Valais is a land of superlatives. It is home to the Great Aletsch Glacier, the longest of its kind in the Alps. The Matterhorn is probably the world’s best known and most photographed mountain. The imposing Grande Dixence is the world’s highest gravity dam and, with a history stretching back over 1,500 years, the Abbey of Saint-Maurice is the oldest monastery in the Western world. These superlatives are well worth discovering – alongside many more highlights. Let us inspire you by showing you the many different faces of Valais!
If you love winter, you’ll love Valais! The majestic four-thousanders not only create impressive panorama, they also provide a unique setting in which to experience winter sports. The possibilities are endless and snow is guaranteed.
It is possible to enjoy the delights of winter in Valais at a more leisurely, relaxed pace. A hike through snowy forests, a toboggan ride or a snowshoe trek through the Alpine landscape help soul and spirit find their equilibrium.
The Valais region is a unique natural playground and an oasis of relaxation and recreation for families. Breathe deeply, explore and enjoy – for Valais will surprise you with its wide range of activities and family-friendly infrastructures that will turn any holiday into an exciting time for all the family.
With vineyards covering 5,000 hectares, Valais is the largest wine-making region in Switzerland: magnificent landscapes with unusually sunny hillsides, almost 60 grape varieties that form the basis for a number of great wines, and traditions that lend them character and identity.
The hot water bubbles up from deep beneath the Valais mountains and offers utter bathing pleasure. Soothing and relaxing – the thermal baths are veritable oases of revitalisation. The therapeutic effect of the alpine thermal baths was known to the Romans, and by the Middle Ages the settlements had began to grow up around the thermal springs.
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.
Regardless of where you choose to have a day out, fun and action are guaranteed. In Valais, even just getting to your destination is spectacular. Let the train, bus or cable car carry you through narrow valleys, past idyllic villages and over winding pass roads high up into the mountains.
The people of Valais enjoy a reputation in Switzerland as an especially cheerful, charming and party-loving lot. Take advantage of this and visit one of the many events: those looking to rock out should try the variety of smaller regional festivals or even big events.
Hiking is one of the most popular activities in Valais. With over 8,000 kilometres of marked hiking trails, every hiker will find what they are looking for: paths up to high peaks, through fragrant larch forests and nature reserves, along bisses, on historical routes or over suspension bridges and along vineyard trails.
Valais is one, vast high-altitude playground for adventure-seekers. Well-marked biking routes, dramatic climbs to mountain passes and spectacular alpine trails promise endless thrills for mountain bike enthusiasts.
Well-signposted cycle trails, terrific routes over mountain passes and adventurous alpine roads invite visitors to enjoy the Valais by bike. Routes lead through vineyards, valleys and gorges and on panoramic roads over impressive passes.
Endless forests, majestic glaciers and emerald green mountain lakes: Valais in all its unspoilt glory can best be experienced on a hike on a moraine, where you immerse yourself in the fascinating world of ice flows.
Our valley is blessed with 300 days of sunshine every year. These are ideal conditions for all sporting activities in the great Valais outdoors: whether playing a round of golf, inline skating, climbing high up on fixed rope routes or paragliding, there is something for everyone!