CULTURE IS EVERYWHERE
Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park: Art in the park. At an altitude of 2300 meters between La Chaux and Les Ruinettes, the works created by international artists are exhibited. Accessible throughout the year, the Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park creates a space where art and ecology meet the mountain
Gianadda Foundation Museum (Martigny): Get local. For a culture fix, the Gianadda Foundation Museum has findings dating back to the Gallo-Roman era, classic cars built between 1897 and 1939, world famous art exhibitions and concerts, and an amazing collection of sculptures by renowned artists of the 20th century. Distance from Verbier: 26 km
Grand St. Bernard Hospice: Way up at 2469 meters altitude. Hike to The Great St-Bernard Hospice, a hostel operated by monks on the Great St-Bernard pass in the stunning Valais Alps. Here, where the St-Bernard dog breed originates from a spectacular mountain panorama unfold. Distance from Verbier: 45 km
THE CASTLES OF SION (VALÈRE & TOURBILLON):
The town of Sion is dominated by the famous hills of Valeria and Tourbillon. The cathedral of Valeria is a harmonious mixture of the Romanesque and Gothic styles. The 13th century summer residence of the bishops of Sion on Tourbillon was destroyed by fire in 1788 and is now in ruins. The All-Saints-Chapel is located between the two hills, with the medieval old town below. Distance from Verbier: 55 km
A Garden of Eden: Blessed with a mild climate and exceptional sun exposure, the region of Valais produces fruits and vegetables with unique flavors. In Spring, gourmets are delighted with asparagus, closely followed by a harvest of fresh and fragrant strawberries. In Summer, foodies find their pleasure in sun kissed fruits such as apricots, crisp apples, cherries, juicy tomatoes, raspberries, currants and more. With the Fall come pears, prunes, mushrooms, and roasted chestnuts, used for the preparation of a traditional "brisolée".
Valasian Wine: Valais is the largest wine producing region in Switzerland. More than 50 varieties are cultivated at an altitude of 450 to 800 meters benefiting from a formidable range of soil types, microclimates and perfect sun exposure. A large number of Valais wines benefit from perfect growing conditions, such as Fendant, Petite Arvine, Heida, Dôle, and Cornalin, among many others.
Bagnes Cheese: Cheese is one of the exceptional products of Switzerland and cheese specialties from the Valais are among the most popular ones. This includes the famous Bagnes AOP Raclette or its variations: goat or sheep raclette. In Winter (or even Summer!), enjoy a convivial meal around a fondue, or treat yourself with gourmet cheese toasts. Learn all the secrets of cheese made in Bagnes during a visit to one of the valley dairies.