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?
Discover Switzerland with our host offers
We offer individual menus. From simple local specialties, such as Gersauer Käsekuchen (cheesecake) with green salad variation, to a 6-course surprise menu paired with our carefully-selected wines, we have the perfect dinner for every taste and palate. (We are also mindful of various special dietary needs). From CHF 15.00-65.00. Wines CHF 30.00 - 80.00.
Delicious Weeds - Excursion - Herb Picking - Joint Dinner or Hearty Tasting
A walk through meadows and forests around Monteggio and Sessa. Françoise Dully (Ethnobotany and wild plants specialist) takes you to enchanting places where you can live in nature and learn about edible herbs. Course with dinner: from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., costs CHF 70.00 Course with hearty tasting: from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., costs CHF 50.00 https://www.lanave.ch/escursioni/#
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.
Yoga and Hiking Holidays
Yoga, hiking, and relaxing in beautiful Malcantone. We start the morning with an inspiring yoga class with Michela. After a hearty brunch, we enjoy the day hiking, reading, and relaxing. The arrangement also includes a soothing massage. Before dinner, we end the day with a relaxing Yin Yoga session. We go on a full-day hike with Christian. This yoga and hiking week is suitable for every level. https://www.casa-santo-stefano.ch/Workshops_&_retreats_2021_en
Brunch “Göttinnenbrunch” by Reservation for Guests of the House
The romantically laid breakfast table is complemented by various types of cheese from the cheesemonger, meat specialties from the butcher around the corner, fresh fruit salad, a breakfast egg from a happy chicken, and optionally a Prosecco or freshly squeezed juice. Plus, much more. And because brunch takes a little longer, a late check-out until 1:00 pm is included. Cost per person: CHF 30.00. There is also a vegetarian option available upon request.
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
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.
Three different foot massages of 60 minutes each: CHF 70.-- each - Relaxation foot massage cleanses and harmonizes all organs. - Soul-energetic foot massage works against stress and anxiety, and releases blockages. - Restorative foot massage works on all levels of existence and supports the guest in his/her individual process.
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!
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