Valais Travel Guide
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).
Valais hotels are in a constant state of flux, and every year at least one old hotel is given a makeover. The most appealing... read more
For Valaisans, the midday meal remains the mainstay. Locals gather at a bistro for a hearty plat chaud (warm meal) that... 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... 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... Read more
This climb must be taken seriously; you have to be in top physical condition and have climbing experience to attempt the summit. You also... Read more
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