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Valais Travel Guide

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Plan Your Valais Vacation

For many visitors, Valais is the only part of Switzerland they will ever see—and for good reason. After all, 40 of the 52 4,000-meter-high peaks in the Alps can be found here, making it a skiing, snowboarding, and hiking paradise. With more than 300 sunny days a year, it's also the country's premiere wine region. There are more than 22,000 vineyards, most of them family-owned and

-operated. Add to the mix a handful of medieval castles, ancient mountain passes, natural thermal springs, and a network of bike trails, and you've got the best of Switzerland packed into 2,000 square miles (5,180 square km).

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Matterhorn Shutter-snap this glorious enigma from all angles, be it a luxury hotel room at its base or the sky-high Gornegrat–Monte Rosa Bahn.
  2. Great downhill skiing In Valais there's a ski resort for everyone, from family-friendly Saas-Fee to tourist-beloved Zermatt to chic Crans-Montana and Verbier.
  3. Cantonal capital Presided over by the castle of Tourbillon, Sion is a fortified link in the giant web of precipitous passes.
  4. Mineral baths Known for its natural thermal baths, the year-round destination of Leukerbad lets you dip into Switzerland's healing mineral-rich waters.
  5. Wine route Bike-friendly Valais offers a verdant landscape with centuries-old vineyards and unique varietals grown nowhere else.

When To Go

When to Go to Valais

Valais is at its sunny best in high summer and midwinter; foggy dampness overwhelms in late autumn and spring. Mountain weather is impetuous, embrac...

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