Zinal

Valais

Village de Zinal

Village de Zinal

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Zinal

Zinal

The Valais holiday resort of Zinal is situated at an altitude of 1670 m at the end of the Val d'Anniviers (Eifischtal) where it becomes the Zinal Valley. It nestles amidst this majestic mountain landscape crowned by the 4000-metre-peaks of the Weisshorn,Bishorn, Zinalrothorn, Obergabelhorn, Matterhorn and Dent Blanche.

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Zinal

The ‘Anniviards’ used to rest with their herds in the settlement of Zinal, with its typical houses made of larch wood, before continuing their journey from the valley up to the high alpine pastures. Tourism has been part of village life in Zinal for 150 years.

Summer

The peak of the Weisshorn dominates the mountain landscape round Zinal. At 4506 m, it’s the fourth highest peak in Europe. No wonder that this resort is so popular with mountain climbers! Climbers march for several hours to reach four mountain huts dotted around Zinal, the starting point for climbs to the summit. Zinal also has a 300-km-network of hiking trails for keen walkers, and 150 kilometres of marked routes for sporty mountain bikers.

You can rent children’s equipment, and there is a library, a games hire facility, play- and picnic grounds, climbing garden and swimming pool, making a stay here enjoyable for both the children and their parents. On the Zau Zoura nature trail, old and young alike can learn all about local fauna and flora. You can spy on the alpine animal kingdom through a telescope at the ‘Mirador’ wildlife observation centre near the ‘Tzoucdana’ café-restaurant.

Highlights

  • The ‘La Lee’ copper mine in Zinal: in summer there are accompanied tours inside the only copper mine in Switzerland open to the public along tunnels which extend 500 metres into the mountain.
  • Zinal Glacier: the highlight after a two-hour snow-shoe-trekking to the glacier above the village is a walk inside the icy glacier itself.

Top Events

  • Mauler Cup: this paragliding event turns the skies above Zinal into a magnificent colourful spectacle (January).
  • Swiss National Holiday, presenting ancient crafts and the Swiss Army Boot Throwing Championship (August)).
  • Sierre-Zinal mountain run: world-famous mountain run from the Rhine Valley up to Zinal in the Val d'Anniviers (August).

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