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  • 1. Col du Grand St-Bernard

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Breasting the formidable barrier of the Alps at 8,101 feet, this pass is the oldest and most famous of the great Alpine crossings, and the first...Read More

  • 2. Église-Forteresse de Valère

    Museum/Gallery

    On Valère, Sion's lower hill, the Église-Forteresse de Valère is a striking example of sacred and secular power combined—reflective of the church...Read More

  • 3. Fondation Pierre Gianadda

    Museum/Gallery

    The Fondation Pierre Gianadda rises in bold geometric shapes around the Roman ruins on which it is built. Recent retrospectives have spotlighted...Read More

  • 4. Matterhorn

    Mountain–Sight

    At 14,685 feet, the Matterhorn's peculiar snaggletooth form rears up over the village of Zermatt, larger than life and genuinely awe inspiring...Read More

  • 5. Walliser Alpentherme & Spa

    Bath/Hot Spring

    Sporting expansive Palladian windows set in marble, the Alpentherme looks like a temple perched on the hill. Annexes contain a beauty center...Read More

  • 6. Abbaye de Saint-Maurice

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At the end of the 4th century, the first bishop of the Valais built a sanctuary over Maurice's tomb, and in 515 the Abbaye de Saint-Maurice...Read More

  • 7. Château de Tourbillon

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Crowning Tourbillon, the higher of Sion's hills, the ruined château was built as a bishop's residence at the end of the 13th century and destroyed...Read More

  • 8. Dom

    Mountain–Sight

    Saas-Fee is at the heart of a circle of mountains called the Mischabel, 13 of which tower more than 13,120 feet. Among them is the Dom (14,908...Read More

  • 9. Eis Pavillon

    Cave

    The Eis Pavillon combines fascinating construction with a dash of kitsch and lets you look beneath the frozen surface of the earth. More than...Read More

  • 10. Fee Glacier

    Geological Site

    Saas-Fee lies in a deep valley that leaves no doubt about its source—it seems to pour from the vast, intimidating Fee Glacier. Fee can be...Read More

  • 11. Fiesch Cable Car

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    If the day is clear, grab the chance for a spectacular ride to the top of one of the lofty peaks that shadow the roadway by taking the Fiesch...Read More

  • 12. Fondation Barry du Grand-St-Bernard

    Museum/Gallery

    Storyboards and films at the Fondation Barry du Grand-St-Bernard praise the lifesaving work of a breed of dog that has come to symbolize the...Read More

  • 13. Fondation Pierre Arnaud

    Museum/Gallery

    This modern glass building highlighting contemporary Swiss art is just down the hill from Crans-Montana, in the village of Lens on Lake Louché...Read More

  • 14. Gornergrat–Monte Rose Bahn

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    It's quite simple to gain the broader perspective of high altitudes without risking life or limb. A train trip on the Gornergrat Bahn functions...Read More

  • 15. Grimentz

    Town/Village

    In summer you can drive down a narrow forest road to Grimentz. With a population of 490, this ancient 13th-century village has preserved its...Read More

  • 16. Hôtel de Ville

    Government Building

    The Town Hall has extraordinary historic roots: though it was built in the 1650s, it has transplanted stones in the entrance bearing Roman...Read More

  • 17. Isérables

    Town/Village

    High up in the bluffs and valleys to the south of Sion are scores of isolated eagle's-nest towns, including Isérables. Set on a precarious slope...Read More

  • 18. Keller zur Grotte

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Just outside Leukerbad is this cozy winery with a tasting room where you can sample wonderful Humagne Rouges, Fendants, Walliser rosés, and...Read More

  • 19. L'Hospice du Grand St-Bernard

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In operation since the Middle Ages, L'Hospice du Grand St-Bernard has played host to kings, princes, and writers like Charles Dickens. Within...Read More

  • 20. Lac Souterrain St-Léonard

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    For an activity the whole family can enjoy, take a half-hour boat ride across the largest natural subterranean lake in Europe at 984 feet long...Read More

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