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The language divide between French and German speaking Switzerland runs through the Valais, with French spoken in the west of the canton, and German at the eastern end.
 
The language divide between French and German speaking Switzerland runs through the Valais, with French spoken in the west of the canton, and German at the eastern end.
  
 
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The train from Brig to Zermatt is run by a private company and is very expensive, if you don't have a travel pass that is also valid for this company!
 
The train from Brig to Zermatt is run by a private company and is very expensive, if you don't have a travel pass that is also valid for this company!
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*Cholera - Pastry made of potatoes, apples, onions and cheese
 
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==Drink==
 
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A great diversity of world-class wines. The landscape in the main valley is covered by vineyards.
 
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Revision as of 03:57, 21 December 2005

The Valais is exactly that: a long, narrow, L-shaped valley which was cut by glaciers between two alpine mountain ranges. The main cities in the region are along the river Rhone which cuts through the bottom of the valley, between its source at the Rhone glacier in the east and its temporary destination of Lake Geneva in the west. The main tourist resorts and many small villages are in the side valleys to the north or the south.

Valais offers an amazing diversity of landscapes. Within a few kilometers there are the highest glaciers and mountains of the Alps and almost subtropical places where even almond and pomegranate trees grow.

Some of the best spring skiing in the world is available in the Valais, at prices which although high beat the equivalent offerings in Colorado.

Regions

  • Upper Valais -- German speaking, eastern part of Valais
  • Lower Valais -- French speaking, western part of Valais

Cities

  • Martigny - old roman town at the bend in the valley, museums and great views
  • Verbier - first class ski destination with lots of English and Australian visitors throughout the ski season
  • Sion - the political center of the Valais
  • Brig - the center of Swiss-German speaking Valais, Stockalper castle
  • Visp - the second major Swiss-German speaking town, important centre of industry
  • Zermatt - the Matterhorn, skiing, glaciers, views
  • Saas-Fee - possibly the best place in the world to snowboard

Other destinations

  • The St. Bernard Pass - a pass to Italy, origin of the Bernhardine rescue dogs
  • Les 4 Vallées - A single lift ticket covers this huge ski area in French speaking Valais
  • Simplon - a high mountain village and a pass through the mountains to Italy
  • Turtmann - a nice little village with traditional houses with several theme walking trails.

Understand

Talk

The language divide between French and German speaking Switzerland runs through the Valais, with French spoken in the west of the canton, and German at the eastern end.

Get in

Get around

Swiss railways (SBB) in the main valley. Buses in the side valley. Many cable cars in the mountains.

For timetables see http://www.sbb.ch/en/index.htm

The train from Brig to Zermatt is run by a private company and is very expensive, if you don't have a travel pass that is also valid for this company!

See

Do

Eat

  • Fondue - Melt Swiss cheese in a pot, dipped with pieces of bread on a fork
  • Raclette - Another fancy of melt cheese, with potatoes and gherkins
  • Cholera - Pastry made of potatoes, apples, onions and cheese


Drink

A great diversity of world-class wines. The landscape in the main valley is covered by vineyards.

Stay safe

Get out