Morteratsch Glacier
Morteratsch Glacier
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MilesTegg
Halesowen UK208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
I visited in 2016, and touched the glacier which then was at the level of the river and valley floor, but now; oh dear.
The valley makes for a nice walk, but knowing what it was like, the end of the valley where the glacier used to be is, well, nasty. We're old, and gave up when we got close enough to see that the glacier was no longer there, but the river at that point now is more of a series of pools that look stagnant and polluted. As I say this was from a distance, so perhaps just the colour due to sediment.
Worth a walk, but don't feel obliged to push it to the end of the valley, you ain't going to get near the glacier.
Along the valley there are markers for where the glacier used to be, scary. But the first two markers near the train station are from the late 19th century, and 100 yards apart so warming isn't all down to cars, planes and coal fire power stations, it's been happening since the last ice age.
The glacier, halfway up the mountain now was dirty, no wonder it's melting.
Written 10 July 2023
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Alesia inTropics
Phuket, Thailand109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We did an easy hike to the glacier from the Morteratch train station and back to Pontresina station on our way back.
Written 13 March 2023
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luxuryvoyage
Switzerland4,030 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The hike to the Morteratsch glacier is an impressive experience in summer/autumn as well as in winter. In the snow-free months, a bike ride is also recommended. Very interesting, but also sad, are the markings along the route that show how the glacier has been melting faster and faster in the last decades.
Written 13 November 2022
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Chava
Makawao, HI26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We actually did not walk all the way to see the glacier, which was incredible even from a distance, but we visited the Alpine Dairy which was interesting, educational and delicious. A beautiful train stop.
Written 1 September 2022
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Rick W
Bern, Switzerland71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
A fantastic walk, a fantastic sight and very informative walk. Highly recommend it for all ages. My five year old daughter enjoyed getting her booklet stamped and learning the path of the retreating glacier.
Written 29 August 2021
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gunillast
Oslo, Norway152 contributions
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July 2020 • Couples
Lovely walk to the glacier, and along the path you have signs letting you know how the glacier has changed over the years. Highly recommend! The food in the restaurant by the train is very good aswell!
Written 26 July 2020
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rapha_y_nici
Zurich, Switzerland5,950 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020 • Couples
Even this majestic glacier has decreased it‘s size drastically, it‘s definitely still worth a visit! It‘s easily accessible by hike either from Pontresina or even closer from Morteratsch train station. Highlight would be to stay for the at the SAC Boval mountain hut which offers spectacular views. Recommended!
Written 10 July 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I came here from the nearby and adjacent glacier Diavolezza- see my recent review of that (and photos).

From there- and not wanting to wait for the train, I took the bus in the direction of Pontresina with plan to disembark at Morteratsch Glacier, and I got off (of course) on the main road. At first, I was quite disappointed when I realized how far I was from the start of the “main” trail (where the restaurant and the train stop are ... but then I realized and saw how scenic the hike in the woods and the magnificent glacier view in the farther distance was. Note THAT was a great hike. I was all alone for most of the two hour journey- just fantastic!! Most of the time was following the gushing gurgling powerful crystal clear and pure glacial mountain stream

The next morning, I returned to hike from the restaurant and train stop to the glacier- that also was fabulous and magnificent and great views in the sunshine. I loved it, despite the many other hikers and bicycle riders were on that segment of the trail.

Hint: don’t miss the fantastic cascading waterfalls between the car lot and the restaurant building and train stop: when the bright red shiny train crosses the bridge over the rushing water with the glacier behind it on a bright sunny summer day- that view is legendary- you can see my framed photos of that on my Rhaetian Railway review.

Oh yes- if you are unfortunate enough to arrive by car, there is organized parking at the restaurant area, as well as the campground- but believe-it-or-not: it is metered (see my phot of that).
Written 11 November 2019
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TheJ0hns0ns
Port Macquarie, Australia287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
What a great easy hike to see this glacier. We caught the train out and hiked out - took about an hour to walk it with stops to read the informative signs along the way. The path is well maintained and wide enough to pass those on bikes, with prams and other walkers.
Written 5 November 2019
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Judith C
Comox Valley, Canada53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Beautiful hike with very little grad level walking. Approx 2 hours one way and you can walk further to the lake. (time did not permit for me to do). Nice restaurant at end of trail also an option to do trip on a horse drawn carriage.
Written 9 October 2019
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