Castles & fortresses
Well-preserved palaces, castles and fortresses are evidence of the strategic importance and economic significance of the Valais: from the Middle Ages, when the palaces and castles served to control trade routes through the Alps, to the Second World War, when Switzerland courageously defended itself in its Alpine redoubt. The commanding structures make the exciting history of Switzerland and the Valais come alive. Every castle and fortresse of the Valais have a lot to offer.
The castle of St-Maurice with its rich past is also a place for exhibitions. It is surrounded by forts and overlooks the medieval bridge. Alongside the peaceful Rhône River, numerous hiking itineraries and theme paths invite you to discover the region.