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I NT ROD U CTI O N

Valais – the main valley

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nited by strong bonds –

Of course, it is no substitute

the River Rhône, the

for the detailed information

terraced vineyards, a rich

you will receive from local

heritage – the main valley

tourist offices, or for a more

of Valais is a world apart, a

comprehensive presentation

“land within a land”, a region

of Valais with its magnificent

of abundance and contrasts.

mountains. This brochure focuses on the attractions

To show some of the treasures

of the main valley of Valais:

we have in store for you, we

a region that we know will

have created this brochure –

win your heart.

from an original perspective. We hope it inspires you to come and visit us soon.

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One people, two languages Valais is fortunate to have two official languages: French and German. Lower and Central Valais are French-speaking, while Upper Valais (east of Sierre) is German-speaking. As you explore, you will find that certain locations have two names, one in each language. This table includes some of the twin forms you are most likely to encounter: French German Sion Sitten Sierre Siders Salquenen Salgesch La Souste

Susten

Loèche Leuk Tourtemagne Turtmann Rarogne Raron Viège Visp Brigue Brig

In this brochure, the name of each location is given in the local language.

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Content Nature 4 Nature 4 The Rhône 5 Theme trails and “bisses” 5 Parks and nature reserves 6 Lakes and ponds 7 Underground lake 7 Activities 10 A sense of freedom 10 Golf 12 Thermal spas 14 Amusement parks 18 Flavours 20 An enticing taste of Valais 20 Wine 24 Vineyard trail 28 Culture 30 Tranquillity and inspiration 30 Culture 32 Events 36 Offers

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Regions 40 Le Bouveret/Saint-Gingolph 40 Monthey 44 Saint-Maurice 48 Martigny 52 Saillon 58 Sion 62 Sierre 68 Leuk 74 Visp 78 Brig 82 Pratical info 88 Eco-friendly travel 88 Map 92

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Nature Welcoming and accessible, the natural landscapes of Valais are a symphony of colour shaped by the seasons. Here, nature is often wild but always authentic: a deep source of energy and inspiration, promising a sense of boundless freedom.

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NAT U RE

The Rhône From its source at the Rhône Glacier to Lake Geneva, the River Rhône traverses the whole of Valais for more than 140 km before flowing into the lake and on towards the Mediterranean Sea. Its lush banks evoke leisurely, refreshing walks with idyllic panoramic views. The only untamed stretch of river is in the Sierre region.

Theme trails and “bisses” Throughout Valais, visitors find fascinating theme trails as well as scenic footpaths along the “bisses”. These irrigation channels have brought precious water from the glaciers to the fields, vineyards and orchards of this dry, sunny region for more than 700 years. The paths along them are mostly easily accessible and often spectacular.

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Parks and nature reserves The people of Valais are grateful for their exceptional natural heritage. We work with nature to protect it – and encourage you to explore it, too. Many different locations are well worth a visit, including the Bois-Noir pine forest (between Saint-Maurice and Evionnaz), the gorges of Trient (Vernayaz) and Durnand (Bovernier), the nature reserves of Les Follatères (Fully), Montorge (Sion) and Pouta-Fontana (Grône), the Pfyn-Finges regional nature park (between Sierre and Gampel), the Turtmann waterfalls and the Brig region (Jungfrau-Aletsch), with its UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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NAT U RE

Lakes and ponds During the hot Valais summer, visitors can enjoy a refreshing dip in a number of freely accessible lakes: Lake Geneva (Le Bouveret/ Saint-Gingolph), the Étang du Rosel (Martigny), the Domaine des Îles (Sion), and the lakes of La Corne (Grône), La Brèche (Granges) and Géronde (Sierre).

Underground lake The subterranean lake of St-Léonard lies between 30 and 70 m below the vineyards, a powerful witness of the processes that shaped the Alps. With an impressive length of 300 m, this is the largest natural navigable underground lake in Europe.

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Regional Nature Park Pfyn-Finges Be amazed! Explore the Regional Nature Park Pfyn-Finges with all your senses. Whether an excursion to the protected area or sampling the quality local produce with one of our partner establishments – be surprised and amazed and enjoy yourself! Additional offers, information and registration: Tel. +41 (0)27 452 60 60 admin@pfyn-finges.ch www.pfyn-finges.ch

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Our partners and partner products can be found at www.pfyn-finges.ch

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ACT I V I T I E S

A sense of freedom T

he wide-open expanses of the main valley, dramatic mountainsides, pristine natural landscapes: Valais is ideal for exploring

under your own steam, on foot or by bike. From the Rhône Glacier to Lake Geneva, the valley showcases its diversity along a network of spectacular routes. Clearly marked cycle trails thread along the main valley floor; dramatic climbs lead up to the iconic mountain passes and the spectacular dams. The choice is vast. Vineyard-covered hillsides, majestic summits, lush forests: Valais is a boundless outdoor playground for sports enthusiasts wishing to test their limits. 8,000 km of hiking trails enable visitors to enjoy every corner of these enchanting landscapes. Alpine lakes, welcoming mountain cabins and iconic peaks form a magnificent backdrop that encourages guests to explore ever further, ever higher‌ www.valais.ch

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ACT I V I T I E S

Golf Few golf courses have such magnificent settings as those of the Rhône valley: facing terraced vineyards, at the foot of ancient castles, in a natural park or close to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All are framed by spectacular mountains, promising a thrill for every enthusiast. The various courses are all close to one another, and can be combined easily in a few days.

Sion golf course

Sierre golf course

Leuk golf course

18 holes – par 70

18 holes – par 72

18 holes – par 72

Rte de Vissigen 150

3977 Granges

3952 Susten

1950 Sion

+41 (0)27 458 49 58

+41 (0)27 473 61 61

+41 (0) 27 203 79 00

www.golfsierre.ch

www.golfleuk.ch

www.golfclubsion.ch

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ACT I V I T I E S

Thermal spas The water that gushes from our hot springs is a gift of nature that promotes wellbeing, vitality and serenity. Wherever you may be in the RhĂ´ne valley, you will be close to a thermal spa open every day of the year.

Bains de Lavey

Bains de Saillon

Bains de Brigerbad

3 pools with power jets,

4 pools including a semi-

12 pools. Giant alpine slide.

waterfalls, flowing currents

Olympic pool. Thermal river.

Wellness and beauty area.

and water beds. Oriental

Sauna/hammam complex.

Spa. Grotto. Children’s pool.

area with 2 hammams.

Carpe Diem Spa. Slides,

Nordic pavilion.

giant water slide and

Thermalbad 1

paddling pool (in summer).

3900 Brigerbad +41 (0)27 948 48 48

Rte des Bains 48 1892 Lavey-les-Bains

Rte du Centre Thermal 16

+41 (0)24 486 15 55

1913 Saillon

www.lavey-les-bains.ch

+41 (0)27 602 11 11

www.brigerbad.ch

www.bainsdesaillon.ch

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un site du Groupe

L’eau, la vie, Lavey The warmest thermal water in Switzerland 16

www.bains-lavey.ch


THE LARGEST THERMAL OUTDOOR POOL IN THE ALPS Just 10 minutes from Brig and Visp you’ll find the largest outdoor thermal pools in Switzerland, with Europe’s first indoor grotto pool (42°), the longest alpine waterslide (182m), a fantastic stream bath and a large SPA & Wellness offer.

Brigerbad (Wallis) 027 948 48 48 thermalquellen@brigerbad.ch POOLS FROM 30° TO 42° – SAUNAS – STEAM BATHS MASSAGES – BEAUTY TREATMENTS – FITNESS CENTRE – RESTAURANT

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ACT I V I T I E S

Amusement parks Léman Forest

Swiss Vapeur Parc

Western City

Rope park through

Miniature railway (scale 1/4)

5 adventure areas on

treetops. Outdoor laser

offering passenger rides.

a “Gold Rush” theme.

game. “Kids’ forest”.

Replicas of historical

Beside the water.

Adventures in nature.

Swiss buildings.

Chemin du Crêt

Rte de la Plage

+41 (0)27 764 16 52

74500 Saint-Gingolph

1897 Le Bouveret

www.western-city.ch

(France)

+41 (0)24 481 44 10

+33 (0)4 50 76 74 74

www.swissvapeur.ch

1920 Martigny

www.leman-forest.com

Aquaparc

Labyrinthe Aventure

Parc Aventure

Water park for all the

Natural maze created

Adventure rope park

family. Open all year.

with 18,000 thuja shrubs.

with 11 itineraries through

More than 1 km of giant

Giant slides. Games for

the trees. 176 features.

slides. Swimming pool

children.

40 zip wires. From age 4.

Rte des Iles Vieilles 30

Domaine des Îles

with waves. Sandy beach on Lake Geneva.

1902 Evionnaz

1950 Sion

Rte de la Plage 122

+41 (0)27 767 30 90

+41 (0)27 345 05 05

1897 Le Bouveret

www.labyrinthe.ch

www.parc-aventure.ch

+41 (0)24 482 00 00 www.aquaparc.ch

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Happyland

www.funplanet.ch

Outdoor park of 25,000 sq. m. Variety of attractions for all the family. Restaurant with large terrace. Picnic area. Rue du Foulon 24 3977 Granges +41 (0)27 458 34 25 www.happyland.ch

Fun Planet 5,000 sq. m of indoor action. Paintball. Bowling. Variety of fun games. Kantonsstr. 408 3900 Gamsen +41 (0)27 923 22 11

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The main valley offers visitors a wide range of activities from bowling, go-karting, canyoning and rafting to paintball and bungee jumping, along with facilities from riding stables to kick-scooter hire and golf simulators. Find full information at your nearest tourist office.

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F L AVO U R S

An enticing taste of Valais T

hanks to its exceptionally sunny climate, Valais is ideally suited for the cultivation of a wide variety of produce. Wines

with subtle aromas, fruit with intense flavours, rare spices: Valais

is a garden of delights to thrill every palate. The produce of Valais promises a taste of authenticity and quality – as guaranteed by the AOP (Appellation d’Origine Protégée) label. Rye bread baked to a traditional recipe, precious saffron worth its weight in gold, the hearty Raclette melted cheese: the cuisine of Valais transforms the gifts of nature into works of art. As you taste the superb wines produced from local grapes, you will appreciate the hospitality and conviviality so cherished in Valais. Unmistakable flavours, a unique experience: like Valais itself.

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Noble fruits brandiesShop and liqueurs from Valais www.morand.ch - Place de Plaisance - 1920 MarĆ&#x;gny 22


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Wine Valais has more than 5,000 hectares of vineyards: the largest winegrowing area in Switzerland. More than 60 different grape varieties, including some native gems, are cultivated between altitudes of 450 and 800 m. The dryness of the Valais microclimate and the fertility of the calcareous, stony soil are among the reasons for the region’s striking propensity to produce world-class wines. Each of our wines takes us on a journey; each has a wonderful story to tell. Their flavour shows these are wines made with passion. Petite Arvine, Johannisberg, Heida, Fendant, Cornalin, Humagne Rouge, Syrah, Amigne, Marsanne: our wines have character, style and depth. Every tasting is an invitation to dream, enjoy – and celebrate. www.lesvinsduvalais.ch

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Marche des Cépages Rainer-Maria Rilke

Early september, the “wine, folklore and walks” event! On the wine trail, a guided walk plus wine-tasting, music and a meal.

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Downloaded 17,000+ times, the VINEA Swiss Wine app provides information on more than 500 of the best Swiss wine producers and Grand Prix du Vin Suisse winners. Available free in French, German and English, from the App Store and on Google Play.

The brochure “The Face of Swiss Wine� highlights the work of 60 men and women, proudly yet sensitively showcasing their wines. It is available free of charge from: VINEA Association rue Beausite 4, 3960 Sierre or by email from info@vinea.ch

picture : olivier maire, photogenic.ch | design : blancarmina.ch

More informations on www.vinea.ch

Drink responsibly

Switzerland. Naturally.

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Vineyard trail “Le chemin du vignoble� leads from Martigny to Leuk through a delightful landscape of terraced vineyards, with plenty of opportunity to explore the villages, cellars and wines along the way. Choose between three clearly marked options: footpath (66 km), cycle trail (83 km) and road (55 km).

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Wine Tasting Cellar - Enoteca

WINE TASTING CELLAR ENOTECA

EDDY PELFINI.CH

• A selection of over 150 wines from Sion • Purchase your wine at cellar prices • Sample five new glasses of wine from different winemakers every week • Cheese platter, sausage, tapenade, steak tartare, salmon tartare, oysters Le Verre à Pied Av. du Grand Pont 29 1950 Sion Tel. +41 27 321 13 80

Monday to Saturday:

10.30 am 4.30 pm Sundays and public holidays: 10.30 am 4 pm

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1 pm 8.30 pm 2.00 pm 8 pm

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C U LT U RE

Tranquillity and inspiration W

alks in sunny vineyards, visits to historical sites, ad- ventures in nature‌ Valais offers countless possibilities

for making a refreshing escape and finding new energy. Proud of its fine heritage, Valais has many stories to tell. Ruins, castles and museums all bear witness to a rich history. Visitors can explore this exceptional legacy as they follow paths along the ancient “bisse� irrigation channels, the pilgrimage routes or cultural itineraries such as the Via Francigena, Via Cook and Via Stockalper. The natural heritage of Valais includes the alpine thermal springs, renowned for their beneficial effects. The soothing waters promise moments of inspiring tranquillity. Pure relaxation: the gift of Valais!

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Culture Valais offers a surprising

innovation also characterises

Music lovers are also spoilt

wealth and variety of top-

the high-quality theatres of

for choice. Venues for contem-

quality cultural attractions.

Valais, such as the Théâtre

porary music (Pont Rouge in

du Crochetan in Monthey,

Monthey and Le Port Franc in

Highlights include the treasury

the Théâtre du Martolet in

Sion), classical music concerts

of the Abbey of Saint-Maurice,

Saint-Maurice, Le Baladin in

and open-air music festivals

unmatched worldwide; the in-

Savièse, the Théâtre de Valère

promise superb performances

ternationally renowned muse-

in Sion, the Salle Recto-Verso

to suit all tastes.

ums and art exhibitions of the

in Grône, the TLH – Sierre,

Fondation Pierre Gianadda;

La Poste in Visp and the

There’s no doubt about it:

and Barryland, devoted to

Passage Simplon and Keller-

the arts scene is exceptionally

the region’s iconic St-Bernard

theater in Brig.

vibrant in Valais!

dogs. A spirit of creative

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Photo©La Fabographie – Fabrice Erba

Accessible

Creative Festive

Design spirale.li

Unusual

www.culturemonthey.ch

Théâtre du Crochetan Pont Rouge Médiathèque Galerie du Crochetan Château Grange à Vanay Malévoz Quartier Culturel La Bavette Le Kremlin Parc de la Torma Fabrik H2 Le Mésoscaphe Hik et Nunk Festival

to culture

Monthey

a life dedicated

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Hôtellerie franciscaine

• Dining room - table d’hôtes - seating up to 150 people • 1 large meeting room - 100 places • 3 meeting rooms - 50 places • 4 meeting rooms - 12 places • A garden and outdoor terrace • 39 free parking places • 56 rooms with WC, shower and washbasin • 85 beds

FROM CHF

45.per person and per night taxes excluded

A friendly and first-class welcome at budget price ! Rue Antoine-de-Quartéry 1 • 1890 St-Maurice, Valais, Suisse Phone : +41 24 486 11 11 • Fax : +41 24 486 11 69 E-mail : hotellerie-franciscaine@vtx.ch 34

www.hotellerie-franciscaine.ch


Luxury Living Organise your private and professional events in the sumptuous and tranquil setting of the Château Mercier castle in Sierre Aperitifs Civil marriage ceremonies and/or wedding receptions Cocktail dinners – family celebrations

Seminars Accommodation in the castle with bookings of 10 rooms per night or more (23 rooms/44 people)

Meals from 15 to 80 people prepared by the castle’s own chef CASE POSTALE 403 - 3960 SIERRE / SUISSE – T 027 451 22 22 F 027 451 22 19 ADMINISTRATION : T 027 452 23 23 F 027 452 23 33 – FONDATION@CHATEAUMERCIER.CH WWW.CHATEAUMERCIER.CH

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Events From festivals to “Combats des reines� (fights between Herens cows), from sporting contests to wine tastings: countless high-quality events take place in the main valley of Valais throughout the year. Each tourist office has a detailed calendar of local events. You will also find information for the whole Valais at www.valais.ch/events.

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OF F ERS

Offers LE BOUVERET/SAINT-GINGOLPH

MARTIGNY

25% off

CHF

Swiss Vapeur Parc

“Le Baladeur” trip

Ride scale models of trains through this

A choice of different outings on the little tourist

charming leafy park, with its replicas of

train “Le Baladeur”: a family brunch at a farm

buildings and features in typical Swiss style.

with music, a salsa evening among friends with

75.-

Valais-style tapas, or personalised excursions MONTHEY

CHF

25.-

on request. SAILLON

On the trail of the erratic blocks

40.-

This information trail tells the intriguing story

CHF

of these giant boulders of granite, vestiges of

“Les Domaines de la Sarvaz” by Henri Thurre

the Rhône Glacier – with the option of ordering

This publication tells the story of Les Domaines

a picnic hamper to enjoy en route.

de la Sarvaz, which played a pioneering role in the modernisation of agriculture in Valais from

SAINT-MAURICE

From CHF

237.-

1925 to 1962. SION

Tour des Dents-du-Midi

89.-

This hike, open to all over 2, 3 or 4 days

CHF

between June and October, leads through

“La Balade des Divins”

a spectacular landscape of lakes, glaciers

An inspired combination of a stroll around

and waterfalls.

the monuments of Sion’s Old Town with local gastronomy and tastings of ten different wines.

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OF F ERS

SIERRE

CHF

49.-

VISP

CHF

3.-

Vinum Montis wine tourism club

Audio guide

Membership confers a wide variety of wine-

Explore the Old Town of Visp with an

related benefits including discounts on direct

audio guide.

wine purchases, admission to winemaking events in the Sierre region, tastings and

BRIG

cultural visits.

-50%

LEUK

Stockalper Palace

10% off

Join a guided visit of the Stockalper Palace at half price.

Local produce and craft items Enjoy a discount of 10% (for purchases of CHF 30.- or more) on products presented at the INFO SOSTA centre by Leuk station, including alpine cheeses, home-cured meat, larch vinegar and craft items.

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Information & reservations at the tourist office and/or the relevant partner.

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The stopover of all flavours Between lake and mountains, in a relaxing vacation atmosphere, let yourself be tempted by a thousand and one authentic savours, to discover at the rhythm of the seasons.

Restaurants in Bouveret Open all year

Open from March to October

Taverne de la Tour

Le Phare

Chalet Pizzas-Pastas

+41 (0)24 481 37 28

+41 (0)24 481 11 30

+41 (0)79 332 42 24

La Batelière

La Libellule

Chalet Thaï

+41 (0)24 481 23 71

+41 (0)79 332 42 24

+41 (0)76 305 26 54

La Lagune

Le Terminus

Chalet du Terroir

+41 (0)24 482 42 82

+41 (0)24 481 21 63

+41 (0)79 659 50 87

Pizzeria le Colibri

Café des Amis

Chalet La Cazot

+41 (0)24 481 90 51

+41 (0)24 481 22 20

+41 (0)79 721 40 83

Le Léman

Camping des Belles Truches

La Terrasse du Port

+41 (0)24 481 21 23

+41 (0)24 481 44 14

+41 (0)79 424 79 20

Restaurants in Evouettes (open all year) Le GT

Le Grammont

+41 (0)24 481 25 21

+41 (0)24 565 01 84

www.adveo.ch

Restaurants members of the Development Corporation of Port-Valais

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Le Bouveret/ Saint-Gingolph Lower Valais

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ocated on the shores of

Bouveret-Les Evouettes

Saint-Gingolph

Lake Geneva, at the foot of

Tourist Office

Tourist Office

Le Grammont and by the Swiss-

Rte du Tonkin 2

1898 Saint-Gingolph

French border, the resorts of

1897 Le Bouveret +41 (0)24 481 84 31

Le Bouveret and Saint-Gingolph are ideal for all kinds of sports

+41 (0)24 481 51 21

contact@st-gingolph.com

and leisure activities.

info@bouveret.ch

www.st-gingolph.com

www.bouveret.ch

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Le Bouveret/ SaintGingolph guided tours

1 / Aquaparc

2 / Swiss Vapeur Parc

Water park for all the family. Open all year. More than 1 km of giant slides. Swimming pool with waves. Sandy beach on Lake Geneva.

Miniature railway (scale 1/4) offering passenger rides. Replicas of historic Swiss buildings.

Rte de la Plage 122 Le Bouveret +41 (0)24 482 00 00 www.aquaparc.ch

3 / Museum of traditions and boats of Lake Geneva

Rte de la Plage Le Bouveret +41 (0)24 481 44 10 www.swissvapeur.ch

4 / Léman Forest

5 / The Mosimann Collection

16th-century castle. Story of navigation on Lake Geneva.

Rope park through treetops. Outdoor laser game. “Kids’ forest”. Adventures in nature.

Tribute to the chef Anton Mosimann: the man, his innovations and his love of art and gastronomy. César Ritz Colleges.

Place du Château Saint-Gingolph (Suisse) +41 (0)24 481 82 11 www.museedestraditions.com

Chemin du Crêt Saint-Gingolph (France) +33 (0)4 50 76 74 74 www.leman-forest.com

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César Ritz Colleges Le Bouveret +41 (0)24 482 82 82 www.mosimanncollection.ch


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tourisme@monthey.ch +41 (0)24 475 79 63 www.montheytourisme.ch

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Monthey 1 / Crochetan

2 / Pont Rouge

Dynamic cultural centre. More than 50 productions a year from performances of the classics to innovative new shows. Plus art gallery and magnificent park.

One of the largest venues for contemporary music in Valais. Leading performers from every genre.

Av. du Théâtre 9 Monthey +41 (0)24 471 79 09 www.crochetan.ch

3 / Verney sports centre Multifunctional venue. Ice skating, tennis, skateboarding, beach volleyball, athletics, football, baseball and basketball. Rte du Verney Monthey

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4 / Path and footbridge in the La Vièze gorge Trail exploring the history and nature of the La Vièze gorge. Vertiginous suspension footbridge 90 m long. Link between Monthey and Troistorrents.

Av. de la Plantaud 122 Monthey +41 (0)24 475 79 28 www.pontrouge.ch

5 / Erratic blocks Theme trail between Monthey and Collombey. Giant boulders deposited by the Rhône Glacier as it retreated more than 15,000 years ago.


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Saint-Maurice Lower Valais

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dramatic cliffs, between the

Tourist Office

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Alpine summits, Saint-Maurice

1890 Saint-Maurice

is a town full of charm, art and history.

info@saint-maurice.ch +41 (0)24 485 40 40 www.saint-maurice.ch

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SaintMaurice guided tours

1 / Abbey of Saint-Maurice

2 / Grotte aux fées

Abbey founded in 515 AD. 1,500 years of uninterrupted monastic life. Archaeological site. Priceless treasury.

“Fairies’ cave” with 0.5 km theme trail. Thousands of years of history. Small underground lake and waterfall. Opened to the public in 1864.

Av. d’Agaune 19 Saint-Maurice +41 (0)24 485 15 34 www.abbaye-stmaurice.ch

Rte du Chablais 1 Saint-Maurice +41 (0)24 485 10 45 www.grotteauxfees.ch

3 / Château de Saint-Maurice

4 / Historical forts

5 / Bains de Lavey

Exhibition space devoted to comic books and graphic novels. Castle with a rich history, built to guard the entrance to the Rhône valley.

The hidden face of military fortifications once classified “top secret”.

Thermal spa: 3 pools with power jets, waterfalls, flowing currents and water beds. Oriental area with 2 hammams. Nordic pavilion.

Rte du Chablais 1 Saint-Maurice +41 (0)24 485 24 58 www.chateau-stmaurice.ch

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Rte des Bains 48 Lavey-les-Bains +41 (0)24 486 15 55 www.lavey-les-bains.ch


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artigny is a strategically

Martigny Tourist Office

located town of art, known

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val Bâtiaz tower, two museums unrivalled in Switzerland and

info@martigny.com

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www.martigny.com

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guided tours

1 / Fondation Pierre Gianadda

2 / Barryland

Major art museum with prestigious exhibitions. Gardens with 35 sculptures. Automobile museum and Gallo-Roman museum. Concert season. A leading arts venue since 1978.

St-Bernard dogs. Permanent exhibition on the history of the Great St-Bernard Pass and hospice. Souvenir shop. Restaurant with attractive terrace.

Rue du Forum 18 Martigny +41 (0)27 722 39 78 www.gianadda.ch

3 / From the Romans to today Guided visit with a Roman. Once a week. Exploring Martigny through the ages. Tasting of wine of the Romans.

Rue du Levant Martigny +41 (0)27 720 49 20 www.fondation-barry.ch

4 / Château de la Bâtiaz Medieval castle. Tavern restaurant. Torture chamber. 3D film. Superb view over the town from the top of the keep. Open May to October. +41 (0)27 721 22 70 www.batiaz.ch

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5 / Manoir de la Ville

6 / Fondation Louis Moret

7 / Distillerie Morand

18th-century manor house. Contemporary art space. Mix of visual arts, literature, music and philosophy. In the attic, the Guex-Joris collection: history of sound recording up to the present day.

Original arts venue opening out onto a lush garden. Exhibitions by contemporary artists. Season of classical music concerts.

Distillery producing highquality syrups and spirits such as Williamine® and abricotine. Gift ideas. Guided visit once a week in summer by appointment.

Rue du Manoir 3 Martigny +41 (0)27 721 22 30 www.manoir-martigny.ch

Ch. des Barrières 31 Martigny +41 (0)27 722 23 47 www.fondationlouismoret.ch

Place de Plaisance Martigny +41 (0)27 722 20 36 www.morand.ch

8 / Earth Sciences Museum

9 / Moulin Semblanet

10 / Plan-Cerisier

Collection of minerals. Temporary exhibitions. Lecture series. Replica of a mine in the basement.

One of the few 18th-century watermills still in operation. Exhibition venue for local artists. Fresh bread from the watermill (Fridays); local wines and typical dishes served.

Typical small winemaking village of stone-roofed houses surrounded by vineyards. Café with shaded terrace. Magnificent views of the Rhône valley. Plus small vineyard museum.

Av. de la Gare 6 Martigny +41 (0)27 723 12 12 www.sciencesdelaterre.ch

+41 (0)27 722 51 98 www.moulinsemblanet.ch

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tourisme@saillon.ch

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+41 (0)27 744 18 95 www.saillon.ch

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Saillon

guided tours

1 / Bains de Saillon

2 / Medieval village

Thermal spa complex with 4 pools including a semiOlympic pool. Thermal river. Sauna/hammam area. Carpe Diem Spa. Slides, giant water slide and paddling pool (in summer).

One of the best-preserved medieval villages in Switzerland. Twisting, steep cobbled streets. Vaulted passageways and flights of steps.

+41 (0)27 602 11 11 www.bainsdesaillon.ch

3 / Stained-glass window trail

4 / Marble quarries

5 / Via Farinetta

Path leading from the Rhône valley up to the Farinet vine. Less than an hour’s walk. Through the vineyards.

White, turquin and cipolin marble. Accessible only on foot. Opened in 1832.

Via ferrata. In the wild gorges of the river La Salentze.

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+41 (0)27 327 77 27 www.siontourisme.ch

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1 / Châteaux de Valère et de Tourbillon Landmark castles: Tourbillon (14th century, open in summer); and Valère (11th–13th century, open all year), home of the Valais History Museum.

2 / Pedestrian city centre Renovated, cobbled heart of the Old Town. 700 shops, restaurants with terraces. Place of encounter with priority for pedestrians.

+41 (0)27 606 47 15 www.musees-valais.ch

3 / Valais cantonal museums

4 / “Bisses” waterways

Three complementary museums: the Valais Art Museum, Valais History Museum and Valais Nature Museum. Located in the upper Old Town.

Six footpaths along “bisses”, the historical irrigation channels of Valais. Spectacular views over the terraced vineyards and Rhône valley floor. Vineyard restaurants.

+41 (0)27 606 46 70 www.musees-valais.ch

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5 / P’tit sédunois

6 / Weekly market

7 / Realfly – indoor skydiving

Small tourist train. Rides through the Old Town and the city surroundings (Domaine des Îles and the Montorge nature reserve). June to September.

Every Friday. One of the largest in French-speaking Switzerland. A link between local wines, gastronomy and the Old Town.

Switzerland’s first and only closed-circuit skydiving simulator. Flights at 200 km/h. Supervised by an instructor. Accessible to all.

www.mvvsion.ch

+41 (0)27 322 92 92 www.realfly.ch

8 / Sion en lumières

9 / Domaine des Îles

10 / Discovery Walk

Sound-and-light show. Projected on the castles of Valère and Tourbillon. Free. Unique in Switzerland. 4x a week in the evening, throughout summer.

Recreation area prized by locals and visitors alike. Lakes and green spaces. Restaurant and picnic area. Mini-golf. Climbing wall. Adventure rope park.

Itinerary linking the highlights of Switzerland’s oldest town. 14 stops. 2.3 km. 1 hr 30 min of walking.

www.sionenlumieres.ch

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Sierre Central Valais

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t the centre of Valais on

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French- and German-speaking

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3960 Sierre

“Switzerland’s wine capital” and the focal point for wine

info@sierretourisme.ch

tourism.

+41 (0)27 455 85 35 www.sierretourisme.ch

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Sierre guided tours

1 / Château de Villa 16th-century castle. Restaurant featuring local specialities (including a fine selection of Raclette cheeses). Wine bar with 650 of the finest Valais wines. Rue Ste-Catherine 4 Sierre +41 (0)27 455 18 96 www.chateaudevilla.ch

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2 / Wine Museum & Vineyard Trail Museum with 2 exhibition spaces (in Sierre and Salgesch). Survey of winegrowing in Valais. Between the 2 sites, panoramic and informative Vineyard Trail (6.5 km) among the vines. a) Rue Ste-Catherine 6, Sierre +41 (0)27 456 35 25 b) Museumplatz, Salgesch +41 (0)27 456 45 25 www.museeduvin-valais.ch

3 / Espace terroirs & Sentier des terroirs

4 / La Bouteille Rouge – wine bar

Original, instructive, fun and unconventional exploration of the different winegrowing terrain of Valais. Associated trail through the vineyards and tasting venue.

Selection of authentic wines. Chosen from winemakers who work with nature and coax the finest flavours from the Valais soils. Tasty bites to accompany.

Ruelle de la Calattra 1, Miège +41 (0)27 455 90 09 www.espaceterroirs.ch

Gemmistr. 147, Salgesch +41 (0)27 565 48 48 www.labouteillerouge.ch


5 / Secrets of Ricola herb drops – Masserey family About 40,000 sq. m of herb beds. 40 different species. Official supplier of the famous Ricola herb drops. Rte de Chaloie 41 Venthône +41 (0)79 449 29 22 www.massereyplantes.ch

6 / Salle Recto-Verso

7 / Château Mercier

Multi-functional venue. Cultural seasons blending music, theatre and comedy. Sporting events. Seminars and conferences.

Built as a palatial home in 1908. Gardens of 3.5 ha open to the public. Possibility of accommodation (at certain periods) to experience life at the Château.

Rue Centrale 182 Grône +41 (0)27 458 10 24 www.salle-recto-verso.ch

8 / Fondation Rilke

9 / Géronde

Tribute to the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Permanent and special exhibitions. Lectures. Readings. Poetry walks.

Swimming, walks and relaxation blend gently at a well-preserved natural setting. Framed by hills and vineyards. Small idyllic lido, with lake and pools skilfully integrated.

Rue du Bourg 30 Sierre +41 (0)27 456 26 46 www.fondationrilke.ch

Montée du Château Sierre +41 (0)27 452 23 23 www.chateaumercier.ch

10 / Sierre-Montana-Crans funicular Ride from Sierre to Crans-Montana in 12 minutes. Panoramic view of the whole of Valais. Unique experience. Rue de Pradec 2 Sierre +41 (0)27 455 15 72 www.cie-smc.ch 71


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Delicious treats from the Leuk region

Cheese, Hauswurst sausage, Lärchenessig vinegar, handicrafts, and lots of other regional delicacies are on offer at INFO SOSTA in Susten, near Leuk train station. 10%74discount for purchases totalling CHF 30.00.


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Leuk Tourist Office

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nature park, Leuk is notable for

3952 Susten

its castles and its centuries-old vineyards.

info@leuktourismus.ch +41 (0)27 473 10 94 www.leuk.ch

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Leuk

1 / Bhutanese bridge

2 / Castle & village of Leuk

Suspension footbridge, 134 m long. Spans the wild Illgraben gorge. Link between Upper and Lower Valais.

13th-century castle. Restored by the architect Mario Botta. 15th-century village. Link between the past and the future. www.schlossleuk.ch

3 / Sculpture trail & Ringacker chapel Trail with 4 stops for 4 sculptures. From Leuk station to the village. Ringacker chapel along the way. One of the finest baroque buildings in Valais. www.galleriagraziosagiger.ch 76

4 / Caviar farm

5 / Turtmann

Facility covering 6,000 sq. m. 2nd farm in Switzerland. Unique method of harvesting.

Historical village. Stone buildings from the 17th century.

Industriestr. 120 3952 Susten +41 (0)27 452 42 42 www.kasperskian.com

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Find local and fresh products from the region of Visp.

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key railway hub, Visp is

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Visp

guided tours

1 / La Poste – culture and conference centre Performances of operas, concerts and plays from all over the world. Productions by local associations.

2 / Farmers’ market Every Friday. Attractive showcase for local produce. Popular rendezvous for people from throughout the region.

La Poste Platz 4 Visp +41 (0)27 948 33 11 www.lapostevisp.ch

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3 / Old Town

4 / La Poste – art exhibitions

5 / Village of Raron

Well-preserved Old Town. Italian-style atmosphere.

Exhibition space with largescale works by artists from the region.

Charming historical village with the grave of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Near to the village of Niedergesteln.

La Poste Platz 4 Visp +41 (0)27 948 33 11 www.lapostevisp.ch

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3900 Brig info@brig-simplon.ch +41 (0)27 921 60 30 www.brig-simplon.ch

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Brig

guided tours

1 / Stockalper Palace Built in the 17th century in baroque style. Tribute to Kaspar Stockalper, “King of the Simplon”, who made a fortune selling salt and trading goods over the Simplon Pass.

2 / Museum of the Swiss Guard and fortress Tribute to the community of Naters. Principal supplier of Swiss Guards to the Vatican for 500 years. www.zentrumgarde.ch

3 / Little Simplon Express

4 / Panoramic trail

Small tourist train. Route linking attractions and places of interest. Between Brig and Naters.

50 information panels tell the story of the region’s pioneering railways.

www.kleiner-simplon-express.ch

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5 / Shopping

6 / Farmers’ market

7 / Brigerbad

Tempting boutiques and stalls along the Bahnhofstrasse and throughout the Old Town.

Every Saturday. Vegetables, fruit, meat and dairy products. All supplied by organic producers of the region.

Thermal spa complex. 12 pools. Giant alpine slide. Wellness and beauty area. Spa. Grotto. Children’s pool.

www.gewerbe-brigglis.ch Thermalbad 1 Brigerbad +41 (0)27 948 48 48 www.brigerbad.ch

8 / Villages of Glis and Gamsen Historical place of pilgrimage. Church with a variety of architectural styles in Glis (Romanesque, Renaissance and Gothic). 14th-century defensive wall in Gamsen.

9 / Passage Simplon

10 / Visitor cheese dairy

Exhibition at the Stockalper Palace. Stories of the Simplon Pass.

Visitors can watch dairy products being made. Attractive shop. Gliserallee 166 Glis +41 (0)27 923 98 83 www.schaukaeserei-rhone.ch

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Eco-friendly travel As we have only one earth and must all look after it, as even the smallest gesture affects our future, and because nature is our most precious asset, we recommend that all visitors opt for eco-friendly travel wherever possible. For journeys by public transport, we suggest you refer to the official website of the Swiss Federal Railways – www.cff.ch – and the official website of PostBus in Valais – www.carpostal.ch/valais.

In the main Rhône valley, you also have the possibility to hire bikes free of charge from partners listed below: Tandem91 –

PubliBike –

Steg-Gampel

Sion

out the canton. All types of

Bikes specially adapted for

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bikes, for all ages.

people with disabilities or

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www.valaisroule.ch

elderly people.

Valaisroule 14 rental locations through-

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Detailed information on options for bike rides throughout Valais can be found on a free map available from your nearest tourist office.


Imprint Printed by Schoechli Impression & Communication SA, Sierre. Design & layout Molk & Jordan, Sierre. Print run 80,000 copies. Rights to maps Mappuls AG, Luzern. Rights to photographs Cover www.deetcheese.com; p. 1 www.lumiere.ch; p. 2, 3, 36, 49 & 63 www.nicolassedlatchek.ch; p. 6 www.rolandgerth.ch; p. 13 www.schnyder-werbung.ch; p. 28 www.omaire.ch; p. 32 (left) www.cparide.ch; p. 32 (right) www.maximdondyuk.com; p. 54 & 55 (1-9) www.bat-design.ch; p. 55 (10) www.swiss-images.ch; p. 76, 78 & 79 www.christianpfammatter. ch and Valais/Wallis Promotion: p. 5 David Carlier, p. 10, 14, 19, 36 (1) & p. 89 Pascal Gertschen, p. 20 Sedrik Nemeth, p. 24 & 25 Christian Pfammatter, p. 30 Silvano Zeiter; and all tourist offices concerned. Publication date The contents of this brochure were checked in February 2017 and we accept no liability for subsequent changes.

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