Experience the mild and magical autumn in Valais #MyAutumnInValais

Golden larch forests, vineyards ablaze with colour: experience Valais nature at its most enchanting.

An exceptionally sunny climate, majestic peaks more than 4,000 metres high, forests full of colour, a wealth of adventures for activity enthusiasts, a cuisine rich in local flavour, facilities designed for families: Valais promises an unforgettable autumn.

 

Located at the heart of the Alps, Valais is a valley of many faces.

 

Photo: A beautiful view of Matterhorn ©Valais/Wallis Promotion – David Carlier

 

From the orchards and vineyards to the snow-capped peaks, from tradition to innovation, every facet and corner of the region invites visitors to relax and enjoy the good things in life.

 

Valais is one magnificent playground for people of all ages, for outdoor enthusiasts, gourmets and families, with a vast choice of accessible and thrilling activities.

 

A delight to explore on foot or by bike, with friends, family or solo: you're guaranteed a wealth of happy memories that will stay engraved on your heart!

Valais boasts beautiful hiking trails

In Valais, hiking is enormously popular. With more than 8,000 km of marked trails, walkers are spoilt for choice: scenic paths lead over the mountains, through fragrant forests of larch, alongside historical "bisse" irrigation channels, through vineyards and along ancient historical routes.

...and also some of the most intense biking trails 

Cyclists and mountain bikers are also in their element: everyone from occasional riders to road racers and downhill enthusiasts will find a vast choice of terrain.

Perfectly marked itineraries, spectacular climbs to mountain passes, 1,600 km of dedicated routes and countless thrilling trails promise endless cycling and biking pleasure.

Valais welcomes foodies

Autumn is the perfect time of year to enjoy the cuisine of Valais to the full.

Valais is a land as generous as the rays of sunshine that caress its vineyards to produce sublime wines. Many specialities come into season as nature puts on its finest displays of colour.

During your stay in Valais, make sure you try the two key dishes on every menu: the Assiette Valaisanne (Valais platter), composed of rye bread and a spread of cold meat and cheeses from the region; and Raclette, melted cheese served with boiled potatoes, gherkins and silverskin onions.

Autumn is also the best season for savouring a Brisolée: a local speciality based around roast chestnuts and delicious cheeses. 

Photo credits: © Valais/ Wallis Promotion - Sedrik Nemeth

Conviviality is the essence of a gastronomic tradition that places great value on sharing.

 

Here are the top 10 experiences in Valais you can enjoy this autumn

 

1. Hike with a Saint Bernard dog

The Saint Bernard dogs, emblem of the region, have their summer quarters at the Great St Bernard Pass, where guests can also visit the hospice.

In autumn, the dogs return down to the main valley, and visitors can admire them at Barryland in Martigny.

Photo credits: © Valais/ Wallis Promotion - Stéphane Engler

Find out more about this lovely breed of dogs and how you can hike with a St Bernard dog.

 

2. Visit a picture-postcard village with its wooden chalets and barns. 

Photo credits: © Valais/ Wallis Promotion - Alban Mathieu

Fine examples include Plan-Cerisier, which overlooks the Rhône valley near Martigny; Grimentz, in the Val d'Anniviers; and Ernen, voted one of "Switzerland's most beautiful villages".

 

3. Take advantage of your stay to enjoy a blissfully relaxing visit to one of the thermal spas – at Ovronnaz, Leukerbad, Brigerbad, Saillon or Val d'Illiez.

Photo credits: © Valais/ Wallis Promotion - Sedrik Nemeth

 

4. Admire the crystal-clear waters of a mountain lake. The lakes of Moiry, Champex, Derborence, Blauseeli, Schwarzsee, Salanfe, Taney, Riffelsee and many more each have their own colours and special atmosphere.

Photo credits: ©Valais/Wallis Promotion – David Carlier

 

Photo credits: ©Valais/Wallis Promotion – David Carlier

 

5. Brave visitors can tackle a via ferrata. 

Photo credits: © My Leukerbad AG – Isabelle Favre

 

There are 15 of these mountain itineraries, equipped with safety cables, registered in Valais, graded from easy to difficult.

The routes promise adventure-seekers high thrills as they climb to locations offering superb views.

 

6. Many special forms of transport offer visitors the chance to explore the region in an original way: numerous cable cars, chairlifts, gondolas and funiculars take you up to the alpine summits.

Photo credits: ©Valais/Wallis Promotion – David Carlier

 

But did you know it is also possible to ride steam trains at the Furka Pass or to put your car on the train to glide through the Simplon, Lötschberg or Furka tunnels?

Photo credits: ©Valais/Wallis Promotion – Christian Pfammatter

 

 

7. Take advantage of your stay to visit a winemaker at a vineyard or cellar and taste local wines.

Photo credits: ©Valais/Wallis Promotion – Pascal Gertschen

Some winemakers also offer special vineyard experiences during the grape harvest for visitors to discover the work involved.

The vineyards of Valais offer some magnificent walks; winemakers welcome guests to their cellars to present their wines and offer tastings.

Photo credits: ©Valais/Wallis Promotion – David Carlier

 

8. Try the local dishes.

Alongside Raclette and the Assiette Valaisanne (Valais platter), local delicacies also include saffron from Mund and Williams pears.

And to finish the feast, what better than a Valais pear brandy AOP or Abricotine AOP (Valais apricot brandy)?

Photo credits: ©Valais/Wallis Promotion – Christian Pfammatter

 

 

9. Go for a walk along a historical "bisse" irrigation channel.

Photo credits: ©Valais/Wallis Promotion – David Carlier

Characteristic of the mountain regions of Valais, the "bisses" were constructed over the centuries to bring precious water to the fields, orchards and vineyards.

Footpaths follow many of them: from strolls over shallow slopes to spectacular walks across vertiginous cliffs.

 

10. Set your sights high: scale a mountain pass. 

Photo credits: ©Valais/Wallis Promotion – Christian Pfammatter

 

Accessible by bike, on foot or by car, the mountain passes of Valais are evocative spots that have seen countless travellers over the centuries.

For an atmospheric ride in period style, visitors can tackle the Furka Pass in an authentic steam train, just like travellers long ago.

For cyclists, many iconic mountain passes offer a thrilling and satisfying challenge.

 

Would you like to find out more about some of these impressive places and exquisite experiences?

Have a look at www.visitvalais.ch and plan your perfect getaway in this amazing region. 

 

 

Author: Valais/ Wallis Promotion

Located at the heart of the Alps, Valais is a valley of many faces. From the orchards and vineyards to the snow-capped peaks, from tradition to innovation, every facet and corner of the region invites visitors to relax and enjoy the good things in life. Valais is one magnificent playground for people of all ages, for outdoor enthusiasts, gourmets and families, with a vast choice of accessible and thrilling activities.


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