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.
ViaGrana - from corn to bread
The southern hillside of the « Leuker Sonnenberge » between Leuk and Gampel used to be a considerable granary in former times. Rye, a resistant grain which could be cultivated in higher reaches of the alps was particularly used in Valais. Thanks to the « Sortengarten » in Erschmatt – a garden which shows different types of rye – the history of cultivation has lived a revival. The cultivation of rye in the past and nowadays is therefore the topic of the « ViaGrana » hike, which shows the different steps from corn to bread. Furthermore hikers can discover a lot of other natural and cultural highlights.