The municipality of Goms was created on 1 January 2017 from the merger of five municipalities. Around 1,240 inhabitants (as of 31 January 2019) live in the 13 villages of Niederwald, Ammern, Bodme, Gadme, Wiler, Blitzingen, Selkingen, Biel, Ritzingen, Gluringen, Reckingen, Münster and Geschinen. Each village has its own individual charm, its own history and interesting personality.

Caesar Ritz, the “king of hoteliers and the hotelier of kings”, came from Niederwald and, after a successful life, found his final resting place there, alongside his wife and son. Numerous anecdotes tell the story of “Weger Baschi” from Geschinen, a fearsome military leader and a kind-hearted hero. Monuments honouring the two historical characters have been erected in their respective villages.

Goms is often referred to as the “baroque valley”. The many altars in the churches and chapels justify this name and are well worth a visit.

The Upper Valais centres of Brig and Visp are within commuting distance and the Furka tunnel (including car transport) and Furka pass connect the Goms valley with German-speaking Switzerland in the direction of Andermatt. In summer, the borders also open up via the Grimsel Pass to Bern and via the Nufenen Pass to Ticino.

Broschure municipality Goms


1'370 (m. above sea level)
Number of inhabitants (as of 31.12.2018):
Languages of municipal administration:
German, French, English
Travel time by car to/from Visp:
46 min
Distance by car to/from Visp:
 41 km

Gemeinde Goms
Furkastrasse 35
3998 Gluringen

Phone: +41 (0)27 974 12 50