This varied walk leading past the hamlet of Wildi reveals measures local people have taken to protect themselves from nature, which can often show her wilder side.
Wildi – the name is highly suggestive. A protective wall dating from the 19th century shelters the hamlet of Wildi from flooding. At Hohtschugga there’s a wooden cross 9 metres high, erected in 1934 by the young people of Randa. The little wayside shrine dedicated to St Anthony was built long ago, to invoke the saint’s protection whenever nature would run wild. The flower-filled alpine meadows and the protective forest attract roe deer at twilight.
Near the wooden cross above Randa, you can relax and then picnic while dreaming on the meadows.
Updated: March 09, 2020
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Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.
Randa (1,439 m) (1410 m)
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Randa (1,439 m)
Randa (station) - Kreuz - Wildi - Randa (station)
(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h)
This hike is marked on the signposts as “Kreuz”.
all notes on protected areas
By train to Randa: less than 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Randa.
The drive from Visp to Randa takes about 30–40 min. The road leads through the wild and beautiful Mattertal valley.
There is a public multi-storey car park by the railway station in Randa; simply follow the signs.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Author’s map recommendations
A walking map (1:25,000) is available from the guest information centre in Randa, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.
Hiking poles (optional)
Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
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