Top tips for autumn
In autumn, as the Valais forests take on their finest colours, sunny days give way to fresher evenings. This is the season of good living, of sharing, of convivial gatherings around a bottle of wine or some Valais delicacies. Visitors and locals alike can take advantage of the mild sunshine thanks to a wide choice of open-air activities throughout the diverse landscapes of Valais. To make the most of this delightful season, we have chosen ten top tips for enjoying our autumn to the full.
Taste the different Valais grape varieties thanks to the Valais Wine Pass
Autumn is the ideal season for visiting the vineyards of Valais and exploring the different grape varieties and the wines they produce. The Valais Wine Pass allows you to taste 10 different wines at a selection of cellars, wineries and wine bars: ideal for experiencing the exceptional wealth and diversity of the Valais winemaking scene.
Gather the first chestnuts and enjoy a delicious “brisolée"
Stroll through the beautiful forests of sweet chestnut trees in Fully or Mörel, and gather ripe chestnuts freshly fallen from the branches. And visit one of the many restaurants that offer “brisolée”, a delicious local dish of roast chestnuts served with a variety of cheeses, dried meats and autumnal fruit.
Admire autumn colours on a walk
The “Tour du Lac de Tseuzier” is an example of an easy walk that families will love. The route starts at the Tseuzier dam and loops around the reservoir, leading between lake, forest and alpine pastures. Valais enjoys more sunshine and milder temperatures than other regions of Switzerland, so conditions are ideal in autumn for exploring nature at its most colourful
Try out some new wine tourism experiences
Valais is winemaking country: more than 50 different varieties of grape are cultivated here. Visit one of the canton’s many cellars to meet the winemakers and learn from their expertise, or discover the world of wine on hikes, gourmet excursions, tours, cruises and other viticultural experiences.
Combine sports and gastronomy at the “Marathon of Flavours”:
The “Marathon of Flavours” is a gourmet sporting event that leads participants along the scenic Vineyard Trail between Sion and Salgesch, with five tasting stops along the way. Match invigorating exercise with mouth-watering rewards – and enjoy both to the full as you discover breathtaking landscapes along with select Valais wines and delicacies.
Cycle the Vineyard Trail
Explore the delightful landscapes of the Rhône valley as you cycle the 26 kilometres from Martigny to Saillon, passing through sunny vineyards and pretty winemaking villages. Along the way, stop to taste delicious local specialities at a range of producers. At the end, sooth your muscles in the blissfully relaxing thermal pools at Saillon’s spa, Les Bains de Saillon.
Recharge your batteries at the thermal baths
The mountain waters of Valais are perfect for rest and relaxation, so treat yourself to a wellness break and take a trip to a thermal centre. The calming waters have a proven beneficial effect, relaxing your aching muscles and soothing body and soul as you enjoy an exceptional view of the Valais mountains around you.
Go on a Valais road trip
Set off on a unique trip across Valais and visit our selection of the canton’s 13 most beautiful locations. Whether it’s on the shores of the lake, at historic sites, in the vineyards, on a dam, at the foot of a glacier or at the heart of a nature reserve, you’ll be amazed at the variety the canton has to offer.
Expect the unexpected at the Palp Festival
Brunches, exhibitions, a silent disco, concerts, masked balls and much more besides: the multifaceted Palp Festival takes place between spring and autumn in a variety of locations with a programme of unusual and creative events. The festival has become an unmissable fixture in Valais, and combines music, art and performance with the chance to discover the region and its heritage. An absolute must!
Tackle the top mountain bike trails
The “Breithorn Bike” trail is a scenic route in the wild Lötschental valley, suitable for beginners as well as confirmed riders thanks to its gently descending profile. Along the way it offers superb views of the Breithorn, from which it takes its name: one of several magnificent summits that frame the valley. After crossing the village of Weissenried, the trail follows the Lonza river as far as Wiler.