Martisberg, Canton of Valais, Switzerland

The "Josihaus" is located on the sunny southern slope of a small village with only 13 inhabitants at an altitude of over 1300 meters. The house was built in 1955 by Josi Müller - hence the name - with the help of his friends. There was no road then, only a mule track. The materials for the house came from the area - the trees were specially felled and the granite stone for the foundation was brought in from a nearby quarry and processed. The soapstone stove, which still works today, was also built by us. In 2013, the house was stylishly modernized by the current owners, while at the same time retaining the charm of the old chalet.

The house is designed for up to six people, another studio for two people can be rented. It is well suited as a retreat for families and friends who want to enjoy the mountain panorama, nature and tranquility together. The main apartment has a living room with work area and balcony, kitchen and bathroom, two double bedrooms and one room with two single beds. Different woods, beautiful, colorful carpets, modern bathrooms, cool lamps and comfortable beds ensure cosiness.

The Josihaus is located in the middle of a beautiful hiking and skiing area and invites you to go on day tours together before you can review the events of the day in the evening red with traditional raclette.

Rooms + Rates

per night
entire housefrom120 €


ArchitectureThe house was built with materials from the community. Josi and his friends felled the trees themselves, sawed them up and carved and bricked the granite stones from the local quarry.

EnvironmentThe electricity is produced from local hydropower. The drinking water is spring water from the rocks above the house. The house is heated by the large soapstone stove and another wood stove. The wood comes from sustainable, local forestry. When choosing cleaning agents, attention is also paid to sustainable products. Due to the location of the house in the Unesco World Heritage - Aletsch region with Europe's largest glacier, environmental protection and the preservation of nature is a defining issue for tourism and residents.


  • Original chalet in one of the smallest villages in Switzerland at 1367 meters in the middle of a unique hiking area
  • Enjoy life in an almost untouched nature and mountain panorama from your bed
  • A terrace and a beautiful, sheltered garden invite you to linger
  • Hiking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, skiing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
  • Glacier tours on the Great Aletsch, swimming in the mountain lakes
  • Unesco natural world heritage Aletsch region and nature reserve Binntal
  • Classical music festival in summer in the neighboring village of Ernen
  • Villages worth seeing in the immediate vicinity: Ernen, Mühlebach, Betten, Binn, Fäld, Goppisberg and the villages in Goms.
  • The cities of Leuk, Sierre and Sion in the French part of the Valais are not only interesting for wine lovers

Chalet3 bedrooms + studioOwn kitchenChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessno Poolno pets


  • Three bedroom chalet for up to 6 people
  • Separate studio with kitchenette and bathroom for additional 2 people
  • Well equipped kitchen
  • Living room with work area and balcony
  • 1 bathroom in the main house
  • Heating with soapstone stove and fireplace, there is also an electric heater
  • Children over 12 welcome, December to March also younger children


Oben angekommen, finden die Gäste einen gekonnten Mix aus Neu und Alt. Hier trifft Specksteinofen auf Designerstühle – ohne das dabei der ursprüngliche Charme des Hauses zerstört wurde. Naturfans freuen sich nicht nur über die ruhige Lage an der Nordseite des Rhonetales, sondern auch über den nahe gelegenen Landschaftspark Binntal. Im Winter gehören hier eine stillschweigende Schneeschuhwanderung mit Yogaübungen zum Höhepunkt der Winterferien. Aber auch wer gerne Ski oder Snowboard fährt, findet vor der Haustür genügend Pisten und Halfpipes, denn das Skigebiet Aletscharena ist nur einen Katzensprung vom Josihaus entfernt., January 2023


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Rooms + Rates

per night
entire housefrom120 €

Location + Directions

By car

It takes about 2.5 hours to drive from Bern to Martisberg (127 km). From Lausanne it is also just under 2.5 hours (165 km), from Geneva it is just under 3 hours (228 km) and from Zurich it is also just under 3 hours to the Josihaus (165 km). The exact address can be found on the website.

With public transport

The Josihaus is so remote that you can only reach it on foot without a car. From the suspension railway station you can walk to the house in about 30 minutes. A pick-up from the train station in Lax is possible (for a fee).