Hiking, skiing, and mountain-biking – experience the beauty of the Valais for yourself
Alongside snowy mountains, glaciers and expansive vineyards, the region invites you to enjoy some fantastic food and drink
Linguistically, the Valais is split – French in the Lower Valais and German in the Upper Valais. Mind you, the somewhat rustic dialect of the latter can be difficult to understand even if you're Swiss.
If you love winter sports, you'll love the Valais. Countless pistes surrounded by majestic 4000-ers are bound to put a smile on your face. Snow is guaranteed on the 2,400 km of runs, because the region is home to the highest ski areas in Switzerland. The Matterhorn near Zermatt is known around the world, but there is more to the Valais than that – the Aletsch Glacier, for example. This stunning ice flow is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the largest and longest glacier in the Alps.
You'll encounter Valais traditions no matter what the time of year. During carnival season, for example, masked "Tschäggättä" wearing animal skins, terrifying hand-carved wooden masks and cowbells appear in narrow alleyways and give anyone out after closing time a proper fright. Cow-fighting is another tradition, in which the powerful Herens breed compete to be queen. They're special in that they fight each other for their place in the herd hierarchy. Humans simply make the rules, divide the cows into classes according to age and weight, and act as referees.
Food and Drink
With some 500 hectares of vines, the Valais is the biggest wine-growing region in Switzerland. It provides ideal conditions for more than 60 varieties, which are used to make numerous well-known wines.
A little-known fact is that the Dalai Lama himself has a property here. Farinet is the smallest officially recognized vineyard in the world, producing 1,000 bottles a year that are sold to benefit charitable causes. And if you haven't already tried it, a glass of white wine is the perfect accompaniment to raclette or fondue after a long hike.
Places to Stay
How about staying in a traditional chalet, prepared for you with lots of attention to detail? It's a tempting prospect. They may be a common sight in the Valais, but no two chalets are alike. Why not browse our website for inspiration?
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Therapeutic massage followed by vascular therapy
Enjoy a 60-minute therapeutic massage followed by 20 minutes of vascular therapy to aid microcirculation. Excellent for recovery from extreme sports or injury. Choose from shiatsu, deep tissue wellness, trigger point, and foot reflex. Beautiful ambience in one of the most historic buildings in the old town of Zurich. www.good4yew.com/
Fancy a Course?
PARLIAMO ITALIANO! Available on weekends to refresh your knowledge of Italian. Instructive, exciting, entertaining, and lively. Adapted to the individual needs of all participants. WORKSHOP PHOTOGRAPHY: Tailor-made for newcomers and people switching to digital reflex camera (SLR) photography. Photographing in nature, at night, analysis of picture, image editing.
Warm the Soul
Our well-being offers include a little bit of warmth for your soul, a little relaxation for your mind and body, a moment away from everyday life, with pleasant feel-good body treatments that boost your strength. In addition to our packages “Arrival”, “Time Out”, and “Moments of Well-Being”, we also offer individual treatments. Further information: www.zwirgi.ch
Trained Cross-Country Ski Instructor (Skating and Classic)
Ueli, your host is a cross-country instructor and operates his own cross-country school using state-of-the-art rental equipment. We want to convey the love of nature, tranquillity, and joy of shared adventures and experiences. Enjoying the exercise amidst beautiful nature is our goal! Appointments and cross-country skiing equipment rentals are available on site from the host.
Guided Tour through the World of Macardo
The world of Macardo includes not only one of the most modern distilleries in Switzerland and the most innovative barrel storage facility in the world, but also a premium Bed & Breakfast, business apartments, an event location, an honesty bar with a smoker lounge, plusa walk-in shop. Guided tour (pprox. 2 hours) with an insight into all facets of the Macardo world and conclusion with a tasting of Macardo products: CHF 140 for 2 people.
Bathing and Relaxing with a Breath-Taking View
Do you love something special? Would you like to treat yourself to something exclusive? Then, you've come to the right place. After a strenuous day, you will find peace and relaxation in a wood-heated hot tub, filled especially for you. You will sit in the warm water and enjoy the breath-taking view of Lake Lucerne. Is there anything more beautiful! Price: CHF 70 for a maximum of 6 people.
My Rose Garden
When the garden is most beautiful (the month of June), I invite guests every year to share with them the wealth of countless flowers in this stimulating environment. Both the historic and the English roses attract with their seductive fragrances. The climbing and rambler roses enchant the pavilions and provide a pleasant shade in which to linger.
Enjoy Nature in a White Paradise
3 nights in the BnB during the week (Sunday to Friday) for 2 people (CHF 300.00). Or on the weekend 2 nights for 2 people (CHF 200.00). Ski pass CHF 49.00 per day per person. Participation in a three-hour ski course for every level is possible: Downhill, freeride, ski trekking, snowshoeing with a trained ski instructor CHF 225.00 for 1 person or CHF 250.00 for 2 people.
Art Nouveau Villa “Mon Abri” for Cultural Event
We would like to open our romantic house (built in 1903) for a wide range of cultural activities. In an atmosphere of timeless elegance and harmony, you will experience unforgettable moments "out of time". - Atelier (36 m2) is an annex of the villa with modern interior design. - Salon (45 m2) has exquisite antique furniture for festive occasions. - The romantic park (3800 m2) with pagoda, fountain, etc. is available for festive open-air events. Rental price for your event, catering, and visit upon request.
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