The Riedji is situated 600 meters above the village of St. Niklaus in the
Swiss Valais (Wallis) region. It lies at the center of the Matter valley -
with approximately 30 km (20 miles) to Zermatt and the Matterhorn in the southern
direction and 20 km to the Rhône valley further north. With more than two dozen 4,000 m
tall mountains in the vicinity, this is the highest section of the Alps.
Given the imposing peaks on both sides, the Matter valley forms the deepest valley
in Europe. Not surprisingly, St. Niklaus was home to important pioneers of mountaineering -
and now houses the Swiss mountain guide museum (Bergführer Museum).
Many well known skiing resorts are nearby, such as Zermatt, Saas Fee,
Riederalp and Crans Montana. The Aletsch glacier - Europe's largest and
listed as a UNESCO world biosphere - is visible in the distance.
Satellite view of the Riedji