Leukerbad is the largest SPA and wellness resort in the Alps. This mountain resort is situated in the Dala Valley in the canton Wallis and dates back to the 2nd century AD. The bathing tourism began in 1501 when a Roman Catholic cardinal acquired the rights to the thermal springs and invested in them. Nowadays, several public spa complexes invite guests from all over the world to relax in the therapeutic waters, which are rich in calcium, sulfur and gypsum. Furthermore special treatment and rehabilitation programs are offered. Summer as well as winter sports can be combined with a visit to the thermal baths and round-up a busy day.
Enjoy musical highlights, adrenalin-packed incentives and special moments with your family in surroundings blessed with crystal clear mountain air, a stunning mountain backdrop and all the clean natural healing powers of Mother Nature. You can experience the refreshing relaxation of swimming in thermal baths for 365 days a year – in spring, summer, fall and winter – the main activity and indeed the main attraction of visitors to Leukerbad is to go swimming in the local thermal waters.
Visitors can look forward to an enormous range of facilities to match every taste and pocket. Altogether, Leukerbad offers a choice of 30 thermal pools and with an impressive 3.9 million litres (over 1 million gallons) a day has the most voluminous reserves of thermal water in the whole of Europe. Six public baths act as a gateway to your personal swimming pleasure. Jacuzzis, steam baths, whirlpools and jets or highlights such as having breakfast in the water, bathing at full moon and aqua fit exercises add a superb finishing touch to the fun on offer: it all goes to show that swimming in Leukerbad is anything but boring.
Attractions and Activities
City Excursions in Leukerbad
If you want to experience the feel of the 16th century, walk through Leuk, situated only 30 min by bus from Leukerbad. There is history everywhere you walk. Step back in time and admire the historic buildings, a roman fireplace as well as a medieval castle.
Travel to the picturesque mountain resort Zermatt with its world famous Matterhorn. This popular excursion can also be combined with a trip by cogwheel railway up the 10’135 ft (3089 m) Gornergrat.
Not as famous as Zermatt, but also a very charming mountain resort which is always worth a visit. Skiers visit Saas-Fee in winter as in summer and hikers love the many opportunities offered.
Summer Sports in Leukerbad
Hikers can discover the surroundings of Leukerbad on 37 miles (60 km) marked paths. Friends of mountain biking and paragliding find their paradise as well as swimmers or fishers and tennis players do not have to miss their sport while on vacation and can play on 3 indoor courts.
Public spa complexes
Select among 4 public baths which feature a wide range of different bath types. You can soak in outdoor thermal baths, relax in a Roman-Irish bath or try out a thermal steam bath in a grotto and many more. There are even pools for small children.
Leukerbad is a hiking paradise. Choose among many routes, e.g. from Leukerbad via the Gemmi Pass, past a 250-year old mountain hotel and a picturesque lake to Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland. Famous persons such as Mark Twain, Jules Verne or Pablo Picasso have already been to the Gemmi Pass and probably walked on the same trails.
15 miles (25 km) from Leukerbad you will find an 18-hole golf course in the Rhone valley in Leuk, opened for 10 months a year. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings while playing a round of golf.
Have you ever wanted to climb on a vertical rock face? You can do so at the Daubenhorn. The longest and most breathtaking fixed-rope-climbing route in Switzerland invites you to overcome 3281 ft (1000 m) in altitude. There are guided-tours available.
Leukerbad’s Sportsarena offers a wide selection of sports, such as badminton, athletics (track), table tennis, football, curling, squash, tennis, spinning (indoor cycling) and billiard. Friends of hockey, curling and ice skating are invited on the ice rink. Just next to the Sportsarena, children have fun on the playground: a climbing tree, slide, swings, balancing plates, cableway and hammock and a suspended bridge await the young visitors and make sure they do not get bored.
Winter Sports in Leukerbad
Skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing (free of charge) and tobogganing are just a few ways to spend a winter day in Leukerbad.
Ski on 31 miles (50 km) of slopes, from 8858 ft (2700 m) down to 4593 ft (1400 m). Snowboarders are in their element in the snowboard fun park. If you just like to enjoy the panoramic view, you can also do so without skis and just board the cable car.
Experience the “silent” sport on 25 miles (40 km) groomed snowshoe trails and enjoy the quiet winter wonderland. If you do not own snowshoes; no problem, you can rent them on site.
Husky trips / Skijoring
Why not take a special adventure during your winter vacation? Join a trial husky trip and get familiar with these hardworking dogs and if you like it, do a half-day or day trip. Another adventure is Skijoring, also known as “horse- or dog-powered” skiing. You stand on your skis and pulled by dogs. Why not take a trial-tour and see how it works?
Entertainment in Leukerbad
Gallery St. Laurent
Every month, the gallery shows a new exhibition. Regional as well as national pieces of art are exhibited in this interesting gallery, which was a former thermal bath.
Shopping in Leukerbad
Many shops in Leukerbad invite you to browse and buy one or the other souvenir to bring home. Make sure to also taste the wines from this canton (Wallis) and the special bread (Walliserbrot).
Location and Map
Leukerbad is situated in the canton Wallis, approx 3 hours from Geneva airport and 4 hours from Zurich airport (by train and bus).