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/
Basic Raw Vegan Foods: Advice and Practical Application for Vegetarians
For two hours, you will have the opportunity to learn and deepen the practical application of basic vegetarian and raw cuisine from Doris Weyeneth. Topics may include several recipes with legumes, pockets of basic grains, raw culinary delights like crackers, fermented nut cheese, sweets, and much more. Or are you interested in the cultivation of dinkel grass? http://www.kulturhof-weyeneth.ch/beratung-vegan-roh-basisch-vegetarisch/ernaehrung-vegetarisch-basisch-vegan-roh.html
Raclette Picnic in My House or by the Fire
Everything is ready to take away in the beautiful basket: Cheese, potatoes, gherkins, and silverskin onions, raclette ovens, rechaud candles, plates, cutlery, wine glasses, serviettes, tablecloths - all without plastic. I will do the dishes. CHF 29 per person. I also have nice wines to offer and more ...
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.
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.
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
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.
Adventure in the "Tipi Redfire"
Immerse yourself in the world of the Indians! Authentic adventure feeling in the middle of nature. The "Tipi Red Fire" consists of one room and is equipped with a double bed and two single beds (bed linen included), which can accommodate four people. In addition, two camp beds can be set up. Cost per unit: two persons CHF 142, four persons CHF 163, all fees included.
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.
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