Amidst native pine and larch woods, Chandolin nestles securely on the sunny side of the Val d'Anniviers and has retained all its authentic charm. This ancient village with its typical timber houses and situated at an altitude of 1936 m is among the highest, continuously inhabited settlements in Europe.
The neighbouring village of St.Luc still reflects all the past splendour of the Belle Époque in the Val d’Anniviers. The simple guesthouse, built in 1859 on the northern edge of the village of St. Luc, quickly developed into the Grand Hotel Bella Tola & St-Luc and, in 2001, it was voted the Historical Hotel of the Year and received the label "Romantik Hotel".
The ultra-modern François-Xavier Bagnoud astronomical observatory in St. Luc brings the stars up close with its 60-cm telescope, and you can judge the scale of the heavenly bodies along a Planet Trail, which climbs to 2513 m.
The countryside surrounding St. Luc and Chandolin is a veritable paradise for hikers and mountain bikers. A botanical footpath passes 24 species of orchid as it wends its way to an 860-year-old giant larch tree. During the summer season there is a children’s entertainment programme based on one of the Heidi stories.
A spectacular feature of the landscape near Chandolin is the Illgraben, a gigantic rocky crater (unique in Europe) formed when a mountain collapsed as a result of erosion. It can be reached in one hour on foot from Chandolin. From the precipice you can gaze down into Illgraben crater, which has virtually no vegetation, and across into the Rhone Valley.
Another beautiful footpath leads up to the Hotel Weisshorn at 2337 m, constructed at the beginning of the last century by English entrepreneurs, and finished in 1882. It provides an expansive view across Val d'Anniviers to the Matterhorn.
The sunny ski region of St. Luc and Chandolin, with its splendid views, is the biggest in the Val d'Anniviers. A 65-km network of pistes is accessible by chairlifts, rack railway and 11 ski lifts. There is a snow park, a half-pipe and border cross to keep snowboarders in a good mood.
- The village of Chandolin: typical Valais timber houses in one of the highest villages in Switzerland to be inhabited all year round.
- Tignousa: From the mountain station (2186m) above St-Luc a two and a half hours climb takes you to the Bella Tola Mountain (3025m) with panoramic views of the Weisshorn, Obergabelhorn, Matterhorn and Dent Blanche.
- Francois Xavier Bagnoud Observatory in St-Luc and the Planet Trail: ultra-modern observatory and a 6-km-long planet trail from 2141m to 2513m.
- Flourmills in St. Luc dating back to the 18th century and a Bread Trail – well preserved historic mills and the Bread Trail let the cultural heritage of the valley come alive. In the village bakery on can still bake ones own bread.
- Downhill and bike-park – three downhill stretches with various levels of difficulty as well as a bike park in St. Luc guarantee a lot of fun and action.
- Fang – in the medieval village exciting round-trips are offered and the 9-kilometer long Sarrasin Suone can be superbly explored from the small village of Fang.
- Maxi Fun & Adventure Park in Niouc
- Bungy Jumping from a height of 190 meters and many other extreme sports such as the Giant Swing, Tyrolienne…
- Le Trophée du Bella-Tola – ski and snowboard races in St. Luc (March).
- Culinary Market in Chandolin – visitors will have the opportunity to experience the various facets of the gastronomy of this mountain region (August).
- Handicrafts Market – traditional market during the national festival in St. Luc (August).
- Sierre – Zinal: famous mountain race; a marathon in which the fastest runners complete the 31 km and a considerable altitude difference in less than 3 hours.
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