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.
For centuries, the St. Maurice Monastery was a stop for pilgrims and travellers on their way to Great St. Bernard. The old abbey treasury houses one of the most important collections of sacred gold work in the world, including several medieval masterpieces such as the great St. Maurice reliquary and the reliquary belonging to the children of St. Sigismond (this dates back to the 12th century). The treasury contains not only historical items, but also priceless local religious and cultural relics.