Castles and buildings

Church, Raron, Valais

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.