You can start the virtual stroll at the place of your choice by selecting a key location from the list below.
Cable Car Top Station
The Sanetsch road starts from Savièse, in Valais, and stops a few kilometres from the pass, near Lake Sénin. From there, you have to descend to Gsteig on foot or by taking the power station cable car, which is open to the public from about mid-June to mid-October (reopening 2021: October 19).
Chapel of Sanetsch (1)
This pretty little chapel was built on the initiative of an oenologist from Savièse who had the good idea to build a restaurant in this magical place where one feels out of this world.
Chapel of Sanetsch (2)
This pretty little chapel was built on the initiative of an oenologist from Savièse who had the good idea to build a restaurant in this magical place where one feels out of this world.
Chapel of Sanetsch (3)
This pretty little chapel was built on the initiative of an oenologist from Savièse who had the good idea to build a restaurant in this magical place where one feels out of this world.
Near the dam
With the scree slopes and mountains surrounding it, the lake looks very wild but a path leads around it. It is a short hike of about 3.5km.
Panoramic view of Lake Sénin
This small virtual stroll was shot in July 2020, during the short period of the year when this place is accessible. The Sanetsch is not a winter sports resort!
Panoramic view of Sanetsch
We can see the dam and the lake of Sénin with, on the left, the small chapel and the buildings of the restaurant, which was once also a hotel with a small picturesque museum.
Path to the lake (1)
From the chapel and the restaurant, a path leads down to the end of the pass road, where it is possible to park.
Path to the lake (2)
We walk down the footpath that leads to the dam, in a spectacular environment where the clouds change the lights of the landscape at every moment.
Sénin Dam (1)
Built in 1965 at an altitude of 2035m, the dam is 214m long and 42m high. Located in the municipality of Savièse (Valais), it is operated by the Innergsteig power station 837m lower down (Bern) and provides an annual output of 40 million kWh.
Sénin Dam (2)
The dam, accessible on foot, offers superb panoramic views of the lake and mountains.
Sénin Dam (3)
The Sanetsch pass, at 2253m, is 5km further and 200m higher, at the foot of the Tsanfleuron glacier (Diablerets glacier). The road starts from Savièse, above Sion, and is closed from October to May. A Car Postal line serves the Sanetsch from Sion from the end of June to the beginning of October.
Shadows and lights
In front of a solitary rock standing on the edge of the path, we see the clouds casting their shadows over the lake and mountains, giving the landscape a somewhat threatening aspect. We are at an altitude of over 2000m and the sky changes every second.
View of the upper Saane valley
From Sanetsch, the Saane river (Sarine in French) flows northwards to Gstaad, turns west, crosses Gessenay (Saanenland) and Pays-d'Enhaut before turning north again through the canton of Fribourg. It finally flows into the Aare, a tributary of the Rhine.
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