Plan a route here Copy route
Pilgrim trail recommended route

Contemplation Trail

Pilgrim trail · Lötschental · open
Responsible for this content
Lötschental Marketing AG Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • Besinnungsweg
    / Besinnungsweg
    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Besinnungsweg
    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Besinnungsweg
    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Besinnungsweg
    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Eisten - Besinnungsweg
    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Bildstöckli hl. Rita, Eisten
    Photo: Lötschental Marketing AG
  • / Bildstöckli am Gryn - Besinnungsweg
    Photo: Lötschental Marketing AG
  • / Wallfahrtsort Kühmatt
    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
  • / Wallfahrtsort Kühmatt
    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
m 1650 1600 1550 1500 2,5 2,0 1,5 1,0 0,5 km Kühmatt Eisten Kapelle
"The rushing of the river - unceasing, troubled. Immersing me into this flow. In the constant rushing, hear the message: we are all one." This is only one message out of the 10 stations situated along the Contemplation Trail from Blatten to Kühmatt. Take your time and enjoy the peace and tranquillity along the route to Kühmatt and be inspired by the messages to pause and reflect.
open
easy
Distance 2.5 km
0:45 h
150 m
50 m
The route starts at the church in Blatten, dedicated in 1985 to Our Lady of the Rosary. Blatten separated from the valley parish church of Kippel in 1898, and following the demolition of the Neo-Gothic church built in 1877, there is now a new contrasting building in the typical style of a Lötschental mountain village. When visitors enter the church, their gaze is guided towards the Rosetta window. A statue of Mary stands beside the altar that could be dated back to the 15th century. Outside again, you now follow the contemplation boards erected along the edge of the path. The Shrine to Saint Rita and the Chapel of Saint Wendelin can be found in Eisten and, following a gentle ascent past fields and barns, we arrive at the "Am Gryn" Shrine, which was constructed in memory of the victims of avalanches. The pilgrimage chapel of Kühmatt can be seen from here. The baroque Chapel of Mariä Heimsuchung (Visitation of Our Lady) in Kühmatt is the destination of regional pilgrimages. Kühmatt, situated at 1,633 metres above sea level, is one of the most impressive places of grace in the valley. The present chapel was constructed under Pastor Bartholomew Indergassen between 1646 and 1663. You can return from Kühmatt every hour using the post bus or on foot.

Author’s recommendation

Order a free copy of the "Walking and Pilgrimages" brochure from the Lötschental Tourist Information Office or online at www.loetschental.ch/prospekte
Profile picture of Sandra Stockinger
Author
Sandra Stockinger
Update: July 14, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,637 m
Lowest point
1,540 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Safety information

  • Plan your tour carefully
  • Ensure that you have a full set of appropriate equipment
  • Never embark on a tour alone
  • Inform friends, relatives, the mountain hut supervisor or the hotel porter of your proposed tour. Report back when you arrive at your destination.
  • Keep a constant eye on weather developments
  • Adhere to the principle: if in doubt, turn back!

Tips and hints

The 1:25,000 scale hiking map is your perfect companion for an unforgettable day's hiking in the Lötschental. Available from the Lötschental Tourist Information Office in Wiler or online at www.loetschental.ch/webshop

Start

Blatten, Brücke ("bridge") (1,540 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'629'015E 1'140'923N
DD
46.419037, 7.816043
DMS
46°25'08.5"N 7°48'57.8"E
UTM
32T 409018 5141288
w3w 
///seaweed.slug.bandstand

Destination

Kühmatt

Turn-by-turn directions

Blatten - Eisten - Kühmatt

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The postbus runs every hour from Gampel/Steg or Goppenstein to Blatten ("Blatten, Brücke" postbus stop).

Getting there

Drive into the Lötschental from Goppenstein, past the villages of Ferden, Kippel and Wiler to Blatten as far as the bridge (next to the Hotel Breithorn).

Parking

You can park your car in the car park next to the old post office in Blatten (not free).

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'629'015E 1'140'923N
DD
46.419037, 7.816043
DMS
46°25'08.5"N 7°48'57.8"E
UTM
32T 409018 5141288
w3w 
///seaweed.slug.bandstand
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Pilgrim Walks

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • Religious objects and material as required

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Pilgrim ID card
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Questions and answers

Ask the first question

Would you like to the ask the author a question?


Rating

Write your first review

Help others by being the first to add a review.


Photos from others


Status
open
Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.5 km
Duration
0:45 h
Ascent
150 m
Descent
50 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Insider tip

Statistics

  • Content
  • Show images Hide images
Features
Maps and trails
Duration : h
Distance  km
Ascent  m
Descent  m
Highest point  m
Lowest point  m
Push the arrows to change the view