Valais Travel Guide
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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).
Valais hotels are in a constant state of flux, and every year at least one old hotel is given a makeover. The most appealing hotels in Valais seem to be...read more
For Valaisans, the midday meal remains the mainstay. Locals gather at a bistro for a hearty plat chaud (warm meal) that includes meat, vegetable or pasta...read more
Things To Do in Valais
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
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... Read more
Aletsch's famous glacier—24 km (15 miles)—was at its longest 150 years ago, but now recedes 100 to 165 feet per year. Concern about the recession... Read more
Matterhorn. At 14,685 feet, the Matterhorn's peculiar snaggletooth form, rears up over the village of Zermatt, larger than life and genuinely... Read more
Switzerland may be best known for its frosty summits, but the tiny-yet-diverse country opens up in summertime... Read more
Starting in the sun-splashed coast of the French Riviera, a road trip is one of the most stunning and... Read more
The Swiss city of Basel is getting ready to host to the who's who of the art world yet again, with the... Read more
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Just back less than a week ago from my 8 day/night solo trip to Bern.
Stayed in a 333 year-old building apartment (VRBO) a half block from Bern's famous Muenster and half a block from Clock Tower.
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There is no way our trip would have been so enjoyable without the suggestions from the fodor community so a BIGGGGG thank you!
Here is the link to our blog which is slow but sure!
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