Aletschhorn 4'193 m – Aletsch Glacier
Aletschhorn 4'193 m, Aletsch Glacier

The Aletschhorn is after the Finsteraarhorn the second highest mountain of the Bernese Alps. The mountain shares part of its name with the Aletsch Glacier lying at its foot. The Aletsch Glacier is the largest glacier in the European Alps. It has a length of about 23 km and covers more than 120 square kilometres (2011).

Switzerland 1952 Aletsch Glacier Märjelen Lake stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli

Switzerland 1952
The Marjelen Lake and Ice-Cliffs of the Aletsch Glacier.

The lake is located between the Eggishorn and Strahlhorn. The stamp depicts an old view (about 1880), when the glacier was several dozen metres thicker, than it is today. It is estimated that the Mjärelen Lake at that time was about 1700 metres long, 460 metres wide and 78 metres deep.


Switzerland 1982 Aletsch Glacier stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli

Switzerland 1982
Aletsch Glacier and the "Walliser Fiescherhörner" in the background.
The picture from the topographic point of view does not correspond with the real view.
The picture on the issued stamp appears mirror-inverted.


Switzerland 1998 Aletschhorn stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli Simplos 

Switzerland 1998, Simplon Pass.
Painting by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder.
The stamp shows a view from the Smplon pass road (near Rothwald) towards the Aletschhorn and other peaks surrounding the Aletsch Glacier.
 The stamp was issued in the series "Views of Switzerland".


Switzerland 2003 Alpe Bel Bellalp stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli

Switzerland 2003
The Aletsch Glacier seen from Alpe Bel (Belalp).
The Chapel "Kapelle am Aletschbord" in the foreground.

Japan 2014 Aletsch Glacier stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli

Japan 2014, Aletsch Glacier.
The stamp was issued in the sheet
"150 Years Anniversariy of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Switzerland and Japan". 




Bernese Alps