Original indoor activities
Valais enjoys more than 2,000 hours of sunshine a year. But occasionally the sun proves shy and the weather unsettled. Swimming pools, escape rooms, museums, skydiving or golf simulators, trampolines, indoor spaces for skateboarding or BMX, climbing walls: we have a vast selection of indoor activities that you can enjoy whatever the conditions outside. You almost wish the bad weather would last longer!
World of the Great Aletsch Glacier, Bettmerhorn
The Great Aletsch Glacier is the longest in the Alps, framed by the most beautiful 4,000-metre peaks of Valais. Discover the secrets of this mighty river of ice at a fascinating multimedia exhibition dedicated to this wonder of nature at the heart of the Alps. Young visitors can pick up a copy of an expedition notebook containing entertaining puzzles and follow the trail of a missing professor as they explore and make exciting discoveries.
Roll Ball, La Tzoumaz swimming pool
Good balance and coordination are two of the skills that you need to walk on water. And how are you supposed to do that? Inside an inflatable cylinder about 3 metres long, like a giant hamster wheel. Test your talent at walking on water at a pleasant 29°C in the swimming pool at La Tzoumaz: a fun activity for anyone aged 8 or over, every Monday from 6 pm.
Fun and thrills for action-seekers, leisure and relaxation for those who need it: a delightful escape that offers the chance to recharge your batteries or empty them completely as you brave the giant water slides and wave pool. Located beside Lake Geneva, Aquaparc and its different theme zones promise a break with a Caribbean touch for all the family.
In the heart of Valais, explore a cutting-edge action sports centre with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Skateboarders, BMX and scooter enthusiasts will find features to rival the famous bowls of California – and you can practise your ski and snowboard tricks, too. Whatever you’re into, set your sights high – and that goes especially for the trampoline zone!
A former arsenal, converted into a living museum, presents the stories and legends surrounding the hospice at the Great St Bernard Pass with its famous dogs. There are representatives of this iconic breed here every day, and visitors can stroke them and watch them playing and romping around together freely. The museum was created by the Fondation Barry, established to run the world’s oldest breeding kennels for Switzerland’s national dog. During your visit, find about the most famous St Bernard of all: the legendary Barry, who rescued more than 40 people over the course of his life.
Escape world in Vernayaz
The former military fortresses in Vernayaz now house a thrilling attraction: an escape room with a difference, which tests nerves to the limit. Participants need to stay calm, think creatively and collaborate in order to succeed. Two adventure themes are possible – along with the option of escaping the site by abseiling from a bridge inside the Trient gorges.
Head for the heights at one of the largest indoor climbing centres in French-speaking Switzerland. The centre offers a vast choice of routes of all levels of difficulty along with three bouldering areas. Experts can enjoy a touch of the Wild West as they test their skills on the crack lines, inspired by the famous crack climbs at Indian Creek in Utah.
Who hasn’t dreamed of flying? Make the dream come true at this indoor skydiving simulator, open to adults and children from the age of five. As you float in the 14-metre-high wind tunnel, you enjoy a wonderful feeling of lightness and freedom: a unique experience of flying at the heart of the Valais Alps!
The little museum of St-Luc
Located at the foot of the Bella Tola, the little village of Saint-Luc is home to 334 inhabitants – and one of the world’s smallest museums. Here you can find an incredible collection of period artefacts and objects that belonged to people of the Val d’Anniviers. Claude Antille, proprietor and guide, takes great pleasure in sharing anecdotes and secrets about the valley and its people.
Open on Wednesday from 16:00-18:00
Practise your drives, putts and holes-in-one on some of the world’s finest golf courses. The golf simulator at Matterland Sports puts you at the heart of a choice of 18-hole golf courses. An ideal opportunity to improve your swing – or simply find out why the little white ball gives so much excitement to so many people.