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ 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. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • 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 and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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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