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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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
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.
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:
- Visiting Gornergrat on the Gornergrat cogwheel railway
- All our Valais articles
- 9 reasons to buy the Swiss Travel Pass
- Podcast episode 80 – Matterhorn Alpine Crossing
- Podcast episode 51 – Mountain excursions from Zermatt (including Gornergrat)
- Podcast episode 9 – Visiting Zermatt
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This episode is sponsored by Switzerland Tourism
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