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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Ride in an Historic Carriage Interlaken-Viktoria
Enjoy a ride in an historic carriage Interlaken-Viktoria. Let yourself be driven along the Höhematte, past Interlaken Castle, over the turquoise-blue Aar, and through the historic old town of Unterseen. Package starting at 2 nights with breakfast buffet and a carriage ride included, in a double or family room starting at CHF 320. Bookable with us now until the end of October.
Fir Wood Waste Basket, Handmade in Gruyère
Fir Wood Waste Basket treated with natural oil. Standard size: 34 cm (H) x 26 cm (L) x 26 cm (W) Customisation available upon request, lid not included Price: 1 = CHF 75; 2 = CHF 65 / piece; 3 or more = CHF 60 / piece Shipping costs: CHF 12 / piece
Moon Ritual, He & She, or a Break with Girlfriends?
Celebrate. Centre yourself. Free your soul. Enjoy. Or just BE! Would you like to bathe in the moonlight and celebrate its presence? Do you want to spend time alone? Or with your friend? You are welcome to take a look at my special offers here: https://callofremembrance.com/remembrance_english.html Groups are welcome upon request. I look forward to seeing you!
Individual Theme Packages 2021
Relax for a weekend or for several days. Or actively discover nature! We offer various themed packages (starting at CHF 245 per person / 2 nights): Wellness, Active Yoga & Wellness, Active Hiking & Relax, Active Biking & Relax. New: Stand Up Paddle or Stand Up Paddle Yoga & Relax on Lake Lugano. Each package includes one or more soothing, professionally performed massages: https://www.casa-santo-stefano.ch/Individual-Packages_en
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.
Ostriches - Find Out All There Is to Know about the World's Largest Bird
Have we piqued your interest? Would you like to find out more about ostriches and natural farming? We offer first-hand information. You will shadow us and will be there up close, because our exciting tours are led by people who work with the animals on a daily basis. From 5 to 20 people. Flat rate CHF 150 for 1.5 to 2 hours.
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.
Alternative Activities while Visiting Basel
• "Runner's Breakfast". Companion jogging, followed by a rich breakfast. • "Sightseeing by Bike”. Discover Basel's sights on two wheels. • “Picnic”on the banks of the Rhine, in a park, ... or wherever you wish. Enjoy a well-filled picnic basket with treats from our kitchen. • "It's Teatime". The English tradition of afternoon tea with pastries and savory snacks.
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