About the village

We warmly welcome you to Bellwald, an idyllic village of Goms! Take advantage of Bellwald's extensive range of holiday activities. Hike through the impressive UNESCO World Natural Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch, discover phenomenal vantage points by bike or enjoy your first ride on freshly prepared slopes. Numerous activities await you in Bellwald. 

Bellwald is situated north of Brig high above the Rhone Valley in the Valais at 1560 m above sea level, making it the highest community in the Goms. It consists of five hamlets, Fürgangen, Bodmen, Eggen, Ried and Bellwald Village. Bellwald therefore extends from 1073 m above sea level in the valley (Fürgangen) to 3060 m above sea level (Setzehorn).

Each hamlet stands out with its own charm. If you travel to Bellwald by car, you will pass through all the hamlets until you reach the village of Bellwald.


The Alemanni

Immigrant Alemanni developed an immense clearing activity in the Goms and initially settled in individual farms, from which small hamlets and villages gradually arose as the clans grew.


First documented mention of Bellwald.

During this time, the detachment from feudal rule took place.



The "Bellwalderberg" joined together to form a farmer's guild with the aim of buying their way out of the existing taxes. From this developed the community, the citizenship, which laid down the citizen statutes in writing in 1555. As the actual village constitution, these statutes contained provisions and regulations on the recognition and acquisition of civil rights and they regulated economic life and land use.




Agriculture with the limited land resources was not able to feed everyone, so that part of the population was forced to emigrate. Bereuts in the 19th century as a mercenary in foreign military service and after the ban on mercenary service in 1859 as a colonist in South America or as a milker in Prussia and California.

After the First World War, people migrated to the communities in the main valley or to other cantons.

Fürgangen-Bellwald cable car

Now a cable car connected Bellwald with the valley and the great turning point began.


Founding of the Tourist Association

With the founding of the tourist office, the change from a farming village to a tourist resort began.


The first hotel in Bellwald was opened.

The completed road into the valley accelerated tourism development.

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