Interesting facts 

The First to come were the Wealthy

The construction of the Belalp Hotel in 1858 suddenly created a highly exclusive tourism offer for wealthy visitors. The nearby Great Aletsch glacier and the impressive panoramic view of the Valais Alps were undoubtedly special attractions. The Belalp was also regarded as the point of departure for mountain tours in the neighbourhood. 

 

This mixture attracted even internationally famous personalities like Henri Dunant and the Earl of Asquith, the British prime minister. The construction of the road and the opening of the Blatten hotel in 1934, later called Blattnerhof, , made the Natischer Berg accessible and affordable to a broader clientele. 

The Blatten-Belalp cable car, which opened in 1954 and came into winter operation for the first time in 1957/58, laid the foundations for winter sports, and hence the winter tourism. The Schönbiel lift, the first transport installation designed solely for winter sports on the Belalp, came into operation at Easter 1964. The ski area was extended radically by the Sparrhorn lift in 1972 and the Hohstock lift in 1983. The expansion of the feeder cable car service meant that increasing numbers of visitors were able to reach the Belalp – in both winter and summer. The development of tourism has changed the area radically. In the 1850's, guests at the Hotel Belalp were surrounded by mountain farms, where the farmers' life was one of simplicity and poverty. Traces of this vanished world can still be seen in the old part of the village of Blatten and also the old alp huts of Bel and Lüsga, although these have indeed long since been converted for holiday use.