Leukerbad is situated in the canton of Valais in the south of Switzerland at 1411 metres above sea level. The location is very impressive because of the cliffs which surround Leukerbad:
To the east, the Daubenhorn at 2942 m. above sea level; to the north the Gemmi Pass (2322 m.) and the Balmhorn (3698 m.); to the west the Torrenthorn (2998).
The road which leads to Leukerbad comes into the secluded valley from the south and the town of Leuk in the Rhone valley.
The Romans were among the first to recognise the healing properties of the hot springs of Leukerbad. This thermal spa resort lies well protected in a Valais side valley and is now a popular destination for wellness and sports’ enthusiasts.
Every day 3.9 million litres of hot water gush from 65 thermal springs in the mountain spa resort of Leukerbad. These thermal springs have led to the development of tourism in Leukerbad and made it one of the biggest spa and wellness resorts in Switzerland. Apart from a medical rehabilitation centre, its attractions now include numerous public thermal baths. After their sporting activities, neither skiers in winter nor hikers in summer miss the chance to regenerate in the warm, relaxing water. The centre of Leukerbad is traffic-free and the Leukerbad Sports Arena offers plenty of indoor sports facilities to enjoy all-year round, whatever the weather.
Two cableways connect this holiday resort, tucked away in the valley basin, with the hiking terrains of the Gemmi Pass and Torrent. An ancient mule track leads from Leukerbad via the Gemmi Pass and along the idyllic Daubensee to Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland. The Gemmi Pass also gives access to what is probably the longest and most challenging climbing path in Switzerland, with long, vertical ‘ladders’ on the Dabenhorn, almost 3000 metres high (2943 m).
Alpine skiing on the Torrent and cross-country on the Gemmi Pass: Leukerbad offers about 50 km of ski pistes, 25 km of cross-country ski trails and a huge sports arena with climbing wall, indoor skating and curling rink, indoor tennis, squash courts and gym. The trail from the Gemmi Pass to Sunnbüel (approx. 9 km, 2.5 hours’ walking time) is kept open for hikers in winter, weather conditions permitting.
- Gemmi Pass: accessible from Leukerbad by cableway or up a steep cliff path. Impressive view of the Bernese and Valais Alps.
- Burgerbad: biggest alpine thermal spa complex in Europe with ten baths.
- Lindner Alpentherme: Wellness and bathing complex with Roman-Irish bath.
- Leuk: a town situated on the southern slope of the Rhone Valley with numerous historic buildings belonging to the diocese of Sitten. 18-hole golf course.
- Pfyn Forest: meadow landscape and the biggest pine forest in Switzerland. Also situated on the border between the German and French-speaking Valais
- International Literature Festival, Leukerbad (1st weekend in July).
- Sheep Festival on the Gemmi Pass (end of July).