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Episode 83: Discovering the many charms of canton Valais

October 18, 2023 Last Updated on April 11, 2024

If you’ve started looking for ideas on where to visit and what to see on your Swiss vacation, the famous Alpine resort of Zermatt may well be one of the destinations that you have added to your itinerary.

But Zermatt is just one of many fabulous towns and villages in the canton of Valais that are worth visiting, as you’ll discover in this episode of the podcast.

I’ve travelled through the canton many times by both car and train, and I have been fortunate to visit Zermatt on a number of occasions but I’ll admit I haven’t explored Valais in great detail. And that definitely has to change!

There’s so much I learnt about Valais in my chat with Emilie Morard and Mario Braide from Valais Tourism that I’m itching to take a much deeper look.  

From spectacular landscapes to man-made attractions, cute animals to delicious food and wine, vibrant cities to charming villages, there is something to appeal to everyone in Valais. 

Add in UNESCO World Heritage sites, hiking, winter sports, and festivals celebrating the customs of the canton, and you really do have the complete destination.

I know you’re going to find plenty of reasons to include some time in Valais in this episode.

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Show Notes

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • The unique characteristics of canton Valais
  • Key natural and man-made attractions in Valais
  • Towns and villages to visit
  • Why Valais is a top ski destination
  • Blacknose sheep, St. Bernard dogs and other Valais animals
  • Local culinary specialties and drinks
  • Getting around Valais by public transport
  • A suggested itinerary for first-time visitors to Valais
  • Top tips for visiting Valais from a local

Our Guests

Market Manager for Valais Tourism
Emilie Morard
the Market Manager for Valais Tourism
Mario Braide

Emilie Morard and Mario Braide are Market Managers for Valais Tourism. Emilie leads the European team whilst Mario is responsible for the long haul markets (North America, Canada, Asia and Asia Pacific).

Places mentioned in this episode

The Matterhorn and Great Aletsch Glacier are two of the most well-known natural attractions in Valais. Whilst the man-made Grand Dixence Dam, the highest gravity dam in the world, is also worth a visit.

Popular towns in the canton include Brig, famous for the Stockalper Palace, Martigny, home of the famous St. Bernard dog, and the capital city, Sion.

Zermatt, Saas-Fee, Riederalp and Bettmeralp are all mountain villages, and Leukerbad is the largest thermal spa resort in the Alps. Nendaz is famous for its irrigation channels known as bisses.

The canton’s most popular ski resorts include Four Valleys, Port du Soleil, and Leukerbad.

For more information about all the places, animals and culinary specialties mentioned in this episode, see the Visit Valais website.

Great Aletsch Glacier
Great Aletsch Glacier. ©Valais/Wallis Promotion – Frederic Huber
St. Bernard dogs in the snow in canton Valais, Switzerland.
St. Bernard dogs in the snow. ©Valais/Wallis Promotion – Tamara Berger

Useful resources

The Valais Tourism website has all the information you need to plan your visit to this beautiful part of Switzerland.

We also have a number of articles on our website, as well as previous podcast episodes, about places and activities mentioned by Emilie and Mario. You’ll find them on the links below:

Typical Valais platter with dried meats and cheese
Typical Valais platter. ©Valais/Wallis Promotion – Tamara Berger
Man downhill skiing at Verbier in Switzerland
Skiing at Verbier. ©Valais/Wallis Promotion – David Carlier

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