Highlights and tour details
From the centre of Binn, climb to the small church of the town and descend to go along the artificial lake on the right bank. Climb back up to cross the old road, now abandoned after the construction of the tunnel. This road enters the impervious Twingi gully, the key point for the heavy use of the road in the past. From 2010 to 2013, the Binn Valley Landscape Park and the Municipalities of Binn and Ernen launched an ambitious project: restore the historical vehicular road that crossed the Twingi gully. The works carried out during the summer months allowed to restore the original road, an important work in terms of history and civil engineering, classified as a monument of national importance by the IVS (Inventory of the historic communication ways of Switzerland). After the gully, the route continues as far as the entrance to the tunnel and then descends keeping valley side of the vehicular road. Cross a stream and climb back up to Auserbinn. Having crossed the village, follow the track that leads to Binnegga, with the Chapel of the Madonna Addolorata, panoramic point of the Goms Valley. From here, the trail continues halfway up the slope going along an ancient channel of water derivation, the Trusera. In a short time, you will reach the town of Ernen, the most populated municipality of the Park. Once it was the capital of the district of Goms and home to the district court, as witnessed by the secret boxes in the town hall and the three pillars of the ancient gallows on the hill between Ernen and Mühlebach. In 1979, Ernen was awarded the Henri-Louis Wakker award by Heimatshutz Switzerland for the preservation of the historical centre and its magnificent buildings, such as Tellenhaus, which boasts the oldest frescoes of Switzerland on William Tell, the Kapuzinerhaus, and the Jost Sigristen house. In recent decades, Ernen has been building a solid reputation as "village of music" thanks to the proposal of a summer concert season with internationally acclaimed artists. From Ernen, a marked trail leads to Mühlebach, which boasts the oldest centre of wooden houses in Switzerland. From Mühlebach a recent (May 2015) hanging bridge (Hängebrücke) over the River Rhone allows to connect with the railway station of Furgangen of the Briga-Andermatt railway line
Points of interest
The Twingi Gorge: in the past, the road that crossed this gorge was often extremely dangerous in winter. Until the construction of the tunnel between Ausserbin and Binn (1965), the population lived in autarky, as it was detached from the rest of the world for consecutive weeks during the winter season. Today, the ancient road allows cyclists and hikers to discover a spectacular landscape. With its tunnels, retaining and boundary walls, it is an impressive testimony to a bygone era. The Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows, panoramic point on the Goms Valley. Ernen, awarded the Henri-Louis Wakker prize by Heimatschutz Switzerland for the preservation of the historic centre and its magnificent buildings, such as the Tellenhaus, which boasts the oldest frescoes of Switzerland on William Tell, the Kapuzinerhaus, and the Jost Sigristen house. Mühlebach, which boasts the oldest residential centre of wooden houses in Switzerland.
Binn can be reached from Briga along road 19 in the direction of Passo della Furka (Furkapass). Immediately after the town of Lax deviation marked for Valle di Binn. First pass the town of Ernen, then Ausserbinn and finally you reach Binn.
Itinerary code: ARB
Phone coverage: good (only Swiss telephone network)
Recommended period: June to October
Historical interest: Yes
Access by public transport: Yes
Classification: Medium and low mountain provincial
Notes on public transport
To reach the Binn Valley take the train to Briga (Simplon Line). From Bern, thanks to the new Lötschberg base tunnel, the train journey takes just over an hour. From Briga take the MGB (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn) railway for Grengiols, Niederwald or Blitzingen. For Ernen or Binn, continue to Fiesch and take the postbus (scheduled service). To consult the timetables of the railway connections and with bus lines: www.sbb.ch In summer – from mid-June to mid-October – two additional bus connections are operational (Bus alpin) particularly appreciated by hikers. Further information and timetables of the Bus alpin offer at the website www.busalpin.ch