Numerous historically significant routes traverse the Valais. The villages and cities along the Alpine passes have long been important thoroughfares and trading centres on the way to the trade routes of the south. A hike along these historically significant paths is at the same time a journey into the past. There are many fascinating stories to discover – travelling merchants and mercenaries have left numerous traces and impressive buildings behind them.
ViaCook - First conducted tour of Switzerland
A pioneering visit to Switzerland was organised by the British package tour pioneer Thomas Cook. He brought his first group of British visitors here in 1863. They travelled from Geneva to the Valais, visited the attractions of the Bernese Oberland, marvelled at the sunrise from the Rigi and then returned home by train from Lucerne. Since then travelling along the ViaCook has become somewhat more comfortable, but it is still a great experience – on foot, by ship and by train.