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.
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?
Discover Switzerland with our host offers
Press Flowers and Leaves
Do you love nature? We are happy to accompany you collecting flowers and leaves, which are then professionally pressed and dried. We will guide you in assembling them into a wonderful picture. Ideal to give as a gift or to enjoy yourself. This course is free of charge.
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.
In today's overly intellectual world, we now know how important it is to restore balance and "return" to our body. Massage helps us to counteract constant stress and pressure, to relax the muscles, to let go, and to gain energy. We offer the following massages: classic full-body, relaxation, ayurvedic, foot and head reflexology, lymph drainage, deep connective tissue, Lomi Lomi. https://www.casa-santo-stefano.ch/Massage_en
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.
Outdoor Lifestyle of a Self-Sufficient Couple
Be inspired by the outdoor lifestyle of the creative Jonah from the Faroe Islands and the craftsman Thomas from the Ryfflihaus! Almost everything in the house and in the garden is handmade. The food is also homemade, either from their own garden or from nearby producers. The couple offers a Table d’Hôte menu with a minimum of four people. Ideal place for smaller groups, workshops, and seminars.
Adventure in the "Jurte Khulan"
Have you ever wanted to go to Mongolia and did not find the time or the opportunity? An overnight stay in the yurt takes you to a special world. Soak up the colorful atmosphere. The "Jurte Khulan" has a small double bed and two single beds, plus a stove for heating and cooking. Cost per unit: two persons CHF 142, four persons CHF 163, all fees included.
Sleeping in Straw - for Individuals, Clubs or Companies
An overnight stay in straw is a special experience. Exchange your mattress with the bed of nature! In the morning, a good breakfast awaits you. Why not plan a club or company excursion where you spend the night in straw? We can accommodate 30 people. Allergy sufferers can still enjoy themselves, as we will gladly provide you with our B & B room instead.
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