The Morteratsch Glacier is one of the largest glaciers in the Swiss Alps. Various hikes go to and from the glacier, and from its rim there is a spectcular view of the Bernina mountain range.

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Family Review of Morteratsch Glacier

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
FamilyExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children of all ages
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • This is one of the most easily accessible glaciers for really close-up views--just a short hike from the Morteratsch train station or a longer, level hike from Pontresina. Despite its accessibility, it's the most massive glacier in the eastern Alps.
  • It may be huge, but it's disappearing. The train station was once directly at the glacier's ice front. Today, the front is more than 1.8 kilometers away. Interpretive signs on the path give families a dramatic visual of global warming. Signs mark various years since 1878, showing exactly how far the ice retreated between years. Not surprising, the rate of retreat has increased since 1999.
  • The trail is easy enough for very young children and for parents carrying babies in backpack carriers. This is a favorite walk of Swiss families who can be seen on the trail with children of all ages.

A short hike from the Morteratsch train station or a longer hike from Pontresina
Price: various hiking prices

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 41 (0) 81 838 83 00
Fax: 41 (0) 81 838 83 10
Transportation: Morteratsch can be reached by car and by train from Pontresina and the Berninapass.
Price Information: various hiking prices
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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