Small irrigation channels are alimented by glacier water. They have been in place since the 14th Century. Today there are well-groomed hiking trails which follow them.
The Massa Hiking Trail gives hikers a good illustration of how the alpine irrigation system (bisses) worked in the olden days.
In der Gegend um Grächen finden sich gleich vier der berühmten Walliser Bewässerungskanäle.
The "bisses" are traditional irrigation channels used to bring precious glacier water to the cultivated land around Crans-Montana.
The Valaisian Suonen Museum is in the heart of the little village of Botyre (Ayent Community).
Scorched by the sun and difficult to access, the steep Valais hillsides are often watered using the so-called "suonen", or irrigation channels. Dug into the ground,...
A special treat is a visit to Zeneggen, which has retained its rustic character of yore. Its buildings are sprinkled across a large, sunny plateau and linked together...