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
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.
Storyteller of Spiez
As the storyteller of Spiez, I have been offering scenic city tours since 2004. During various walks, you will participate in a true local or regional historical episode in an authentic setting. Learn more about the specific circumstances of the era and about the fate of certain people. You will get to know our community and our region in an exciting and special way. www.eva-frei.ch
Painting Courses with Acrylic Paints
Have you ever wanted to take a painting course but never had the time? Now would be the ideal time to combine holidays with such a course. We will show you how to use colours and how to use templates for your paintings. This course is free of charge.
Experience a Model Railway
Experience a fantastic hobby with a passionate model railroader. Paul Stadtmüller will be happy to show you his greatest passion. You will learn to build parts of the model railway yourself. Later you will be allowed to manoeuvre the train, possibly even using a model railroad part that you made yourself. This course is free of charge.
Apartment with a Sleeping Loft
A cosy weekend with friends, a little togetherness by the fireplace, happy family holidays in the immediate vicinity of countless sights…. We are happy to rent out the entire apartment with 3 bedrooms and a sleeping loft in the living room for private use. More information at www.schillingsherberge.com
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/
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
Circular Hikes with Information on Nature Starting from our Farm
I offer our guests short, circular hikes starting from the farm. While walking, I will spontaneously talk about the nature that surrounds us, about the trees, and the herbs along the way. Upon request, it is possible to book a Kneipp hydrotherapy or an exercise session with the Smovey system. We will also be happy to give you a few tips for improved health and well-being. Price upon request.
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