Visp / 'Rund um Visp'

Valais

Rund um Visp

Rund um Visp

Rund um Visp

Rund um Visp

With its 24 authentic Valais mountain villages perched on the mountain slopes and nestling in the Rhone Valley, and its five skiing areas, this varied holiday region is often called ‘the Valais in pocket format’. Thanks to its central location in the Rhone Valley, the little town of Visp is an ideal starting point for excursions in the Valais.

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The pretty little old town of Visp in the Rhone Valley is one of the most important cultural and wine-growing centres in the Valais. With the opening of the Lötschberg base tunnel, Visp became a new railway hub for visits to the central and upper Valais, and excursions to Saas-Fee, Zermatt, Leukerbad and the Aletsch Glacier. Its wide range of accommodation including hotels, holiday apartments, group accommodation, mountain huts and two camp sites makes it a perfect place to stay, away from the bustle of the big resorts.

Summer

With 500 km of hiking trails, the Visp region is primarily hiking country in summer, but there are also a wide range of tracks for bikers. Because of the dry, almost desert-like climate on the sunny mountain slopes of the Rhone Valley, an extensive network of irrigation channels was built centuries ago by farmers of the region. This is why the area is so fertile today. Discover the 28 different flowers used for making Bach flower therapies along a special themed trail in Eggerberg; then visit the wild, romantic Turtmann Valley, where you can watch tasty mountain cheese being made the traditional way in the show cheese dairy.

Highlights

  • Old town of Visp: Visp is the centre of the region and has a pretty little town centre.
  • Visperterminen: the highest vineyard in Europe at 1150 metres. This is where the fruity-spicy Heida white wine is pressed from Traminer grapes.
  • Raron: fortified hilltop castles and a baroque church dominate the historic old part of the town where the poet Rainer Maria Rilke chose to be buried.
  • Safrandorf Mund: the only village in central Europe where the precious spice, saffron, has been grown since the middle ages
  • Birkendorf Bürchen: visitors can re-energise themselves here in the shade of the birch-lined avenue with some fresh birch juice.

Top Events

  • Pürumärt – traditional farmers’ market (September).

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