Steve Morabito is one of Switzerland’s most successful racing cyclists. His home and his training ground are Valais – or, more specifically, the hair-raising ups and downs of its winding mountain roads.
The valley is sun-drenched and flooded with light. All along the Rhône from Sierre to Martigny, one fruit reigns supreme amongst the apples and pears – the apricot, the prince of the Valais orchards. Aline Défayes is devoted to its service.
“Peace and tranquillity are a true luxury,” – of this, Art Furrer and Olympic snowboarding champion Patrizia Kummer are convinced. That’s why the Aletsch Arena is where they recharge their batteries.
Why stay under a blanket of fog when there are so many fabulous mountain terraces in Valais offering sunshine and panoramic views? They’re too nice to only visit during skiing holidays.
Pearls grow imperceptibly inside oysters. It’s only when you prise open the shell that this miracle of nature is revealed. Much the same could be said of the Art Centre in Lens run by the Pierre Arnaud Foundation.
What nature has given Leukerbad – in addition to the sublime, awe-inspiring mountain backdrop with the steep face of the Gemmi – borders on favouritism.
The players from FSV Mainz 05 spent the night in these tents at 2700 metres. Coach Martin Schmidt gave his team a dose of the Belalp spirit.
Dani und Karin Rittler breed sheep in the alpine pastures of Lötschental, and their animals are as happy as they are.
Karl Sarbach has always worked in the energy sector. Water is his element, and the Saas Valley his workplace.
KISS is a real innovation’s concentrate born of Gotec’s imagination, a Valais based-firm. Discover the secrets of the smallest coffee machine in the world.
The sun is high in the sky, but even in summer there is still a slight chill in the air at 2,500 metres above sea level. Ideal weather for Zoltan, Hesta and Cheyenne, three Saint Bernards with a thick coat of hair.
Architecture blends into the landscape in the buildings of Bonnard und Woeffray. The centre in Saxon for people in difficult circumstances harmonises with its surroundings.
Déborah Métrailler passionately breeds proud Herens fighting cows. But that's not the only thing that makes her so special.
Only those with solid roots reach the summit of their art: virtuosos such as the leading chef from Sierre, Didier de Courten. A day with the ambassador of Valais cuisine.
Bruno Jelk goes to the limit to save lives and rises to the challenge. Mountain rescues are his life.
Roman Pfammatter was a drummer in a party band. Today, he organises the best party festival in Switzerland. He is a man who knows how to make people happy.
The mountain tranquillity fills the spirit and the thoughts slip into silent meditation. The skitour to the summits of the Binn valley with the mountain guide Hanspeter Berthold raises a strong feeling of freedom.
200 years ago, Valais joined the Swiss Confederation. Discover just how long ago that was, and all about the film antics on the Furka Pass, as we count up the years to the anniversary in our fun timeline.
No one knows the magic of winter better than those who have lived in Valais for 100 years.
In Verbier, Martin Engstroem creates great moments in classical music. Every summer, he brings the stars to the enchanted mountain, along with new talent.
During the five winter months, the Bekker chalet is full from morning to night. For the past four years, by serving as tourist guides, they have become shrewd connoisseurs of the canton.
At the Hotel Guarda Golf, Nati Felli combines Brazilian generosity with Swiss attention to detail. It is an outstanding combination.
Four-time World Champion, Olympic gold medallist, 40 World Cup victories, four-time winner of the overall World Cup title and 13 season titles in various disciplines:
The sunny high valley of Goms with its quaint, neatly compact villages is considered one of the best cross-country skiing paradises anywhere. Benjamin Weger, international top-level biathlete, presents us his homeland.
“When the doors open at the top station, 2,000 metres above sea level, and we breathe in the good, fresh mountain air, then we know we’ve arrived and immediately get into holiday mode”
Situated in the east of Canton Valais, the Goms high valley offers the perfect conditions for cross-country skiing. The trails lead through unspoilt villages, over gently sloping hills and along the banks of the young Rhone.
Exploring Valais wines and vineyards
There’s no slope too steep and no summit too high for her. Géraldine Fasnacht launches herself off the top of mountains equipped with skis, a snowboard, wingsuit or parachute. “I’m living my dream.”
Glistening cliffs and bizarre rock formations: the Binntal Valley is known all over the world for its great variety of stones. Anybody who accompanies René In-Albon, a mineral expert, learns a lot about the treasures in the mountains – and...