With its lively past, Valais has many stories to tell. Castles, fortresses and museums remind us of periods in history when emotions ran high. Over many centuries, the people of Valais have learned to celebrate in style and seize every opportunity they can to get together and socialise. Cow fights and cattle drives to Alpine pastures live on here today. A Valais without these utterly typical traditions is unthinkable. They stand in contrast to the internationally renowned music festivals, exhibitions and theatre productions that embody the modern side of Valais with its cosmopolitan and life-affirming flair.